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There's a strawberry picking app for thatThere's a strawberry picking app for that
[May 11, 2011] It's strawberry-picking time, and the information for the closest field to buy or pick is just an iPhone app away. The N.C. Strawberry Association has rolled out a free NCSA Farm Locator app that's designed to help iPhone users find strawberry farms across the state where they can pick-their-own or buy fresh picked berries. The app is available for download from iTunes.
 
Chatham County honers new inductees into its Agriculture Hall of Fame awardsChatham County honers new inductees into its Agriculture Hall of Fame awards
[May 9, 2011] At a special event on March 8, 2011, Chatham County inducted three new individuals or groups into its Agriculture Hall of Fame Awards. The awards program recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the county’s agriculture economy in the past 60 years.
 
Learn all about bees and other pollinators at the 5th Annual Pollinator Day CelebrationLearn all about bees and other pollinators at the 5th Annual Pollinator Day Celebration
[Apr. 26, 2011] Come join the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association for the 5th Annual Pollinator Day Celebration on Saturday, May 14, from 10:00 am til 2:00 pm on the Lawn at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro, NC. The purpose of Pollinator Day is to raise public awareness of the importance of the bees and other pollinators that are needed to produce 80 percent of our flowering plants and one third of our human food crops. By Debbie Roos
 
Silk Hope hosts Farm Heritage Day this SaturdaySilk Hope hosts Farm Heritage Day this Saturday
[Apr. 14, 2011] Silk Hope used to be a sleepy little community. Now this lovely crossroads has become a glorious place to visit. You should do this on Saturday, April 16 at the Annual Silk Hope Farm Heritage Day and All-Out-Art Invitational. By Gwen Overturf
 
In managing bagworms, timing is everythingIn managing bagworms, timing is everything
[Apr. 14, 2011] In managing bagworms, timing is everything. No matter what product you select, there are certain times of year when no product is effective. That's one of the side effects of product oriented solutions. Effective control of bagworms is enhanced if we understand the insect's life cycle and time our efforts to coincide with vulnerable periods. By Al Cooke
 
Free class on growing berries on March 30Free class on growing berries on March 30
[Mar. 28, 2011] Berries don't get no respect. Fruit trees is what people want to plant. Why not? Well, first thing is fall is a better time to plant trees; berry plants can be planted now. Now is a good time to start preparing a place for planting fruit trees. And you need to look for a source that will sell you good trees in the fall rather than the 8-10 foot culls that tend to show up in the spring. By Al Cooke
 
Fire in the Forest field trip: Benefits of prescribed burns for forest health and public safetyFire in the Forest field trip: Benefits of prescribed burns for forest health and public safety
[Mar. 28, 2011] Fire in the Forest field trip will take place on April 9 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at Jordan Lake. The field trip will make attendees aware of the benefits of prescribed burns for forest health and public safety.
 
North Carolina strawberry season begins soonNorth Carolina strawberry season begins soon
[Mar. 23, 2011] Strawberries, one of spring's first fruits to ripen, will soon be ready at nearly 200 farms across North Carolina. According to the North Carolina Strawberry Association (NCSA), this year's crop is expected to be early and plentiful.
 
Consumer care of PoinsettiasConsumer care of Poinsettias
[Dec. 11, 2010] Poinsettias are the traditional Christmas plant because of their colorful bracts. The bracts are actually modified leaves and the yellow cyathia in the center of the bracts are the true flowers. Plant breeders have introduced many new cultivars over the past few years and there are over 100 cultivars currently available. The array of colors range from red, pink, white, salmon, to bicolors. With these new, longer lasting cultivars being available, it is possible for a properly cared for poinsettia to remain beautiful in the home for 2 to 3 months. By Erv Evans, James L. Gibson, and Brian Whipker
 
Now is a great time to join the NC 10% CampaignNow is a great time to join the NC 10% Campaign
[Oct. 24, 2010] The 10% Campaign is an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and North Carolina Cooperative Extension that encourages consumers to commit 10 percent of their existing food dollars to support local food producers, related businesses, and communities. By Debbie Roos
 
Local farmers’ markets are part of the 10% Local Food CampaignLocal farmers’ markets are part of the 10% Local Food Campaign
[Sep. 8, 2010] On Sept. 7, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution supporting the statewide 10% Local Food Campaign, which urges residents to buy and consume locally grown foods. Funded by the Golden LEAF Foundation, the campaign is co-sponsored by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems and North Carolina Cooperative Extension.
 
Growing your own food sure is a lot of workGrowing your own food sure is a lot of work
[Aug. 31, 2010] The problem with vegetable gardens is they have no respect for my schedules. Just about the time I’m ready for some beaching relaxation, my tomatoes overpowered their supports and dove to the ground. Within a day, the tomato hornworms made it almost impossible to find any tomato leaves among the weeds. When I got back from vacation it was even harder to find anything! And the peas which had been forming pods were now drying on the vine. By Al Cooke
 
N.C. Cooperative Extension partners with 10% Campaign to promote local foodsN.C. Cooperative Extension partners with 10% Campaign to promote local foods
[Aug. 21, 2010] Debbie Roos, Agriculture Agent with the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, will be Extension's local foods coordinator supporting the 10% Campaign. The campaign is an effort to encourage North Carolina consumers to spend at least 10 percent of their food dollars on foods from local sources. By Sam Groce
 
Chatham County 4-H offers hunter safety courseChatham County 4-H offers hunter safety course
[Jul. 5, 2010] Are you interested in learning more about hunter safety? Chatham County 4-H is offering all youth ages 11-18 the opportunity to participate in the Hunter Safety program through the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission on July 12 and 13, 2010. By Lauren N. Irby
 
Local food to the rescue: Joel Salatin comes to Chatham CountyLocal food to the rescue: Joel Salatin comes to Chatham County
[Jul. 4, 2010] The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association was honored to host influential farmer and activist Joel Salatin as he visited Pittsboro, NC on June 30. Joel started his day with a brief stop by the CFSA office where staff filled him in on CFSA activities.

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