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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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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

6th Annual Home Grown
Gaston

Come and enjoy delicious all-you-can-eat entrees and desserts prepared by local chefs who will showcase locally grown meats, dairy and produce. Your participation in this event will help to support Prevent Child Abuse Gaston. Tues., September 27th | 5-8PM Gastonia Farmers' Market ~ 410 E. Long Ave., Gastonia, NC TICKET INFO: Tickets ($35 per person) available on Eventbrite FOR MORE DETAILS: 704.922.2111 or david.fogarty@gastongov.com

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

Somethin’ About Pumpkins popular

Autumn is almost here and with it comes the season of festivals, hearty foods, and of course, all things pumpkin. When it comes to eating smart, pumpkin is certainly a nutritional all-star. That’s MORE »

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OTL Farms Up and Running popular

Davon Goodwin is a prime example of what it means to work hard and have a big heart. Davon launched OTL Farms this fall as an application of the lessons he learned from MORE » – from   NC Farm School

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 »

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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

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Crossings Farm Finds the Sweet Spot

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 »

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 Oct 3, 2016
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC
— 3 days away
Martha Goebel ECA Club MeetingTue Oct 4, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC
— 4 days away
Living Healthy with Chronic ConditionsTue Oct 4, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Citizens Resource Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy, Dallas, NC
— 4 days away
Introduction to MedicareTue Oct 4, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Where:
Lucile Tatum Homemakers Center, 959 Osceola St, Gastonia, NC 28054, USA
— 4 days away
Tree Banding for CankerwormsTue Oct 4, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Lucile Tatum Homemakers Center, 959 Osceola St, Gastonia, NC 28054, USA
— 4 days away
Living Healthy with DiabetesWed Oct 5, 2016
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
Lucile Tatum Homemakers Center, 959 Osceola St, Gastonia, NC 28054, United States
— 5 days away
Living Healthy with DiabetesWed Oct 5, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Lucile Tatum Homemakers Center, 959 Osceola St, Gastonia, NC 28054, United States
— 5 days away
Tree Banding for CankerwormsThu Oct 6, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where:
Citizens Resource Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy., Dallas, NC
— 6 days away
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