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Garden Berries: Grow and Pick Your Own

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Newton Public Library
115 West C Street, Newton, NC 28658

Thursday, November 10, 2016
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Patrick Beaver Memorial Library
375 3rd St NE, Hickory, NC 28601

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

4-H County Council &
4-H Leaders Meeting
Thursday, November 3, 2016
6:30-:8:00 PM
Agricultural Resources Center 

It is 4-H election time. Join us for the November County Council meeting for the 2017 election for county 4-H officer. Each candidate will have a chance to present their campaign speech and each officially enrolled 4-H member attending the meeting will get to cast their vote. Officer candidates are: Kat Stuplin, Angela Mason, Sarah Wilson and Joanna Kanupp. 

Area 51 Science Club will be presenting the program and telling you more about this club for young scientists! All 4-H families are welcome and club officers are especially encouraged to attend. 

Attending county council and participating in the election counts as a citizenship activity for your project books! 
Optimizing Rooting of Vegetative Annuals: 
Maximizing Performance through 
Lighting, Temperature, Irrigation, and Fertility

Nov 3, 2016
3-5 PM
Burke County Extension Center
130 Ammons Dr. Suite 2
Morganton, NC 28655 

We will be hosting a webinar for greenhouse growers on Thursday, November 3 at the Burke Extension office. There have been a lot of advances in greenhouse production recently, and our speaker, Dr. Roberto Lopez, has been involved in many of them.  

Greenhouse growers of all sizes will gain valuable information from this webinar that they can apply to their operation. These techniques will allow growers to reduce their cost of production and eliminating supply problems by producing quality cuttings on site. 

Contact Amanda Taylor for more information 828-475-2915

First Vote
Friday, November 4, 2016
4:00  PM
St. Stephens Branch Library  
For: Middle and High School Students

Teens are invited to join us on Friday to learn about the election process and cast their electronic vote with First Vote. This NC program will tally student votes and provide the results for the youth voice of NC. Teens will also get a chance to voice their opinion through the vote about two issues that are on the First Vote ballot regarding privacy of data and life skill education in NC classrooms. The program will be presented by Donna Mull, 4-H Agent, using materials from First Vote and NC Civic Education Consortium.. 

Pre-register by calling the St. Stephens Library at 466-6821 or contact Donna Mull at Cooperative Extension for more details. This will count as a citizenship activity for 4-H'ers working on project books! 
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's Association Meeting

Educational Program: - Why are Cattle Prices Low? Learn about benchmarks to predict cattle prices and management tools to increase prices.
For background information, click here to read the article: Determining Cattle Prices

:-Marcus Harward and Brooke Harward

                 Family Owners and Operators of Turnersburg Livestock Market,  

                      Chesnee Livestock Market, and Norwood Livestock Market.

Time:Tuesday, November 8, 2016 (2nd Tuesday of the month)
APP-address: Agricultural Resource Center 1175 South Brady Ave., Newton, NC


    6:00 pm - Supper

    6:45 pm - Business Meeting - Donald Beard, Vice President

    7:00 pm - Educational Program - Marcus Harward & Brooke Harward

    8:15 pm - Meeting Adjourned

 Healthy, Stress-free Holiday Cooking   

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Newton Library, 115 W. C Street. 
Topics include:  Modifying your favorite holiday foods to make them healthier, foods that may be prepared ahead of time and holiday food safety tips. Ann Simmons, FCS Agent will present the program.

   Sign up for the "Maintain, Don't Gain" Holiday Challenge.

If you are looking for ways to enjoy holiday foods while maintaining your current weight, sign up for the Eat Smart Move More "Maintain, Don't Gain" Holiday Challenge. You will find lots of resources to help you avoid gaining extra weight during the "season of eating."  The challenge runs from November 14 through December 31, so sign up soon at

Fall High Tunnel Field Day
Thursday, November 10th, 2016
University Farm at N.C.A&T
3136 McConnell Rd,
Greensboro, NC
4:30pm to 6:30pm

NC A&T Cooperative Extension Program is hosting a fall high tunnel field day at the University Farm to showcase current high tunnel projects, including strawberries and warm and cool season vegetables. Discussion will include high tunnel structures, micro-climate management, use of low tunnels, row covers and trellising systems, as well as pest and fertility management using organic methods. For additional information, contact 336-285-4661. To download the flyer, visit Guilford County Extension Website.
Calling for Nominations
Outstanding Contributor to Agriculture  Award
deadline to submit application: November 11th, 2016

Do you know a great farmer, agribusiness, or agriculture volunteer who has contributed to the growth of Catawba county's agriculture? Why not nominate them for the Catawba County Outstanding Contributor to Agriculture Award. Every year, at the Farm City Banquet, the Kiwanis club recognizes a person or a business that has made an impact or significant contribution to Catawba county. Please take the time to recognize someone in the community deserving of this award. The nominee must reside in Catawba County. You can download the 
. Nominee must have not been a recipient of the award in the past 10 years. Download the the list of past recipients. For additional questions please contact Der Holcomb at 828-465-8248. Please email all applications to Thank you!
Season Extension with High Tunnels
Maximizing Use & Increasing Profits   

November 21, 2016 Time 8:30am - 3:00pm 
Ashe Co. Ext. Ctr., 134 Government Cir., Jefferson, NC Registration Fee: $20

Speakers include: Dr. Sanjun Gu, horticulture specialist, The Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; Richard Boylan, area specialized agricultural agent, NC Cooperative Extension and Alan Rose, owner, New Sprout Organic Farms. Tours hosted by Hollis Wild and Alan Hanson.

2016 Farm City Banquet
Catawba Country Club
Tuesday, November 22nd
Cost: $15 per person

Mark your calendar. Catawba County Cooperative Extension Center will be hosting their 2016 Farm City Banquet. Tickets must be presented at the door to attend the banquet.

Farm City Celebration is an opportunity to recognize the role agriculture plays in Catawba County and to increase understanding between the urban and farming communities. Scott Millar, Catawba County Economic Development Center President, is our guest speaker this year. Scott will be sharing his perspective on the history of Catawba County rural and urban economy and where its headed. To learn more about the history of Farm City Week, please visit our website at For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Der Xiong or Beth Rogers at 828-465-8240. Deadline to purchase tickets is November 11th, 2016.  

Become a Master Gardener in 2017
Feb 7-April 27, 2017
Classes held every Tuesday & Thursday 9 AM-Noon
Agricultural Resources Center
1175 S Brady Avenue
Newton, NC  28658

The $100 non-refundable deposit will cover the entire cost of the course including the extensive Master Gardener manual and multiple field trips.

The course will be led by Dr. George Place, 
Director of Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service.

This course can be taken by both beginning and experienced gardeners.

We will cover a wide array of topics with experts from around our region including: vegetable production, soil health management, berries, tree fruit, integrated pest management, plant problem diagnosis, garden
disease management, home lawn maintenance, landscaping, ornamentals and much more.

Only 20 seats available, so reserve yours now by calling 828-465-8240!
2017 Market Gardener School
2nd & 4th Saturday of March and April
Small Farms Demonstration Site
4918 Hickory Lincolnton Hwy, 
Lincolnton, NC 28168
Cost: $50 per person

Got less than 5 acres? Are you currently growing your own vegetables and wanting to sell the extra? Market Gardener School can help you. The Catawba County Cooperative Extension Center will be hosting a 4 session Market Gardener School. Participants can receive hands on learning experience from staff. Participants will receive Catawba County Market Gardener Certification upon completion. For any participants who attend ALL the sessions, their registration fee will be returned as a gift card to their local farm supply store. 

Topics covered include: soil health, season extension technique, post harvest handling, and marketing. You can find the brochure, application, and more information about the workshop via our extension website. For additional questions or to register, please call Der Holcomb at 828-465-8248 or via email at Participants must register to attend the school.
Winter Farmers Market

Nov 16, 2016 to April 12, 2017
Wednesdays 10 AM to 2 PM 

The Crossing at Hollar Mill
883 Highland Ave. SE
Hickory, NC

Closed dates: Dec 7, Jan 25, and Feb 1

Get ready Hickory!  A winter farmer's market is in the works so that we can enjoy fresh, local produce all year round.  If you love this idea be sure to stop by on Wednesday and purchase something.  We need your business to keep year round farmer's markets in Catawba County.
4-H Holiday Happenings

Thursday December 1st 2016 4pm - 6pm at the Agriculture Resource Center

Join us for an evening of creating holiday gifts and holiday baking! Each child will have the choice of making two personalized homemade gifts from a variety of different choices and we will wrap up the evening with holiday baking and hot cocoa! This is for 4-Hers of all ages but space is limited to 20 children so sign up today!

Cost is $20 - you can use scholarship money if you have some!

To sign up call us at 828-465-8240 or email Michelle at
Produce Safety Rule 
Grower's Training

January 12, 2017

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center

455 Research Drive Mills River, NC 28759

February 7, 2017

Winter Vegetable Conference

Crown Plaza Asheville, NC

Visit the NC Fresh Produce Safety web page for more info.
Healthy Living Series

Monday Feb 6, 13, and 20
12:30 to 2:30 PM
Agricultural Resources Center
1175 S. Brady Ave, Newton 28658
Cost: Free

Mark your calendars to attend all 3 workshops or any single workshop that you are able to attend. Aubrey Mast, NC State Extension Associate for Nutrition, will be presenting this enlightening series.  This program is extremely popular - don't miss out.  For more info on the workshop take a look at this description

Check out the Healthy Living website for an incredible array of info on how you can improve your health with foods.

The Catawba County ECA Camisole Group would like to have some new volunteers who can sew and assist in making camisoles for breast cancer patients who are in Catawba County Hospitals.  

The group meets the first Monday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at Catawba County Cooperative Extension, 1175 S. Brady Avenue, Newton, N.C. If you are interested in volunteering, please call the Catawba County Cooperative Extension office  at 828-465-8240, leave your contact information, and someone from the group will contact you.

4-H Club Spotlight: Mad Scientists!

Our Mad Scientist 4-H club, led by teen leader Kat Stulpin, has been using our Microbiology curriculum with much success! This club meets monthly and follows the curriculum to make for a less stressful club experience. Due to utilizing a curriculum with a definite ending point this club wraps up in December. DON'T WORRY 4-H offers other science clubs and we are open to new club ideas.

This club was offered under a SPIN format meaning that it used an existing curriculum for a definite amount of time but it will now spin off into a new club with the same wonderful teen leader! Coming in January Kat will be leading a club on public speaking and will be available to help club members with 4-H presentations. Kat is a state presentation winner and is a valuable asset as this new club's leader! For questions about the upcoming club call 828-465-8240 or email!

NCDA&CS offers organic certification cost-share assistance

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA & CS) is offering organic growers the opportunity to recoup up to $750 of their certification cost. Growers must have been certified between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 and complete an application available at

Visit the NCDA website to see more information about this cost share opportunity.

USDA Low Interest Loans For Storage Facilities

The Farm Storage Facility Loan Program provides low-interest financing so producers can build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include grains, oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, hay, honey, renewable biomass commodities, fruits and vegetables. Eligible facility types include grain bins, hay barns and facilities for cold storage.

Local Food List Serv

The Local Foods Action Plan Listserv is a statewide listserv to facilitate a local food economy moderated by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS).  The listserv is open to the public and members are encouraged to post on any topic dealing with the cultivation of local food, farms and communities by emailing Posters are responsible for the content they submit.   To receive the digest version or for questions about the listserv, please e-mail  Please visit our website

NC State Gardening, Agriculture, and Pest Updates

You can sign up for the latest news on gardening, pest advisories, livestock, energy, and many others.  Check out the complete list of NC State News that you can subscribe to and get the latest research based info.  Be the first to know! 
Plant Management Network Newsletter

Check out the latest issue of this incredible agriculture resource.  Take a look at the massive list of information links for all things related to agriculture.
Extension Master Gardener Newsletter
Got To Be NC Agriculture

Visit the Got to Be NC website and see excellent resources for starting your own food business.

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

NC Farm Link

Take at look at this incredible website that helps connect farmland seekers with farmland owners. There is also an amazing list of resources for farmers.
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.

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


Catawba County Center | Agricultural Resources Center | 1175 S Brady Ave | Newton | NC | 28658