Burke County Center
April, 2016
Burke County Center
Emily Riddle
Meet Our New Agent

Burke County Cooperative Extension has named a new Family and Consumer Sciences, Extension Agent.  Emily Riddle will officially start on Monday, April 4, 2016.  

Emily is a graduate of NC State University with a degree in Nutrition Science.  She most recently has been employed by NC State University Dining as a Dietitian's Assistant.  In addition, she has been a Food and Nutrition volunteer at Rex Hospital, served as a Meals on Wheels volunteer, and a certified instructor of the Cooking Matters curriculum.  

We are looking forward to Emily joining the Burke County team and the innovative programming she will provide to the citizens of Burke County. 
Raised Bed Workshop
Thursday, April 7th at 5:30pm

A raised bed is a great way to garden. It can help beginners grow like a pro and it is easily managed, whether you are planting for the first time or have been gardening for years. There are many styles to choose from and a raised bed doesn't have to be elaborate to work well.

The class will learn how to build an inexpensive raised bed. They will also learn about the soil and fertilizer needs as well as the kinds of plants that grow well in a raised bed.
This workshop is free but pre-registration would be appreciated. Please call our office at 828-764-9480

Burke County Beekeepers
April 12th at 6:30pm
Regular Monthly Meeting

The Burke County Beekeepers Association (BCBA) meets monthly at the Burke County Agricultural Building located at 130 Ammons Drive in Morganton.  There is a featured speaker each month and the public is invited to attend. The BCBA is a chapter of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association.

4-H Paper Clover Days 
at Tractor Supply
April 13th - April 24th

Shop at Tractor Supply April 13-24 and donate $1 at the checkout to support 4-H.

100% of the funds will benefit 4-H.  Through the paper clover fundraiser, Tractor Supply has raised over $4.8 million dollars for 4-H programs across the country. Stop by Tractor Supply in April and purchase a Paper Clover to support 4-H programming in Burke County.

Cattlemen Workshop
Thursday, April 14th at 6:30pm

The Burke and McDowell County Cattlemen will hold a workshop on the Veterinary Feed Directive on Thursday, April 14th at the McDowell County Senior Center in Marion.

Please call our office at 828-764-9480 for more information or to register.  

Grafting Workshop
Saturday, April 16th at 9:00am

Participants will learn how to do 3-4 different grafts on apple trees and will take home 4-5 grafted apple trees that are ready to plant. All of the materials will be furnished for the class, even cutting tools, so there is nothing to bring to class.
The cost of this class is $40 and needs to be paid at the time of registration. The class limit is 20 people. Your space will not be held until payment is received.
If you have questions or want to register, please call our office at 828-764-9480.
Ernie Mack Reed Award
for Community Service

The Burke County Cattlemen's Association (BCCA) held their annual meeting on March 10, 2016.  Each year, the association presents the Ernie Mack Reed award in honor of BCCA past president Ernie Reed.

This year the award went to Jack Gragg.  A lifelong resident of Burke County, Jack purchased land with wife Barbara and moved to the current location in 1963. Here Jack farmed, primarily corn, and raised beef cattle for many years. In the 1980's, Jack began to sell feed and fertilizer, which transformed into Gragg's Farm Supply. After Barbara's death in 2002, Gragg Farm Supply became a partnership with sons Randy and Chris, serving the needs of Burke County farmers from tire and spreader service, to fertilizer, pesticides, livestock and fencing supplies along with custom feed, a market for local grain and farm equipment.
4-H County Council
April 19th at 6:00pm

All are welcome to attend on April 19th as we hold our monthly 4-H County Council Meeting.  The program focus for April will be on "How to Give a Presentation".  The meeting will be led by youth council members and held at the Burke County Agricultural Building at 130 Ammons Drive in Morganton.
Container Gardening
Saturday, April 23rd at 10:00am
Ace Hardware in Morganton

Container gardening can provide solutions to many common gardening problems. Weed control is much simpler, containers are easier to water and can be located close to a water source. With the unlimited sizes and styles of pots, the sky's the limit. Containers aren't just for flowers; many vegetables can be grown successfully in containers as well.  

Attend the container gardening workshop to learn more about growing plants in containers.  Topics will include which plants work best in containers, choosing the right size container, and which plants to combine to create a spectacular container garden.
Burke County Senior Team
State Horsebowl and Hippology Contest

On March 5th, Burke County 4-H'ers traveled to NC State University for State Horsebowl and Hippology Contest. Burke County 4-H had three teams to place at the West District competition in February forwarding them on to the state competition. Fifteen youth and their families represented Burke County 4-H very well! To see how all the teams placed in the competition, click on the photo.

Extension Advisory Council
April 26th at 5:30pm

Advisory council members are very valuable partners of Cooperative Extension.   Their role is to link Cooperative Extension to the community and other professional and social networks.   This group of representatives provide input and assist with programming, advocacy, marketing and resource development.  
The Burke County Extension Advisory Council is made up of a group of 20-25 citizens from throughout the county representing all program areas served.   Their next council meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm.
Youth in Government Day
Thursday, April 28th

On Thursday, April 28th, area high school students will participate in Youth in Government Day. This annual event is sponsored by Burke County Government and coordinated by Burke County Cooperative Extension.  Youth in Government day provides students an opportunity to learn more about county government and explore ways to get involved as a career or as a volunteer.  Students will visit several different county departments, see the day to day operations of the departments, and meet with Burke County Commissioners and the County Manager over lunch.  
4-H Spring Scrapbook Crop
Saturday, April 30th at 8:00am - 6:00pm

$35 includes all day cropping, your own table space, goody bag, door prizes, and access to Cricut and Sizzix.  Vendors will be onsite.  Continental breakfast and lunch will be served along with a variety of snacks.  Assistance with loading and unloading will be available. 

Hosted by Burke County 4-H Foundation.  Proceeds go to Burke County 4-H Foundation to fund local youth with scholarships and activities.

Register by April 22, 2016.  Call our office at 828-764-9480 for more information or to register.
"Toss Your Spoon" 
4-H Fundraiser @ Di'lishi 

April is the last month to "Toss Your Spoon" in the Burke County 4-H voting box at Di'lishi Frozen Yogurt in Morganton.  Help us fill our box!  We have until April 30th to get the box full, then Di'lishi gives back to Burke County 4-H!
Coming Up In Early May:
Drexel Community Fair
Spring Carnival
May 3rd - 7th

Make plans to come out and visit the Drexel Spring Carnival May 3rd - 7th at the Drexel Fairgrounds. Burke County 4-H will be selling hotdogs, hamburgers, fries and more at the Cattlemen's Food Booth. 
Extension Master Gardeners
3rd Annual Spring Fun Sale
Saturday, May 7th
8:00am - 12:00noon

The Burke County Extension Master Gardeners will hold their annual Spring Fun Sale on Saturday, May 7th at the Burke County Agricultural Building.  They will have a wide variety of plants for sale just in time for spring planting.  There will also be a bake sale, yard sale items, and a silent auction.  
Burke County Cooperative Extension 
130 Ammons Drive, Morganton, NC 28655