Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service

Upcoming Workshops and Activities

Home Horticulture and  
Green Industry

Home Horticulture Classes!

Houseplant Swap - April 6, 2019 (free)

Garden Tools Workshop - April 11, 2019 (free)

Visit the  horticulture webpage  to find out more information about classes and to read articles about home landscaping topics.

Advanced Gardener Program 2019
April - Organic Vegetable Gardening

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library - 2nd Thursday of the month from 6-7 PM
Newton Library - 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6-7 PM
Maiden Library - 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 PM

register today to win a free composter!

Do you want to grow more of your own food at home or do you want to start a community garden?  Take a look at this series of articles for varieties, planting schedule, pest management, and more:   Homesteading - Grow Your Own Food on Less Than 1 Acre in Catawba County.

In these classes, you will learn how to make the most of seasonal produce with simple, fast recipes and a bag of produce sourced from local farmers. Cost is $10 per class, which includes the cost of the produce. Each class will feature different recipes. 

2019 Class Schedule
Extension Center 1175 S. Brady Ave. Newton
May 15th, July 17th, and September 18th

Hickory Soup Kitchen 110 2nd Pl.S.E Hickory
June  12th, August 21st, October 16th

For more information call 828-465-8240, or email 

WarmSeason Annuals Novel Fescue   
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's Association Meeting 
(2nd Tuesday of the month, Apr.9)

Dr. Deidre Harmon,
          North Carolina State University                     
Extension Livestock Specialist, Animal Science

Educational Program: Making the Best of the 2019 Hay Season 
Read More Here
Location: APP-address: Agricultural Resource Center 1175 South Brady Ave. Newton, NC 28658

Meeting Agenda: 
6:00 Supper is served.
6:45 Business Meeting -Mr. Andrew Rector, president
7:00 Educational Program
8:00 Meeting Adjourned
We welcome all people interested in our educational topic.   
  Visitors eat free but need to initial the attendance sheet. 

Educational Meeting Strip Grazing Holcomb blend Beef Expo 2018
Private Applicator License Renewal

Early Weed ID and Control 
Time: 2:30 PM- 3:30 PM
Credits: NC Pesticide Credits Available: 1 hour of  D, O, N, X

Where:Catawba County Extension Ag Resource Center
1175 Brady Ave. , Newton, NC 28658

  • 12:30AM, "V" Training - Travis Snodgrass, NCDA&CS
    • New Rules and Regulations
  • 1:30AM - Glenn Detweiler
    • Practical Safe Use of Sprayers and Spray Tip Technology
  •  2:30-3:30pm - Dr. George Place, and Glenn Detweiler
    • Early Weed ID and Correct Chemical Controls   
Ridgeview Recreation Center   
115 7th Ave. SW  Hickory, NC
(RSVP by April 5th to 828-324-8007)

FOOD & MOOD     April 29th 6:00pm    St. S tephens Branch Library (free)

Food Safety Manager Certification Training & Exam

Safe Plates for Food Managers
May 21st - 22nd
9:00am - 4:00pm
Catawba County Agricultural Resource Center  
Cost $140    Registration required


April 18, 2019
8:30am - 2:45pm
Catawba County Extension Center
1175 S. Brady Ave
Newton, NC  28658

Elena Rogers with NC Cooperative Extension and
Chloe Johnson with CFSA have partnered to deliver a workshop that will provide an overview of the process required to successfully go through a USDA Harmonized GAP audit. During this workshop we will provide attendees with the resources to build your food safety plan.

or contact Marianna Spence at 919-542-2402 or .
Major Credit Cards and Checks will be accepted. Pre-registration is required.

4-H Mini-Garden Project
May 9
Ages 5 and older
Cost: $20

D.I.G 4-H Club invites youth ages 5 and older to "dig-in" and create a summer vegetable garden with the 4-H Mini-Garden project. Youth ages 5 and older will create a garden at their home and care for it throughout the summer.  Gardens are judged and winners selected with on-site judging of the gardens and mini-garden project book. 

The project kicks-off with a Mini-Garden Orientation on Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Agricultural Resources Center. Youth will receive a set of plants and seeds to use in their garden at the meeting.  

All youth welcome. It is not necessary to be a current 4-H member to participate. Youth who are not currently in 4-H may enroll as they register for Mini-Garden. Mini-Garden registration and Information. 

Contact Donna Mull, 4-H Agent, at 828-465-8242 or for information. The deadline to register is April 29. 
4-H Presentation Contest
Kat gives a 4-H Presentation 
County Presentation Day - May 18

4-H Presentations are a great way for youth to build skills in public speaking, organizing information, and learn about topics of interest. Members start by giving a presentation in the county contest and then have the chance to advance to a district, state, and even national contest for some categories. All Catawba County youth participating in presentations earn 4-H scholarship money, too! 

* April 16 - 4-H County Council, 6:30 p.m. 
4-H Presentations will be the topic for April County Council Meeting. Plan to attend and learn more about presentations. 4-H'ers can give a 3-5 minute fun speech on their presentation topic and earn some fun prizes, as a way to kick-off our presentation session. 

* April 22 - Easter Break Presentation Help Session, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m
Bring your presentation notes and ideas and get some help from Donna Mull, 4-H Agent, to get started on your presentation. Email to register to attend. 

* May 18 - County Presentation Contest
June 14 - District Presentation Contest, West Lincoln High School
July 20 - State Presentation Contest, NCSU


Paraquat training is now required for applications containing products with a 2019 label.  Read more about how to complete required training on-line.

Auxin Herbicide Training is required for all persons planning to apply dicamba (Engenia, FeXapan, or XtendiMax) to Xtend cotton or soybeans or 2,4-D (Enlist Duo or Enlist One) to Enlist cotton or soybeans. Take a look at the full schedule of training sessions around the state. 1 CEU for pesticide licenses N, D, O, X will also be given.  Contact us (828-465-8240) if you missed the training.  We do have a video viewing option.

Soybean growers have a new tool from the Official Variety Testing (OVT) that takes place throughout NC. Take a look at this variety selector tool.

Are you interested in growing Industrial Hemp?  Take a look at these articles and contact our office for more info.   

 Family Consumer Science (FCS) - 
Food and Nutrition

"Farm to Fork" Recipe Page

Visit the " Farm to Fork"  recipe page for recipes and resources to help you prepare produce that you grow or purchase at local farmers markets.

Attention - Aspiring Food Business Entrepreneurs:  

Click on the link below for answers to questions regarding starting a food business. Whether you are interested in selling value-added products at a farmers market or starting a 
food truck. You will find information to help you, including agencies that regulate food businesses.

Need help with food preservation?

Stop by the Extension office and pick up a complimentary guide with instructions on how to can and freeze selected fruits and vegetables. For your convenience,  the guides have been distributed to several local libraries but supplies are limited.

You can also visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation  website for extensive information on how to preserve your favorite foods. 
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Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination statement

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.
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.

Las universidades NC State y NC A & T están comprometidas colectivamente a llevar a cabo acciones positivas para asegurar la igualdad de oportunidades y prohibir la discriminación y el acoso independientemente de la raza, el color de la piel, el país de
origen, la religión, la ideología política, el estado civil y situación familiar, el sexo, la edad, la condición de veterano de guerra, la identidad sexual, la orientación sexual, la información genética o la discapacidad de la persona. Colaboración entre las
Universidades NC State y NC A & T, el Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos, y los gobiernos locales. 
Las personas con discapacidades y las personas con dominio limitado del inglés pueden solicitar adaptaciones para participar comunicándose con el Director de Extensión del Condado de Catawba, George Place, al (828) 465-8240 o o personalmente en la Oficina de Extensión del Condado al menos 14 días antes al evento.
Dr. George Place
Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director
Agricultural Resources Center, Newton, NC 28658