Archive for the ‘Community’ Category

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.

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.

Lifelong learners, lifelong leaders

Nutrition Leaders

Nutrition Leaders come together one last time as they wind up decades of service to N.C. State University’s seafood extension education program.

A&T Grassroots Leadership Conferences focus on economic empowerment

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.

Cooperative Extension helps educate citizens about natural gas leases

Ted Feitshans

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 raises $7,000+ for tornado relief fund

Bertie County Extension staff with raffled lawnmower

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.

Extension offers disaster recovery expertise

Hurricane Irene

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.

Innovative civics program earns state award

Chuck Adams, Kannapolis Police Department

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.

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