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Greening My Plate:
Celebrating Spring and our Growing Season

Leading up to the opening day of the Watauga County Farmers’ Market, Greening My Plate Month is a time to celebrate spring and our growing season. This year features 21 unique events, including: 17 FREE events 8 Cooking Demonstrations & Classes 7 Community Garden Workdays And, fun for everyone! Please go to http://greeningmyplate.brwia.org/2015-events.html to learn more about each event.

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Greening My Plate:
Celebrating Spring and our Growing Season

Leading up to the opening day of the Watauga County Farmers’ Market, Greening My Plate Month is a time to celebrate spring and our growing season. This year features 21 unique events, including: 17 FREE events 8 Cooking Demonstrations & Classes 7 Community Garden Workdays And, fun for everyone! Please go to http://greeningmyplate.brwia.org/2015-events.html to learn more about each event.

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AgriSafe Health
Fair

Hey farmers, interested in a health screening specifically for you??

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Hazardous Household
Waste Day

The Watauga County Hazardous Household Waste Day is set for May 16th from 9am to 2pm at the Watauga County landfill (336 Landfill Rd. Boone). Items accepted include: paint, household batteries, household cleaners, pesticides, oils, antifreeze, gasoline, propane tanks, lighter fluid, lab packs, oxidizers, florescent bulbs, and mercury. If you have any questions please contact the Sanitation Dept. at 828-264-5305.

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Watauga Riverfest
June 13

The 15th Annual Watauga Riverfest will be held on June 13th at Valle Crucis Community Park!  Mark your calendars now and more details to come!  Elkland Puppet Parade, Dunk Tank, 30+ exhibitors, live animals, games, music, food and loads of educational fun!  Please contact Wendy Patoprsty  at wendy_patoprsty@ncsu.edu or call 828-264-3061 if you'd like to volunteer!

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2015 Rain Barrel Sale
Now in Progress

Though the high country has had good precipitation amounts this past year, we still cannot take our water for granted.  As we saw a few years ago, supplies can be altered at the “drop of a hat” during drought conditions.  According to Wendy Patoprsty, Extension Agent for Watauga County, “rainwater in the high country represents a high quality source of water available to us, there is no reason we should let it flow away without using it.”  It can take a very long time for our natural groundwater to recharge.  Depending on the landscape, it can take anywhere from one year to 1,000 years to infiltrate into the aquifers. Lane Weiss of the Town of Boone Water Conservation Program says “harvesting rain water prevents water from pooling around the foundation of your home, and helps prevent erosion.  This harvested water can be used for various purposes including washing your dog, watering gardens, rinsing tools, washing cars and windows.”  There is no reason to use treated city water or groundwater for these types of uses. “Rain barrels are a great way to water your plants and shrubs or your raised bed veggie gardens.  They are so simple a kid can use them,” says Janie Poe, of Watauga County Soil and Water Conservation District.  The Town of Boone, Watauga County Cooperative Extension, and the Watauga County Soil and Water Conservation District have partnered to provide rain barrels to the community at a reduced cost.   In order to get your savings, you must order your barrel online by April 24th.  We are able to offer the discounted rates because of bulk purchasing and delivery.  These barrels typically cost $129, but we are getting them for $75!  The pick up day will be Friday May 1st, 2015. According to the EPA, 40% of household water usage in summer is from lawn and garden watering. Homeowners can save 1,300 gallons of tap water every summer by purchasing a rain barrel. How to order: Go to the following website to order your rain barrel. http://www.rainbarrelprogram.org/watauga-county You must place your order by April 24th, 2015 in order to get the discount on the barrel.    The barrels will be available for pick up on Friday May 1st for the one-day pick up event. What sets this rain barrel apart from others? * Made in NC from 100% recycled plastic. * Mosquito proof * Best in class overflow set up to withstand heavy rains so barrel won’t back up into gutters.  This barrel has optional flow direction with capabilities to attach multiple barrels. Top 5 Reasons to Harvest Rainwater! * Protect our rivers and streams from runoff pollution * Divert water from the municipal storm drain system * Conserve this vital natural resource and reduce your water bills * Use the rain water to grow healthy and lush plants * Control moisture levels around the foundation of your home For more information call 264-3061(Cooperative Extension) 268-6250(Town of Boone), or 264-0842(Watauga County Soil and Water).

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[ProNR] Emergency Planning Webinar Thu Apr 30, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where:
www.forestrywebinars.net
— 5 days away
Watauga County BeekeepersTue May 5, 2015
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM— 1 week away
Hazardous Household Waste DaySat May 16, 2015
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Where:
336 Landfill Rd, Boone, NC 28607, USA
— 3 weeks away
Operation Medicine Cabinet Drug Take-Back DaysSat May 16, 2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Where:
Boone, NC 28607
— 3 weeks away
AgriSafe Health Fair for FarmersTue May 26, 2015
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
Agriculture Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone, NC 28607
— 1 month away
Organic Gardening 101Thu May 28, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM— 1 month away
Hands-On Canning ClassSat May 30, 2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Where:
Agriculture Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone, NC 28607
— 1 month away
RiverCourse 131Mon Jun 1 - Mon Jun 1, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Valle Crucis, NC 28679, USA
— 1 month away
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