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2015 Watauga County
Extension Fruit Plant Sale

Ordering for the Watauga County Extension Fruit Plant Sale is now open. Proceeds help support youth and other programs in Watauga County. Supplies are available at a first-come first ordered basis. Plants available include blueberry, strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, asparagus and heritage apple trees. The plants are bare root, which means they do not come in potted soil. This allows the plant to be sold at a lower cost. For those who do not want bare root plants, we have two varieties of blueberries in 1 gallon containers. Orders must be placed and prepaid no later than Monday, March 23, 2015. For an order form, come by the Cooperative Extension office at 971 West King Street, call 264-3061 or download here.

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2015 Watauga County
Extension Fruit Plant Sale

Ordering for the Watauga County Extension Fruit Plant Sale is now open. Proceeds help support youth and other programs in Watauga County. Supplies are available at a first-come first ordered basis. Plants available include blueberry, strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, asparagus and heritage apple trees. The plants are bare root, which means they do not come in potted soil. This allows the plant to be sold at a lower cost. For those who do not want bare root plants, we have two varieties of blueberries in 1 gallon containers. Orders must be placed and prepaid no later than Monday, March 23, 2015. For an order form, come by the Cooperative Extension office at 971 West King Street, call 264-3061 or download here.

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Invasive Weed
Workshop

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, February 19, 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 stream banks. 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 Wendy Patoprsty – 828-264-3061, Wendy_Patoprsty@ncsu.edu or Eddy Labus – 828-264-3061, Eddy_Labus@ncsu.edu (828) 264-3061

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Bird Nesting Box
Construction Workshop

On March 7th, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Agriculture Conference Center, Master Gardener and NC Audubon Society Volunteer, Doris Ratchford will lead a class on attracting birds to nest in your yard. The program is designed to be family friendly and appropriate for all ages. After learning how to attract birds to your property, attendees will construct a nest box to take home. Please contact Paige Patterson at the Watauga County Cooperative Extension Office, 828-264-3061, if you would like to attend.

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Field Trip to The
Market Gardener author workshop at Living Web Farms February 2

Six Figure Farming on Small Plots with Jean-Martin Fortier Monday, February 2, 2015 from 1:30pm-7:00pm at 176 Kimzey Rd. Mills River NC 28759 Van departs from Watauga Extension at 11:00 AMon 2/2/15. To register for the workshop, contact Living Web Farms at 828-891-4497 Or online at http://www.livingwebfarms.org/ To reserve a seat in the Extension van leaving from Boone, contact Richard Boylan at richard_boylan@ncsu.edu or call the Watauga Extension office at 828-264-3061.

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Master Gardener
Training Classes To Be Offered This Spring

Watauga County Agriculture Extension Office is excited to announce that it will be offering The Master Gardener Program this spring, starting March 5th, 2015. Classes will be held on Thursdays from 8:30-12:00 for 12 weeks. As a class participant you will receive 40 hours of training in subjects including botany, plant propagation, houseplants, lawns, plant insects, diseases, weeds, fruits and vegetables, flowering plants, houseplants, and landscape design. Both organic and traditional methods will be discussed. The program will include hands on activities, field trips, and guest speakers. After successfully completing your training, passing a final exam, and returning a like number of hours in volunteer service, you will be certified as a Master Gardener. There is a $115 charge to cover the master gardener manual. To download application http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/?attachment_id=331772 or for an application and more information on this great program contact Paige Patterson, Consumer Horticulture Agent at 828-264-3061. or paige_patterson@ncsu.edu.  You can also learn more about this program at http://www.ncstategardening.org

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NCFGC MWCThu Jan 29, 2015 Today
12:30 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Western North Carolina Regional Livestock Center, Stock Dr., Canton, NC
— 8 hours ago
Birds Eye Business Planning Course Thu Jan 29, 2015 Today
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Ashe County Wilkes Community College Campus, West Jefferson, NC
— 2 hours ago
Introduction to Beekeeping Course seriesThu Jan 29, 2015 Today
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Watauga Campus of Caldwell Communtiy College, Boone, NC
— 2 hours ago
Field Trip to The Market Gardener author workshop at Living Web FarmsMon Feb 2, 2015
1:30 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
176 Kimzey Rd. Mills River NC 28759
— 4 days away
Watauga County BeekeepersTue Feb 3, 2015
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM— 5 days away
Introduction to Beekeeping Course seriesTue Feb 3, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Watauga Campus of Caldwell Communtiy College, Boone, NC
— 5 days away
Lunch–N–Learn Farmer Idea Lab Series "Farm Smarter, Not Harder" WebinarThu Feb 5, 2015
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM— 7 days away
Timber Tax Update for the 2014 Tax Year WebinarThu Feb 5, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Where:
http://www.forestrywebinars.net/
— 7 days away
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