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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 2, 2016 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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4-H Summer of
Science!

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 2016 Summer of Science"! This program will be based on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Registration begins May 9, 2016 at 9:00am.  Click here for more information.

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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 14th. 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 sandhillsfarm2table.com SF2T 2016 Poster The 2016 Season is here!

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Can You Identify this Beetle?

READ MORE ABOUT IT: Did You Know? The beetles’ “shells” are made up of a “stack of thin layers with thicknesses that increase with depth to produce a broadband reflector.”  Underneath these layers MORE »

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Heat Happy Plants

It’s hot.  It’s humid. Thanks be, it’s great to be in NC!  We get a taste of everything weather wise, so it’s easier to appreciate the winter weather when we’re experiencing these hot MORE »

Beating Boredom

Are many of you parents being faced with the old “I’m bored, and I can’t find anything to do” routine right about now?  And how many of you have responded to these heart-wrenching MORE »

Ask an Expert popular

Lee County residents now have the expertise of all of the nation’s land-grant universities at their fingertips, thanks to a web tool offered by the Lee County Center of NC Cooperative Extension. With MORE »

Cool Stuff About Collard Greens popular

We just celebrated Independence Day and August is not here yet, so why Collards?  We don’t start them until August. Here in NC we love our Collards.  In fact, we are one of the MORE »

The Truth about The Dirty Dozen popular

In this week’s Extension News, I want to take a moment to address “The Dirty Dozen.”  No, I’m not talking about the movie released in the summer of 1967, I’m talking about the MORE »

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Hummingbird Day @ Big BloomersSat Jul 30, 2016 Today
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Where:
Big Bloomers Flower Farm, 275 Pressly Foushee Rd, Sanford, NC 27330, USA
— 5 hours away
SF2TThu Aug 4, 2016
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
McSwain Center
— 5 days away
Lemon Springs ECA MeetingThu Aug 4, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM— 6 days away
Heart and Hands ECASat Aug 6, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Mc swain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 1 week away
Webinar - Assessing Sustainability for Agricultural and Urban ForestsThu Aug 11, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Where:
forestrywebinars.net
— 2 weeks away
SF2TThu Aug 11, 2016
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
McSwain Center
— 2 weeks away
Pesticide Credit (X)Mon Aug 15, 2016
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Where:
McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 2 weeks away
Pesticide Credit (V)Tue Aug 16, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 3 weeks away
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