Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service

Upcoming Workshops and Activities

Master Gardener Class 2019 - March 20 is first class (still 2 seats available)

FireWise USA Workshop- March 26th, 10am-11:30am

USDA and GAP Harmonized Workshops- April 18, 8:30am -2:45am

Home Horticulture and  
Green Industry

Home Horticulture Classes!

Killians Hardware Spring Pro-Day - March 7, 2019 (free) pesticide, ISA arborist, and NC Landscape Contractor CEUs available.

Pollinator Garden Workshop - March 23, 2019 (free) 

Houseplant Swap - April 6, 2019 (free)

Garden Tools Workshop - April 11, 2019 (free)

Visit the  horticulture webpage  to find out more information about classes and to read articles about home landscaping topics.

Donate non-perishable food in honor of our local, small farmers. Now through March 30. 

Advanced Gardener Program 2019
March - Soils, Composting, and Fertilizers

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

Master Gardener Program 2019

Registration is open - we still have 4 seats available

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:   Homesteading - Grow Your Own Food on Less Than 1 Acre in Catawba County.

Market Gardener Class 2019
Classes meet four Saturdays in March and April 2019 for four hours 
March 9 & 23, and April 6 & 20, 2018, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

In this four- day intensive course, you will learn how to take the step from gardener to growing for market. Our classroom will be in the field, where we will grow four different crops, harvest and prepare to sell.
Contact April Vigardt at or call 828-465-8243 for more information

Class Cost is $100 
includes thumb drive of farmer resources
Is your Home and Community Firewise?
The Fire Wise Program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses. 

Tuesday, March 26, 10am-11:30am
Catawba Co. Cooperative Extension
1175 S. Brady Ave, Newton, NC
This is a free workshop
Please register with April Vigardt at 828-465-8243
or email

WarmSeason Annuals Novel Fescue   
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's Association Meeting 
(2nd Tuesday of the month, Mar.12)

Speaker: Doug Rowell; Cargill/Southern States, Beef Nutritionist

Educational Program: Horn Fly Controls for Beef
Read More Here
Location: APP-address: Agricultural Resource Center 1175 South Brady Ave. Newton, NC 28658

Meeting Agenda: 
6:00 Supper is served.
6:45 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
Private Applicator License Renewal

Early Weed ID and Control 
Time: 2:30 PM- 3:30 PM
Credits: NC Pesticide Credits Available: 1 hour of  D, O, N, X

Where:Catawba County Extension Ag Resource Center
1175 Brady Ave. , Newton, NC 28658

  • 12:30AM, "V" Training - Travis Snodgrass, NCDA&CS
    • New Rules and Regulations
  • 1:30AM - Glenn Detweiler
    • Practical Safe Use of Sprayers and Spray Tip Technology
  •  2:30-3:30pm - Dr. George Place, and Glenn Detweiler
    • Early Weed ID and Correct Chemical Controls   
USDA Harmonized GAP Standard Workshops

8:30am - 2:45pm each day

CFSA and NC Cooperative Extension have partnered to deliver a workshop that will provide an overview of the process required to successfully go through a USDA Harmonized GAP audit. During this workshop we will provide attendees with the resources to build your food safety plan.

or contact Marianna Spence at 919-542-2402 or .
Major Credit Cards and Checks will be accepted. Pre-registration is required.

4-H Summer Camp
July 7-12
Millstone 4-H Camp, Ellerbee
Ages 8-14

Cooperative Extension is now accepting registration for youth to attend Millstone 4-H overnight summer camp. It is not necessary to be a 4-H member to attend. The camp offers traditional camp activities, like shooting sports, canoeing, ropes course, horseback riding, hiking, and more outdoor activities. Catawba County will travel and attend camp together as a county group. Amanda Knight, 4-H Livestock Club leader will be with the group at camp, in addition to trained camp staff.  

View camp information at the Millstone website.

The cost for camp is $435 with a $200 deposit due at the time of registration. Scholarships are available.

We are fortunate to be able to offer Kiwanis camp scholarships to help with the cost of attending camp. The scholarships are provided by Hickory Kiwanis Club and this marks the 20th year they have provided 4-H camp scholarships! 

Contact Donna Mull, 4-H Agent, at 828-465-8242 for information about camp and/or request a camp registration form or scholarship application.  
Spring Plant Sale & Gardening Workshop
Monday, March 4
2:00-4:00 p.m. 
Agricultural Resources Center
Demonstration Garden

Cooperative Extension will be offering a spring planting workshop as a component of their Annual 4-H Small Fruit Plant sale. The special workshop is for individuals who have purchased or plan to purchase plants offered with the 4-H spring plant sale. During the workshop, Dr. George Place, Extension Director, will discuss how to prepare your area and care for plants that are available for purchase which includes strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and asparagus. Individuals will have the chance to see some of these plants in the demonstration garden at the Ag Center. Pre-registration for the workshop is not needed.

To place an order for plants, come by the Agricultural Resources Center, 1175 South Brady Ave., in Newton or order online. You may also call Cooperative Extension at 828-465-8240 to request an order form or email Pre-payment is required. Orders will also be accepted at the Monday afternoon workshops. Orders are accepted until March 6 and plants will be available for pick-up in mid-March from the Ag. Center.
Proceeds from the sale will be used to support 4-H activities for youth in Catawba County.


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.

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?  We are scheduling a meeting with MVP processing in Mooresville in mid March.  This will be a meeting at the extension office to understand how the processor is working with farmers in regards to biomass testing, biomass quality parameters that they need, prices, and to answer questions that our farmers have. This meeting is for farmers, not the general public so contact George - 828-465-8247 if you are interested.  

 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