Itea virginica fall color

Gardening Tasks for October
Click here for a comprehensive list of tasks to keep your landscape looking great.

Triple Falls in Dupont State Forest is one of many attractions bringing people to Cedar Mountain, NC
Join the Transylvania Natural Resource Council for our monthly public meeting

On Friday, October 9th, the TNRC will receive a presentation from Mr. Mark Burrows, Senior Community Program Manager - Blue Zones Project®. Brevard is the 50th Blue Zones Project community in North America and is brought to Brevard by the Pisgah Health Foundation.  Our work focuses on improving the health of individuals and the community by helping make healthier choices easier through engagement, organizations, and policy. Mr. Burrows will talk about how the Blue Zones project intersects with the natural resources of Transylvania County. 

Click here for more information and to join virtually!

Our fall preparations can help make our hives stronger for winter. 
October Transylvania Bee Club Monthly Meeting

It's fall, which means we're getting ready for winter. Varroa mites can be a huge problem if left unchecked. This month Mr. Mike Elliot of Pure Pisgah Honey will talk about solutions to mite problems and getting ready for winter.

Join us virtually via Zoom Tuesday October 6th at 7:00PM, click here:

or in person at the Cooperative Extension Conference Room in the public services building (limit 10 people per social distancing rules, masks required).  

Call or email Cooperative Extension for more info on the Transylvania Bee Club:


Home Food Preservation Demonstrations 
WNC AgOptions Grant Cycle is open for all small farmers!

WNC Agricultural Options is now accepting grant applications from farmers diversifying or expanding their businesses. With funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC AgOptions is distributing a total of $216,000 to western North Carolina farmers in 2021. The application deadline is Nov. 20.

Click Here for more info and to apply!
Members of the Green Industry, make sure you are checking the
Green Industry News to keep up with the what is going on in your industry in the Carolinas.

Livestock News

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.
USDA's Farm Service Agency will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020.
President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on September 17 that USDA will implement an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2, CFAP 2, will provide producers with financial assistance that gives them the ability to absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
CFAP 2 follows the first round of CFAP, which had an application period of May 26 through September 11. You can learn more about USDA's initial Coronavirus Food Assistance Program by visiting


Who MeatSuite is for?  MeatSuite is for NC farms that raise meat and sell it, in bulk quantities, directly to consumers.
What counts as "bulk"? Traditionally, bulk sales are whole, half, and quarter animals however, bulk bundles are also a great way to sell. Bundles are an assortment of cuts. You can create bundles in a range of sizes, allowing consumers to fit their budget and their freezer.
What does it cost? It's FREE. NC Choices, a program of NC State Extension, manages MeatSuite and there is no cost to farmers or consumers using the site.

NC State Extension Homegrown Monthly Digest
Homegrown is an ever changing source of information that will be of interest to everyone.  Timely articles are posted continually throughout the year, covering topics relating to In the Garden, In the Kitchen and On the Farm.
You can sign up to receive a monthly newsletter directly to your inbox by visiting the NC State Extension Homegrown website
Like Us on Facebook!

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination statement

North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran's status. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons 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 Transylvania County Extension Director, Bart Renner, at (828) 884-3109 or or in person at the County Extension Office at least 14 days prior to the event.