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4-H National Youth
Science Day - Drone Discovery

4-H National Youth Science Day - Drone Discovery Wednesday, October 22, 2016 3:30 - 5:30 pm McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center   2420 Tramway Road Sanford, NC  27332 Lee County youth will join approximately a hundred thousand other youth throughout the world in three challenges exploring design, operation, and purpose of drones in the real world. The challenge guides youth through the engineering design process to develop drone-based solutions to real world problems. Our event will be most enjoyed by 4th and 5th graders.  Please sign-up. Check out the flyer!

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4-H National Youth
Science Day - Drone Discovery

4-H National Youth Science Day - Drone Discovery Wednesday, October 22, 2016 3:30 - 5:30 pm McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center   2420 Tramway Road Sanford, NC  27332 Lee County youth will join approximately a hundred thousand other youth throughout the world in three challenges exploring design, operation, and purpose of drones in the real world. The challenge guides youth through the engineering design process to develop drone-based solutions to real world problems. Our event will be most enjoyed by 4th and 5th graders.  Please sign-up. Check out the flyer!

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4-H Family Pumpkin
Carving Contest

4-H and Downtown Sanford present a Family Pumpkin Carving Contest Depot Park/Sanford Farmers' Market Saturday, October 22, 2016 9:00 until 11:00 am Sign-up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9RR6Z3K?platform=hootsuite Please sign-up by October 7, 2016 There will also be a Jack-O'-Lantern Trail Judging October 24-31, 2016 Check out the flyer!

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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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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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The Art of Farming

Farming is often considered a science based practice, and for good reason.  Whether you are growing corn, soybeans, sweet potatoes, peppers, pumpkins, or cantaloupes there is scientific based research backing your farming practices.  MORE »

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Pumpkin Pleasure

Whether you use them for carving or cooking, pumpkins are fall pleasers, and plentiful in NC.  North Carolina pumpkin acreage has been estimated between 3,000 and 4,000 acres! Pumpkins are a nutritional powerhouse! The bright MORE »

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Mums the Word!

Nothing screams fall like the vivid autumn colors of mums.  Mums offer a variety of color with minimum care.  Their rich color display often lasts until the first frost. Mums are no longer MORE »

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National 4-H Week

Look at your local 4-H program, and you will find young people taking the lead in addressing today’s challenges. 4-H is where young people explore, learn and pursue their interests in a family MORE »

The Importance of Communication

Original Article written by Dr Michael Waldvogel, edited by Minda Daughtry Barely a day goes by when Zika virus is not in the news headlines. As of August 31st 2016, the CDC has reported2,717 confirmed MORE »

Let’s All Go to the Shows! popular

By now, you have likely heard the news.  The 2016 Lee Regional Fair is here!  This year the fair theme is “Let’s All Go to the Fair!” and I encourage you while you MORE »

Add a Splash of Fall Color to Your Garden

As autumn descends upon Lee County, many flower gardens are done putting on their show.  It seems as though gardeners are worn out from the hustle bustle of spring and the heat of MORE »

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EVENTS View All
Heart and Hands ECASat Oct 1, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Mc swain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 2 days away
4-H National Youth Science Day - Drone DiscoveryWed Oct 5, 2016
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education Center
— 7 days away
Lemon Springs ECA MeetingThu Oct 6, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM— 1 week away
Livestock Producers MeetingTue Oct 11, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Lee County Co-Op Extension Services, 2420 Tramway Rd, Sanford, NC 27332, USA
— 2 weeks away
Forestry MeetingThu Oct 13, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
Ron's Barn Barbecue & Seafood, 3122 S Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC 27332, USA
— 2 weeks away
Hearts and Hands ECASat Oct 15, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 2 weeks away
4-H Family Pumpkin Carving ContestSat Oct 22, 2016
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Where:
Depot Park - Sanford Farmers' Market
— 3 weeks away
Lemon Springs ECA MeetingThu Nov 3, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 1 month away
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