Below is a list of upcoming Programs and Events that we email out each month. If you are interested in joining our email list please email Tina Lovejoy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828.757.1290. Thank you.
Growers, Neighbors, & Friends,
Spring is here, the Farmers Markets are opening, and there is excitement in the air. This is an exciting time, we (NC Cooperative Extension) are celebrating our centennial this year. To promote the celebration, UNC TV is featuring segments about NC Cooperative Extension. The first in this series is about 4-H. The 9 minute segment can be viewed online at (http://video.pbs.org/video/2365228433/).
I also want to share a video about the poultry industry that features a local poultry farmer, Phillip Wike. Phillip farms in the Kings Creek community and raises chickens, but also cattle, corn, and hay. I think you will enjoy the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c90-9GHBjxA&sns=em).
Finally, if you have kids or grand kids that are seeking summer experiences, please have a look at our 4-H Summer Exploring camps. I am excited about the learning opportunities we will be providing for youth in Caldwell County this summer. We are offering a “Farm to Fork” class, “picking and preserving”, and a week of exploring agriculture in Caldwell County. For a complete listing of 4-H Summer Exploring visit (//caldwell.ces.ncsu.edu/2014/04/292488/).
Listed below are programs and events taking place this month. I feel these are of general interest. Sincerely – Seth
4-H Alumni Meet and Greet
Friday, May 2 – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Where: Tractor Supply Company, Blowing Rock Boulevard, Lenoir, NC
Caldwell County 4-H Youth Development staff (Darlene Berry, Lisa Deal, and Diana Ford) will be hosting a 4-H Alumni Meet and Greet event at Tractor Supply Company. Come share your 4-H experience and history, and enjoy a piece of cake. Tractor Supply Company supports 4-H through the Green Clover Campaign which runs from April 23rd through May 4.
Caldwell County Farmer’s Market- Opening Day
Saturday, May 3 – 6:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Caldwell Co Public Library / Agricultural Center Parking Lot
The Caldwell County Farmers Market opens the first Saturday in May at 6:00 AM. Come be part of the fun, meet local growers, and go home with great locally grown produce.
4-H West District Horse Show
Sunday, May 4
Where: WNC Agriculture Center, Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC
For additional details about this event please visit
Sawmills Farmers Market- Opening Day
Tuesday, May 6 – 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: Helena Street, Sawmills, NC
The Sawmills Farmers Market opens the first Tuesday in May at 3:00 PM. Come be part of the fun, meet local growers, and go home with great locally grown produce. For more information visit the Sawmills Farmers Market website at (http://www.sawmillsfarmersmarket.com).
NRCS – Soil Health Workshop
Friday, May 9 – 9:00 AM – 1:00PM
Where: JRH Grain Farms LLC, 3230 Rocky Ford Road in Newton, NC
Soil Health Field Day at Russell Hedrick’s JRH Grain Farms LLC will demonstrate mixed species cover crop to benefit the soil health. Registration is requested if you plan to attend. One hour of Pesticide Credits (N, O, D, & X) , 1.5 hours of Soil & Water Management, 0.5 hours of Integrated Pest Management, and 1 hour of Crop Management CCA credits have been approved for this workshop. For additional information and to register visit (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soil-health-field-day-sponsored-by-catawba-swcd-tickets-10315274263)
Eat Drink & Be Local
May 18 – 24
Where: Catawba County
Everyone is invited to Eat Drink and Be Local in Catawba County on May 18th-24th. You can join in by enjoying a meal featuring local foods at one of the participating restaurants, shopping at the farmers market and trying a new recipe at home, or attending one of the many events throughout the week. Events will include a farm tour, gardening and cooking classes, a local beer and wine tasting, and a local foods feast. Events details to be announced soon at (https://www.facebook.com/EatDrinkandBeLocal).
Poultry Processing Workshop
Thursday, May 22 – 4:00PM – 7:00PM
Where: Wild Turkey Farms, 1015 Old Cress Road, Salisbury, NC
Please join us for an educational workshop on the processing of broiler chickens on May 22, 2014 at Wild Turkey Farms (1015 Old Cress Road, Salisbury) from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The cost is $20 per person, with a 12 person limit. Please RSVP to the Rowan County Cooperative Extension (704-216-8970) by May 19.
Summer Exploring Kick Off
Saturday, June 7 – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Caldwell Extension Center, Lenoir NC 28645
Register and learn more about Caldwell County 4-H and Caldwell Public Library’s summer programs. The theme is science and the focus is FUN! Meet the 4-H staff and junior leaders. Free activities for families with children of all ages. More information about all the Summer Exploring Programs is available at (http://go.ncsu.edu/n4e8g4).
County Association Meetings
- Caldwell Beekeepers Association – Thursday, May 15 at 6:30 PM – For more information contact Milton Foster at 754-0799
- Master Gardener’s Association – Monday, May 19 – 6:30 PM – For more information contact Lee Cox at 396-2828
Seth Hamilton Nagy,
County Extension Director
North Carolina State University
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Caldwell County Center
120 Hospital Avenue, Suite #1
Lenoir, North Carolina 28645