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NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

2014 4-H Calendar

2014 Calendar 4Hhttp://www.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2014-Calendar-4H.pdf

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

2015 Master Gardener
Volunteer Training

Master Gardener Volunteer Training Begins in February! Catawba County Cooperative Extension is seeking applicants for the Spring 2015 Master Gardener Volunteer Training. Being a Master Gardener Volunteer is a great way to share your love of gardening with others. You don’t have to be an expert gardener to apply, you just have to be eager to learn and willing to volunteer in the community. The Volunteer Training will run from Tuesday, February 3 through Thursday, April 30. Classes will be taught on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9-12 AM. Training is geared toward novice and experienced gardeners alike. Participants will receive practical horticultural training on a wide variety of gardening topics including growing vegetables, lawn care, pruning trees and shrubs, managing insect problems, and many more. Classes will be a combination of lecture and hands on activities. Participants will complete a landscape management notebook as part of the class requirement. A written exam will be given at the end of the training. After successful completion of the notebook and exam, students will be expected to complete 40 hours of volunteer service to be certified as a Master Gardener Volunteer. There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available to participate in to fulfill the volunteer commitment including working at local community gardens, answering the Master Gardener Hot Line at the Extension Center, participating in community beautification projects, and others. Each year after the first year, Master Gardener Volunteers are expected to volunteer 20 hours to retain their certification. There is a registration fee of $100.00 to cover the Master Gardener Training Manual, training fees and class materials. Online Registration and payment The registration deadline is January 15, 2015. Please call 465-8250 or email beth_rogers@ncsu.edu if you have questions. Kelly Groves Horticulture, Environment & Natural Resources Agent, NC Cooperative Extension, Catawba County Executive Director, Keep Catawba County Beautiful

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Foothills Farm
School

The demand for locally grown food continues to grow despite a faltering economy.  Direct sales from farms to consumers grew 215% from 1992-2007. The average farmer in NC is 57 years old and looking forward to retirement. We need new farmers to meet the demand for locally grown food in North Carolina. More and more families are looking at ways to supplement their incomes and put their land into something productive. Quite often, I’m faced with the question, "I have some land that I want to do something with... but I don't know what.  Can you tell me what I can grow and make some money?"  This is an open-ended question, because the success of an agricultural venture really depends on the market and the operator. A successful business starts with a good plan and lots of research, and agriculture is no different. In response to this situation, Cooperative Extension Agents from several counties have developed The Foothills Farm School, a training program for beginning and transitioning farmers. The six-month educational program focuses on operating successful small-scale, sustainable farms. The school offers six seminars taught by agricultural professionals, which give farmers the tools to develop sustainable farming operations.  Session topics include business planning, marketing, and fruit and vegetable production, among others. The school also includes six field trips to working farms, led by innovative, experienced farmers and agricultural professionals. Participants learn low-cost, sustainable farming methods in a range of production systems, including fruits, vegetables, livestock, and specialty crops. Classes meet at the Catawba County Extension Center on the first Tuesday of the month beginning in January from 6 to 8:30 pm. Farm field days are typically on the fourth Thursday of the month from 9 am to 3 pm.  Farm field days will take place at various farms throughout the Foothills. Space is limited. Registration deadline is Friday, December 6, and costs are as follows: one person, $250; two people, $300; families of three or more, $350. The application can be found at this link. For more information, contact the Caldwell Cooperative Extension Service by visiting http://caldwell.ces.ncsu.edu or calling 828-757-1290.

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2015 Beekeeper
Class

Beekeepers Classes Scheduled for January Want to learn how to be a beekeeper or need to brush up on your skills? Register now to attend Beekeeping for Bee-ginners to be held on Thursday nights starting January 15, for 8 weeks.  Classes will be at the Agricultural Resources Center in Newton at 1175 S. Brady Ave. and will begin at 7 PM. Persons interested in learning about beekeeping are invited to attend this training session.  Bee history and biology, equipment needed, how to manage a hive, pest control, and harvesting honey will be covered.  Preregistration is required by January 5. The cost for the training is $45.  Participants will receive a book and informational leaflets about beekeeping, price also includes a 1 year membership into NC State Beekeepers and Catawba Valley Beekeepers Associations. To register and pay online, Click here

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Dig In

AHA will host Dig In! again at Marbles Kids Museum on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Agenda and registration materials will be available in January. Plan to join us as we weave edible landscapes–community MORE » – from   Community Gardens

Pest Management Survey

Pest Management Needs on Small Farms in North Carolina Dear NC Farmers and Growers, NC Cooperative Extension Service would like to hear from you about your pest management needs. Spend 10 to 15 minutes MORE »

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Local Food Beyond the Farmers Market

The past two decades have seen a nearly five-fold increase in farmers markets across the United States, according to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. Other direct-to-consumer marketing outlets, such as Community Support Agriculture MORE »

GROW Workshop for Community Garden Leaders in the Foothills Region

Contact:         Der Xiong Phone:            828-465-8248 Email:             der_xiong@ncsu.edu Event Date:    October 11, 2014 Location:        Catawba County Agricultural Resource Center, 1175 S. Brady Ave, Newton, NC Cost:                    $15-$18 For MORE »

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4H Farm to Fork Summer Camp

Farm to School programs have become a popular way of teaching youth about agriculture and healthy eating, while also supporting farmers through using local food in school cafeterias. According to the National Farm MORE »

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The Farmers Market Diet

The farmer’s markets throughout the county are in full swing now and June is the perfect month for catching a variety of fresh local produce. You can still get the last bits of MORE »

Eat, Drink & Be Local

Everyone is invited to Eat Drink and Be Local in Catawba County on May 18th-24th. You can join in by enjoying a meal featuring local foods at one of the participating restaurants, shopping MORE »

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Catawba County to Host Community Food Councils Webinar

Catawba County will be hosting the Community Food Councils: Challenges and Opportunities webinar, led by the UNC School of Government in partnership with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and the NC Division of MORE »

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EVENTS View All
4-H Project Book Help SessionMon Dec 22, 2014
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
Agricultural Resource Center
— 2 days away
Youth Livestock Show and Project OpportunitiesMon Jan 5, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Agricultural Resources Center
— 2 weeks away
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's AssociationTue Jan 13, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 4 weeks away
Catawba Valley Beekeepers AssociationMon Jan 19, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Where:
Agricultural Resources Center
— 1 month away
NCFGC MWCWed Jan 28, 2015
12:30 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Iredell County Cooperative Extension, 444 Bristol Dr, Statesville, NC 28677, United States
— 1 month away
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's AssociationTue Feb 10, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 2 months away
Catawba Valley Beekeepers AssociationMon Feb 16, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Where:
Agricultural Resources Center
— 2 months away
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's AssociationTue Mar 10, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 3 months away
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