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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.

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.

NC Cooperative Extension Service

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Farm School Develops
Successful, Sustainable Farms

Are you interested in a small farm operation of your own? Ever wondered how to get started? Looking to diversify? North Carolina Cooperative Extension invites beginning and existing farmers to attend the 2015 Foothills Farm School. More and more families are looking at ways to supplement their incomes and put their land into something productive. Quite often, we are 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. For individuals who are seriously considering or currently involved in farming, the Foothills Farm School is a great way to help answer these questions and more. The 2015 Foothills Farm School is designed to provide training in production practices and business planning. This seven-month educational program focuses on operating successful small-scale and sustainable farms. The school offers seven seminars taught by agricultural professionals, which give farmers the tools to develop sustainable farming operations.  Session topics include business planning, business structure, tax and legal issues, marketing, and risk management, among others. The school also includes seven 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. Participants from the 2014 Foothills Farm School had the following to say: “I learned the pitfalls of farming and how to minimize mistakes with good planning.” “Having to put together a cost analysis or budget for any service or enterprise being undertaken was an eye-opener. The Farm School encouraged me to rethink some of my plans and implementation.” “This school was most helpful in opening doors in the field of agriculture and putting useful information at our fingertips.” “Farm School taught me how to market my products and how to accurately price my products so that I was not undervaluing my labor and my expenses.” “The class made us re-examine all of our products and profitability – long overdue!” Classes meet at the Catawba County Extension Center on the first Tuesday of the month beginning on January from 6 to 9 pm. Farm field days are typically on the second 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. Application deadline is Monday, December 1, and costs are as follows: one person, $250; two people from the same farm, $400. For more information or to apply, click on the Foothills Farm School Application.

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Extension Gardener
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Subscribe to the Extension Gardener email listserv to receive notification when new editions of the newsletter have been posted to the Extension Gardener Portal . Extension Gardener is a quarterly newsletter written by horticultural experts across the state with regional editions focused on the North Carolina coastal plain, mountains, and piedmont.

Cooking Club

New 4-H Cooking

Our first meeting to explore interest will be Tuesday, October 28, at 3:30pm. Please come to the kitchen through the Extension office entrance. I invite you to join your child as your schedule permits. If your child has never enrolled in 4-H, we need you to attend with them). If possible, please send your child to the first club meeting with 3 large eggs and anticipate a plate of deviled eggs to include in your supper meal:) We will conclude around 5:00pm and walk your children out to our parking lot. Contact Darlene Berry, 4-H/FCS Agent (828)757-1257 darlene_berry@ncsu.edu

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Last Sunday morning we were greeted with cool temperatures. I was asked the difference between frost and freeze warnings. Many use the term frost and freezing interchangeably, but they are really different. A MORE »

Red spider lily, Lycoris radiata var. radiata.

Stink Bugs and Red Spider Lilies popular

Stink bugs and red spider lilies are the hot topics this week at the Caldwell Extension Center. We have received many calls about both. I’ll start with stink bugs. The official name of MORE »


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This 1919 photo from the NCSU Libraries Digital Program depicts wheat farm operations in Buncombe County. Wheat is being cut by cradle and bound by hand.

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This year we are celebrating Cooperative Extension’s 100th birthday. World War I also started in 1914. The war created a challenge for the American farmer and provided Cooperative Extension with its first challenge. MORE »

Who is Merlin, and Why is He at Breakfast?

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I often get asked why chickens stop laying eggs. There is usually not a simple answer. The cause can be nutritional. However, if a commercial feed is being offered to the birds, feed MORE »

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4-H Cooking ClubTue Oct 28, 2014
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Caldwell County Cooperative Extension Center, 120 Hospital Ave NW, Lenoir, NC, United States
— 3 days away
Annual Fall Pro Day at Killians Tue Nov 4, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Killian's Lawn Care, 3790 Springs Road, NE, Hickory, NC, United States
— 1 week away
Closed for Veterans DayTue Nov 11 - Tue Nov 11, 2014 - ALL DAY— 2 weeks away
Caldwell 4-H Adult Volunteer/Parent Advisory MeetingMon Nov 17, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
120 Hospital Ave. Lenoir, NC, Meeting Room 2
— 3 weeks away
Caldwell 4-H County Council/Youth Leadership MeetingMon Nov 17, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
120 Hospital Ave. Lenoir, NC - Meeting Room 4
— 3 weeks away
Master Gardener's AssociationMon Nov 17, 2014
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Library Meeting Rooms, 120 Hospital Ave., NE, Lenoir, NC 28645
— 3 weeks away
Webinar - Effective Use of Electric Fencing to Improve Grazing Management and Enhance Soil HealthWed Nov 19, 2014
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Where:
120 Hospital Ave NW, Lenoir, NC 28645, USA
— 4 weeks away
Caldwell Beekeepers AssociationThu Nov 20, 2014
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
120 Hospital Ave., NE, Lenoir, NC 28645
— 4 weeks away
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