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ECA Educational
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NC Cooperative Extension Service

ECA Educational
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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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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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FAMACHA Training

Join us for a FAMACHA Training on July 23 from 1-4:30 PM. See details below: FAMACHA training 2015 MORE »

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Meet the Tomato Bug! popular

I got a call from a Chatham County greenhouse tomato grower recently about an insect flying around that they had never seen. I visited the greenhouse and saw many tiny insects moving around the MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

Food Preservation Classes

Have you ever wanted to can your own vegetables, fruits or make your own pickles? We are offering Food Preservation Classes this Summer. Click on Flyer for more information. Any questions, call Nancy MORE »

The native Adam's needle (Yucca filamentosa) is a showstopper in bloom in the pollinator garden!

Pollinator Garden Tour Wednesday June 10 popular

Wednesday June 10 at 5:30 pm Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will be giving a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro. The garden was designed to MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

2015 Extension Master Gardener Classes

Would you like to become a NC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener? Cleveland County Extension will offer classes in 2015. The Extension Master Gardener program is an educational program designed to enhance public education in MORE »

Evin Evans Spring Goat Show

Join us for the Evin Evans Spring Show, June 5-7, 2015. Cleveland County Fairgrounds 1751 E. Marion Street Shelby, NC 28152 For show information and registration, go to: MORE »

Cleveland County 4-H Summer Fun Activities

Looking for some FUN this Summer?  Join Cleveland County 4-H for some fantastic activities.  Please see our 2015 Cleveland County 4-H Summer Fun Flyer. If you have any questions, please call Ashley Lee, MORE »

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Food Preservation Class - Basics of Pressure CanningWed Jul 15, 2015
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
130 S Post Rd, Shelby, NC 28152, USA
— 2 weeks away
FAMACHA TRAININGThu Jul 16, 2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
130 S Post Rd, Shelby, NC 28152, USA
— 2 weeks away
Food Preservation Class - Water Bath Canning - Tomatoes & Tomato SalsaMon Jul 20, 2015
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
130 S Post Rd, Shelby, NC 28152, USA
— 2 weeks away
Fall Vegetable GardeningMon Jul 20, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM— 2 weeks away
Food Preservation Classes - Pickles and Pickle RelishesTue Jul 21, 2015
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
130 S Post Rd, Shelby, NC 28152, USA
— 3 weeks away
Cool Season Turf TipsMon Aug 17, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM— 1 month away
Master Gardener ClassTue Sep 15, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
130 S Post Rd, Shelby, NC 28152, USA
— 2 months away
Master Gardener ClassThu Sep 17, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
130 S Post Rd, Shelby, NC 28152, USA
— 2 months away
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