Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service

Upcoming Workshops and Activities

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

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

2020 Agritunit y- February 8th, 2020

Wheat nitrogen application - January is the good time to estimate your wheat tillers and optimize your nitrogen application.  

Take a look at this video on tiller counting for the details and call our office if you want assistance in estimating tillers in your wheat field.

Take a look at the soybean variety selection tool that NC State has developed.  

Search on the best performing varieties that meet your needs, for example you can specify a group 4 variety with the Liberty Link trait and good resistance to frog eye leaf spot and shattering. 

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.   
4-H County Council and Planning Meetings 
Tuesday, January 7
Agricultural Resources Center

Bring your ideas and help shape our plans for the new year.  All 4-H families are welcome. We will have a couple of planning committee meetings followed by 4-H Council. Here is the schedule for the evening:

5:00-5:45 Summer Spark Planning
5:45-6:30 4-H Achievement Night Planning
6:30- 7:30 4-H County Council and Leaders Meeting with Election for 2020 Officers

You are welcome to come just for the portion that fits your interest or join us for the entire evening. Pizza will be provided for those attending the Achievement Night Planning Committee and staying for County Council. We will plan to eat as we work on Achievement Night plans and get started with County Council. If you plan to eat, please RSVP so we can plan for food. 

2020 Hands-On Gardener Program
This year the Advanced Gardener Program (inside presentations) will be moving outside for hands-on learning activities.

Jan 6, 1 PM to 3 PM, Extension Demo Garden
Garden volunteer workday - help us spread mulch, cut back dead plants, and get the garden looking good

Jan 21, 10 AM to noon, Newton Library
Quick review on soil sampling (free boxes and info kits).

Jan 21, 10 AM to noon, Newton Library
Weed identification - hands-on and in the garden, sharpen your plant ID skills and learn about the edible weeds around us!  

Speaking of hands-on . . . our Master Gardener Course is a hands-on, learn-by-doing experience!
Wednesdays from 9 AM to noon
6 weeks in Mid March - April (food crops and pests)
6 weeks in Mid Aug - Sept (trees, turf, ornamentals)
Seats are limited to 20 people and filling fast!

Beginner Bee School

Catawba County Extension Center
1175 S. Brady Ave.
Newton, NC

Classes start Monday Feb 3rd at 7 PM
Classes continue on Feb 10, 17, 24, Mar 2, and 9

Cost $50 per individual or $75 per couple

Payment at first class includes text book (one book for couples) and first year membership into the NC Beekeepers Association

Register by calling Natalie at 828-465-8240
For more info call Gary at 828-234-6935

You must register in order to get a text book!
NC Farm School 2020

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

Read more at:

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 every month EXCEPT January )

This year, 2 area meetings will occur.
One in January at:  Iredell  Ag Resource Center
 444 Bristol Dr. Statesville, NC. on Jan. 9, @ 3:30 pm
One in February  at: Cleveland County Center  
130 S. Post Rd. Suit 1, Shelby, NC. on
Speakers: Bryan Blinson, Deidre Harmon, Dr. Harrison Dudley, & Zoetis Rep.

Info Program : Cattlemen news, Forages, Choosing Replacement Heifers, Cattle Health 

Location:444 Bristol Dr. Statesville, NC 

Meeting Agenda: 

3:30 pm Meeting registration and
3:45 Welcome
6:30 pm Supper is served.

   A similar meeting will occur on Wed.,  February 19, in Shelby, NC  

Educational Meeting Strip Grazing Holcomb blend Beef Expo 2018

Donate to 4-H 

Donations will help 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. 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