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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.

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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.

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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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4-H Annual Holiday

Annual 4-H Holiday Craft event has become an afternoon/evening program for 2014. This event is for families with youth ages 5 to 14 years old. Cost: $5.00 per youth per room by age group. Refreshments will be provided. Come make several crafts to give as gifts or keep for yourself. For more information, please contact 4-H Program Assistant, Lisa Deal 828.757.1257

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Farm City DinnerTue Nov 25, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Meeting room 6 at the Caldwell County LIbrary in Lenoir.
— 2 days away
Closed for ThanksgivingThu Nov 27 - Sun Nov 30, 2014 - ALL DAY— 3 days away
Caldwell 4-H Holiday Craft EveningFri Dec 12, 2014
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Caldwell County Public Library Meeting Rooms Hospital Avenue Northwest, Lenoir, Caldwell, NC, United States
— 3 weeks away
Caldwell 4-H Adult Volunteer/Parent Advisory MeetingMon Dec 15, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
120 Hospital Ave. Lenoir, NC, Meeting Room 2
— 3 weeks away
Master Gardener's AssociationMon Dec 15, 2014
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Library Meeting Rooms, 120 Hospital Ave., NE, Lenoir, NC 28645
— 3 weeks away
Caldwell Beekeepers AssociationThu Dec 18, 2014
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
120 Hospital Ave., NE, Lenoir, NC 28645
— 4 weeks away
Closed for ChristmasWed Dec 24 - Sun Dec 28, 2014 - ALL DAY— 4 weeks away
Caldwell Beekeepers AssociationThu Jan 15, 2015
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
120 Hospital Ave., NE, Lenoir, NC 28645
— 2 months away
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