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Fruit Plant Orders
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Many varieties will be offered that are very hard to find, including 12 heirloom apple varieties. These are the old time varieties that were an integral part of every farm but are no longer commercially available. What is special about these trees is that they are grafted on a semi-dwarf rootstock.  The way this works is 2 plants are joined together to get the best qualities of each, so the top part is from heirloom apples of yesteryear that offer such great flavors and versatility of use.  The roots are from a tree that only gets 15-20 ft. at maturity, so this keeps the tree smaller and more manageable. Trees will be 2-year-old bare root plants, about 4-5 feet tall that are ready to plant in the orchard. Four different varieties of 3-year blueberry plants will be sold in 1 gallon containers Strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, and asparagus plants will be sold as bare root plants which means they do not come potted in soil. This is an effective way to start new plants early in the season and allows the plant to be sold at a lower cost. Proceeds help support horticultural programs in Watauga County. Supplies are available on a first-come first ordered basis.  Orders must be placed and prepaid no later than Friday March 25th, 2016.  Pickup will be on Friday April 15th and Saturday April 16th.  Make Checks payable to Watauga NCCES 2016 Fruit plant sale descriptions 2016 Fruit Plant Sale order form

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Fruit Plant Orders
Being Taken

Many varieties will be offered that are very hard to find, including 12 heirloom apple varieties. These are the old time varieties that were an integral part of every farm but are no longer commercially available. What is special about these trees is that they are grafted on a semi-dwarf rootstock.  The way this works is 2 plants are joined together to get the best qualities of each, so the top part is from heirloom apples of yesteryear that offer such great flavors and versatility of use.  The roots are from a tree that only gets 15-20 ft. at maturity, so this keeps the tree smaller and more manageable. Trees will be 2-year-old bare root plants, about 4-5 feet tall that are ready to plant in the orchard. Four different varieties of 3-year blueberry plants will be sold in 1 gallon containers Strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, and asparagus plants will be sold as bare root plants which means they do not come potted in soil. This is an effective way to start new plants early in the season and allows the plant to be sold at a lower cost. Proceeds help support horticultural programs in Watauga County. Supplies are available on a first-come first ordered basis.  Orders must be placed and prepaid no later than Friday March 25th, 2016.  Pickup will be on Friday April 15th and Saturday April 16th.  Make Checks payable to Watauga NCCES 2016 Fruit plant sale descriptions 2016 Fruit Plant Sale order form

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2/8 & 2/22: Food
Safety Class  

With the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act in the United States, vegetable farmers and fruit growers are now required to take additional steps to protect the cleanliness and safety of their fresh produce. North Carolina Cooperative Extension brings together a team of experts to teach local farmers how to best navigate these standards during a two-day course, to be held on Monday, February 8 and Monday, February 22, from 9 AM to 5 PM each day. The cost is $50 per person to cover printed materials and the included catered lunch each day. For more information or to register contact Watauga County Extension at rjboylan@ncsu.edu or call 828-264-3061.

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Solar Energy Property
Tax Resources

With a surge in solar power installations across North Carolina, Extension specialists have developed materials to address questions about tax implications, land appraisal and more. Solar Generation Property Taxation Solar and Wind Energy Development Opportunities: Tax Implications

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Master Gardener
Course To Be Offered Spring 2016

 Watauga County Cooperative Extension Service is excited to announce that it will be offering The Master Gardener Course this spring. Classes will be held each Thursday from 8:30-12:00 starting March 3rd and running through June 9th.  The Master Gardener program is a volunteer program where you give 40 hours of volunteer time and in turn you 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 become a  Certified Extension Master Gardener.   $120 fee covers manual that is yours to keep, one time state Master Gardener fee, and materials for class activities. There will be an informational meeting on Feb. 2nd from 10:00-11:00 am in the Agricultural Conference Center located at 252 Poplar Grove Rd.  This will answer your questions, show you the schedule of classes and give you a chance to meet the Horticulture Agent and Master Gardeners who have completed the course.  You may pick up an application at the meeting or contact Paige Patterson,  Horticulture Agent at 828-264-3061. or paige_patterson @ncsu.edu   You can also learn more about this program at http://www.ncstategardening.org    Deadline to apply is Feb 17th. 2016 mg application fillable

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appletable09

Fruit Plant Orders
Being Taken

Many varieties will be offered that are very hard to find, including 12 heirloom apple varieties. These are the old time varieties that were an integral part of every farm but are no longer commercially available. What is special about these trees is that they are grafted on a semi-dwarf rootstock.  The way this works is 2 plants are joined together to get the best qualities of each, so the top part is from heirloom apples of yesteryear that offer such great flavors and versatility of use.  The roots are from a tree that only gets 15-20 ft. at maturity, so this keeps the tree smaller and more manageable. Trees will be 2-year-old bare root plants, about 4-5 feet tall that are ready to plant in the orchard. Four different varieties of 3-year blueberry plants will be sold in 1 gallon containers Strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, and asparagus plants will be sold as bare root plants which means they do not come potted in soil. This is an effective way to start new plants early in the season and allows the plant to be sold at a lower cost. Proceeds help support horticultural programs in Watauga County. Supplies are available on a first-come first ordered basis.  Orders must be placed and prepaid no later than Friday March 25th, 2016.  Pickup will be on Friday April 15th and Saturday April 16th.  Make Checks payable to Watauga NCCES 2016 Fruit plant sale descriptions 2016 Fruit Plant Sale order form

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2/8 & 2/22: Food Safety Class  

With the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act in the United States, vegetable farmers and fruit growers are now required to take additional steps to protect the cleanliness and safety of their MORE »

appletable09

Fruit Plant Orders Being Taken

Many varieties will be offered that are very hard to find, including 12 heirloom apple varieties. These are the old time varieties that were an integral part of every farm but are no MORE »

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Master Gardener Course To Be Offered Spring 2016

Watauga County Cooperative Extension Service is excited to announce that it will be offering The Master Gardener Course this spring. Classes will be held each Thursday from 8:30-12:00 starting March 3rd and running MORE »

FAQs about the Christmas Tree Check Off Program

Christmas Tree Promotion and Research Order FAQ’s   The 2015 Christmas season is the first time Christmas tree growers will market trees under the Christmas Tree Promotion, Research and Information Order (otherwise known MORE »

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Commercial Pesticide Recertification ClassTue Feb 23, 2016
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM— 2 weeks away
Watauga County BeekeepersTue Mar 1, 2016
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM— 3 weeks away
Master Gardener ClassThu Mar 3, 2016
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
252 Poplar Grove Rd.
— 3 weeks away
Master Gardener ClassThu Mar 10, 2016
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
252 Poplar Grove Rd.
— 4 weeks away
Master Gardener ClassThu Mar 17, 2016
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
252 Poplar Grove Rd.
— 1 month away
Spring Forward with Healthy Cooking!Thu Mar 17, 2016
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Where:
Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd., Boone, NC
— 1 month away
Spring Forward with Healthy Cooking!Thu Mar 24, 2016
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Where:
Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd., Boone, NC
— 1 month away
Master Gardener ClassThu Mar 31, 2016
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
252 Poplar Grove Rd.
— 2 months away
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