Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service

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

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 

Educational Building
Sept 27

10 AM to 12 PM - mushroom hike

1 PM to 3 PM - how to grow edible mushrooms

Feel free to attend one or both of these sessions that will give you the knowledge to enjoy the fascinating world of fungi.  

In the morning we will hold a traditional mushroom foray with a representative from the Asheville Mushroom Club.  Participants will explore Riverbend Park trails and come back to the education room with mushrooms encountered.  We will discuss the various mushrooms found in the park including which mushrooms are edible and poisonous.

In the afternoon, Craig Mauney, NC State extension specialist and mushroom farmer will show you how to grow your own mushrooms at home.  

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

Advanced Gardener Program 2019

Sept - Mushroom Foraging and Cultivation

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


Home Horticulture and  
Green Industry

Home Horticulture Classes!

Native Plants in the Landscape - Sept 17, 10am (free)

Landscape Design Workshop - Oct 22 (free) - more details to come! Mark your calendar!

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

This survey asks you to share your opinion about the health status of our community. It is part of the community health assessment currently in progress in Catawba County. Information from the survey will be used to identify community health needs and concerns and then develop ways to address them. This survey is anonymous and should take less than 15 minutes of your time to complete.
Healthy Herbal Allies as Food and Medicine
Sept 7, 2019
10 AM - 11:30 AM
Newton Library
Free and open to the public

Herbal foods and medicines provide some of the oldest, safest, and most effective healing in the world. Over the millennia, humans have learned how to harness the benefits of herbs to help the body return to its natural state of health. Come learn how herbs can enrich your life and serve as an important tool to care for yourself, your family, and your community in a non-toxic, affordable, and natural way.

In this workshop, you will learn 
  • How herbalism has evolved over history and how other cultures around the world use herbs today
  • How to get more medicinal value out of the foods you already eat
  • How to incorporate the medicinal properties of culinary herbs into delicious recipes
  • How to identify and prepare easy to find herbs
  • How herbs can help improve your everyday health as well as safely and effectively complement other therapies, with the right guidance, for more significant health concerns.

This workshop will be as experiential as possible. You will be able to use all of your senses and get your hands dirty as you experience the herbs and herbal medicines we encounter. 

By the end of this workshop you should feel comfortable with the basics of how to get started using herbs. We'll share several recipes and other resources that you take home to get going on your own.
Private Applicator License Renewal
September 24 or 25, 2019
(2 Classes Available)  
When: Tuesday or  Wednesday , September 24 or 25, 2019

Time: Tuesday, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM                  
Wednesday, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Credits :NC Pesticide Credits Available: 2 hours of V
Where :Catawba County Extension Ag Resource Center
1175 Brady Ave. , Newton, NC 28658

  Agenda for "V" Training(Tues. Evening or Wed. Morning)
  • 6:00PM &10:30AM, "V" Training - Travis Snodgrass,NCDA&CS                                                        New Rules and Regulations 
  • 7:00PM & 11:30AM - Glenn Detweiler                                         
    Practical Safe Use of Sprayers and Spray Tip Technology            

Are foliar yield enhancement products worth it?  Take a look at this 6 year study.

Thresholds help you to decide if and when to spray insects to crop loss and unnecessary applications.  Take a look at these thresholds for corn earworm, stink bugs, and kudzu bug in soybeans.

Paraquat training is now required for applications containing products with a 2019 label.  Read more about how to complete required training on-line.

Auxin Herbicide Training is required for all persons planning to apply dicamba (Engenia, FeXapan, or XtendiMax) to Xtend cotton or soybeans or 2,4-D (Enlist Duo or Enlist One) to Enlist cotton or soybeans. Take a look at the full schedule of training sessions around the state. 1 CEU for pesticide licenses N, D, O, X will also be given.  Contact us (828-465-8240) if you missed the training.  We do have a video viewing option.

Soybean growers have a new tool from the Official Variety Testing (OVT) that takes place throughout NC. Take a look at this variety selector tool.

Are you interested in growing Industrial Hemp?  Take a look at these articles and contact our office for more info.   

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, Sept 10)

Speakers: Mr. Jeff McNeely & Mr. Jacob McNeely  

Educational Program 

Location: 6544 St. Peters Church Rd., Conover, NC

Meeting Agenda: 

6:00 Supper is served.
6:45 Business Meeting -Mr. Andrew Rector, president
7:00 Educational Program:   Winter Annuals: Do they make Sense for Me? No-Till Seed Drills and how they work.
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

Thanks to Luke Fountain for serving as the county's youth delegate to attend the NC County Commissioners Conference in Greensboro.  He participated in a Youth Voices Tract, along with other teens representing 4-H and Boys and Girls Club from their respective counties. 

Luke was selected to attend based on his involvement in the Catawba County Youth Council and his special interest in government. Luke is also serving as a committee chair with the NC Youth Legislative Assembly, which is another leadership opportunity that grew from his involvement in Youth Council. As a YLA committee chair, Luke will research and draft a mock bill that will be debated and voted by teens attending YLA in Spring 2020. 

Luke is a student with Lenoir-Rhyne scholars and has been part of the Catawba County Youth Council for the past 2 years. 

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. 

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. 
NC 4-H Congress

One of the highlights of the 4-H Summer is NC 4-H Congress, an annual event that brings together over 500 4-H'ers from across NC for workshops, state officer elections, state presentation contest and inspiring speakers. 

Catawba County 4-H'ers attending
Congress were (pictured left to right): Kat Stulpin, Lauran Surratt, Josh Carter, Joanna Kanupp, and Ava Bowman. 

Kat Stulpin has been serving as a state officer for the past year and was in a key leadership role for the state event. Josh Carter was also part of the Congress planning team in his role as a district 4-H officer. Josh and Kat were recognized as NC 4-H college scholarship winners at the Awards Brunch at Congress. Kat was also awarded the Citizenship Trophy for her long-term and outstanding record of involvement in citizenship during her time in 4-H. 

The 4-H presentation contest is held on opening day of Congress.  Congratulations to the following Catawba County 4-H'ers on their award winning state presentations:

Lydia Smith - Gold Award, Safety 8-10 year old category
Joseph Hicks - Gold Award, Citizenship 8-10 year old category
Samuel Holdsclaw - Silver Award, Electric 14-18 year old category
Selah Sigmon - Silver Award, Careers and Entrepreneurship, 11-13 year old
Joanna Kanupp - Bronze Award, Entomology, 14-18 year old

4-H'ers were able to advance to the state presentation contest after being selected as district silver or gold presentation winners. 

 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