Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service

Upcoming Workshops and Activities
Congratulations Donna Mull - 
2018 Catawba County Employee of the Year Nominee

Advanced Gardener Program 2018

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library - 2nd Thursday of the month from 6-7 PM
Newton Library - 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 PM
Maiden Library - 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 PM

Farm-City Week Banquet
Join us for a celebration honoring Catawba County Farmers
  Tuesday, November 20, 2018   6 - 9pm - Doors open at 5:30
Catawba County Country Club
1154 Country Club Rd, Newton, NC 28658
Dinner, presentation of awards, and auction to benefit the Catawba County 4-H Scholarship fund
For tickets online use Eventbrite   Buy tickets
or call 828-465-8240

WarmSeason Annuals Novel Fescue   
C atawba Valley Cattlemen's Association
Meeting Cattlemen
   2nd Tuesday of the month, Nov. 13, 2018
We welcome all people interested in our educational topic.

:   Agricultural Resource Center 1175
                       South Brady Ave. Newton, NC 28658
Speaker:  Dr. Harrison Dudley DVM 
Educational Program: 7 PM -  The Value of Records  

6:00  Supper is served.
8:00 Meeting Adjourned
Visitors eat free but need to initial the attendance sheet. 

Educational Meeting Strip Grazing Holcomb blend Beef Expo 2018

Home Horticulture and  
Green Industry

Home horticulture classes!

Gardening for 4 Season Interest   - Nov 8 and 28 (Free)
Sustainable Landscape Ideas - Dec 11 (Free - Pesticide and Landscape credits)
Bulb Forcing Workshop - Jan 10, 2019 ($15 cost)

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

Let me know what classes you'd like to see in 2019:  fill out this quick survey.

4-H Dairy Calf Project 
Informational Meeting
Monday, Nov. 5
6:30 p.m.
Agricultural Resources Center  
Ages 8 and older  Dairycalf

Would you like to experience raising and showing a livestock project animal? Make plans to get involved in a new Dairy Calf project offered through the 4-H Livestock Club. Youth will receive a week-old dairy calf in January, care for the calf for the next 8-9 months, and show the steer in several youth livestock shows. A December workshop will help participating youth learn the basics to be ready for the arrival of their new calf. The Livestock Agent and a team of volunteers on the project team will be available throughout the project duration to answer questions and provide assistance. 

Learn more about the project by attending the Informational Meeting on November 5. During the meeting you will have the chance to hear from families who have participated in the project in the past and learn. The informational meeting is part of the regularly monthly meeting of the 4-H Livestock Club. If you do not a member of the club and plan to attend the Informational meeting, please register at 

Discover 4-H Discover4H

Curious about what you can do in 4-H? What clubs are available and how to join? Make plans to attend Discover 4-H programs offered at local libraries. Learn about 4-H and experience a hands-on science program, like you may find a 4-H club meeting.  For November, our science activity is Parachutes Away! Hope to see you a local library. 

* Tuesday, November 27 - Conover Library
6:00-7:00 p.m.

* Thursday, November 29 - St. Stephens Library
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Industrial Hemp Information Session
Dec 18, 6-8 PM
Catawba County Extension Center
1175 S. Brady Ave, Newton NC

Dr. Angela Post and Dr. Keith Edminsten from NC State will discuss the latest agronomic recommendations for growing hemp in the Piedmont

We will also have a panel discussion with farmers growing hemp and representation for the NC Industrial Hemp Association

Dinner will be provided so please register for this event on-line at our website's row crop page or call our office 828-465-8240

Take a look at these short articles for the latest info on hemp in our area:

Soy growers can sign up now through Jan. 15, 2019 for the 
Market Facilitation Program. Info and instructions are here

Take a look at the Ag Tech Toolshed from the United Soybean Board

"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.

4-H Clubs & Groups

A variety of 4-H clubs are available in Catawba County for youth ages 5 and older. The clubs are led by volunteer leaders and meet at different times and places. Most of the clubs are special-interest, meaning they focus on a particular topic or theme.General interest clubs are also part of 4-H. 

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.

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