Transylvania County Center
         
W.N.C. Beef Cattle Commission Tour
W.N.C. Beef Cattle Commission strengthens the beef cattle market in the mountains through educational programs at monthly meetings.  In July, members go on a beef tour to learn about production in other states.  If you would like to become a member of this commission contact the W.N.C. Communities office at info@wnccommunities.org.  To register for the beef tour,  click here.  



Preserving Farmland for the Future- Transylvania Natural Resource Council
North Carolina is losing farmland at an alarming rate. There are  several important tools in place to help our farmers protect their land and preserve Transylvania County's rural heritage. Tom Fanslow from Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Josh Kelly from Mountain True will present on the state of farmland preservation in Western North Carolina. Join us for this important discussion. Click here for more details or view this event on Facebook.

Free workshop: Gardening with Wildlife. 
We want to enjoy nature and keep the environment healthy, but we don't want our gardens and landscaping plants nibbled on and destroyed. How can we have it all? 

Join Master Gardener and landscape design specialist Kathy Zimmerman as we explore answers to this dilemma.
Master Gardeners at The Transylvania Farmers Market
Come have a taste of the best of what's local this spring! Great music, tasty breakfast, and all of the best that Western North Carolina has to offer. 

Master Gardeners will be available to answer your landscaping and garden questions the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month. So we'll see you there on May 7th and May 21st. 

Check out the Transylvania Farmers Market on Facebook, on the web or email transylvaniafarmersmarket@gmail.com for more information.  

Grazing
Spring Cattle Deworming Guidelines
Strategic deworming practices allow for the best protection against parasites in cattle.  Internal parasites such as lungworms and roundworms may be a significant threat to the health of the herd; therefore, prevention is key.  Parasite exposure in the spring begins in April for the Western North Carolina region.  Cattle usually contract parasites while grazing wet grass (from rain or dew).  Larvae numbers decrease drastically when the grass is dry and the soil temperature is less than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Click here to continue reading .



Free Medicare counseling available with The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). 
Did you know we have volunteers who can provide free, unbiased counseling to people who have questions about their Medicare coverage? If you are on Medicare and have questions about your coverage call us at 884-3109 to set up an appointment with one of our SHIIP volunteers. 
 
4-H Summer Fun!
email Mary_Arnaudin@ncsu.edu for more
information and to register 

Farm Fun/History Club for ages 8-12
(Meets at Heritage Museum & Gwynn Valley)
May 20 - plant garden and start interview project
June 18 - check garden
July 23 - farm visit to Gwynn Valley Farm & check garden
August 19 - experiment with natural dyes & check garden

4-H Night at Asheville Tourists Game July 25 - reduced tickets and free pizza for kids  -- all 4-H families from across the West District are invited!

Brazilian Culture/Cooking Workshop
for teens at Library and Extension Center
August 9th and 10th from 10:00 - 2:00
Limited to 10 participants

Lake Fishing Day at Connestee for ages 11-13
August 11 from 9:00 - 1:00
All equipment provided.

Sewing Day Camp for ages 11-15  (limited to 5 participants)
August 15-17 at Extension Center
Machines provided.  Participants responsible for own supplies. 

 2016 West District 4-H Officers
Planned and Led an Awesome
 4-H Teen Leadership Retreat
Become a Teen Leader
Join the network of 4-H teen leaders across the state who are leading and serving in their communities!  Opportunities abound at the county, district and state levels. 

Check out Transylvania County's 4-H Teen Council's upcoming plans and consider sharing your knowledge/skills with younger youths or in the 4-H public speaking contests (including outdoor cooking competitions) and talent show coming up on May 20th.  Those who qualify  go on to the district contest at Western Carolina University on June 18.  Teens who compete at the district contest will earn scholarships to attend the state 4-H teen event in Raleigh July 15-19th.

All high school-aged girls who love science are invited to take a hands-on training to learn how to lead fun STEM activities with younger girls!  SciGirls Professional Development Training will be held in Transylvania County at the Transylvania County Extension Office, 98 East Morgan, Brevard on Saturday May 14, 2016, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Lunch will be on your own, register at http://ngcproject.org/transylvania-county-scigirls-professional-development-training.  There is no cost for registration.
Email or call 4-H Agent Mary Arnaudin to learn more about 4-H Teen Council and SciGirls at  Mary_Arnaudin@ncsu.edu or 884-3109.
 
Veterinary Feed Directive and Haulin' Ag Workshop
Are you aware of the new Veterinary Feed Directive?  If you are a raising food producing animals, it is imperative that you are familiar with this new directive issued by the Food and Drug Administration.  Join Transylvania County Cooperative Extension Service for a workshop addressing the Veterinary Feed Directive (V.F.D.).  
Following the V.F.D. discussion, a presentation will be delivered concerning transporting livestock safely through Farm Bureau's Haulin' Ag Program.  

When: May 26, 2016 at 6:00 P.M.
Where: Transylvania County Library Rogow Room
There will be a $5.00 registration fee and dinner will be provided.  
If you plan to attend or for further information, please call (828) 884-3111 or email acbradl2@ncsu.edu
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Contact:
Maryann Mickewicz
828.884.3109
98 E. Morgan Street, Brevard, NC 28712
mmickew@ncsu.edu