Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service

Upcoming Workshops and Activities

Cattlemen's Meeting-Oct 8, 6-8 pm

Local Foods Cooking Classes- Once a month May - Oct. Wed. 5:30-6:30

Landscape Design Workshop - October 17, 6pm (free)

Farm City Banquet 2019- Nov. 26, 5:30-9pm

Piedmont Commodities Conference - Dec 3, 9 AM - 2:30 PM

NC Farm School - Foothills-  Jan 16 - May 21, 2020

October 6 & 7, 2019 Downtown Charlotte Marriott City Center Charlotte, NC
with Keynote Greg Judy, October 5, 2019

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

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. 

2019 Classes Available
Extension Center 1175 S. Brady Ave. Newton
September 18th

Hickory Soup Kitchen 110 2nd Pl.S.E Hickory
 October 16th

For more information call 828-465-8240, or email 

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

Advanced Gardener Program 2019

Oct - Seeds and Plant Propagation

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

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


Home Horticulture and  
Green Industry

Home Horticulture Classes!

Landscape Design Workshop - Oct 17 (free) 

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

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

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.

NC Farm School 2020

Alexander County Extension Center, 151 West Main Avenue, Taylorsville, NC 28681 2020 NCFS Foothills Brochure 
Read more at:
WarmSeason Annuals Novel Fescue   
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's Association Meeting 
(2nd Tuesday of the month, Oct 8)

Speakers:Mr. Brian Bennett with Bartlett Milling

Info Program :  Supplements for Grazing Cattle

Location:1175 S. Brady Ave. Newton, NC 

Meeting Agenda: 

6:00 Supper is served.
6:45 Business Meeting -Mr. Andrew Rector, president
7:00 Informational 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
Catawba County Youth Council
Applications Due Oct. 15

Looking for an opportunity to grow your leadership skills and become more involved in government? We are now accepting applications for new students to join the Catawba County Youth Council.  The council meets monthly and with programs focused on local government, non--profit organizations, and leadership topics. 

The Council consist of high school students that represent different schools in the county, including private and home schools. We are especially in need of students from Maiden, Bandys, Bunker Hill, Hickory Schools, and Foard. 

Applications and more information found at Interested students can also contact Donna Mull at to request an application. 

The Youth Council is a collaborative program of Catawba County Government, Catawba County United Way, and 4-H. 
National 4-H Week 

Check-Out these Special Activities for National 4-H Week.  

October 3 - Snowy Creek 4-H Equestrian Club, 7:00 p.m.
Snowy Creek Stables, 4816 16th Dr NW, Hickory 
Interested in Horses? Come and visit the 4-H Horse Club for their October meeting and check out 4-H. The club is for ages 5-18 and Cindy Boger is the club leader. In addition to learning about horses, this club is also very active in community service. 

October 10 - Volunteering with 4-H, 5:30 -6:15 p.m. 
Agricultural Resources Center, 1175 South Brady Ave, Newton
Volunteers are the heart and hands of 4-H. We can't offer 4-H clubs without adult volunteers, but there are opportunities for teens to volunteer with 4-H, too. Come and learn about the 4-H club program and volunteer roles. This same workshop will be repeated on Friday, November 22 at 3:30 p.m. at Patrick Beaver Library. Register for either workshop at

Volunteers: Heart of 4-H 
In honor of 4-H week, let us know about your favorite 4-H volunteer and what makes them special. Email and let me know about a special 4-H volunteer (of any age) that has made an impression on you in 2019. We would to recognize and feature some of our wonderful volunteers. 

Clover Days at Tractor Supply - October 9-20
As you are shopping at Tractor Supply, donate a $1 and purchase a clover during Clover Days. Your donation will support 4-H in Catawba County and help send youth to 4-H Congress and Camps. It would be great to have some 4-H families that could also greet customers at Tractor Supply and let them know about 4-H during Clover Days. If you can volunteer a few hours, email 

Zoo Crew 4-H Club -  Nov 8, 2-3:30pm. 
Agricultural Resources Center, 1175 South Brady Ave. Newton
Check out this 4-H home school club and learn how 4-H can compliment home schooling.  For the November meeting of Zoo Club,   Teresa Cummings with NC K9 ERT will be coming to speak about dogs being trained to find lost people and cadavers. She will have the dogs do a demonstration, probably outside. Zoo Club has been raising funds for NC K9 ERT as their community service project this year. 


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