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Field Trip to Carroll Heavener Farm for our Farm to Table camp.
4-H Summer Fun 
4-H Summer Fun is in full swing. The Ag Center rooms are filled with excited children learning and exploring lots of new topics. We are still accepting registration for the following classes with openings remaining: 

* Robotics Basics - August 2 
* Advanced Robotics - August 3
* Irish Step with Sarah - August 3
* Mini-Society - August 7-11
* Lego Mania - August 8
* Healthy You for Tweens - August 9
* Agri-Science Camp - August 15-17
* Real World Real Money - August 22-23

Contact Donna Mull at donna_mull@ncsu.edu with questions.

A huge thank you to Julie Lehman for her assistance in planning and teaching our Farm to Table Camp. Julie's passion for our local farmers is inspiring to us all at Catawba County Cooperative Extension as well as to the campers who joined us for the workshop. We are grateful to have her as part of our volunteer team. 

Need help with food preservation?

Stop by the Extension office and pick up a free guide with instructions on how to can and freeze selected fruits and vegetables. 

Call Ann Simmons at 704-878-3157 or email ann_simmons@ncsu.edu if you have questions or need to schedule an appointment for dial-gauge pressure canner lid testing.

Visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation  website for information on how to preserve your favorite foods by canning or freezing. 
                                                                                                       
ServSafe Food Safety Manager's Certification Course
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  and
 Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Agricultural Resource Center, 1175 S. Brady Ave., Newton, N.C.
For registration information visit  catawba.ces.ncsu.edu  or 
call 828-465-8240




Grains in Your Garden
Advanced Gardener Series

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

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

Tuesday, August 22, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Maiden Public Library
11 S A Ave,  Maiden, NC 28650

Have you every really baked a loaf of bread from scratch?  Find out how grains can contribute to your home food production system while building your soil organic matter. Come find out why this program won the Best Adult Education Library program for the state of North Carolina. Take a look at the entire schedule here and find out how to become a certified Advanced Gardener.


                        Rethinking Your Food Handling Habits

Many people are surprised to learn that their food handling habits could make someone sick. Join us for a session to help you prepare safe food for yourself and others.

"Rethinking Your Food Handling Habits"
9:45 a.m., Wednesday  August 23, 2017 
Catawba Seniors Morning Out Program
Center United Methodist Church
4945 Sherrill's Ford Rd.Catawba, N.C. 

If you plan to attend, please call the SMO 
program  at 828-320-0434 to RSVP by August 21. 

NC Farm School Summit - 
Practical Production Practices for Successful Farms


Mountain Horticulture Research and Extension Center; Mills River, NC

Event Date: September 14-15, 2017


Cost: $30 per person for Main Event



Event Contact:  
Molly Sandfoss - 828-652-8104 or 
email: molly_sandfoss@ncsu.edu

Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Asparagus, and More
Advanced Gardener Series

Thursday, September 14, 2016
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Patrick Beaver Memorial Library
375 3rd St NE, Hickory, NC 28601

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

Tuesday, September 26, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Maiden Public Library
11 S A Ave,  Maiden, NC 28650

The onion plant family has a diverse group of tasty garden additions, some of which can provide you with fresh produce for decades! Come find out why this program won the Best Adult Education Library program for the state of North Carolina. Take a look at the entire schedule here and find out how to become a certified Advanced Gardener.

Leafy Greens and Garden Perennials
Advanced Gardener Series

Thursday, October 12, 2016
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Patrick Beaver Memorial Library
375 3rd St NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Tuesday, October 17, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Newton Public Library
115 West C Street,  Newton, NC 28658

Tuesday, October 24, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Maiden Public Library
11 S A Ave,  Maiden, NC 28650

Nothing beats (or should I say beets) a fresh garden salad.  We're also going to discuss things that you can plant once and enjoy for years to come. Come find out why this program won the Best Adult Education Library program for the state of North Carolina. Take a look at the entire schedule here and find out how to become a certified Advanced Gardener.

Berries and Fruit in Your Garden
Advanced Gardener Series

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

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

Tuesday, TBA, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Maiden Public Library
11 S A Ave,  Maiden, NC 28650

Berries, Figs, Persimmons, and other fruit can bring your family lots of smiles and tasty snacks. Come find out why this program won the Best Adult Education Library program for the state of North Carolina. Take a look at the entire schedule here and find out how to become a certified Advanced Gardener.
NCSU Official Variety Test Results for Wheat and Oat

The 2017 NC OVT Wheat and Oat data is now available, and can be found on the new NC OVT website ( www.ncovt.com) or by clicking the following link:
 
 
For any questions please contact Ryan Heiniger, NCSU Official Variety Testing Program Director at 919.515.2827 or  rwheinig@ncsu.edu  


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  www.ncdaorganic.org .

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.

Visit the USDA Farm Storage Facility Loan website for more info.
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! 
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

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 gtplace@ncsu.edu or in person at the County Extension Office at least 14 days prior to the event.

Contact:
Dr. George Place
Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director
Agricultural Resources Center, Newton, NC 28658
828-465-8240