Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service

Catawba County Extension
We continue to serve you!

The Catawba County Extension Office is working hard to adjust our programs for social distancing standards.  Our office is currently closed to the public but we continue to offer all of the consultation and programming that you are used to - just at a distance.  All of our agents are still working remotely.  To protect you and us we ask that you please e-mail our agents or call our office for any questions or consultation needs that you have.  Visit our website for all the contact info:

Upcoming Events and Activities
2 Pesticide License CEU's for-D, L, N, O & X

Class:  Scouting Tips, Tools, and Techniques
Instructor:  Cliff Ruth
Date:  May 7, 2020
Time:  4-6 p.m.

Please use this link to follow instructions and register for this FREE event.

Join in on the Friday Virtual Garden Tours

Friday, May 8, 12-1 PM
Ornamental Garden Tour with Dr. Adam Smith

Friday, May 15, 12-1 PM
Garden Tour (carnivorous plants) with 
Master Gardener Tad Adams

Friday, May 22, 12-1 PM
Fruit & Herb Demo Garden Tour with Dr. George Place

Friday, May 29, 12-1 PM
Garden Tour (ghost peppers and veggies) with Master Gardener Patrick Wilson

These zoom meetings are free and open to the public. Simply click on the link to register.  Registered participants will get a link to connect one hour before the scheduled program. Share this invite and bring your questions.

Landscape Contractors - CEU Extension

NC Landscape Contractors' Licensing Board voted to approve an Emergency Rule regarding Continuing Education (CE) credits required for license renewal for August 1, 2020 -  July 31, 2021.

The emergency rule allows a one year extension of continuing education requirements for the license year ending July 31, 2020.  Credits already obtained for the current licensing year ending July 31, 2020 will be applied to the next year ending July 31, 2021.

You may view the Emergency Rule by clicking  HERE .
The above link will assist farmers in:

- what farmers need to know for the small business benefits

- what farmers need to know for the CARES Act

- Info for the 2020 GAP Audit

- farm workers and COVID-19, what if someone is infected

- many more resources for farmers during this pandemic 

- see this wildly popular webinar: How to Create an Online Farm Store                       
NCDA Agronomic Division 
is taking soil samples again!

The Soil Lab is back!  Please send your soil samples but expect a delay slightly longer than 3 weeks.  The samples are now free until the end of November. 

If you need a faster turn around on samples, Waters Agriculture Labs is a private lab that can process soil samples for a fee ($10) but you will have results within 48 to 72 hours.  Visit their website for more info:
Now open for the Summer Season!
Wed. 10-2pm, Sat 8-1pm
Parking lot beside Lowes play ground to west of Union Square

Opening Day May 9th
Sat. 8-12pm
Conover Post Office parking lot 

For other updates on sourcing local foods 
Vegetables, Fruit, MeatEggs
Tea, Coffee, Honey, Bread, Baked Goods
Summer Seed Garden for Youth
Ages 6 and older
Register by May 20

Youth ages 6 and older will discover the joy of planting and harvesting as they create their own mini-garden this summer. 

The Summer Seeds Gardening programming begins with an online class for children and their parents on Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. During the session you will learn how to create a small garden and get helpful hints for planting and caring for your seeds. Additional online sessions will be scheduled throughout the summer to address garden challenges and allow children to share their garden progress.

Children will be mailed a set of seeds and some basic information about plants and gardening. Seeds will include - sunflowers, melon, beans, popcorn, squash, collard greens, and marigolds. 

Complete details and online registration at

LFCCLocal Food Cooking Class

It has been a hard to not be able to do the Local Food Cooking Classes. It's my favorite program and I miss getting to see all of you.

During this time, I've been working to get the recipes from last year onto my website.

Please follow this link to see the work in process.
You can access recipes from 2018 here.

I will also start to share more cooking info and recipes.
Let me know what you would like to see.
Do you have recipes to share?

Connect to the Clover
Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.

Connect to the Clover sessions continue for a few more weeks and let families learn different 4-H topics and opportunities 

Register to attend the session(s) of your choice at   A link to log-in to the zoom session will emailed to those who register, prior to the scheduled session.  

May 6 -  Project Books: What, How's and Why's to Project Books 
May 13- Terrific Teen Opportunities with 4-H 

Parents and youth who are part of 4-H clubs, as well as others that just want to learn more about 4-H are welcome to join-in. 4-H Alumni can join and learn about our current 4-H program, too. Each session will include some information, Q&A and discussion, and activity. Hope to see you in virtual 4-H on Wednesdays.

Do you need a fungicide for your early planted soybeans?  Take a look at this 5 minute video summarizing NC State soybean research

Do you have marestail?  It is a safe bet that round up won't kill it.  Take a look at this recommendation for managing herbicide resistant marestail


Healthy Habits: Walk Catawba 
Ages 9 and older
Register by May 20 

Get moving and work toward a healthier you this summer with 4-H Healthy Habits: Walk Catawba. 

The 9-week program is for youth ages 9-17. The program includes a Monday afternoon online educational program from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. to kick-off the week. The group will meet each week from June 1 through July 27, 2020. The Monday afternoon session will include a discussion of healthy living topics and weekly challenges with topics such as healthy eating, decision-making, stress management, and more. Youth are encouraged to walk each day and record their steps/miles. When youth reach 31 miles and complete at least 6 online learning sessions they will receive a Walk Catawba t-shirt, with the paid registration. Parents/adults are welcome to participate along with their children.

Register with Eventbrite -


Catawba County Local foods Guide
Time to update for 2020
We will not be distributing the print copy until the stay at home order is lifted. The web version will be updated continuously

All farmers in the guide have been given resources to help them safely harvest, package and distribute food and are being updated by Extension if protocols change.
To view resources shared with farmers visit

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.
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Catawba Valley Cattlemen's Association Meeting 
May 12(physical)meeting: Canceled 
But a May 12 "Zoom" Extension educational and visit meeting will occur at 7 pm. 
Topic:      The virus(Covid19) effect on Beef production
                 and the food chain. Learn how to use the zoom to                    talk to  each other and discuss yellow flowers in pastures and more.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: May 12, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Note that the above is a 3 step process 1)Click on the blue to register. 2)you will receive  an email message with the meeting ID and a password. 3) Copy or type this into the web page of zoom ( or the "zoom app" on your smart phone 10 minutes before the meeting starts on May 12 , 7 pm.
Call Glenn if you have trouble.

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To help your children and grandchildren, You can learn about judging animals.  There are training sessions each week which children  can sign up to attend via Zoom meetings. These are excellent   even for  adults.

Cattlemen members will receive  a newsletter on Beef and the break in the food chain
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's Monthly Newsletter
Questions - Call or text the Livestock Agent:
Glenn Detweiler on his cell: 405-219-1902
Call Brandon Bowman CVCA President or text Amanda Whitener,Treasurer
828-217-3120                                Text  339-788-0943

Educational Meeting Strip Grazing Holcomb blend Beef Expo 2018
Beaver Management Assistance Program (BMAP)

Catawba County is a participating county for the statewide Beaver Management Assistance Program (BMAP).  The North Carolina Beaver Management Assistance Program (BMAP) is designed to help manage problems caused by beaver on private and public lands. Due to practical and ecological considerations, the program's goal is to address specific beaver damage problems rather than to eliminate beaver from North Carolina.

If you need assistance in Beaver Management in 
Catawba County please contact:

Austin Clarke
Wildlife Specialist
USDA APHIS Wildlife Services
Work-(980) 223-1478

 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.

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Dr. George Place
Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director
Agricultural Resources Center, Newton, NC 28658