Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service


Home Horticulture and  
Green Industry

Home Horticulture Classes!

More Color in Your Yard - August 8, 20, 27 (free)

Chainsaw Safety for Farmers, Homeowners, and Professionals - August 22 (free)  ISA credits available, NC Landscape Contractor credits applied for

Visit the  horticulture webpage  to find out more information about classes and to read articles about home landscaping topics.
October 6 & 7, 2019 Downtown Charlotte Marriott City Center Charlotte, NC
with Keynote Greg Judy, October 5, 2019

Registration for the 2020 Master Gardener Course is now open.  Seats are limited to 20 people.

Advanced Gardener Program 2019

Aug - More Flowers in Your Landscape

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

Aug 22 at 6 PM - The 100-year-old Gardener: How to foster longevity of the body and mind in and outside of the garden
Presented by:
Dr. Jessica Urzen, D.O.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Inpatient Rehab Medical Director
Catawba Valley Health System

Featured articles: 

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:  

This survey asks you to share your opinion about the health status of our community. It is part of the community health assessment currently in progress in Catawba County. Information from the survey will be used to identify community health needs and concerns and then develop ways to address them. This survey is anonymous and should take less than 15 minutes of your time to complete.
Healthy Herbal Allies as Food and Medicine
Sept 7, 2019
10 AM - 11:30 AM
Newton Library
Free and open to the public

Herbal foods and medicines provide some of the oldest, safest, and most effective healing in the world. Over the millennia, humans have learned how to harness the benefits of herbs to help the body return to its natural state of health. Come learn how herbs can enrich your life and serve as an important tool to care for yourself, your family, and your community in a non-toxic, affordable, and natural way.

In this workshop, you will learn 
  • How herbalism has evolved over history and how other cultures around the world use herbs today
  • How to get more medicinal value out of the foods you already eat
  • How to incorporate the medicinal properties of culinary herbs into delicious recipes
  • How to identify and prepare easy to find herbs
  • How herbs can help improve your everyday health as well as safely and effectively complement other therapies, with the right guidance, for more significant health concerns.

This workshop will be as experiential as possible. You will be able to use all of your senses and get your hands dirty as you experience the herbs and herbal medicines we encounter. 

By the end of this workshop you should feel comfortable with the basics of how to get started using herbs. We'll share several recipes and other resources that you take home to get going on your own.

2019 Small Grains Referendum Vote - Aug 7 at the Catawba County extension office.

Are you planting soybeans after July 1?  You may need to increase seeding rates.  Take a look at this research.

Are foliar yield enhancement products worth it?  Take a look at this 6 year study.

Thresholds help you to decide if and when to spray insects to crop loss and unnecessary applications.  Take a look at these thresholds for corn earworm, stink bugs, and kudzu bug in soybeans.

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.   

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 Classes Available
Extension Center 1175 S. Brady Ave. Newton
September 18th

Hickory Soup Kitchen 110 2nd Pl.S.E Hickory
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, Aug 13)

Speaker: Mr. Buron Lanier 

Educational ProgramThinking outside the box - Silvopasture;  Report on East NC Flood Effects & Hay Donations . 

Location: 1175 South Brady Ave., Newton, NC

Meeting Agenda: 

6:00 Supper is served.
6:45 Business Meeting -Mr. Andrew Rector, president
7:00 Educational Program:  Thinking outside the box - Silvopasture;  Report on East NC Flood Effects & Hay Donations . 
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
Investigate Health
August 20-22
Ages 12 and older

Start your new school year with some strategies to keep you in the best of health! Lots of healthy living topics with interactive activities. Some topics include healthy eating, managing teen stress, and staying fit for life.  The series concludes with a full day bike trip on the Virginia Creeper Trail. Learn how you can get involved in a volunteer activity and teach other youth about healthy living for the 2019-20 school year.   The cost is $50 and includes the Bike trip.

Investigate Health is offered as part of the 4-H summer series. 4-H membership is not needed to attend. Use the online registration to sign-up. 

Retiring and New Youth Council Officers. Lauran Surratt, Incoming President, receives the gavel from Carrigan Price, who served as president for the past school year. 
Catawba County Youth Council
Now Accepting Applications
High School Students

Looking for an opportunity to grow your leadership skills and become more involved in government? Consider joining the Catawba County Youth Council. 

The Council is comprised of selected high school students that represent each high school in the county and home schoolers. The council meets monthly and with programs focused on local government, non--profit organizations, leadership topics, and other topics selected by the teens. The council participates in community service projects and teens have the chance to attend citizenship conferences, such as the Youth Legislative Assembly and NC 4-H Citizenship Focus.

We are now applications for new students who would like to considered to be part of the Youth Council for the coming school year. Applications and more information is posted at Interested students can also contact Donna Mull at to request an application. We are especially in need of student representatives from Bandys, Bunker Hill and Maiden but have openings to new students from most all the schools in the county. Membership is limited to residents of Catawba County. 

The Youth Council is a collaborative program of Catawba County Government, Catawba County United Way, and 4-H. 

 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