Have You Received Unsolicited Seeds From China?
Recently people across the country and in Gaston County have received seed packets that they never ordered. Those seeds were from China, and there has been great concern that the seeds contain invasive species. People were, and still are, asked to not plant those seeds. Instead, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) requests notification for pickup by NCDA&CS personnel.
Gaston County residents are still asked to go online to report receipt of these seeds or to call 1-800-206-9333.
Once the NCDA&CS has been notified, the seed packets should be dropped off at a local county N.C. Cooperative Extension Center. N.C. Cooperative Extension of Gaston County is located at 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy in Dallas, NC. Because of COVID-19 precautions, the office is open to the public by appointment only. Please call ahead at 704-922-2119 or 704-922-2130 before bringing any seeds.