Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service


CESminicourseCooperative Extension Mini Course  

 Join Us for a 5 part series-
Each week learn about a different program  Cooperative Extension offers-

Master Gardeners
Local Foods

Cooperative Extension Office 
Thursdays-October 4 thru November 1, 2018

Discounts on extension courses upon graduation!

Registration is 
open - Sign up here by October 3rd.

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

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C atawba Valley Cattlemen's Association
   (2nd Tuesday of the month, October 9, 2018)
(We welcome all people interested in our educational topic.) 

 APP-address: Agricultural Resource Center 1175
                       South Brady Ave. Newton, NC 28658
Speaker: Dr. Mark Alley DVM:  Zoetis Advisor 
Educational Program: 7:00 p.m. - Vaccines, - Preventing Disease and Death Losses. (All Vaccines are not Created Equal)

Read more at:
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

Free home horticulture classes! No registration necessary. 
Visit the  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.

Local Foods Cooking Class 
Eat healthy while supporting local farmers
      Wednesdays 5:30-6:30   Cost: $10

October 3rd 
Extension Center 1175 S. Brady Ave. Newton

October 17th
Hickory Soup Kitchen 110 2nd Pl.S.E Hickory
In these classes, you will learn how to make the most of seasonal produce with simple, fast recipes and a bag of produce sourced from local farmers. Cost is $10 per class, which includes the cost of the produce. Each class will feature different recipes.
Call 828-465-8240 to register or email
Payment must be made by 5pm the Monday before class.

beagle_puppy_closeup.jpg 4-H Opportunities:

C4Hcanine4-H Canine Citizens 
Fridays, October 12- November 16
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Agricultural Resource Center
Ages 8 and older 
Cost: $10, includes Dog Project Boo k

Join-in on this new 6-week dog series with a different doggy topic each week. Learn about dog laws, different breeds, common ailments, and volunteer opportunities for dog lovers. Meet and hear from guest speakers, like the Humane Society and staff from a Vet's office. Thanks to Nancy Dick, new 4-H volunteer for coordinating this series. 

For questions or to register to attend contact Tina McGillvary at Cooperative Extension at 465-8240 or Deadline to register is Oct. 5. 

Catawba County Youth Council
Now Accepting Applications for New Members 
High School Students
Deadline to Apply - October 5 

The Youth Council is a leadership/citizenship program for high school students. We strive to have 3-5 students from each school, as well as private and home school students. The Youth Council meets monthly and with Youth Council programs, students learn about local issues, develop their leadership skills, interact elected leaders and share their ideas for making Catawba County a better place to live and work for young adults.  An annual and favorite project of the group involves working with United Way on the Youth Grant Awards.

For more information and application see the Youth Council page on the Cooperative Extension website or contact Donna Mull, 4-H Agent, for an application at

We are especially in need of student representatives from Maiden, Bandys, and Bunker Hill High Schools.

Help with 4-H Plans for 2019
Give us your feedback about youth issues and what you would like to see in our 4-H/Youth programs in the future.  Take a few minutes and complete an online survey. It is not necessary to be a current 4-H family to respond and give you input. 


Piedmont Soybean Field Day - Oct 3 from 8 AM to 1 PM at the 
Piedmont Research Station -  8350 Sherrills Ford Road Salisbury, NC
3 hours of Pesticide Credits (D,N,O,X) will be offered. 

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