Extension Master Gardener Volunteers 
MAY Educational Program
Creating Container Gardens for Spring and Summer
Hope Janowitz of New Leaf Garden Center will do a hands-on demonstration creating spring into summer container gardens.
May 14th at 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Rogow Room of the Transylvania County Library
212 S. Gaston St. Brevard, NC

May Beef Month!

Join N.C. Cooperative Extension at the Transylvania Farmers Market on May 18, 2019 to celebrate May Beef Month!  Free samples of beef will be available, as well as children's activities and recipe cards.  

N.C. Cooperative Extension Featured at Tryon International Equestrian Center

N.C. Cooperative Extension and Clemson University will be featured at Tryon International Equestrian Center on May 11, 2019 for agricultural awareness night.  Saturday Night Lights is a Grand Prix equestrian event featuring food, fun, live music, and the highest level of competitive show jumping at Tryon International Equestrian Center on select Saturday evenings throughout the year. Bring the whole family: admission, parking and carousel rides are all free! The activities start at 6:00pm with the competition to follow at 8:00pm. 

Carolina Meat Conference

NC Choices Carolina Meat Conference is a nationally recognized event, specifically focused on bringing together every part of the meat supply chain. Farmers, chefs, butchers, and industry leaders convene for two-days of unparalleled networking, hands-on training, and technical and business assistance.

October 6&7, 2019 at the Charlotte Metro City Center

For further information or to register visit  this website.

Green Industry News Blog
Members of the Green Industry, make sure you are checking the Green Industry News blog to keep up with the Green Industry News in the Carolinas.

Spring and Summer 2019 IPM Classes
Landscape Contractor CEU Offerings 

Who is Emerging Now? May 23, 2019 
4:00-6:30 pm Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive Mills River

What is that Weed? June 20, 2019 4:00-6:30 pm
N.C. Cooperative Extension, Buncombe County Center

Each class is a stand-alone class or can be taken as a group. Both pesticide and Landscape Contractor Credits have been approved. 

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Landscape Contractor CEU Offerings 
Landscape Contractors often are looking for an assortment of opportunities to access the various credits that the need to keep their NC Landscape Contractor License or Pesticide License. One of the things that my role in N.C. Cooperative Extension in Buncombe County is tasked to do is to develop classes in a wide range of areas to provide an assortment of diverse classes to meet this need. Sometimes this may mean that some one will need to take 2-3 short classes to get all of their credits,
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Find out about the great opportunities for youth in  Transylvania County

SHIIP Volunteers Needed
We are looking for volunteers for the SHIIP program. SHIIP stands for the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program. Volunteers/counselors receive training on the Medicare Program and assist seniors in navigating the Medicare program - what drug program is the best for the medications you are taking, if you qualify for Extra Help, etc... Call 828/884-3109 or email for more information or to sign up!

Extension Master Food Volunteer Program

Extension Master Food Volunteer Program is much like the well known Extension Master Gardener Program, but focuses on foods related topics. This program is being offered in Transylvania County and applications are still being taken. Participants will participate in 30 hours of training, 30 hours of shadowing and 20 hours of volunteer work. If you are interested, have questions, or would like to apply, contact Renay Knapp. ( There is a $30 fee to cover the class.

Food Preservation Workshops
With the appearance of fresh strawberries at the farmer's market and road side stands, it is never too early to begin thinking about food preservation.  A series of classes have been scheduled through the summer at our office.  The first of these workshops will be held on June 26, from 1 until 4 pm.   During this hands on workshop we will talk about canning Fruits and Fruit Juices and learn how to preserve them using the hot water bath.  The second workshop will be July 10, 1 - 4 pm, and we will make some soft spreads (jam, jelly, etc.) and pickles.  July 17th is the 3rd workshop and we will use the pressure canner to can vegetables.  The last one is August 14, 1 - 4pm we will learn how to preserve meat by using the pressure canner.  Pre-registration and a fee of $15 is required for each of these classes, and space is limited, so call Maryann at 828/884-3109 to have your spot saved for these workshops.
Contact Renay Knapp ( if you would like to have these classes presented for a group you are involved in  and one can be scheduled in your community.

We've updated our Farmland Protection Program
Becoming part of a Voluntary Ag District can provide you with a variety of benefits including protection from from nuisance complaints and making the local community aware of what happens on farmland. 

This program is voluntary and free! Click here for more information to see if you qualify. Call us at 884-3109 for more information. 

What's Bugging YOUR Forest? 
If you have hemlocks on your property that are close to a stream or lake, then you probably qualify for financial assistance to get them treated! Hemlocks play a very important role in our ecosystem and when you take care of them, you're taking care of everyone. 

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