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ECA Educational
Scholarship Opportunity

Information on the ECA Educational Scholarship Opportunity can be found here.

NC Cooperative Extension Service

ECA Educational
Scholarship Opportunity

Information on the ECA Educational Scholarship Opportunity can be found here.

Food Processing and Manufacturing Initiative

Food Processing and
Manufacturing Initiative

NC food processing and manufacturing initiative feasiblity study released The agricultural resources, industrial capacity and research innovation assets present in North Carolina create opportunities to catalyze development of value-added food processing and manufacturing businesses, according to a joint NC State-NCDA&CS economic feasibity study released Jan. 12. One page summary of the Initiative View the Full Report

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Foothills Farm

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.

NC Cooperative Extension Service

New Peak-Season Soil
Testing Fee

The Appropriations Act of 2013 contains a provision to implement a new soil-testing fee.  Pending final approval by the Board of Agriculture, a $4 fee will be charged for all soil samples processed by the NCDA&CS Agronomic Division during its busiest season: December through March. There will still be no fee from April through November. Read complete details HERE.

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Extension Programs – Spring/Summer 2015 popular

Join us for Extension programming March – August, 2015!  If you would like to learn more about Vegetable Gardening, Backyard Composting, Perennial Pleasures, Backyard Poultry, Turf Management, Insects Among Us, Fall Vegetable Gardening MORE »

ECA Educational Scholarship Opportunity

ECA Educational Scholarship Each year NC Extension & Community Association, Inc. (ECA) offers educational scholarships to NC youth and adults who are pursuing a college education in North Carolina. The purpose of the MORE »

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 »

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