Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service

WeDo Robotics
Ages 7-10
Cost: $10 for series

WeDo Lego Robots will be coming to Catawba County in November and December. 

Workshop Dates: 
November 13, 19, and 25
December 4, 11 and 18

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 

Location: Agricultural Resources Center, 1175 South Brady Ave, Newton. 

Online Registration:

The series will introduce our youth to basic robotics, while giving them a chance to use the robots to explore different science topics.  It is not necessary to be in 4-H to attend, but those who are new to 4-H will need to enroll with 4-H Online at Youth are also encourage to complete a 4-H Robotics project book using what they are learning, with project books due January 7. 

The series will the taught by Joanna Kanupp, Teen 4-H'er, using the robotics "lab" that we are able to borrow from A&T State University Cooperative Extension.

Catawba County Residential Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Collection Event  
Nov 2, 9 AM to 1 PM
LP Frans Stadium in Hickory, 2500 Clement Blvd NW, Hickory


Farm City Banquet 2019
Catawba County: 150 Years of Agricultural History
Presented by  The Historical Association of Catawba County

Location: Catawba County Country Club
Date: Nov 26, 5:30 - 8:30 PM

For tickets

or call 828-465-8240

Tickets $20
Children under 5 are free
children 6-12 $10

Registration for the 2020 Master Gardener Course is now open.  Seats are limited to 20 people.

Advanced Gardener Program 2019

November - Garden Produce, Storage and Preservation

Please note that the November presentation on food preservation will only take place at Newton Library on the 3rd Tuesday, Nov 19 from 6-7 PM

NC Farm School 2020

Alexander County Extension Center, 151 West Main Avenue, Taylorsville, NC 28681 2020 NCFS Foothills Brochure 
Read more at:

Piedmont Commodities Conference
Dec 3, 9 AM - 2:30 PM
Catawba County Extension Office, Newton NC

Pesticide and CCA credits
Updates from NC State Specialists:

Dr. Ron Heiniger - NC State, Corn
Dr. Rachel Vann - NC State, Soybean
Dr. Angela Post - NC State, Small Grains 
Dr. Charlie Cahoon - NC State, Weed Management

Lunch will be included but you must register for the training.


Home Horticulture and  
Green Industry

Home Horticulture Classes!

Visit the  horticulture webpage  to find out more information about classes and to read articles about home landscaping topics.
WarmSeason Annuals Novel Fescue   
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's Association Meeting 
(2nd Tuesday of the month, Nov 12, 2019)

Speakers: Mr. John Langdon, Cattle Producer

Info Program : Retaining Ownership of Cattle in Feedlots

Location:1175 S. Brady Ave. Newton, NC 

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
Drop and Shop
Saturdays,Dec. 7 and 14

Let 4-H entertain your children with holiday-themed activities and games, while parents take care of holiday shopping and decorating.

Saturday, December 7
5:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Catawba County Library, 115 W C St., Newton
Ages: 4 and older
Sponsored by Catawba County Youth Council as a United Way fundraiser

Saturday, December 14
1:00 -5:00 p.m. 
Agricultural Resources Center, 1175 South Brady Ave, Newton
Sponsored by Zoo Crew 4-H Club to help with the cost of club activities and field trips. 

The cost for each Drop and Shop is $20 per child. Contact Cooperative Extension at 828-465-8240 or to request a registration form. 
Connect to 4-H: Volunteer Opportunities
Friday, Nov. 22
Patrick Beaver Library, Hickory

Ever thought about volunteering with 4-H? Curious about how clubs get started and what it means for be a 4-H leader?  Interested in learning how teens volunteer with 4-H? Make plans to attend this informal workshop to get some basic information about  4-H and volunteering with 4-H. Volunteers are the heart of 4-H! 

Please RSVP  if you plan to attend by emailing or calling Donna Mull, 4-H Agent, at 828-465-8240 or 

 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.

Yog hais tias koj  xav tau kev txhais lus Hmoob, thov hu rau peb tus extension thawj coj, George Place, ua ntej nws thiaj li yuav nrhiav tau kev pab koj.  Nws tus xov tooj yog 828-465-8240.  Ua tsaug.
Dr. George Place
Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director
Agricultural Resources Center, Newton, NC 28658