Caldwell County 
May 2019
Safe Plates

When: Monday - Wednesday, May 13, 14, 15, and 16, 2019. 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: NC Cooperative Extension- Caldwell County, 120 Hospital Avenue NE- Room 2.

NC Safe Plates is a new Food Safety Manager Certification Course developed by NC State University and an alternative to ServSafe. This course will prepare food service managers to complete the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals Food Safety Manager Certification Examination. NC establishments must have at least one supervisor certified as a food protection manager through an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)- accredited program or face a two-point violation from the health department. Managers will receive a certificate to display in their operation which will verify with local Environmental Health Departments that they are in compliance. 

The cost of the class is $120.00 which covers the book, exam, handouts and refreshments. The class will be held at the Agriculture Center/Caldwell County Library, 120 Hospital Ave. NE in Lenoir. For more information call (828) 757-1290 or contact Margie Mansure

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Cost: $120.00

Registration  Form

Summer Gardening Series Offered With NC Cooperative Extension and Caldwell MGV's

Tuesday, June 18, 2019- 5:30 pm-7:00 pm- Pests in the Garden- Identify common pests in the vegetable garden and learn to manage them

Tuesday, July 2, 2019- 5:30 pm-7:00 pm- Growing Garlic and Perennial Onions- Learn to grow, harvest, and cure your own garlic and onions

Saturday, July 20, 2019- 9:00 am-11:00 am-  Cooking With Bounty Part 1: Tomatoes, Squash, Onions, Other High Summer Veggies- A hands-on class with tips and ideas for preparing and preserving your summer garden harvest. We will prepare and taste recipes with tomatoes, herbs, zucchini, cucumbers, and more.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019- 5:30 pm-7:00 pm- Straw Bale Gardening- Join Master Gardener volunteers to learn the ins and outs of straw bale gardening

Saturday, September 28, 2019- 9:00 am-11:00 am- Cooking With Bounty Part 2: Peppers, Fall Greens (If Available), Winter Squash, Sweet Potatoes- 
A hands on class on preserving and preparing harvest from the fall garden. We will prepare and taste recipes made with items such as sweet potatoes, greens, winter squash, peppers, and more. 

All Classes will be held at the Unity Park and Community Garden - 1519 College Ave, SW, Lenoir     

Please register in advance by replying to this email or by calling   828.757.1290  
Cost: Free

2019 Foothills Big Dreams, Small Farms

If you are considering ways to make income from your land, we invite you to attend any of the Big Dreams, Small Farms workshops offered this spring of 2019.

Workshops are held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Locations of each workshop will vary. The morning sessions are in the classroom, followed by a farm visit in the afternoon. 

Registration is due one week before each session. The cost is $25 per session, which will include materials, lunch, snacks, and transportation to farm visits. Please make checks payable to " Alexander County." Mail payment to: 376 1st Ave SW
Taylorsville, NC 28681

Your registration is not complete until payment is received, please contact Lenny Rogers, Alexander County Extension at 828-632-4451 with questions regarding schedule registration. 

Cost: $25.00 per session

Alternative Income Streams for Forest Landowners
About 60% of the total forestland in North Carolina is owned by non-industrial private forest landowners. While the forest sector is an economic engine in most of the rural regions, timber production is not the primary reason for owning forestland for the majority of family forest landowners. Forests offer several alternative income opportunities for landowners, which are often compatible with their primary objectives of owning forestland, and some of them can be achieved without or with little additional efforts. This workshop educates natural resource professionals and landowners about forest-based alternative income streams available to their region. 

May 21, 2019 - Rocky Mount, NC - East Carolina Agricultural & Education Center
May 30, 2019 - Carthage, NC - Moore County Extension Center
June 4, 2019 - Statesville, NC - Iredell County Extension Center
July 11, 2019 - Mills River, NC - Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center

To register for one of the workshops, please use the link below:
Alternative Income Streams for Forest Landowners Link or contact Colby Griffin-Extension Agent, Agriculture - Commercial and Consumer Horticulture -(919) 496-3344 (Office) or at

Cost: Free

Closed for Memorial Day

When: Monday, May 27, 2019

We will be closed  Monday, May 27, 2019 for Memorial Day. We will reopen Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Please call 828-757-1290 with any questions. 

Caldwell Beekeepers Association
When:  The third Thursday every month at  6:30 pm.
Where: United Presbyterian Church,  415 Pennell St NE, Lenoir, NC 28645

The beekeepers meet monthly for educational programs and to conduct club business. For more information contact Doug Galloway at 828- 612-1531 or Mickey Hollar at 828-312-5003.

To learn more about the Beekeepers Association visit their  website or  Facebook page.

May Gardening Tips

Plants in Flower
  • Southern Magnolia, Golden Chain Tree, Kousa Dogwood, Hybrid Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, Satsuki Azalea, Scotch Broom, Deutzia, Beauty Bush, Weigela, Gumpo Azalea, Roses, Clematis, Honeysuckle, Dianthus, Sweet William, Candytuft, Beadered Iris, Peony, Coreopsis, Poppy, Lady Slipper and Summer Annuals
  • Fertilize summer flowering plants like  rose- of-Sharon this month.
  • Do not forget to sidedress or fertilize your vegetables six to eight weeks after germination. You can use 10-10-10.
  • Plant gladioli bulbs this month.
  • Plant summer annuals like begonia, geranium, marigold, petunia and zinnia this month.
  • The following vegetable plants can be set out this month: eggplant, pepper, tomato and sweet potato.
  • The following vegetables can be planted this month: beans, lima beans, cantaloupe, corn, cucumbers, okra, southern peas, pumpkin, squash and watermelon.
  • Plant Crape Myrtles while plants are in color.
  • Prune your hybrid rhododendron and azeleas after they finish flowering.
  • Prune any hedges that have outgrown their desired shape.
  • Begin pinching your chrysanthemums and continue through early July.
  • Pick off azalea leaf galls as they form.
  • Do NOT cut back spring bulb foliage until it turns yellow and brown.
  • Remove seedpods from bulbs and iris as they sap the plants strength.
  • Spray the following landscape shrubs for the following insect pests: arborvitae-bag worm, azalea-lace bug, boxwood-leaf miner, euonymus-scale, hemlock and juniper-spruce mites, pyracantha-lace bug and hybrid rhododendron borer.
  • Spray iris beds for iris borers.
  • Spray the following vegetables if insects are observed: cucumber (cucumber beetle), squash (squash borer and aphids, tomato and eggplant (flea beetle), broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower (worms).
  • Weekly sprays on red-tip photinia if leaf spot is observed.
  • Continue with rose spray program.
  • Keep spraying your tree fruits and bunch grapes with a fungicide program.
  • Use pesticides sparingly. Spray only when needed and READ and follow all label directions.
Lawn Care
  • Fertilize zoysia this month after it has greened up. Do NOT fertilize tall fescue now.
  • Start warm season lawns ( zoysia and bermudagrass) in May.
  • Mowing heights for your lawn are important. Cut tall fescue and bluegrass at 3.75 inches, zoysia at 1.5 inches. 
  • Take softwood cuttings of plants like azalea, rhododendron, forsythia, clematis, chrysanthemum and geranium in late May if you have a misting propagation system.
Specific Chores
  • Purchase locally grown strawberries.
  • Move houseplants outside if desired.
  • If weather has been dry, give favorite plants a good soaking once a week.
  • May is a good month to repot and divide ferns. Also repot crowded house plants.
  • Remember mulching helps to maintain moisture, control weeds, and protect the roots of plants.



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