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Better Living Series:
new workshops scheduled!

Check out our new Better Living Series workshops. From personal health to the health of your lawn and trees, we've got you covered. Please note that advance registration is required for workshops.

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20160517_115304

Better Living Series:
new workshops scheduled!

Check out our new Better Living Series workshops. From personal health to the health of your lawn and trees, we've got you covered. Please note that advance registration is required for workshops.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Attend the 2017
Catawba River NC Farm School!!

Realize the dream of owning your own farm! Learn from the successful farms of our graduates! Marketing, budgeting, finance, risk management, and farm production training tailored to your goals One on one business consultations with NC State University Specialists Continued events and relationships to help you develop your business beyond 2016 NC Farm School Access to farming resources developed in our program exclusively for NCFS Students Relationships with extension agents in your county connecting you to valuable resources To receive an application go to https://ncfarmschool.ces.ncsu.edu/2017-registration/ Gaston County will be hosting the Catawba River NC Farm School in 2017.  The NC Farm School program offers eight business-planning seminars taught by extension specialists, agents, and experienced farmers who completed our program. These sessions give students the tools to create viable farm business plans. The school is easy to fit into a busy schedule by providing one class each month and each business session focuses on different areas of a business plan, including financial management and effective marketing strategies. The goal of NC Farm School is to allow a pathway of success for farmers to generate profitable businesses. The program also includes field trips to working farms, many of which completed our program and operate successful farms. Participants learn economically sustainable farming methods in a range of production systems, including fruits, vegetables, specialty crops, poultry, animal husbandry, and agritourism. One of the features of the NC Farm School is getting one on one time with NC State University specialists trained in agricultural business, marketing, production system evaluation, and business startup. These consultations are so valuable to help saving students’ time and money and getting their farm business up and running. In addition students will meet a local agent who can help them follow through with their plans, connect them to valuable resources, and make sure they have a sound production system in place. To receive an application go to https://ncfarmschool.ces.ncsu.edu/2017-registration/

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Master Gardener
Application

Want to learn more about becoming a Master Gardener - visit their website by clicking here.  Interested in becoming a Master Gardener?  Click here to print the application.

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Youth entree from the First Annual Somethin' Pumpkin Cooking Contest, 2015.

2nd Annual Somethin'
Pumpkin Cooking Contest

Get ready to get your cookin' groove on! Winners receive cash prizes! Contest Categories: Main Dish (soups, salads, sandwiches, casseroles) Desserts (cakes, breads, cookies, pastries, and tarts) Miscellaneous (beverages, appetizers, low-calorie, etc.) Youth (ages 8 - 18) Click here for details. Cash prizes provided by Gaston Farm Bureau: Grand Prize - $100 Category Prizes:  1st Prize - $50; 2nd Prize - $25; 3rd Prize - $15

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How Well Is Gaston County Aging?

Projected Growth No doubt about it, Gaston County is getting older. According to data provided by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, during 2014 there were 43,948 older adults (ages 60 and older) MORE »

Derrick Sides

Batcrow Farms Follows a Dream popular

Derrick Sides grew up on a farm and has a love of the land and agriculture but his perspective is unique. Having been an artist and involved in local government he decided to try MORE » – from   NC Farm School

Rosencrans

Crossings Farm Finds the Sweet Spot popular

Family, agriculture, community, and a passion for how they do things is what defines the farm that Jennifer and Ben Rosencrans had been dreaming of. Going back over 200 years Jennifer’s family farmed the MORE » – from   NC Farm School

Attend the 2017 Catawba River NC Farm School!!

Realize the dream of owning your own farm! Learn from the successful farms of our graduates! Marketing, budgeting, finance, risk management, and farm production training tailored to your goals One on one business consultations with MORE »

Rescue my Fescue!

Fescue is the most popular lawn in Gaston County.  But the summer heat, disease, and weed pressure can soon have your lawn looking like this one.  Join Horticulture Agent, Julie Flowers on June MORE »

Introduction to Medicare Workshop

The Gaston County Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) will hold a free workshop to provide an introduction to Medicare and its programs on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, from 10 AM – 12 MORE »

Gaston County Master Gardener Plant Sale

Spring into gardening with the Gaston County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer spring plant sale. The sale will be held in the Citizens Resources Center on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 8:00 am MORE »

NC Farm School Goes Local

The NC Farm School program offers eight business-planning seminars taught by extension specialist, agents, and experienced farmers who completed our program. These sessions give students the tools to create viable farm business plans. The school MORE » – from   NC Farm School

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ECA Knitting ClassMon Aug 29, 2016
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC
— 15 hours away
ECA Knitting ClassMon Sep 5, 2016
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC
— 1 week away
Martha Goebel ECA Club MeetingTue Sep 6, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC
— 1 week away
Nursery Weed Management Field DayWed Sep 7, 2016
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Hawksridge Farms 4243 S. NC 127 Hwy, Hickory, NC
— 1 week away
Living Healthy with DiabetesWed Sep 7, 2016
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
Lucile Tatum Homemakers Center, 959 Osceola St, Gastonia, NC 28054, United States
— 1 week away
Living Healthy with DiabetesWed Sep 7, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Lucile Tatum Homemakers Center, 959 Osceola St, Gastonia, NC 28054, United States
— 1 week away
West Gastonia ECA Club MeetingThu Sep 8, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC
— 2 weeks away
Happy Potters ECA Club MeetingMon Sep 12, 2016
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center , 959 Osceola St. Gastonia, NC
— 2 weeks away
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