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Everything Herbs
Advanced Gardener Series

Thursday, May 11, 2017
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Patrick Beaver Memorial Library
375 3rd St NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
6:30-7:30 PM
Newton Public Library
115 West C Street,  Newton, NC 28658

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
6:30-7:30 PM
Maiden Public Library
11 S A Ave,  Maiden, NC 28650

Fresh herbs can add a special flavor to your garden landscape. Come out to learn some new tips for successful herb gardening. Come find out why this program won the Best Adult Education Library program for the state of North Carolina. Take a look at the entire schedule here and find out how to become a certified Advanced Gardener.

4-H Summer Fun 
  Youth ages 5 and older are invited to register for 4-H    Summer Fun workshops. Summer Fun lets you explore new areas of interests  with a variety of interactive workshops, trips, and day camps. The Summer Fun schedule will be posted on the Catawba County Extension website this week, but here are multi-day offerings: 

* Farm to Fork - July 11- 13
* Who Killed Henry Ward? - July 18-20
* Animal Science Camp - July 24- 27
* College Pathways - July 24-27
* Mini-Society - August 7-11
* Discovery Days - August 14-17
* Agri-Science Camp - August 15-17
* Real World Real Money - August 22-23

Some other Summer Fun workshops include Robotics, Irish Step, Lego Mania, Healthy YOU, It's Electric, Sewing Basics, and more! 

It is not necessary to be in 4-H to enroll in Summer Fun. For additional information contact Donna Mull at 828-465-8240 or Summer Fun scholarships are also available with applications due by June 8.
4-H Presentations Coming
County Presentation Day - May 13
Agricultural Resources Center

Presentations are a great way to build your skills in public speaking and communication. 4-H'ers ages 5-18 participate in presentations by giving a 5-12 minute talk (with visuals about a topic of their choice). Or you can try public speaking, science fair, 4-H Entertains, and/or Outdoor Grilling, which are all part of our Presentation Day Contest. 4-H'ers have the chance to advance to district contest in June and state contest in July. 

If you plan to give a presentation or participate in any of these contests, register by emailing or calling Donna at or 828-465-8240 by May 5. Contact Donna for more details about the workshop or to set-up an appointment to get some one-on-one help. 

Volunteer Judges Needed - If you would like to volunteer, we could also use a few more presentation judges for May 13, too. 

  Catawba Valley Cattlemen's Association Meeting
                            (2nd Tuesday of the month,    May 9)           All are invited 
Educational Program:
                  Strategies for Minimum-Stress Weaning of Calves 
Speaker:       Dr. Matt Poore - NCSU Extension Specialist and Cattle Producer
Date:           Tuesday, May 9, 2017 
Location:     APP-address: Agricultural Resource Center 1175 South Brady Ave.   Agenda                                                                                      Newton, NC
             6:00 pm - Supper is served.
             6:45 pm --- Business meeting - Donald Beard, president
             7:00 pm Educational presentation:Dr. Matt Poore; NCSU Extension                       8:15 pm - Meeting adjourned                     Specialist and Cattle Producer

4-H Summer Preview
Thursday, June 1 
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Agricultural Resources Center

Bring the kids, stop-in, enjoy a summer-time snack, and meet some of the adult and teens who will be working with 4-H Summer Fun programs. Check-out the  table top displays and hands-on activities to give you a preview of 4-H Summer Fun programs. Meet 4-H club leaders and learn more about clubs and how you can get involved. 

Farm to Fork Feast

Friday, June 23th
335 Main Ave SW
Hickory NC   28602
5:30 to 9:30 PM
The Farm to Fork Feast will be hosted at Market on Main in downtown Hickory and will be featuring a spectacular menu with Catawba County cultural themes sourced entirely from local farms, all prepared by Chef John Duke.

Enjoy cocktails on the patio with live music starting at 5:30 PM.  Multiple food options will be available throughout the restaurant for you to explore while you socialize with our local food community. 

Tickets are limited and are selling out fast.  

You can also purchase tickets by contacting the NC Cooperative Extension.  Call today to reserve your seats before they are gone. 828-465-8240
Eat, Drink & Be Local Week

June 17th - 24th Schedule

June 17th Sat. 8-1pm 
Hickory Farmers Market- Cooking demo 

June 19th Mon. 10-11am 
Avaline's Farm Tour 1670 Southwest Blvd. Newton

June 21 Wed. 
10-2pm Hickory Farmers Market- kids corner activities

June 22 Thurs 
10-11am Coto Family Farm tour - 726 Bert Yarbro Rd. Vale, NC
6:30-9pm Bottling party and distillery tour-Foothills Distillery

June 23 Fri. 
5:30- 9pm Farm Feast at Market on Main-tickets $25 
You can also purchase tickets by contacting the NC Cooperative Extension.  Call today to reserve your seats before they are gone. 828-465-8240

June 24th Sat. 
2-4pm  Family fun day at JRH Farms (location to be announced)

Throughout the week watch for special locally sourced dishes in area restaurants such as Highland Ave. (Stay tuned for other restaurants)

Volunteer activites you can do to show your support

Hickory Soup Kitchen- 828-327-4828

Did you miss the 
"So You Want to Start a Food Business Workshop?
             You will have another opportunity to attend in Iredell County . . .

 Wednesday, May 10, 2017
  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Iredell County Agricultural Resource Center
444 Bristol Drive
Statesville, N.C. 28677

The program will feature a panel of representatives from agencies that regulate food businesses and others who can help you get your food business off to a good start.  Lunch will follow the program. For more information or to register, contact Ann Simmons at or call 704-873-0507.

        Dial-Gauge Pressure Canner Lid Clinics Coming Soon!

Cooperative Extension offers dial-gauge pressure canner lid testing as a service to the community.  Clinics will be scheduled for June and July. However, if you need to make an appointment to get your canner lid checked earlier, call Ann Simmons at 704-878-3157.  We are only able to test Presto-type dial gauges.

ServSafe Food Safety Manager's Certification Course
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  and
 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Agricultural Resource Center, 1175 S. Brady Ave., Newton, N.C.
For registration information visit  or call 828-465-8240

NCDA&CS offers organic certification cost-share assistance

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA & CS) is offering organic growers the opportunity to recoup up to $750 of their certification cost. Growers must have been certified between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 and complete an application available at .

Visit the NCDA website to see more information about this cost share opportunity.

USDA Low Interest Loans For Storage Facilities

The Farm Storage Facility Loan Program provides low-interest financing so producers can build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include grains, oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, hay, honey, renewable biomass commodities, fruits and vegetables. Eligible facility types include grain bins, hay barns and facilities for cold storage.

Visit the USDA Farm Storage Facility Loan website for more info.
NC State Gardening, Agriculture, and Pest Updates

You can sign up for the latest news on gardening, pest advisories, livestock, energy, and many others.  Check out the complete list of NC State News that you can subscribe to and get the latest research based info.  Be the first to know! 
Got To Be NC Agriculture

Visit the Got to Be NC website and see excellent resources for starting your own food business.

Visit the NC Growing Together website to see the latest newsletter, recent resources, and schedule of upcoming workshops, webinars, and meetings.

NC Farm Link

Take at look at this incredible website that helps connect farmland seekers with farmland owners. There is also an amazing list of resources for farmers.
Small Farm Grant and Loan Assistance

We will post various grant and loan opportunities that arise in this space of our monthly updates.  Simply click on the opportunity of interest for more information.

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.

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