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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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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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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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Comment Now on FDA’s New Food Safety Rules popular

From the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA): In September 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released several reproposed sections of food safety regulations originally proposed in January 2013: Standards for produce production (Produce Rule) MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

Cleveland County Kitchen Project

Cleveland County Kitchen is a collaboration between NC Cooperative Extension and Cleveland Community College to showcase local farmers and local foods.  A monthly cable television show will take a featured product from farm MORE »

Cooking Healthy for the Holidays

Healthy Holiday Cooking “Healthy” and “holiday” don’t usually find themselves in the same sentence, especially when it comes to food. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Holiday celebrations and traditions are MORE »

Pickle School – Acidified Foods Manufacturing Course

Register now to attend the upcoming Acidified Foods Manufacturing Course and start selling pickles at your farmers’ market or roadside stand. A new approach to training allows students to register and pay online, complete the MORE »

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 »

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BR Grandparents Raising GrandchildrenMon Dec 8, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Cooperative Extension, 130 South Post Road, Shelby NC 28152
— 2 weeks away
BR Grandparents Raising GrandchildrenThu Jan 15, 2015
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Cooperative Extension, 130 South Post Road, Shelby, NC 28152
— 2 months away
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