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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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Food Processing and Manufacturing Initiative

Food Processing and
Manufacturing Initiative

NC food processing and manufacturing initiative feasiblity study released The agricultural resources, industrial capacity and research innovation assets present in North Carolina create opportunities to catalyze development of value-added food processing and manufacturing businesses, according to a joint NC State-NCDA&CS economic feasibity study released Jan. 12. One page summary of the Initiative View the Full Report

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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 16th. 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/ SF2T 2015 Poster The 2015 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 - Carol Hargrove - 919-776-8496 Spring and warmer weather have finally come to Lee County, and with that comes the opening of the Sanford Farmers’ Market. The Market’s twentieth season begins Saturday, April 4, 2015 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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Ticks Too! popular

Last week we talked about the life cycle of the tick, a common pest in North Carolina. This week we will discuss some of the diseases ticks carry and describe control and prevention MORE »

Ticks popular

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It’s Time to Can!

IT’S TIME TO CAN! It’s time for you to start gathering your supplies and making preparations for the canning season. Soon there will be plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables coming from your MORE »

Dealing With Sibling Squabbles

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Leaves of Three, Let it Be! popular

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Pollinator Gardens popular

As the weather warms up, butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees are seen busily working in our gardens. These pollinators are extremely important for the future of many plants, as well as our own livelihood. MORE »

Bees Around the House popular

Many people fear bees. For those with severe allergic reactions to bee stings, it is well founded. However, bees are extremely important for pollination of many of our fruits and vegetables. As days MORE »

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Hummingbirds are Here! popular

They’re back!!!!!! Have you put your feeder out? If not, you may want to because the numbers are increasing every day! The hummingbird’s tiny size doesn’t stop many of these birds from flying MORE »

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Heart and Hands ECASat Jul 4, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Mc swain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 21 hours away
Sustainable Forestry Teachers' Academy - PiedmontTue Jul 7 - Fri Jul 10, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Asheboro, NC, USA
— 4 days away
NCEMGV Plant ClinicSat Jul 11, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Sanford Farmers' Market - Depot Park
— 1 week away
Learn How To Can TomatoesThu Jul 16, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 2 weeks away
Hearts and Hands ECASat Jul 18, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 2 weeks away
Heart and Hands ECASat Aug 1, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Mc swain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 4 weeks away
Lemon Springs ECA MeetingThu Aug 6, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 1 month away
NCEMGV Plant ClinicSat Aug 8, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Sanford Farmers' Market - Depot Park
— 1 month away
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