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Farmers Markets
Open For Business

Visit the Farmer Market Websites for activities, vendors, products, and more information.
Come out for some good fun and great food.  Meet your local farmers and connect with the community that is building a local food network in Catawba County. 

Check out this map of all the great farmers markets in Catawba County (schedule included) - courtesy of our AWESOME Catawba County GIS team

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ASPIRE: ACT Prep Class
Parent/Student Information Meeting 
June 6, 5:30 p.m. 
Agricultural Resources Center
1175 South Brady Ave, Newton 

Want some extra help getting ready for the ACT? We are now accepting registration for the summer ASPIRE class. 
Attend the Informational Meeting on June 6th to learn more about this ACT prep class offered through Cooperative Extension and NCSU. The evening session will let you learn more about the course content, formation, and information about the ACT test inorder to determine if ASPIRE would be helpful for your high school students. 

ASPIRE is a  30-hour ACT prep class with 4 practice tests. It will be taught on Friday mornings during summer break in the Mt. View area.  Check out the website with details and application

Summer  ASPIRE begins with a practice test on June 18. 

Contact Donna Mull, 4-H Agent and ASPIRE instructor for more information at or 828-465-8240.  Limited to 15 students. 


Garden Diseases: Identify and Manage Diseases and Disorders

Thursday, June 9, 2016

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library
375 3rd St NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Newton Public Library
115 West C Street, Newton, NC 28658

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Maiden Branch Library
11 South A Ave., Maiden, NC 28650

Blossom end rot, powdery mildew, bacterial wilt. Learn techniques for dealing with dreaded garden diseases with this helpful lecture from Dr. George Place.

Good Agricultural Practices One-Day Workshop: Navigating the USDA GAP Audit

Thursday, June 16, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Vance County Farmers Market
210 Southpark Drive
Henderson, NC 2753
Cost: $20

Navigating the USDA GAP Audit workshop, will combine classroom and on-farm instruction to provide producers with the tools needed to identify potential food safety concerns, as well as strategies to minimize potential contamination. Available resources, including cost-share assistance and consulting services, will be provided to growers to assist with the implementation of an effective on-farm food safety program.

Visit this link for more information or call Trish Tripp at 336-458-6980.

Eat, Drink, Be Local
June  20 - 25

Save the dates for Hickory's 3rd annual celebration of local food and fun.

The week will be packed with:

Farm Tours
Garden Talks
Beer Making in a Museum
Distillery Tours
Cooking Demos

Some events are limited in space.  

Check out our detailed EDBL event schedule for more info and to reserve your tickets.
Coto Family Farm Tour

Monday, June 20th
726 Bert Yarbro Rd.
Vale NC   
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Free, open to all ages 
Join us for a farm tour with Karin and Rene Coto. Learn more about their growing practices and commitment to bringing quality food to their customers. Light refreshments from the farm will be served from 5:00 to 6:00,and the tour lasts from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
JRH Grain Farms LLC Farm Tour

Wednesday, June 22nd
1746 33rd NE
Hickory NC   
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Free, open to all ages 
Russell Hedrick, an innovative young farmer will be giving an educational tour of his Hickory farm. Come out and see how large scale farmers like Russell can produce our staple crops while protecting and improving soils and waterways. Come and learn how large scale cover cropping can be a key part of resilient food production systems. 
The Science of Home Beer Brewing 

Catawba County Science Center

Thursday, June 23rd
243 3rd Ave NE
Hickory, NC 28601
7 to 9 p.m.
Ages 21+ only
Tickets on sale through the Science Center ($8 for members and $10 for non-members)

For ticket purchase call Erin Graves at 828-322-8169 ext. 305
Learn more about the science of beer brewing at this fun event and enjoy beer sampling from American Honor Ale House in downtown Hickory.  We'll be joined by Bart Renner from NC Cooperative Extension for a hands-on demonstration in home brewing. 
Farm to Fork Feast

Friday, June 24th
335 Main Ave SW
Hickory NC   28602
5:30 to 9:30 PM
The Farm to Fork Feast will be hosted at Market on Main in downtown Hickory and will be featuring a spectacular menu sourced entirely from local farms, all prepared by Chef John Duke and Chef Austin Pearce.

Enjoy cocktails on the patio with live music from 5:30 to 7 PM and dinner from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. Tickets are limited and are selling out fast, contact the NC Cooperative Extension to reserve your seats before they are gone. 828-465-8240
Shady Oaks Farm Tour

Saturday, June 25th
3487 Yount Road
Newton NC   
5:00 to 7:00 PM
Free, open to all ages 
Farmer Tim Roberts from Shady Oaks Farm is a man of many talents, and during this farm tour, you'll get a glimpse at the many operations on his farm.  Learn about beekeeping, raising free-range chickens, growing blueberries, along with a wide variety of vegetables.  Come early to pick your own gallon of fresh blueberries.
Food Matters Market
One Year Anniversary Party

Saturday, June 18
11 AM to 4 PM 
2310 N Center St
Hickory, NC 28601
Food Matters Market has been in Hickory for one year and they are celebrating with food demos, rescue parrots, seafood, zumba, and much more.  Stop by to sample some of their great products and have some fun too!
4-H Presentation Winners!  

Congratulations to all the Catawba County 4-H'ers that participated in presentations and grilling contest at County Activity Day in May.  Presentations are unique to 4-H and provide a wonderful opportunity for youth for all ages to build skills in public speaking, organizing information, and communication. 

5-8 Year Old Participants:
Isaac Wilson - Minecraft
Luke Kanupp - Guinea Pig
Kylee Carpenter - Elephants
llie Rose - Pot Holders

9-10 Year Olds:
Sarah Wilson - Irish Step, Expressive Arts 

11-13 Year Olds:
Angela Mason - Egg Cookery 
Oakley Hullett - Rabbits, Small Animals 
Joanna Kanupp - Monarch Butterfly, Bugs & Bees
Oakley Hullett - Tying Fishing Flies, Fisheries & Aquatic Resources

14-18 Year Olds:
 Kat Stulpin - Flag Etiquette, Hospitality and Social Graces 
Lauran Surratt - Thumbs Up, Career and Entrepreneurship

Outdoor Grilling:
Josh Wilson, Kendall Eckard, William Mearse

Best of luck to the county winners competing at District Activity Day in Hoke County in June.  


- Support local farmers
- Enjoy fresh, seasonal produce
- Experience variety
- Know where you food comes from
- Enjoy community

Read more in the Farm Bureau's Blog - The First Furrow

4-H Summer Fun
Ages 5 and older

Looking for some affordably priced summer enrichment workshops and trips for your school-age child? Make plans to attend 4-H Summer Fun workshops and trips. A complete schedule and registration form can be found on the Extension website at www.catawba.ces.ncsu. Here are a few of the offerings:

* Discovery Days Trips
* Cloverbud Science Day
* Sweet Kitchen Chemistry
* Clover Cafe
* Lego Mania
* Mini-Society
* 4-H Investigates: CSI Camp
* And much more!!

4-H membership is not needed to attend. We will continue to accept registration for Summer Fun thoughout the summer, based on availability of spaces. 
Catawba County Youth Council
Accepting Application for 2016-17 School Year

The Catawba County Youth Council is a leadership/citizenship program for selected high school students.  The group selects a theme as their focus for the year. This year's group chose to focus on leadership and students have benefited from programs on learning styles, appreciating differences, and public speaking. The group has volunteered at ECCCM, was involved in the United Way Youth grant process, and attended Youth Legislative Assembly.

The youth council meets once a month on the 2nd Monday evening at the Agricultural Resources Center. Email to request a Youth Council application. We are particularly in need of student representatives from HCAM, Bunker Hill, HIckory High, Bandys, and St.Stephens High School.  
Got To Be NC Newsletter

Visit the NC Growing Together website to see the latest newsletter, recent resources, and schedule of upcoming workshops, webinars, and meetings.

April's newsletter is available with info related to:
  •    Food, wine and beer producers wanting to register for Got to Be NC Festival
  •    Grocery chain celebrates 100th anniversary with NC product promotions, Big Cart
  •    Regional meetings to explain export opportunities
  •    More news and events

Catawba Farms Farmers' Market - Looking For Produce Farmers
1670 Southwest Blvd., Newton, NC 28658

Catawba Farms still has openings, particularly for farmers who grow produce, at its Farmers' Market. The Market, located at 1670 Southwest Blvd. in Newton is open Saturdays from 8 AM-2 PM.  For more information, application forms, fees, and rules, see or call Michael at 704-325-3026.

Extension Summer Interns
Megan Johnson & Daniel Miller 

Cooperative Extension has a few new faces around the office this summer, with the addition of two college summer interns. 

Megan Johnson completed a year at Appalachian State University, but will be headed to Johnson and Wales in Charlotte when school returns. She is majoring in Baking & Pastry and Food Service Management. Megan is primarily working with 4-H summer programs, but is also involved with foods programming as part of the local foods initiative.  Megan has an AA degree from CVCC/Challenger High School and is a long-time active 4-H club member. 

Daniel Miller is a rising senior at NCSU majoring in Agri-business.  He is working primarily with agriculture programs during his summer internship. Daniel is doing some work with school gardens and the CSA project in connection with the Hmong Demonstration Site. In addition to his summer work with Cooperative Extension, he is also attending the Agriculture Future of American Crop Science Institute in California in July. Daniel was one of three NCSU students selected to attend the conference. Daniel is a graduate of West Lincoln High School. 
Beekeeping Conference

2016 Summer Meeting  
July 7,8,& 9th
Hickory Metro Convention Center, 1960 13th Avenue, Hickory, NC
Visit the NCSBA website for more info.

Contact the Catawba County Beekeeping Association if you have any questions:
Jonathan Lutz - President: 828-428-3744
Gary Winebarger - Secretary: 828-234-6935

Highlights of Extension
More articles from the Catawba County Center

Excerpt from "4-H Horse Opportunities"
 by Donna Mull 
"When many individuals think of 4-H, they picture animals and farms. The primary goal of 4-H is to provide opportunities for youth to develop life and leadership skills, no matter what project area they select. Horse is a major animal related program offered through 4-H, both in NC and nationally."

You can continue to read this article  "4-H Horse Opportunities" via the hyperlink. 

One of Catawba County Cooperative Extension Center's goals is to provide readers with up-to-date research information about problems or situations that individuals may be facing through our weekly articles. You can find these in the Observer News Enterprise and Hickory Daily Record.
If you missed out on our articles in the local papers, you can still read these articles on our website at
Small Farm Grant and Loan Assistance

We will post various grant and loan opportunities that arise in this space of our monthly updates.  Simply click on the opportunity of interest for more information.


Fall Veggies: Harvest From Your Garden Before and After the Frost

Thursday, July 14, 2016

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library
375 3rd St NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Newton Public Library
115 West C Street, Newton, NC 28658

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Maiden Branch Library
11 South A Ave., Maiden NC 28650

Gardening doesn't have to end with cooler temperatures.  Find out how to keep your garden growing throughout the year and enjoy fresh fall vegetables.  


Food Preservation for the Garden: Eat Your Harvest All Year

Thursday, August 11, 2016

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library
375 3rd St NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Newton Public Library
115 West C Street, Newton, NC 28658

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Maiden Branch Library
11 South A Ave., Maiden NC 28650

Enjoy your harvest all year long as you learn how to preserve the food you have worked so hard to grow. 


Cover Crops: Grow Your Own Fertilizer

Thursday, September 8, 2016

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library
375 3rd St NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Newton Public Library
115 West C Street, Newton, NC 28658

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Maiden Branch Library
11 South A Ave., Maiden NC 28650

Use the space you have to fertilize your garden in the off-season by learning about appropriate cover crops for our area.  


Seed Saving: Techniques to Maximize Seed Quality and Germination

Thursday, October 13, 2016

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library
375 3rd St NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Newton Public Library
115 West C Street, Newton, NC 28658

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Maiden Branch Library
11 South A Ave., Maiden NC 28650

Get a jump on next year's garden by learning techniques for saving seeds and better germination practices.  


Garden Berries: Grow and Pick Your Own

Thursday, November 10, 2016

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library
375 3rd St NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Newton Public Library
115 West C Street, Newton, NC 28658

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Maiden Branch Library
11 South A Ave., Maiden NC 28650

Expand your gardening horizons into berry growing in this last lecture of the 2016 curriculum. 

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination statement

2.1.  North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equaopportunity regardless of racecolor, religion, creed, national origin, sexage, disability, or veteran'status. In additionthe two Universities welcome all person without regard to sexual orientation.  North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.
2.2.  Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations   to participate by contacting Catawba County Extension Director, George Place, at (828)465-8240 or or in person at the County Extension Office at least 14 days prior to the event.

Dr. George Place
Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director
Agricultural Resources Center, Newton, NC 28658

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