October 2017

Packing Smart Lunches for your Child

School is officially back in session and along with packing their book bags, you may have to pack their lunches as well. Packing smart lunch choices that are tasty and nutritious is beneficial and easy to do. One successful key in making sure that your child eats your pack lunch is to include them in the decision making. Get to know your child's food preference and give them an opportunity to plan their lunches.

Here are a few things to consider when selecting food choices.  Choose foods that are pack in good smart carbs such as whole grain bread and cereals, rice and pastas, as well as fruits, starchy vegetables and legumes. Carbohydrate breaks down into sugar and provides the needed energy for your children.

Pick low fat, fiber rich protein foods. Protein helps take the edge off hunger and builds muscles. Choose lean meats such as fish and poultry. Beans are a good source of protein and is rich in fiber. 

Focus on fruits and veggies. The recommended daily fruit intake for a 2000 calorie plan is 2 cups and 2 ½ cups for vegetables. Choose fruits and veggies that are bright in colors and high in fibers such as carrots, broccoli, apples, and red grapes. 

Lastly limit the amount of sugar and fat intake. It's okay to include sweets or high fat treats such as cookies, brownies, or other goods but serve in moderations. 

Packing a healthy school lunch can be easy and fun. 
National 4-H Week

When:  October 1-7, 2017
Wear green on Wednesday, October 4th!
This year we'll be celebrating National 4-H Week on October 1-7, 2017. Across the country, 4-H members and volunteers will celebrate their achievements and promote 4-H to families, friends and community leaders. 4-H has had a rich history in Caldwell County since 1925. 
We would like to thank all who have participated in or volunteered with 4-H in the past and present. For all of us to join together in celebration of 4-H, please wear green on Wednesday October 4th.

Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign
When: October 4-15, 2017
Where:  Taylorsville Tractor Supply

Tractor Supply Company will continue its partnership with National 4-H Council by hosting its semi-annual Paper Clover fundraiser for 4-H students. The in-store donation event will be held  Oct. 4-15 .

Tractor Supply customers can participate in the fall 2017 Paper Clover campaign by purchasing paper clover emblems during checkout. 

Donations, which begin at $1 and have no cap, fund scholarships that send in-state 4-H youth to 4-H camps, conferences and development programs where they learn everything from animal care to civic leadership.
ECA Volunteer Groups:  New Club
The Extension and Community Association or ECA is a volunteer organization that focus on empowering individuals and strengthening families to improve their quality of living through continuing education, leadership development and community service. Formerly known as Extension Homemakers with a focused on cooking and canning, ECA has evolved and adapted with time. Although cooking, canning, and sewing is still a large part of the association, members of ECA clubs learn about new things such as activities to keep your brains active, how to pinterest, and other up to date activates.

We have two active volunteer groups: Friendship ECA and Rocky Spring ECA. The ECA members will be hosting their fall area meeting October 23rd from 5:30 to 7:30pm in the Extension learning Center. Come join us if you are interested in becoming an ECA member, or just want to know more about what ECA members do and learn how to make t-shirt necklace and wine cork necklaces. Bring a t-shirt that you can cut up and scissors and come and enjoy the environment and make new friends. For additional information, please do not hesitate to call our office at 632-3125.

Taylorsville Apple Festival
When:  Saturday, October 21, 2017
Where:  Downtown Taylorsville

Below are a list of contest to participate in:

Adult Apple Dessert Contest:
Each entry must include an accurate recipe, at least a 2 serving portion, and include at least one cup of apples (either fresh, canned, dried, applesauce, or apple butter). Place entry in a large plastic sealable bag or covered with plastic wrap.

This year's contest entries may be any type of apple dessert including but not limited to cakes, cookies, pies, puddings, or cobblers.

No refrigerated desserts will be accepted. Including those with frosting containing cream cheese, heavy cream, and egg yolks.

The apple desserts will be judge on taste, appearance, originality, and ease of preparation.

Desserts must be dropped off between 11:00 and 12:00 on Saturday, October 21st. Prizes for the contest are 25.00 for 1st place, 15.00 for second and 10.00 for third. 

Youth Candy Apple Art Contest:
The kid's candy apple art contest will be for ages 17 and under. Each entry must consist of one candy apple, wrapped in clear plastic wrap. Apples will be judged on appearance, flavor, and creativity.

Judging will be held on the 12 noon at the information booth. 

Apple Peeling Contest:
The Apple Peeling Contest will be hosted by Alexander County 4-H at the Taylorsville Apple Festival from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on the courthouse lawn.  Prizes will be given for adult and youth categories.  

For more information please call the Extension Center at 828-632-3125.

October Garden Calendar

Plants in Flower
  • Aster, Goldenrod, Chrysanthemum, and Franklinia
Plants with Colorful Berries
  • American Beauty Berry, Burford Holly, Chinese Holly, Foster Holly, Nellie Stevens Holly, Nandina, Pyracantha, and Washington Hawthorn
  • Fertilize spring flowering bulbs at planting time with a balanced fertilizer.
  • Plant spring flowering bulbs like daffodil, tulip, crocus and hyacinth this month.
  • October is a good time to set out new landscape plants.
  • Plant or transplant peonies this month.
  • Continue planting pansy plants now.
  • If you do not have a fall vegetable garden, plant cover crops like annual rye, barley and wheat.
  • You can start salad vegetables in a cold frame and enjoy them all winter. Plant lettuce, green onions, carrots, radishes, and most leafy greens inside the cold frame.
  • Cut back herbaceous perennials after frost has killed the tops.
  • Rootprune any trees or plants you plan to move next spring.
  • Control the following woody weeds by spraying the recommended herbicide: trumpet creeper and blackberry.
  • Store your garden pesticides in a secured, dry location that will not freeze.
  • Clean spray tanks.
Lawn Care
  • Keep newly seeded areas watered.
  • Keep tree leaves from collecting on your lawn.
  • You can still seed fescue and bluegrass early in October.
Specific Chores
  • Take soil samples from your plant beds and vegetable garden for testing.
  • Start filling your compost bin as leaves begin to fall.
  • If you have not or do not plan to plant a cover crop, you can till organic material like tree leaves into your vegetable garden soil.
  • Prepare bird feeders.
  • Dig and store summer bulbs like gladioli, dahlia and caladium before frost.
  • Dig sweet potatoes this month before frost kills the plants.
  • Dig and divide rhubarb.
  • Spring flowering bulbs can be forced to flower in the dead of winter. Just pot the bulbs early this month and place inside your refrigerator. In twelve weeks take them out into the warmth of your home.
  • Continue to prepare your lawn and garden equipment for winter storage.
  • Store leftover fertilizers in a dry location for use next spring.
Wood Pellet Heating Workshop
When:  Wednesday, November 8th, 2017-9am-2pm 
Where:  Iredell Extension Center, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville, NC 28677

Interested in the potential of wood pellet heating for your home, business, or farm? Join Carolina Land & Lakes Resource Conservation and Development Council for a workshop covering the options available for residential, commercial, and agricultural enterprises.
The workshop will feature presentations from experts and vendor exhibits, as well as an optional tour of Godfrey Lumber's wood pellet production facility. Information on cost-share programs such as the Rural Energy for America Program will also be available.
Cost: Free
 Read more N.C. Cooperative Extension news at >>
NC State University and N.C. A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity and prohibit discrimination and harassment regardless of age, color, disability, family and marital status, genetic information, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual identity (including pregnancy) and veteran status. NC State, N.C. A&T, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.