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Garden classroom offers ‘endless possibilities’ in Caswell County

Brandi Boaz (right) and Spencer the Sweet Potato lead a class in the gazebo, part of the outdoor classroom gardens at Stoney Creek Elementary.

A new outdoor classroom on the grounds of Caswell County’s Stoney Creek Elementary School promises to be a healthy learning environment in more ways than one. The facility was built at the school through a project led by Brandi Boaz, assistant 4-H Extension agent.

Swain County Farmers Market takes off, thanks in part to Extension Master Gardener’s leadership

Mike Glover and heritage chicken

For years, organizers of the Swain County Farmers Market struggled to get vendors and customers, but an enthusiastic Master Gardener volunteer helped the market blossom in 2011 with a new location, new vendors and new customers.

Cabarrus Master Gardeners welcome spring with a festival of earthly delights

Plant and Herb Festival

In Cabarrus County, nothing heralds spring like the Plant and Herb Festival that Master Gardeners hold each year at the Piedmont Farmers Market in Concord. More than 70 vendors and 4,000 visitors are expected at this year’s event, which takes place Saturday April 14.

Guilford County Master Gardeners grow a community gardening network

Charlie's Garden entrance

When interest in community gardening began to spike a few years ago, Master Gardeners in Guilford County created a network that gives leaders of such gardens a way to connect with and learn from others while taking advantage of the wealth of gardening information available through Cooperative Extension.

CEFS hosts workshops on ginger, shiitake mushroom production

shiitake mushrooms

Two upcoming workshops in Goldsboro will focus on the production of ginger and shiitake mushrooms. Details and registration information on the two workshops are listed below. For more information, visit the Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ website,

Specialist shows how ‘Ozzie and Harriet’ scenario was not norm

Dr. Kimberly Allen

Amidst hectic family lives, it is tempting to recall the days of “Ozzie and Harriet” families, where Dad returned home from work each day to sit down to dinner with Mom in a dress and pearls and 2.3 kids. But a study by an N.C. State University faculty member shows that the nostalgic family of television fame was not the norm of American society that we believe today.

Website for blackberry, raspberry growers wins award


N.C. MarketReady received the Southern Region American Society for Horticultural Science Extension Blue Ribbon Communication Award for its Blackberry & Raspberry Growers Information Portal.

Deadline for CEFS internships extended to Feb. 15

The application deadline for the Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ (CEFS) summer internship program for undergraduate students is Wednesday, Feb. 15. Facilities at the CEFS’s Cherry Research Farm near Goldsboro will be used for the eight-week, six credit-hour internship program, which will run from June 4 to July 27.

N.C. State helps agribusinesses gain $1.2 million in USDA grants

Chapel Hill Creamery wins USDA grant

N.C. State University’s North Carolina Value-Added Cost Share (NCVACS) program provided more than $100,000 in matching funds to help N.C. agricultural producers apply for and secure nearly $1.2 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants. The USDA last week announced the recipients of its Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG), eight of which are N.C. businesses that were assisted by NCVACS.

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