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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.

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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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There's a Solution to
Cankerworm Activity

NCSU Entomologists have determined the best way to control cankerworms is by interrupting the life cycle. Adult moths are wingless and must "crawl" the tree trunks to lay their eggs.  By applying traps to the trunks of trees in October/November, moths never make it to the tree canopy and the next generation is destroyed.  Click the link for more information Cankerworm Publication

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Foothills Farm School
Focuses on Developing Successful and 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. Registration deadline is Friday, December 5, and costs are as follows: one person, $250; two people from the same farm, $400. The application can be found at this link. For more information, contact the Cooperative Extension Service by visiting http://gaston.ces.ncsu.edu or calling 704-922-2112.

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Munsell color book being used to determine the hue, value and chroma of a soil.

Soil 101: Introduction
to Soil – Online!

Understanding soil is a basic skill needed by anyone interested in agriculture, environmental science, gardening, natural resource management, and water quality. Traditionally, to gain that skill, a person has had to pay college tuition and spend long hours in a classroom. Now, with the power of the internet at your fingertips, the NC Cooperative Extension Service is bringing a first class Introduction to Soil education to your office, dining room table, or local coffee shop. Learn more about this open online course at http://go.ncsu.edu/introduction-to-soil

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2013 Seasonal Foods Class

2014 Hands-on with
Home Grown Gaston

From gardening, composting, cooking and canning, Cooperative Extension offers a variety of hands-on workshops to help you enjoy the many aspects of local foods. Both daytime and evening sessions are available for most classes. For more information regarding Hands-on with Home Grown Gaston schedule of workshops click here and for the registration form please click here.

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Turkey Tips

Thanksgiving is just a little over a week away, which gives plenty of time for you to brush up on your turkey technique.  Much unnecessary stress occurs when preparing holiday meals as a MORE »

Muscadines

Muscadine grapes are a local favorite and throughout the years have become more commonly known for both their flavor and health benefits. During 2001, the NC General Assembly named the muscadine grape as MORE »

Apples

It seems that many folks are ready for the change of seasons. They welcome cooler weather and the earth-tone colors of autumn. Regardless of recent summer temperatures, autumn is on its way. One MORE »

Eat at Home

Healthy eating on a budget has been the topic of discussion throughout several community groups that I have worked with over the past week. The most common strategy that I heard over and MORE »

A Matter of Balance

One in every three adults ages 65 or older falls each year. Additionally, two million adults ages 65 or older are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries each year. These figures reported MORE »

Local Honey

We take so much of our food supply for granted. One example that comes to mind is honey. Have you ever stopped to think about what it takes for bees to make honey MORE »

Summer Meals

If the hot days of summer are keeping you out of the kitchen, then beat the heat with these cooler takes on quick and healthy meal ideas: Grilling options. When summer’s heat is MORE »

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ECA Knitting ClassesMon Nov 24, 2014
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC
— 15 hours away
Southwest ECA Club Monthly MeetingMon Nov 24, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St. Gastonia, NC
— 24 hours away
Scrappers Unlimited ECA Club Monthly MeetingTue Nov 25, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC
— 2 days away
ECA Knitting ClassesMon Dec 1, 2014
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC
— 1 week away
Martha Goebel ECA Club MeetingTue Dec 2, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC
— 1 week away
Happy Potters ECA Club Monthly MeetingMon Dec 8, 2014
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center , 959 Osceola St. Gastonia, NC
— 2 weeks away
ECA Knitting ClassesMon Dec 8, 2014
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC
— 2 weeks away
Bel-Heights ECA Club Monthly MeetingMon Dec 8, 2014
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Where:
Presbyterian Church of Lowell, 207 E. 1st St. Lowell, NC
— 2 weeks away
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