Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service


Home Horticulture and  
Green Industry

Home Horticulture Classes!

Storm Damaged Tree Cleanup Training - June 25, Monroe, NC ($20)

Meet Me in the Garden - Select dates, Weekly June/July (free)

Visit the  horticulture webpage  to find out more information about classes and to read articles about home landscaping topics.
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 6-7 PM
Maiden Library - 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 PM


    Eat, Drink and Be Local
July 14-20th, 2019

  Farm Tours, Cooking Demos
               Beer Making Workshop
                 Schedule of Events

Local Farm Feast
July 20th 
The Main Cellar City Club
332 1st. Ave. SW
Hickory  5:30-9:30
Tickets :  Eventbrite 

Featuring Chefs
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

For more information call 828-465-8240, or email 

WarmSeason Annuals Novel Fescue   
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)

Educational Program: 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

Meeting Agenda: 
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. 

Educational Meeting Strip Grazing Holcomb blend Beef Expo 2018
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
Giant Games

Chopped Plus
Investigate Health
Taste of 4-H
New for 2019, we are offering the option of an online registration and payment, but the paper option is still available if that works better for you. The complete schedule and online registration is posted on the Cooperative Extension webpage.  

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 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. 


Are you seeing early leaf puckering in your soybeans.  There are a few things that might be causing that - take a look at this article!

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.   

 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