Update From the Office/Field- May 19, 2023

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The N.C. Cooperative Extension  – Lee County Center Staff is out there serving the Lee County community every day! This week saw Lee County youth taking first place at the Dinah Gore Cooking Competition at the It’s Got to Be NC Festival in Raleigh and our new summer intern starting.

Check it out in our weekly update slideshow on Facebook.

First Place Flavor Fighters 2023

Lee County 4-H Flavor Fighters cooking team who took home first place at the Dinah Gore Cooking Competition at the It’s Got to Be NC Festival in Raleigh on Saturday, May 20, 2023.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Lee County 4-H Flavor Fighters cooking team who took home first place at the Dinah Gore Cooking Competition at the It’s Got to Be NC Festival in Raleigh on Saturday!

N.C. Cooperative Extension, Lee County Center is happy to welcome our new summer intern Zaria Reep to our team for the next couple of months! Zaria is a Masters student in Plant Pathology at NC State University! Please say hello to Zaria when you see her. She will be jumping into a lot this summer!

Pam Kerley had a fun week in 4-H. She attended the 4-H and Central Electric Golf Invitational to benefit 4-H youth programming in Lee County. We held one practice session and 1 mock competition for the Dinah Gore Cooking Competition that occurs this weekend at the It’s Got to Be NC Festival in Raleigh. We have a team in the 11-13 age category traveling to compete. She initiated a new volunteer leader for the 4-H Cloverbud Club. Their first chartered meeting will be June 1st. 

Ashley Szilvay was certified in Mental Health First Aid Training this week. The Flavor Fighters are gearing up for the competition on Saturday. They did an awesome job at the mock competition on Tuesday. Later this week, Ashley has been preparing for her new program at the Enrichment Center that is starting next week. LIFT is a functional fitness program designed for aging adults to promote balance, flexibility, and strength training. 

Jared Butler helped a few farmers with identifying issues in their pasture as well as planting decisions. To go along with some meetings he was also contacting potential livestock judges for the Lee Regional Fair that is coming up in September. 

Meredith Favre was busy last Saturday at the Sanford Farmers’ Market helping to host the Strawberry Jammin’ event in Downtown Sanford, which was a big success and showcased our local strawberry growers and food entrepreneurs! During the week, she and one of our Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers Avron Upchurch helped several of our daycare centers connect with local food by receiving and distributing their orders from Farmer Foodshare food hub in Durham. Meredith was also certified in Mental Health First Aid Training this week, helped judge the Flavor Fighters mock competition, and worked with the Sanford Farmers’ Market board to prepare for upcoming farmers’ markets. You can catch her at the farmers’ market this Saturday and most weekends! 

Amanda Wilkins was busy with Extension Master Gardener training and events this weekend! Tuesday was the second instance of the first training session about soils, media and plant nutrition. The monthly EMG meeting was on Wednesday and Zaria, our new intern, got to join us. It was great to reflect on all the Extension Master Gardeners have coming up this month. We were at the Adaptive Technologies Fair on Friday to show how gardening can be therapeutic to folks with physical and mental challenges. Finally the Extension Master Gardeners were at the Sanford Farmers’ Market and got to interact with more than 100 people! What a great week!