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Munsell color book being used to determine the hue, value and chroma of a soil.

Soil 101: Introduction
to Soil – Online!

Understanding soil is a basic skill needed by anyone interested in agriculture, environmental science, gardening, natural resource management, and water quality. Traditionally, to gain that skill, a person has had to pay college tuition and spend long hours in a classroom. Now, with the power of the internet at your fingertips, the NC Cooperative Extension Service is bringing a first class Introduction to Soil education to your office, dining room table, or local coffee shop. Learn more about this open online course at http://go.ncsu.edu/introduction-to-soil

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Munsell color book being used to determine the hue, value and chroma of a soil.

Soil 101: Introduction
to Soil – Online!

Understanding soil is a basic skill needed by anyone interested in agriculture, environmental science, gardening, natural resource management, and water quality. Traditionally, to gain that skill, a person has had to pay college tuition and spend long hours in a classroom. Now, with the power of the internet at your fingertips, the NC Cooperative Extension Service is bringing a first class Introduction to Soil education to your office, dining room table, or local coffee shop. Learn more about this open online course at http://go.ncsu.edu/introduction-to-soil

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Floriculture
InfoSearch

Floriculture InfoSearch is a powerful, but focused search engine designed to bring you floriculture information from the scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites, NC State University, and the American Floral Endowment Floriculture Archive (repository of literature dating back to the 1800s). Use this search engine for all of your floriculture questions. http://floricultureinfosearch.ces.ncsu.edu/

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Fruits and vegetable produce stand

Horticulture
InfoSearches Provide Answers!

Looking for answers to fruit, vegetable, weed or floriculture questions? The NC State University Department of Horticulture invites you to try their powerful, but focused search engines designed to provide answers from the scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites and NC State University, and archive (repository of literature dating back to the 1800s).  Use these search engines for all of your fruit, vegetable, weed and floriculture questions. Floriculture InfoSearch Fruit InfoSearch Vegetable InfoSearch Weed InfoSearch

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Foothills Farm
School

he 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 and $50 for each additional person. The application can be found at this link and payment should be mailed to Caldwell County Extension Service, 120 Hospital Ave, NE Suite 1, Lenoir, NC 28645. For more information, contact the Gaston Cooperative Extension Service by calling 704.922.2112.

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Where are all the butterflies? popular

Today I saw my first eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly of the year in my pollinator garden in Pittsboro, and it’s mid-July! Last week I saw my first black swallowtail. Earlier in the spring I MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

Preserving Summer’s Bounty Workshops!

With Nancy Abasiekong & Melinda Houser Extension Agents, Family & Consumer Sciences NC Cooperative Extension Home Canning Basics:  Green Beans & Pickles (Learn canning basics, how to can tomato products and freezing basics) MORE »

Small Fruits Field Day – Piedmont Research Station

Event Title:Small Fruit Field Day at Piedmont Research Station Event Date & Time:Thursday, June 19, 20144:00 PM – 8:00 PMEvent Description: Registration begins at 4:00 pm and the program starts at 4:30 pm.Location: Piedmont Research Station MORE »

Cleveland County 4-H Summer Fun 2014

Are you looking for great activities for your youth this summer? Check out our 2014 Summer Fun flyer.  To register, just call us @704-482-4365. Cleveland County MORE »

New Home Horticulture Publications from NCSU

Please see some of the newest Horticulture publication links below. Here are a few of the ones released recently: AG-439-78 Minimizing The Risk of Soil Contaminants in Urban Gardens AG-727 How to Organize a Community MORE »

Field Crops Notes Spring 2014

To:  Field Crops Producers From:  Steve Gibson, Extension Agent, Agriculture             Cleveland, Lincoln, Catawba Counties It is my pleasure to announce that once again I will be working MORE »

4-H Shoe Drive

Contact:  Cheryl Vagnozzi Volunteer Leader, Cleveland County 4-H Phone: 704-739-4070 Email: csvag@bellsouth.net Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Shoe Drive to Benefit 4-H, Developing Nations and the Environment The public is invited to participate MORE »

Retail Ready for Local Foods Workshop

Press Release Greg Traywick, County Extension Director NC Cooperative Extension – Cleveland County Center 130 S. Post Road, Suite 1 Shelby, NC  28152 (704) 482-4365 greg_traywick@ncsu.edu Retail Ready for Local Food Workshop Date: MORE »

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Private Applicators Pesticide Training V & X CreditsWed Aug 13, 2014
3:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Cooperative Extension Auditorium, 130 South Post Road, Shelby, NC 28152
— 2 weeks away
2014 Extension Master Gardener Class Mon Sep 15, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
130 South Post Road, Shelby, NC, United States
— 2 months away
2014 Extension Master Gardener Class Wed Sep 17, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
130 South Post Road, Shelby, NC, United States
— 2 months away
2014 Extension Master Gardener Class Mon Sep 22, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
130 South Post Road, Shelby, NC, United States
— 2 months away
2014 Extension Master Gardener Class Wed Sep 24, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
130 South Post Road, Shelby, NC, United States
— 2 months away
2014 Extension Master Gardener Class Mon Sep 29, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
130 South Post Road, Shelby, NC, United States
— 2 months away
2014 Extension Master Gardener Class Wed Oct 1, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
130 South Post Road, Shelby, NC, United States
— 2 months away
2014 Extension Master Gardener Class Mon Oct 6, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
130 South Post Road, Shelby, NC, United States
— 2 months away
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