Featured stories and content

FEATURED CONTENT
Slide1 (1)

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.

READ THE REST »
Slide1 (1)

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.

READ THE REST »
NewBldg

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

READ THE REST »
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

READ THE REST »
Slide1

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

READ THE REST »
NEWS View All
HPIM2553

Strawberry Season is Here

Strawberry season has arrived and is now in full swing.  After lots of warm weather in March, Strawberry season got off to an early start this year.  The cold nights a few weeks MORE »

Is Your Lettuce Letting You Down?

Or more specifically, salad greens.  The wild greens our great grandparents gathered and ate were filled with so many phytonutrients that they used them as medicine as well as food.  The leaves of MORE »

Celebrating Diversity in the 21st Century

How many of you remember the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song, “Teach your Children Well”? O.K., I must admit that song was a little before my time, but I do remember a MORE »

Locally Grown Food

Locally grown food is just what it sounds like–food which is grown near where you live. Buying food from within your community can help preserve habitat for wildlife, save energy, and grow your MORE »

Sharing the road with farm equipment

Here in Lee County, agriculture is big business, and it is time for that business to get going.  Tobacco is our number one field crop grown, and it has been growing, out of MORE »

Watering your Garden

Watering is the most important task in maintaining foliage and flowering plants. When and how much to water, as well as water quality, all impact plant quality and life. Our gardens are living MORE »

Public Speaking

You’re at the podium. You’ve gone over what you want to say in your head to the point that you could do it backwards and blindfolded. You’ve practiced so much that your family MORE »

Where Do Our Fruits and Vegetables Come From?

Where do our fruits and vegetables come from?  NOT from the supermarket.  That is just where most of them are sold.  Not from large commercial farms.  Not from local farms.  Not from our MORE »

More News
EVENTS View All
SF2TThu May 5, 2016
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
McSwain Center
— 6 days away
Lemon Springs ECA MeetingThu May 5, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM— 6 days away
Heart and Hands ECASat May 7, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Mc swain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 1 week away
Livestock MeetingTue May 10, 2016
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Mcswain Center
— 2 weeks away
SF2TThu May 12, 2016
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
McSwain Center
— 2 weeks away
SF2TThu May 19, 2016
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
McSwain Center
— 3 weeks away
Hearts and Hands ECASat May 21, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 3 weeks away
SF2TThu May 26, 2016
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
McSwain Center
— 4 weeks away
More Events