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ECA Educational
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NC Cooperative Extension Service

ECA Educational
Scholarship Opportunity

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

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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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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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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

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 »

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Backyard CompostingWed Apr 8, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM— 2 weeks away
Perennial Pleasures for 2015Mon Apr 20, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM— 4 weeks away
Pine Straw Harvesting in Longleaf Pine Forests: Best Management Guidelines to Sustain Wildlife ResourcesThu Apr 23, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Where:
www.forestrywebinars.net
— 4 weeks away
Backyard Poultry Intensive WorkshopFri Apr 24, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM— 4 weeks away
[ProNR] Emergency Planning Webinar Thu Apr 30, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Where:
www.forestrywebinars.net
— 1 month away
Turf Maintenance to Avoid Summer StressMon May 11, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM— 1 month away
Insects Among UsMon Jun 15, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM— 3 months away
Fall Vegetable GardeningMon Jul 20, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM— 4 months away
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