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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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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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The Garden Coat of Many Colors

Azaleas in white, lavender, bright orange, gold, red and purple – the garden coat of many colors. We love our azaleas for their explosion of colors that light up shade gardens every springtime. MORE »

Make Your Farm a Certified Safe Farm

Farming can be a risky business.  Did you know that across all industries, the sector of agriculture, forestry, and commercial fishing has the highest rate of occupational deaths?  On average, there are 480 MORE »

Dealing with Sibling Squabbles

If you grew up with a brother or sister like I did, I’m sure you have your share of war stories that left both sides bleeding, with one sibling running to mom to MORE »

Plant Your Way to Success

Protect your garden investments with these strategies for success:  Before buying your plants, take an in-depth look at what you are purchasing.  A 4-point scan will yield a positive result.  Before you purchase MORE »

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Strawberry Season is Here popular

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? popular

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 »

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SF2TThu May 26, 2016
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
McSwain Center
— Tomorrow
SF2TThu Jun 2, 2016
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
McSwain Center
— 1 week away
Lemon Springs ECA MeetingThu Jun 2, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM— 1 week away
Farmland PresentationFri Jun 3, 2016
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
Temple Theatre, 120 Carthage St, Sanford, NC 27330, United States
— 1 week away
Heart and Hands ECASat Jun 4, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Mc swain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 1 week away
SF2TThu Jun 9, 2016
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
McSwain Center
— 2 weeks away
SF2TThu Jun 16, 2016
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
McSwain Center
— 3 weeks away
Hearts and Hands ECASat Jun 18, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center
— 3 weeks away
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