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4-H Super Summer

It's that time of year again!!  Registration begins April 29th for the Gaston County 4-H Super Summer.  Click here for more information.

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4-H Super Summer

It's that time of year again!!  Registration begins April 29th for the Gaston County 4-H Super Summer.  Click here for more information.

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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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Home Grown Gaston
2014

Tickets available for sale at the door. September 9th from 5-8 p.m. at the Gastonia Farmers Market Home Grown Gaston is NC Cooperative Extension’s celebration of local foods and local causes. This event will showcase delicious locally-grown foods that will be prepared by local chefs and restaurants.  Festival attendees will also enjoy live music and have the opportunity to meet and greet the local farmers and chefs who prepared the food. Proceeds from the event will benefit Gaston Hospice. Gaston Hospice provides a unique form of health care for patients with a life-limiting illness who can no longer benefit from efforts to cure their disease.  In addition to addressing physical pain and symptoms, hospice responds to the social, emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill persons and their loved ones as they define those needs.

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Cankerworms

The cankerworm is making its appearance throughout Gaston County.  Cankerworms generally don't kill trees, but may drain a tree of some of its energy and may make it weaker. Cankerworm[/caption] .

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Nutrition & Wellness
Programs

Gaston County Cooperative Extension provides a wide variety of nutrition and wellness programs!  Please click here for more information.

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Introduction to Medicare

Gaston County SHIIP to Hold Introduction to Medicare Workshop Will you soon be eligible for Medicare or have you recently enrolled in Medicare?  Do you have questions about Medicare and the options and MORE »

Living with Diabetes

If you or someone you know has diabetes, you are not alone. Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes including more than 785,000 individuals in North Carolina, where diabetes is the seventh leading cause MORE »

St. Patrick’s Day Meals

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, this is the time for all things green to be celebrated. Green fruits and vegetables provide a variety of nutrients such as vitamin C, folate, MORE »

Whole Grains

Take a trip through a local super market and you’re sure to find more food products featuring whole grains. In fact, many statistics show that the sales of ancient grains (such as spelt MORE »

Slow Cookers

Using a slow-cooker is a great way to prepare more meals at home, in addition to saving a few bucks on grocery costs by purchasing less expensive cuts of meat. Slow-cookers use low MORE »

ECA Pie Day

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy tasty homemade pies at the Annual Pie Tastin’ Day fundraiser sponsored by Gaston County Extension and Community Association (ECA). Pie Tastin’ Day will feature numerous pies freshly MORE »

Healthy Pantry

No matter if your New Year’s resolution was to get organized or to eating smarter, a good place to start is in your pantry. A well-stocked and organized pantry makes it simpler to MORE »

Cleaning the Fridge

Now is a good time to clean and organize your refrigerator. Cleaning the refrigerator or freezer periodically can increase its operating efficiency, extend the life of the appliance, and protect foods stored within. MORE »

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NC Underground Storage Tank SchoolTue Apr 21, 2015 Today
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
Citizens Resource Center - 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy., Dallas, NC 28034
— 8 hours away
Living Healthy with DiabetesWed Apr 22, 2015
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Lucile Tatum Homemakers Center, 959 Osceola St, Gastonia, NC 28054, United States
— Tomorrow
Pine Straw Harvesting in Longleaf Pine Forests: Best Management Guidelines to Sustain Wildlife ResourcesThu Apr 23, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Where:
www.forestrywebinars.net
— 3 days away
Backyard Poultry Intensive WorkshopFri Apr 24, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Gaston Citizens Resource Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy, Dallas, NC
— 3 days away
ECA Knitting ClassesMon Apr 27, 2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC
— 6 days away
Southwest ECA Club Monthly MeetingMon Apr 27, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St. Gastonia, NC
— 7 days away
Scrappers Unlimited ECA Club Monthly MeetingTue Apr 28, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC
— 1 week away
Gaston County Beekeepers Association Monthly MeetingTue Apr 28, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
Citizens Resource Center - 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy., Dallas, NC 28034
— 1 week away
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