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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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McSwain Center
Policies and Procedures

McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center Lee County Farm Bureau Auditorium Policies and Procedures  Facility Use Request Form

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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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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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Fall Armworms

Battling fall armyworms popular

The fall armyworm is a chronic pest in North Carolina.  The caterpillars feed on a variety of forage and turf species, including: bermudagrass, tall fescue, bahiagrass, sorghum-sudan, and numerous winter annuals.  They seem MORE »

What can Agriculture Teach you?

As many of you may already know, my last day in Sanford was Friday, August 15. This has been an amazing work experience that I certainly will never forget. I also have learned MORE »

Get ready to reseed popular

With fall fast approaching now is the time to start thinking about reseeding your cool season lawn. Generally the only cool season grass used this area is tall fescue, which we recommend reseeding MORE »

Pollinators: Beneficial for the garden popular

Pollinators, organisms that spread pollen from plant to plant, are among some of the most important beneficial organisms for one’s garden. In fact, without pollinators we would not have many of our important MORE »

Getting ticked off! popular

There are few things that I despise as much as ticks. Ticks are everywhere this time of year in NC and are certainly one of my least favorite pests to encounter in the MORE »

A Refreshing Summer Treat

While there is no such thing as the perfect fruit, a crisp, juicy slice of watermelon on a hot summer day comes pretty close. Watermelon, an all-American favorite, is ideal for both snacks MORE »

Going Native

People often struggle to decide on which types of trees to select for their landscape. One of the most common questions asked is what trees grow best in this area. Although there are MORE »

Blossom End Rot on Tomatoes

Summertime tomato woes

Tomatoes are one of the most widely cultivated plants in the home garden. This is for good reason because they are a delicious food with great nutritional benefits. Also, the taste of a fresh MORE »

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Project Learning Tree PreK-8 WorkshopSat Sep 6, 2014
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Where:
1369 Tyler Dewar Ln, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526, USA
— 5 days away
Livestock Producers MeetingWed Sep 17, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education Center, Sanford, NC
— 2 weeks away
Environmental Review & Advisory Committee MeetingThu Oct 9, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Center
— 1 month away
Livestock Producers MeetingTue Oct 14, 2014
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education Center, Sanford, NC
— 1 month away
Project Learning Tree PreK-8 WorkshopTue Nov 11, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
2832 Big Woods Road Chapel Hill, NC 27514
— 2 months away
Livestock Producers MeetingTue Nov 18, 2014
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education Center, Sanford, NC
— 3 months away
Environmental Review & Advisory Committee MeetingThu Dec 11, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Center
— 3 months away
Livestock Producers MeetingTue Jan 13, 2015
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education Center, Sanford, NC
— 4 months away
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