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.
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.
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.
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.
Nutrition Leaders come together one last time as they wind up decades of service to N.C. State University’s seafood extension education program.
The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Program based at N.C. A&T State University is hosting three Grassroots Leadership Conferences entitled, “Economic Empowerment: Entrepreneurship, Money Management and Workforce Development.” The conferences, beginning Feb. 21, will be offered in each of the three Extension Program regions.
Two years ago, Lee County Extension Director Susan Condlin and some local Cooperative Extension advisors began seeing paid advertisements in the local newspaper, inquiring about leases for mineral rights. Condlin discovered that the natural gas industry was knocking on Lee County’s door, and many landowners didn’t have the information they needed to make informed decisions on leasing their mineral rights.
Bertie County’s Cooperative Extension staff raised $7,320 for that county’s tornado relief fund through a drawing for a donated John Deere riding lawnmower.
In the wake of Hurricane Irene, news media looking for information on a variety of hurricane topics can turn to North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s disaster page at ncdisaster.com or they can directly contact key Extension experts.
A North Carolina 4-H program in Cabarrus County was one of nine programs recently honored by the N.C. Association of County Commissioners. Earlier, the Cabarrus 4-H Citizenship Focus program earned 4-H agent Heather Jones the N.C. Center for Voter Education’s Outstanding Citizen Award for 2011.