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BeeCause: Food
Matters Screening & Discussion

On April 7, 2015, 6pm-8:30pm, Toxics Free NC is partnering with the Watauga County Beekeepers to screen the documentary “BeeCause Food Matters,” which examines the possible roles that insecticides are playing in bee population declines and what concerned citizens can do about it. This screening and discussion will be a great opportunity to network with local and regional activists and beekeepers. Free & Open to the Public • Documentary Screening • Panel Discussion to follow. The workshop will be held at the Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd., Boone, NC 28607.

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BeeCause: Food
Matters Screening & Discussion

On April 7, 2015, 6pm-8:30pm, Toxics Free NC is partnering with the Watauga County Beekeepers to screen the documentary “BeeCause Food Matters,” which examines the possible roles that insecticides are playing in bee population declines and what concerned citizens can do about it. This screening and discussion will be a great opportunity to network with local and regional activists and beekeepers. Free & Open to the Public • Documentary Screening • Panel Discussion to follow. The workshop will be held at the Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd., Boone, NC 28607.

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Wipe Your Weeds Away
Workshop and Pesticide Credits

NEW DATE!!!  April 16, 2015 The Watauga County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will host a workshop on invasive plants and weed eradication at the Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.   The workshop will begin with classroom presentations for Pesticide Credits (G, H, L, N, O, D, X). The next hour (6:30-7:30) is participatory where attendees have an option to build a custom weed wiper to take home. Pesticide Credits (A, G, L, N, O, D, X) can be received during this time as well. According to Eddy Labus, Watauga County Livestock Agent, “getting chemical onto weeds with a wicking device is economical and environmental in that you use less chemical and target species that you want gone.”   A weed wiper is constructed using a specially ordered wicking rope with PVC piping, which allows for a chemical reservoir and a custom handle for easy chemical dispersal. The workshop is free unless you want to build a weed wiper. The cost for a hand-held wiper is $20.00, and if you would like a larger (5 foot) weed wiper to attach to a 4-wheeler or tractor it will cost $90.00. You can target the species you want to eradicate using this method, reducing overspray and damage to non target plants,” says Paige Patterson. Patterson will present on invasive species identification and methods of control. Herbicide selection and use will be discussed. Invasive species can be a problem on the farm, but are also increasingly found in neighborhoods, roadways, and streambanks. Wendy Patoprsty will be presenting on aquatic and riparian invasive weeds and methods of control. There are many sizes and shapes of weed wipers out there, so depending on your target species and spatial zones, one can customize the size and shape for your specific needs. In fact, a weed wiper can be a hand held device, or can be attached to a 4-wheeler or tractor. This workshop will allow participants to build a weed wiper to take home with them for future use. “Wiping your weeds is a great technique for areas close to water where you cannot get chemical in a creek, pond or river,” says Patoprsty. If you are interested in attending this workshop, you MUST REGISTER by calling the Watauga County Cooperative Extension Service at (828) 264-3061, and let us know if you plan on building a weed wiper and what size.  Cost is $20 for a hand held wiper and $90 for a tractor or ATV mounted wiper. If you are interested in just receiving pesticide credits, it is free to attend.  For more information or questions please contact Eddy Labus at (828)264-3061, or email at Eddy_labus@ncsu.edu.

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Pizza Adventure Week
- Local Foods for Local Kids

Monday – Thursday, July 6th – 9th, 9 am – 3 pm This day camp is for 6 – 10 year old's who are interested in learning more about where ingredients from pizza come from. We will start each day at the Agricultural Conference Center in Boone, then travel to farms, a dairy, and a cheese factory to collect ingredients for pizza that we will make on our last day. The fee is $60 for the week. Register at NC Cooperative Extension, 971 West King St. 828-264-3061

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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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Hands-On Canning
Class

Saturday, May 30, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm N.C. Cooperative Extension is offering a hands-on canning class. We will learn how to safely can using a pressure canner and a boiling water bath. The class will be held at the Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone, NC 28607 Register by paying $10.00 in advance at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, 971 W. King Street, Boone, NC. Space is limited.

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Watauga County BeekeepersTue Apr 7, 2015
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM— 1 week away
BeeCause: Food Matters Screening & DiscussionTue Apr 7, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
Agriculture Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone, NC 28607
— 1 week away
Hands-on Seasonal Cooking ClassesThu Apr 9, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Agriculture Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone, NC 28607
— 2 weeks away
Watauga-Avery Bull Breeding Soundness ExamSat Apr 11, 2015
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM— 2 weeks away
Hands-on Seasonal Cooking ClassesThu Apr 16, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Agriculture Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone, NC 28607
— 3 weeks away
Wipe Your Weeds Away Workshop and Pesticide Credits Thu Apr 16, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Agriculture Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone, NC 28607
— 3 weeks away
Pine Straw Harvesting in Longleaf Pine Forests: Best Management Guidelines to Sustain Wildlife ResourcesThu Apr 23, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Where:
www.forestrywebinars.net
— 4 weeks away
[ProNR] Emergency Planning Webinar Thu Apr 30, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Where:
www.forestrywebinars.net
— 1 month away
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