June 2016

Transylvania County Center

Join us for Riverfest!
Transylvania County is the headwaters of the beautiful, ancient French Broad River, which provides us with great paddling and fishing,  fertile farms and clean water. The Transylvania French Broad Stewards invite you to come join in our first annual Riverfest celebration! We'll have music, food, and lots of fun!!! Click here for more details!

Master Gardeners at the Farmers Market!
Curious about growing veggies in your garden or what's killing the boxwood shrubs in your front yard? Bring your questions to the Master Gardeners at the Transylvania Farmers Market on June 4th and June 18th. Click here for more information. 

Are you confused about your Medicare? 
You're not alone!

We offer free, unbiased assistance on managing your Medicare benefits through our Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). Join us on Monday June 13th for a free class on your Medicare benefits. Click here for more details!

Pests are coming to your garden, know how to manage them!
We get A LOT of rain here in Transylvania, which means we get a lot of fungus too. Start scouting your garden for signs of insects and disease, especially mildew and fungus. Visit our Plant disease and insect clinic for information on how to understand what is attacking your garden and how to manage garden pests. Contact us if you are concerned with a pest issue in your lawn, landscaping, or garden. 

You can also like them on Facebook, and get the latest garden updates in your news feed.

Interested in learning more about keeping bees? 
Transylvania Bee Club meets on the second Monday of each month, and we're looking forward to having our state bee inspector, Mr. Lewis Cauble, give a presentation on managing hive parasites. Click here for more info. 
IPM Workshop

June 17th, 2:00- 4:00 p.m.  at Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River. 

This month's workshop will place emphasis on Invasive Plants and their control.  Participants may bring in samples of problem plants, insects, or diseases as well.

2 hours of pesticide credit will be available in several categories including Right of Way, Forestry, and Ornamentals and Turf.  2 hours of Landscape Contractor credits are also available.   The public, commercial applicators, and Master Gardeners are all invited to attend.  

June is National Dairy Month!
North Carolina Dairy Facts
  • North Carolina is home to approximately 47,000 milk cows who live on 230 dairy farms.
  • Each dairy cow in North Carolina provides 2,439 gallons of milk per year. That's an average of 8.0 gallons of milk per day; which is enough to make 6.9 pounds of cheese or 3.3 pounds of butter each day.
  • North Carolina has four commercial milk processing plants located in Winston Salem, High Point (2), and Asheville.
To learn more about North Carolina Dairy farmers, please visit  http://www.southeastdairy.org/

Learn to Show an Animal with 4-H
You do not have to own an animal to show at the Mountain State Fair!

4-H is partnering with local sheep and goat farmers to help young people learn showmanship skills and enter the Mountain State Fair livestock shows.
Classes will begin this summer at area farms.  There is no charge for the program.
Contact 4-H Agent Mary Arnaudin at Mary_Arnaudin@ncsu.edu to sign up.  We will email you the date/time of the parent/child orientation session.  Youths ages 5-18 are welcome (5 yr olds must have completed kindergarten.) 


4-H'ers Rock at Public Speaking
and Talent
It's the season for 4-H members to develop presentations and share their knowledge at the county, district, and state level contests.

Twelve young people, ages 9 to 16 presente d on Friday, May 20th at the Cooperative Extension Center. 

Each one qualified for the West District contest on June 18 at Western Carolina University. 

Thanks to judges Dr. Pat Clow,
Bart Renner, David Mackey & Addison Bradley for sharing their expertise with the 4-H'ers!

The 4-H West District Activity Day event is free and open to the public.  Check it out and plan on presenting with 4-H next year!

The following young people plan to present:

  • Judy Justus:    Stop That Bully
  • Alex Sweet:      Growing Hot Peppers 
  • Mikayla Dobbins:   Creating a Pallet Garden
  • Abby Huter:      Bottlenose Dolphins
  • Meghan Hannon:   Kitty, Kitty Care
  • Destiny Dickey:    Eating/Exercising for Better Health
  • Caven Walker:   First Aid
  • Cjon Conley:    Basic Conditioning for Football
  • Madiera Duckett:    Motivation
  • Isaac Roberts:   Swimming
  • Pierce Roberts:   The U.S. Government
  • Ellery Zink:        Talent:  Violin

2016 Dairy Poster Contest!

In celebration of June Dairy Month, posters are now being accepted for the 4-H Dairy Poster Contest sponsored by the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA).  

The deadline for submissions for 2016 will be  August 31.  Please send your entries to Dr. Shannon Davidson, N.C.S.U. Box 7621, Raleigh, NC, 27695 or deliver them to the Animal Science Department at N.C.S.U.

Winners will receive cash prizes from SUDIA and have their work displayed in the Jim Graham Building during the N.C. State Fair Dairy Shows.

For rules and further information, click here.

2016 Master Gardener Class Graduates are heading out into the community!

We were proud to graduate 13 more Master Gardener trainees this past month, and we look forward to their service to our community. 

Master Gardener Volunteers provide Extension programming to Transylvania County's residents. They work in community gardens, schools, and with non-profit organizations to create a more resilient and sustainable community. Click here to learn more about our Master Gardener Program. 

Click here and "like" us to get the latest updates on what Transylvania County Cooperative Extension is doing. 

Maryann Mickewicz, Job Title
98 E. Morgan Street, Brevard, NC 28712