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McSwain Center
Policies and Procedures

The McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center is available. Lee County Farm Bureau Auditorium Contact us for: Policies and Procedures / Facility Use Request Form

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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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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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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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It’s Fair Time, Really!

OMG! Can you believe it is about time again for the biggest party that Lee County will see this year? Consider this news article your invitation and mark your calendars now forSeptember 15-20 MORE »

Leading for the Next Generation

One of my favorite things about working with the 4-H Youth Development program is the opportunity I have to witness young people taking an active role in shaping their futures. Earlier this summer, MORE »

FALL WEBWORMS

A sure sign that fall is around the corner is the fall webworms that can be seen around Lee County.  Fall webworms congregate in webs formed toward the ends of the branches of MORE »

How did YOU spend your summer?

What did you do over summer?  Many students will head back to school this fall armed with information to write an essay about their summer experience.  Some students will talk about summer camp, MORE »

Planting a Fall Garden

It’s hard to believe that the time for planting a fall vegetable garden is already upon us! With temperatures cooling off, fall is the perfect time to plant a wide variety of vegetable MORE »

Leyland Cypress Alternatives

Over the last decade or so Leyland cypress became extremely popular as screening plants. They provided homeowners with a very rapidly growing screen and served to fill the gap in the choice of MORE »

Plant Propagation popular

Do you have a favorite plant that you would like more of? Plant propagation, or making more plants from one plant, is easy even for the beginning gardener. The recipe for success includes MORE »

Beneficial Insects popular

Insects in the garden can be devastating. You’ve spent all your time planting, watering, and maintaining your garden. You want to enjoy the fruits of your labor – not feed pesky insects. No MORE »

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EVENTS View All
Project Learning Tree K-8 WorkshopSat Aug 29, 2015 Today
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Where:
Agape Center for EE, 1369 Tyler Dewar Lane, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
— 6 hours away
Lemon Springs ECA MeetingThu Sep 3, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM— 6 days away
Lemon Springs ECA MeetingThu Sep 3, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 6 days away
Heart and Hands ECASat Sep 5, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Mc swain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 1 week away
Bird Conservation in the Face of Future Climate Change WebinarThu Sep 10, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where:
http://www.sustainableforestswebinars.net/
— 2 weeks away
Hearts and Hands ECASat Sep 19, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 3 weeks away
Livestock MeetingTue Sep 22, 2015
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
McSwain Center
— 4 weeks away
Lemon Springs ECA MeetingThu Oct 1, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM— 1 month away
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