Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service

Food Safety Manager Certification Training

October 10 and 17, 2017 (Tuesdays) 
  The Agricultural Resources Center
1175 S. Brady Avenue, Newton, N.C

For more information or to register, call Beth at 828-465-8240  
You may also visit

High Tunnel Work Day
Please come help us re-cover the high tunnel
A fun workday for anyone wanting to learn more about high tunnels and see the beautiful gardens of the Hmong growers at the site.
Tuesday  Oct. 10        9-12pm
Please register 828-465-8240  (so we can plan better)
Small Farms Demonstration Site
4918 Hickory-Lincolnton Hwy.
(3 miles south of intersection of Hwy 10 and Hickory-Lincolnton Hwy)

Catawba Valley Cattlemen's Association Meeting
 (2nd Tuesday of the month, Oct. 10)
    All are invited 

Educational Program: Farm and Equipment Safety  
Speaker:       Mr. Donald Beard
Date:           Tuesday, October 10, 2017 
Location:     APP-address: Agricultural Resource Center
                                          1175 South Brady Ave.    Newton, NC            Agenda                                                                                      
        6:00 pm - Supper is served.
        6:45 pm --- Business meeting - Donald Beard, president 
        7:00 pm Educational presentation - Mr Donald Beard
        8:15 pm - Meeting adjourned                 

Leafy Greens and Garden Perennials
Advanced Gardener Series

Thursday, October 12, 2017
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Patrick Beaver Memorial Library
375 3rd St NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
6:30-7:30 PM
Newton Public Library
115 West C Street,  Newton, NC 28658

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6:30-7:30 PM
Maiden Public Library
11 S A Ave,  Maiden, NC 28650

Nothing beats (or should I say beets) a fresh garden salad.  We're also going to discuss things that you can plant once and enjoy for years to come. 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.
2017 Fall Beef BBQ Fundraiser
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's Association

        Place : Hickory American 
                    Legion  Fairgrounds 
         Date: Saturday, October 14
          Time : 5 - 8 pm               
          Cost : $ 10.00  per plate

            Carry outs available
For more information:
Visit our website or call our office 828-465-8240

Project Book Basics Workshop
Wednesday, October 18
3:30 p.m.
  The Agricultural Resources Center
1175 S. Brady Avenue, Newton, N.C

Learn how and why project books are part of 4-H, project awards you can earn and how to get started on  completing your 2017 4-H project book. This workshop is designed for parent and youth to attend together and club leaders are encourage to come and learn about this important part of 4-H. Register to attend by calling the Extension Office or email by October 15. 

4-H'ers may come between 2:00 - 3:30, before the workshop and work on their project book with guided help. Bring any dates, notes, and pictures that relate to your project book. 

This workshop will be repeated on Wednesday, November 22 at 10:30 a.m. with different activities from other new project books!  Your 2017 p roject books are due January 2, 2018. 
Family & Consumer Sciences Advisory Committee
Program planning and networking meeting

Thursday, October 20, 2017
12:30- 2:00 p.m.
The Agricultural Resources Center

 Meet Cameron Forbes, Dietetic Intern

We are happy to have Cameron Forbes as an intern this fall. Cameron is currently a dietetic intern with Lenoir Rhyne University and will be eligible to sit for the registered dietitian exam after completion of the program in May.  Cameron's  Extension duties  will  include teaching classes on nutrition-related topics, answering client questions, and researching nutrition topics and sharing his findings through newspaper articles and other means.

Cameron was born and raised in Catawba County and went to Bandys High School. He earned a bachelors degree in Applied Nutrition from NC State University and then went right down the road to Meredith College to earn
his masters degree in Nutrition. Cameron says he is very excited for his community rotation with Cooperative Extension because he has a chance to give back to the community that gave him so much. Cameron looks forward to "soaking up as much information" as he can from all of his supervisors and using what he  learns in his future career.  Right photo: Cameron answers questions about diabetes at a health fair.

New 4-H Clubs

4-H Archery Club
Ages 9 and older
Next Meeting - October 17 
Harris Family Farm located on Prison Camp Rd. 
Leaders: Karen, Tim and Evan Harris

Robotics Team 
Ages 9 and older
Interest Meeting- Saturday, October 21
10:00 a.m. at the Agricultural Resources Center
Leaders: Lisa and Will Johnson 

Book Club 
Ages: Middle School Students
We have a teen interested in starting a book club that would possibly meet in the Hickory area. If you love to read and would be interested in being part of this club, let us know and we would love to hear your ideas for this new group. 

Want more details about these new groups or want to join one of these clubs. Email for more information or call 828-465-8240. We can also help you get a 4-H club started in your area or based on your interest! 

State Presentation Winners:  Luke Kanupp (left) and Shawn Mearse (right) 
4-H Winners

State Presentation Winners:
Gold Awards:
Tobias Oakley -  Agriculture Science
Luke Kanupp -  Wheels and Engines
Selah Sigmon - Citizenship and Community Service

Silver Awards:
Samuel Holdsclaw - Open Class
Shawn Mearse -  Safety
Saniya Bennet - Bugs and Bees
Kat Stulpin -  Horticulture Science

Bronze Awards:
Joanna Kanupp - Bugs and Bees
Josh Wilson -  Open Class

District Project Book Winners:
Gold Winners:
Maliha Shabeldeen - Personal Development and Leadership, 11-12 year old
Kat Stulpin - Personal Development and Leadership, 13-15 year old
Kat Stulpin - Citizenship and Civic Education
Joanna Kanupp - Family and Consumer Sciences

Silver Awards:
Angela Barnes - Citizenship and Civic Education
Evan Harris - Healthy Lifestyles
Angela Mason - Plant Science

Bronze Awards: 
Sarah Wilson - Communication Arts

Regional Shooting Sports Winners:
Marcus Sigmon - Muzzleloader, 1st place
Eva Eller-  Recurve Archery, 3rd place
Riley Aiken, Dallas Sigmon and Dylan Sigmon - Muzzleloader, 3rd place team
Anna Sipe- Recurve Archery,1st place; Regional Muzzeloader, 4th place; and  Rifle Sporter, 5th place

Noah Eller - Muzzleloader, 4th place
Zack Harris- Shotgun,5th place
Taylor Harris- Archery compound hunter/sporter archery, 13th place
Evan Harris-  Shotgun, 1st place;  Archery compound hunter/sporter;  and Archery, 9th place

Advanced Gardener Program - Photo Competition

Have the Advanced Gardener presentations at the library helped you start or expand your vegetable garden?

If so, send me your best picture and you will be entered into the 2017 Advanced Gardener Photo Competition.  

Include a few sentences about how much food you got from the garden and how the presentations might have helped you.

Winning photos will be selected on:
- photo's ability to  display food production
- creativity
- entertainment quality
- uniqueness of concept

All photos will be used to help us promote more gardening programs in Catawba County - your photos will inspire others!

Seriously good prizes for the top 5 winners!  Entry deadline is Oct 31, 2017.

All entries must include a signed photo release form.

Send photos to:
Master Gardener  Volunteer Course

Enrollment is now open for the 2018 course.


Only 20 seats available so reserve yours now 

by calling 828-465-8240 or register here!


The 12 week course consists of two semester sessions:

Spring Semester Feb 28 - April 4

Fall Semester Aug 29 - Oct 3 

Class each Wednesday     9 AM to noon


Course is led by Dr. George Place, Director of Catawba County

Cooperative Extension Service


This course is designed for beginners and advanced gardeners alike with a focus on hands-on learning, field trips, and direct interaction with regional experts.


We will cover a diverse set of topics relating to home gardens, landscape, ornamentals, pruning, soil health, weeds, insects, diseases and disorders, vegetables, fruit, and more.


Cost: $100 non-refundable deposit will cover entire cost of course.

Need help with food preservation?

Stop by the Extension office and pick up a free guide with instructions on how to can and freeze selected fruits and vegetables. 

Call Ann Simmons at 704-878-3157 or email if you have questions or need to schedule an appointment for dial-gauge pressure canner lid testing.

Visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation  website for information on how to preserve your favorite foods by canning or freezing. 

Berries and Fruit in Your Garden
Advanced Gardener Series

Thursday, Nov 9, 2017
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Patrick Beaver Memorial Library
375 3rd St NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017
6:30-7:30 PM
Newton Public Library
115 West C Street,  Newton, NC 28658

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017
6:30-7:30 PM
Maiden Public Library
11 S A Ave,  Maiden, NC 28650

Berries, Figs, Persimmons, and other fruit can bring your family lots of smiles and tasty snacks. 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.

Agriculture Resource Workshop:
Highway Patrol and 
Cost Share Programs

Monday, Dec 11, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 PM
1175 S. Brady Ave
Newton, NC  28658

Talk to representatives from the NC Highway Patrol in regards to laws and regulations when it comes to hauling your equipment and driving it on the roads.  Stay safe and avoid expensive tickets with the information.

Learn about available $$$ in cost share programs with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Soil and Water, and the Farm Service Agency (FSA).  Representatives from each group will explain current programs that could save you thousands of dollars on needed upgrades.

Bring your questions!   Dinner will be provided.

Please call our office at 828-465-8240 to reserve your seat and dinner or reserve your spot on-line.
    Healthy Holiday Eating with Chronic Conditions

I f you have diabetes, high blood pressure or another chronic condition, you are probably concerned about holiday eating. Come and learn healthy tips for managing your condition while enjoying many of your holiday favorites.

Thursday, November 9, 2017
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Newton Public Library
115 West C Street, Newton, NC 28658

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Maiden Public Library
11 S. A Avenue 
Maiden, NC  28650

Presented by Ann Simmons, Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences     
Landscapers and Green Industry Pro Day

Killian's Hardware
3790 Springs Rd NE
Hickory, NC  28601
Thursday, March 1, 2018
8:00 AM - noon.

Calibration for Pesticide and Fertilizer Application
8-10 AM
2 pesticide credits available for categories:
A, D, G, H, L, M, N, O, X

Insect Identification and Management
10 AM - noon
2 pesticide credits available for categories:
A, D, G, H, L, M, N, O, X

NCSU Official Variety Test Results for Wheat and Oat

The 2017 NC OVT Wheat and Oat data is now available, and can be found on the new NC OVT website ( or by clicking the following link:
For any questions please contact Ryan Heiniger, NCSU Official Variety Testing Program Director at 919.515.2827 or  

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