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Plant Sciences Initiative Study Report

Plant Sciences
Initiative

Plant sciences initiative could spark NC economic growth, study finds A new economic study, released Jan. 12, shows that North Carolina has an opportunity to be the global hub for advanced plant sciences research and for the application of that research to expanding agricultural productivity. One page summary of the Initiative  View the Report

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Plant Sciences Initiative Study Report

Plant Sciences
Initiative

Plant sciences initiative could spark NC economic growth, study finds A new economic study, released Jan. 12, shows that North Carolina has an opportunity to be the global hub for advanced plant sciences research and for the application of that research to expanding agricultural productivity. One page summary of the Initiative  View the Report

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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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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Take Control of Your
Health

Living Healthy is a Stanford University program designed for anyone with a chronic health condition who want to better manage his or her health.  Please click here for more information.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Gaston County
Extension Programs

Gaston County Cooperative Extension provides many programs throughout the year.  Please see attached flyer for horticulture, agriculture, natural resources and nutrition and cooking programs being held through April.  Please click here for more information.

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Food Processing and Manufacturing Initiative

Food Processing and
Manufacturing Initiative

NC food processing and manufacturing initiative feasiblity study released The agricultural resources, industrial capacity and research innovation assets present in North Carolina create opportunities to catalyze development of value-added food processing and manufacturing businesses, according to a joint NC State-NCDA&CS economic feasibity study released Jan. 12. One page summary of the Initiative View the Full Report

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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 »

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 »

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EVENTS View All
ECA Knitting ClassesMon Mar 2, 2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC
— 4 days away
Gaston County Bee SchoolMon Mar 2, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
Citizens Resource Center - 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy., Dallas, NC 28034
— 4 days away
Martha Goebel ECA Club MeetingTue Mar 3, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC
— 5 days away
Living HealthyTue Mar 3, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
Lucile Tatum Homemakers Center, 959 Osceola St, Gastonia, NC 28054, United States
— 5 days away
Happy Potters ECA Club Monthly MeetingMon Mar 9, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center , 959 Osceola St. Gastonia, NC
— 2 weeks away
ECA Knitting ClassesMon Mar 9, 2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC
— 2 weeks away
Bel-Heights ECA Club Monthly MeetingMon Mar 9, 2015
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Where:
Presbyterian Church of Lowell, 207 E. 1st St. Lowell, NC
— 2 weeks away
Gaston County Bee SchoolMon Mar 9, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
Citizens Resource Center - 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy., Dallas, NC 28034
— 2 weeks away
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