Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service

Upcoming Workshops and Activities

Piedmont Commodities Conference - Dec 3, 9 AM - 2:30 PM

Shop and Drop: 4-H Fundraiser - Dec. 7 and 14 

Hickory Winter Farmers Market- Nov 2- April 11, Saturdays Only

Advanced Gardener Graduation - Dec 17, 5:30 to 7 PM

Landscape and Turf Workshop - Dec 18, 10 AM to noon

NC Farm School - Foothills-  Jan 16 - May 21, 2020

2020 Agritunit y- February 8th, 2020
Drop and Shop
Saturday, December 7, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Ages 4-12
Catawba County Newton Library

Saturday, December 14, 1:00- 5:00 p.m.
Ages 5-11
Agricultural Resources Center

Need some time to shop or work on holiday preparations? Let 4-H and Catawba County Youth Council teens (with adult supervision) entertain the children. During Drop and Shop children can enjoy holiday crafts, movies and games for $20 with proceeds benefiting United Way (on Dec. 7) and 4-H Zoo Club (Dec. 14). Pre-registration and payment is needed. Contact Donna or Natalie at Cooperative Extension to request a registration form or more information.  

Piedmont Commodities Conference
Dec 3, 9 AM - 2:30 PM
Catawba County Extension Office, Newton NC

Pesticide and CCA credits
Updates from NC State Specialists:

Dr. Ron Heiniger - NC State, Corn
Dr. Rachel Vann - NC State, Soybean
Dr. Angela Post - NC State, Small Grains 
Dr. Charlie Cahoon - NC State, Weed Management

Lunch will be included but you must register for the training.

New 4-H Club Coming to Hickory
Friday, January 10 - Kick-Off Meeting
Location: St. Luke's Methodist Church
6:00 p.m.
Ages: 5-10

Excited to have a new 4-H Club coming to Hickory, starting in January. This will be a family-oriented, general interest club with different programs each month. Youth can learn about 4-H and explore different topics. The club will meet monthly on a Friday evening. Jessica Stamey, who is a 4-H alumni and parent, will be leading the club. We could also use a co-leader to join with Jessica, if there are others that would like to help out.

If you would like more information or would like to be part of the new club, contact Donna Mull at (828-465-8242) or Jessica at Jessica Stamey Look forward to meeting new 4-H families in January.   
                      Dairy Steer Project            I nformational Meeting:   Monday December 9,  6:30 pm
Location: Agricultural  Research Center
                 1175 S. Brady Ave. 
                 Newton, NC 28658

Ages: 8 and older
Youth  ages 8 and older will have the chance to raise and show a Dairy Steer for 2020 with support of adult mentors. Children will receive a week-old dairy calf in late January and have the chance to participate in 2 shows and the dairy steer will be sold following the county fair show. Adult mentors, extension staff, and a veterinarian will provide support and answer questions throughout the project. The cost is $100 and includes the calf and start-up supplies.                             
If you would like more information or to sign-up to attend the Dairy Steer Project meeting, contact Cooperative Extension Service at 828-465-8240. You are welcome to attend the meeting to learn about the project and then decide if it is a project for your family.


Advanced Gardener Graduation
Dec 17, 5:30 to 7 PM
Newton Library Auditorium

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

NC Farm School 2020

Alexander County Extension Center, 151 West Main Avenue, Taylorsville, NC 28681 2020 NCFS Foothills Brochure 

Read more at:
L andscape and Turf Weed Management Updates

FREE Pesticide Credit Talk (2 credits for categories D, L, N, X) 

Dec 18th from 10am-12pm

Course Location:
Cooperative Extension Office - 1st floor conference room
1175 S Brady Ave
Newton , NC

Hi c kory Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays inside The Hickory Soup Kitchen
110 2nd St. Place SE
Saturdays Only
10am - 2pm
Nov. 2 to April 11, 2020 
Vegetables, Fruit, MeatEggs, Tea, Coffee, Honey, Bread, Baked Goods                                                    and Crafts

Catawba County Local foods Guide
Time to update for 2020

Please let us know if you would like your farm or food business to be in the Local Food Guide.

 Requirements are that you produce, sell or utilize local foods sourced from within 50 miles of Catawba County.

The Guide will be printed in February and is also available in a mobile friendly version. See link above.

The listing is free, we just need a questionaire to be filled out and a picture or logo. Please contact April Vigardt at for more information.
WarmSeason Annuals Novel Fescue   
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's Association Meeting 
(2nd Tuesday of the month, Dec 10, 2019)

Speakers: Erica Detweiler , Dr. Tom VanDyke

Info Program : Deer Farm Management,
Update on Deer Farming in NC.

Location:1175 S. Brady Ave. Newton, NC 

Meeting Agenda: 

6:00 Supper is served. 4-H Livestock Club Desserts
6:25 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

Giving Tuesday: Donate to 4-H 

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on  December 3, 2019  and every day! The NC Cooperative Extension Service and NC State Extension invite  YOU  to be an important part of the movement by taking the opportunity to support  YOUR  local county Extension and 4-H programs and services.  

We are fortunate in Catawba County to have several Endowment accounts. Funding from those accounts help with cost associated with offering 4-H programs and provides scholarships for volunteers and youth to participate in activities like the NC 4-H Volunteer Conference, 4-H Camp and Congress, and more. Our goal is for active 4-H'er to be able to participate fully in 4-H, regardless of their family's financial situation. If you are considering some year-end donations, consider a donation to one of our 4-H/Extension funds:

* Edwin and Jean Nolley 4-H Endowment
* Agricultural Extension 4-H Endowment
* Catawba County 4-H Enhancement Funds

Fundraising efforts for the above fund accounts operate under the auspices of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit (tax id 56-6049304). You will receive an official receipt for your gift.

  Agritunity 2020
Free Educational Conference and Tradeshow
for Small and Beginning Farmers
Save the Date

Satuday, February 8th, 2020

Iredell Agriculture Center
444 Bristol Dr., Statesville, NC 28677

 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.

Yog hais tias koj  xav tau kev txhais lus Hmoob, thov hu rau peb tus extension thawj coj, George Place, ua ntej nws thiaj li yuav nrhiav tau kev pab koj.  Nws tus xov tooj yog 828-465-8240.  Ua tsaug.
Dr. George Place
Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director
Agricultural Resources Center, Newton, NC 28658