Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service
Home Horticulture Classes!
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Turf and Weed Management Updates
Lawn Care by the Season- Summer Class
Tuesday June 11th at 6pm
Patrick Beaver Memorial Library in Hickory, NC
Join Adam Smith, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Turfgrass and Weed Management Specialist, to learn about general lawn management for homeowners. We'll cover fertilization, pest management, irrigation, mowing tactics, and seeding. This presentation is part of our three-presentation Lawn Care by the Season series, with each presentation focusing on a specific season of lawn maintenance.
Advanced Gardener Program 2019
June - Garden Diseases and Disorders
Patrick Beaver Memorial Library - 2nd Thursday of the month from 6-7 PM
Newton Library - 3rd Tuesday of the month from
Maiden Library - 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 PM
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:
July 14-20th, 2019
Farm Tours, Cooking Demos
Beer Making Workshop
Local Farm Feast
The Main Cellar City Club
332 1st. Ave. SW
Rick Doherr Cafe Rule
John Duke Dukes and Cuban Cantina
Ben Sullivan Highland Ave.
Music by The Neighbors
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 Class Schedule
Extension Center 1175 S. Brady Ave. Newton
May 15th, July 17th, and September 18th
Hickory Soup Kitchen 110 2nd Pl.S.E Hickory
June 12th, August 21st, October 16th
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's Association Meeting
(2nd Tuesday of the month, June 11)
Speakers: Mr.Mike Weaver(Fire Chief;Propst CsRd)
, Mr. Jeff Icard (Forester: Catawba County)
Mr. Jason Smith (Wildlife Specialist: Western NC)
Native Warm-Season Grass Management of Big Bluestem. Fire Safety, Fire Burning Options, Logic behind burning, producing, and managing Big Bluestem for Cattle and Wildlife.
Location: APP-address: Propst CrossRoads Fire Dept. 3169 Plateau Rd., Newton, NC 28658
6:00 Supper is served.
6:45 Business Meeting -Mr. Andrew Rector, president
7:00 Educational Program: Fire Chief & Forester speak in the Firehouse,
Wildlife Specialists speaks at the Big Bluestem plot behind the FireHouse.
8:00 Meeting Adjourned
We welcome all people interested in our educational topic.
Visitors eat free but need to initial the attendance sheet.
4-H Summer Spark
Now Accepting Registration
Ages 6 and older
Offering lots of different learning activities for the summer months to let children explore and spark new interests. It is not necessary to be a 4-H member to participate. Below are classes/camps with opening remaining - we have already closed some classes that are full!
Farm to Fork Camp
Renew and Recycle
Learn, Eat, Go and Grow
Percussion Experiment Day
Hands to Service
Barn Quilt Painting
Quest to Madagascar
Taste of 4-H
Summer Teen Volunteer Opportunity
Ages 12 and older
Do you like to work with younger children? Help others learn to make healthy choices? Want to grow your leadership skills and resume?
Teens (or adults) are invited to be part of our 4-H Healthy Habits Team. The team will visiting a few local school summer camps operated by Quest and leading programs along with Donna Mull, 4-H Agent. We will be teaching a weekly program to elementary children. Mt. View Elementary with have Learn, Eat and Grow and be planting a garden and learning about plants and healthy eating. St. Stephens and Catawba Elementary will have Kids Club, which is a program series focusing on physical activity and healthy food choices. Both programs include taste tests of healthy foods and beverages.
If you would like to volunteer or get more information, contact Donna Mull, at 465-8240 or email email@example.com by June 10. Volunteers will need to attend a required curriculum training and then they can select the days and locations where they want to help out. Quest programs will be scheduled on Wednesday and Fridays. It is not necessary to be a current 4-H member to join the Volunteer Team.
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
? Take a look at these articles and contact our office for more info.
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.
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