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Extension is Planning
for Another Century of Success.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service has launched a strategic visioning initiative to evaluate the organization’s business model and chart a course through choppy economic waters. NCCES has seen recurring budget cuts of $20 million since 2000, resulting in the loss of roughly 90 positions over the past four years.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

Extension is Planning
for Another Century of Success.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service has launched a strategic visioning initiative to evaluate the organization’s business model and chart a course through choppy economic waters. NCCES has seen recurring budget cuts of $20 million since 2000, resulting in the loss of roughly 90 positions over the past four years.

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Greening My Plate
Week April 27th - May 4th

It’s time to celebrate spring and our growing season during Greening My Plate week, leading up to the opening day of the Watauga County Farmers’ market on May 3rd. Over a dozen community events will take place from April 27th – May 4th, including a farm tour with greens being harvested by high school students, a greens culinary contest and tasting at the high school, film viewings, educational workshops, children’s book readings and activities, and even county and town proclamations for Greening My Plate Week.  Events have been organized by a coalition of non-profits and individuals, the Greening My Plate Gang. This coalition is dedicated to improving the economic and personal health of our community by encouraging the consumption of fresh, locally produced food. Wednesday, April 23, 2 pm Medicinal Herb Speaker: David Cozzo ASU Living Learning Center Free and open to the public Saturday, April 26, 8 am New Life Farm Workday Sunday, April 27, 3 – 5 pm Seasonal Cocktail Workshop Cobo Sushi Bistro and Bar $30 donation Tuesday, April 29, 11:30 am Seed Planting and Meet Mr. and Mrs. Spring Watauga County Library Tuesday, April 29, 7 pm ASU Sustainability Film Series: A Place at the Table IG Greer Auditorium Free and open to the public Wednesday, April 30, 12 – 3 pm Dig Into Local Fair ASU Sanford Mall Wednesday, April 30, 7 pm Film showing: Eating Alabama FARM Café, King Street Free and open to the public Thursday, May 1, 11:30 am Vermiculture for Kids, Meet Wiggle the Worm Watauga County Library Thursday, May 1, 5:30 pm Learning Garden Teacher Training ASU Child Development Center Saturday, May 3, 9 – 12 pm Kids’ Corner at Watauga County Farmers’ Market Saturday, May 3, 1 – 3 pm Mozzarella Cheese Making Workshop Agricultural Conference Center $15 donation Sunday, May 4, 6 pm S.E.A.M. Participatory Dinner Basil’s Fresh Pasta and Deli $30 per plate donation For more information, check out http://greeningmyplate.brwia.org/

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Teen Culinary
Adventure

Learn the practical skills you need to feed yourself and others. Topics include: Creative breakfast and lunch ideas Quick, easy to prepare dinners ready in 30 minutes or less Grilling meat and vegetables Fish cookery Making patties Delicious vegetarian meals New ideas for salads Interesting vegetable side dishes Adding variety to your whole grains An easier life with a weekly plan Developing knife skills Impressing your friends with the art of napkin folding Open to 13 – 18 year olds July 14th – 18th, 9:30 until 1:00 Classes will be held at the Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd. Class size is limited. Register in advance by completing form here and paying $95 to Watauga County North Carolina Cooperative Extension (Make check to Watauga NCCES)at 971 West King St.

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Rain Barrel
Sale

Order by May 30. Pick up June 5, 2014. Only $75!!! To order click this link:   http://www.rainbarrelprogram.org/watauga-county

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River Course Comes to
Valle Crucis

This two-day course will introduce students to vegetation assessment of riparian areas along streams that will potentially be restored. Existing riparian condition will be examined and discussed in both classroom and field settings. Topics will include stream bank stability from a vegetative perspective, evaluation of current plant inventory, invasive vegetation issues, and potential planting constraints. Identification of common riparian plants of North Carolina will also be discussed during field sessions. Students will be given handouts with information on how to identify individual riparian plants. Valle Crucis Conference Center Hwy 194, Valle Crucis, NC 28691 June 16-17, 2014   8 a.m. - 5 p.m.    For more information call (828) 963-4453

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Childhood Leisure a Thing of the Past?

It’s time for spring break!  What will your kids be doing with their time away from school?  Whether your children will be traveling or staying at home, the simple opportunity for free play MORE »

Watauga Extension Radio Show

Catch our new radio show on WATA 1450AM on Mondays at 11:45am. In case you missed our show: April 14, 2014 – https://soundcloud.com/awilsonradio/watauga-extension-spotlight-4 April 7, 2014 –  https://soundcloud.com/awilsonradio/watauga-extension-spotlight-3  March 24, 2014 – https://soundcloud.com/awilsonradio/watauga-extension-spotlight-2 MORE »

Join a CSA for ultra-fresh, locally grown food

Looking forward to spring and the growing season, I just joined a Community Supported Agriculture program, or CSA for the first time. Most of the time, joining requires making a deposit now and MORE »

Where is your Teen?

While adolescence is a time of growing autonomy for teens, they still need their parents.  Parents may be challenged to find the right balance of connection and involvement and control and/or appropriate loosening MORE »

Protect Your Private Well Webinar Opportunities

Groundwater Protection: How You Can Protect Your Well Water Quality April 2nd, 1 p.m. Easter Time Registration link: http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=1035&evt=04022014&t=1394736447031&t=1395171470828 Presenter: Tom Christopherson is the program manager for Nebraska’s Water Well Standards and Contractors’ Licensing Program MORE »

Household water well owners encouraged to use help hotline

Household well owners with questions about their water well system, water quality, or well construction can contact an information hotline operated by the National Ground Water Association at 855-420-9355 (855-H20-WELL). The hotline is part of MORE »

Watauga Clean Up

Blue Ridge Conservancy staff, a team of ASU student volunteers, AmeriCorps Project Conserve, Lauri Wilson, the Executive Director at Blue Ridge Seeds for Change and a resident of the Sleepy Hollow community, Wendy MORE »

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Master Gardener ClassTue May 6, 2014
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM— 2 weeks away
Watauga County BeekeepersTue May 6, 2014
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM— 2 weeks away
Low Impact Development and Storm E-Z Comes to Boone Wed May 7, 2014
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
Agriculture Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone, NC 28607
— 2 weeks away
Low Impact Development and Storm E-Z Comes to Boone Thu May 8, 2014
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
Agriculture Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone, NC 28607
— 2 weeks away
Master Gardener ClassTue May 13, 2014
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM— 3 weeks away
Master Gardener ClassTue May 20, 2014
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM— 4 weeks away
Master Gardener ClassTue May 27, 2014
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM— 1 month away
Master Gardener ClassTue Jun 3, 2014
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM— 1 month away
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