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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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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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Sanford Farmers Market

Sanford Farmers'
Market is Open!

Open April through October Depot Park, Downtown Sanford Saturdays, 9:00 am -12:00 noon Enrichment Center Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon Market Manager - Joe Andrews - 919-343-8440 or email at llamanongrada@gmail.com Spring and warmer weather have finally come to Lee County, and with that comes the opening of the Sanford Farmers’ Market. The Market’s nineteenth season begins Saturday, April 5, 2014 and plans are to stay open until October, depending on the weather and availability of produce. Farmers markets are very popular in North Carolina, especially in urban communities. These small, farmer operated markets provide extra income for many small farmers and gardeners while supplying consumers with a bountiful supply of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Farmer’s markets provide an excellent opportunity for you to purchase fresh, locally grown produce from farmers in our area. The Sanford Farmers’ Market is a true farmer’s market, featuring only locally-grown produce. Farmers live and grow their produce within a fifty mile radius of Sanford. Since the fruit and vegetables are as fresh as possible, nutrition and flavor are at their peak. A tomato picked green and trucked in from out of state can’t compare with one you buy fresh from the local growers. Fresh produce eaten in season can measurably improve your diet and it taste soooo good. To start this season off, we hope to have a wide selection of vegetables available including cucumbers, vine ripened greenhouse tomatoes, sweet potatoes, baked goods, bedding plants and vegetable transplant. Later in the season you will be able to purchase large quantities for canning and freezing. We expect this year’s market to be bigger and better than ever and look forward to seeing you at the Sanford Farmers’ Market. We expect this year's market to be bigger and better than ever and look forward to seeing you at the Sanford Farmers' Market. For information, contact NC Cooperative Extension - 919-775-5624. Visit Nearby Markets Sanford Farmers' Market Vendor Application Sanford Farmers' Market Vendor Rules Visit Sanford Famers' Market on Facebook

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Sandhills Farm to
Table

A good way to get healthy is to eat lots of fruits and veggies.  The Sandhills Farm To Table CSA is the place to begin and this year you have the option to "pay as you go" by credit cards. By joining the SF2T co-op, subscribing members will receive weekly, or every other week, a variety box of fresh local produce.  Each box will have around ten pounds of produce to include at least two varieties of fruits and six of vegetables. Members will also receive a weekly newsletter, have access to the online Artisan Market, can subscribe to a produce/bread box, be able to buy bulk produce from our growers and have their purchase delivered to the McSwain Center on Thursdays from 3-6pm. Members can choose a “pay per delivery” option this year which allows for smaller payments billed to their credit card at each delivery. We begin on April 17th. Attached is information about the program.  Please share with others and encourage them to participate and support our local agriculture.  To join the co-op visit the website https://coop.sandhillsfarm2table.com/ SF2Tposter2014 The 2014 Season is here! Membership sign-up & Produce Box Subscriptions

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

4-H Summer Fun is
Here!

Looking for something to do this summer when school gets out? Instead of staying inside the house, playing video games, and getting bored, how about learning new things and participating in some awesome hands-on activities? If that sounds like a cool way to spend your summer, then get involved in the 4-H Summer Fun Program! The 4-H Summer Fun program allows young people to engage their hands and minds in well designed, age appropriate activities. These activities are selected and designed to help children develop important life skills as well as have a great time.  registration begins May 1, 2014 at 9:00am.  Click here for more information.

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Gardening is for the Birds

Have you been hearing sweet songs outside lately?  Love is in the air for our feathered friends.  After a cool winter, many birds have started their migration up north. North Carolina offers both MORE »

Adding Organic Matter to the Home Garden

Lee County is fairly unique in that the Sandhills region of the state, characterized by deep, sandy soils, meets the Piedmont, characterized by clay soils.  Sometimes this conversion happens in our own backyard! MORE »

Ammunition for the War on Moles and Voles

It’s one of those first warm, sunny early-spring days that invites you out to the garden.  You make your way around planting beds just coming to life after a long winter but wait, MORE »

It’s Got to Be Local Agriculture

Are you getting a little tired of eating store bought fruits and veggies, shipped in from all over?  Has the unending winter weather and rain along with the appearance of daffodils got you MORE »

Container Vegetable Gardening popular

Vegetable gardens are popping up all over the country.  There may be many reasons to grow your own produce – food safety concerns, economics, nutrition, or just for the personal satisfaction of growing MORE »

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EVENTS View All
So Easy to PreserveWed Apr 23, 2014 Today
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 5 hours away
Organic Gardening WorkdaySat Apr 26, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education Center
— 3 days away
Spring Gardening WorkshopTue Apr 29, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center, 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford
— 6 days away
"A Gavel Is More Thank A Hammer Made Of Wood" Parliamentary Procedure for YOUTHWed Apr 30, 2014
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 1 week away
Organic Gardening WorkdaySat May 3, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education Center
— 1 week away
Environmental Review & Advisory Committee MeetingThu May 8, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Center
— 2 weeks away
Strawberry Jam ClassWed May 14, 2014
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 3 weeks away
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