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This page has been designed to help you find quickly and easily the information as it pertains to your CLEVELAND COUNTY N.C. Cooperative Extension CENTER.

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Broad River Grandparents Raising Grandchildren & Kinship Care Support Group

Broad River Grandparents Raising Grandchildren & Kinship Care Support Group (BRGRG) face-to-face meetings are postponed for now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are still meeting virtually. If you are a kinship care family and would like more information about the support group, call Nancy Abasiekong, N.C. Cooperative Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Agent at 704-482-4365 or Roxanne Rabb, Cleveland County DSS, 704-487-0661 ext. 306.

Cleveland County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program

The Extension Master Gardener program is an educational program designed to enhance public education in consumer horticulture. It provides educational assistance to the citizens of the county concerning lawns, fruits, vegetables, trees, and ornamentals through the utilization of a trained and supervised volunteer staff.

Under the guidance and support of Extension agents, selected residents of a county enter a specially designed training program in horticulture. Participants in the program must complete the training program, pass an examination, and volunteer a minimum of 40 hours per year (20 hours in subsequent years) through the local Cooperative Extension Center.

The Extension Master Gardener program allows the local Extension to extend education to an ever increasing gardening audience. It also provides the local center with a highly visible way to meet the public demand for information and to develop a strong clientele support group.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension increasingly utilizes trained Master Gardener volunteers to meet the constant demand for consumer horticulture information by the citizens of our state. Seventy three counties offer the Extension Master Gardener program. Many of our county programs are relatively new. There are currently over 3,000 active Master Gardener volunteers.

Cleveland County Kitchen
Cleveland County Kitchen is a collaboration between N.C. 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 to table. A research-based companion fact sheet will help consumers learn about growing fruits and vegetables and incorporating them into delicious, nutritious meals. Our goal is to educate Cleveland County citizens about the importance of local foods to our economy, health, environment, and quality of life.

Cleveland County Beekeepers Association

The Cleveland County Beekeepers Association feels that the most effective way to learn beekeeping and to stay up-to-date on successful beekeeping methods. The best way to do this is to join and be active in a local chapter of the NCSBA, which meets frequently and provides personal advice from beekeepers in the local community. Along with having the benefit of having Specialists from the N.C. Cooperative Extension, NCDA, and NCSU specialists, along with other professionals at most meetings to help local beekeepers find answers to those unBEEleavable questions that arise as a result of this hobby. The association promotes beekeeping as a hobby or as a livelihood,and educates and stimulates the interest of the general public in the benefits of honey bees and beekeeping. Membership for the local chapter is $7 annually.

Cleveland County Cattlemen’s Association

Cleveland County Cattlemen’s Association (CCCA) is a non-profit educational organization that serves to promote the beef industry in and around Cleveland County. Persons or firms interested in the production, marketing, or consumption of beef are eligible to join. Membership is $10 annually.

Foothills Farmers’ Market

Foothills Farmers’ Market is a certified grower market which operates at beautiful City Pavilion located at 126 W. Marion Street, Shelby, NC 28150. each Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The 2017 season runs from April 1st through November 18th.

Extension and Community Association

The Extension and Community Association (ECA) is an adult volunteer organization closely affiliated with N.C. Cooperative Extension. You will also become part of a dynamic volunteer organization that promotes personal growth and development and seeks to enhance the quality of life for others in the local community. The mission of Leadership Development, Volunteer Work, Educational Support, Research-based education from North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University.


North Carolina Cooperative Extension is based at North Carolina’s two land-grant institutions, NC State University and NC A&T State University, in all 100 counties and on the Cherokee Reservation.

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Greg Traywick, County Extension Director
(704) 482-4365
130 S. Post Road, Suite 1
Shelby, NC 28152