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Celebrate Earth Day by touring small local farmsCelebrate Earth Day by touring small local farms
[Apr. 11, 2006] Spring brings the opportunity to visit local farms on the 11th annual Piedmont Farm Tour. The rising cost of shipping food long distances and concerns over food safety make getting to know your local producers a great idea—and the Piedmont Farm Tour is the ideal time. It takes less gas to get local food to you, and knowing exactly how your local farmers produce your food can allay food safety issues. By Amy Eller
Trimming a rose vineTrimming a rose vine
[Apr. 4, 2006] The first rule of pruning applies especially to roses, which have lots of disease potential: Remove anything that is Dead, Diseased, or Damaged - the 3 Ds. Look for dark or sunken areas on the stem as evidence of canker that needs to be removed. This part of pruning can be done anytime. If necessary, you can prune pretty severely and expect regrowth if the plant is in reasonably good health. For big overgrown roses, this may be the easiest strategy. For early bloomers, it may also sacrifice a season of bloom. By Al Cooke, Extension Agent
New N.C. agri-cultural tourism trail to be unveiled
[Apr. 1, 2006] The North Carolina Arts Council, along with N.C. Cooperative Extension, will unveil Potters Wheels’ and Organic Fields,” the latest driving trail on on April 12, 2006. The Web site, dedicated to art roads and farm trails, showcases North Carolina’s rural riches.
Chair of "Nickels" referendum and polling places announced
[Mar. 30, 2006] Herbert Gaines of Siler City has been named Chair of the Chatham County Nickels for Know-How Referendum Committee. The Nickels for Know-How Referendum will be held across the state on Thursday, May 25, 2006. On that date users of feed and fertilizer will decide if they wish to continue assessing themselves three nickels per ton in order to support agricultural extension, research and teaching programs By Sam Groce
4-H International program accepting host family applications
[Mar. 30, 2006] Remember what it was like to be a 13? Well, image having the courage at that age to travel several thousand miles from home-by yourself- and live in a strange country for a month. That's what 30 Japanese exchange students, ages 12 to 16, will be doing this summer as they take up residence with families through the 4-H Summer Inbound month long program. By Paulette Thomas
Cooperative Extension website for farmers and gardenersCooperative Extension website for farmers and gardeners
[Mar. 14, 2006] Ever find yourself in your garden staring down an insect you couldn’t identify? Or wondering what was eating your beans or causing your peppers to wilt? Would you like to know when is the best time to plant peas and other favorite crops in our region? Well you are in luck because all this information and much more can be found on Chatham County’s North Carolina Cooperative Extension website “Growing Small Farms”. By Debbie Roos
North Carolina beef quality assurance trainingNorth Carolina beef quality assurance training
[Mar. 2, 2006] Many of you will remember during 1997-98 there was the initiative called the North Carolina Certified Beef Producer Program also called Southeast Pride, which encouraged producers to not only vaccinate and more actively manage their animals, but also the proper methods for doing this. Unfortunately, this program never really got of the ground the way that the organizers had hoped it would have. By Sam Groce
Spring classes for gardenersSpring classes for gardeners
[Feb. 9, 2006] The Cooperative Extension offers the following classes for home gardeners this winter and spring. Classes will be conducted in the downstairs Auditorium of the Agriculture Building, 45 South Street, Pittsboro. These classes are targeted at home gardeners. Commercial producers are welcome but should be aware of the intended audience and focus. By Al Cooke, Extension Agent - Agriculture
Also: Gardener classes
Southern Pine beetle loss reduction workshopSouthern Pine beetle loss reduction workshop
[Feb. 1, 2006] A Managing Pine Stands to Reduce Losses by Southern Pine Beetles Workshop will be held on Thursday, February 9, at 7:00 pm. The speakers will also explain the State's new southern pine beetle cost-share program. The workshop will be in the auditorium downstairs in the County Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. The workshop is being conducted by the Chatham County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. By Glenn Woolard
Chatham County Extension and Community Association looks to the futureChatham County Extension and Community Association looks to the future
[Oct. 22, 2005] Chatham County Extension and Community Association celebrated their Annual Achievement Day banquet on Thursday, October 20, 2005. The banquet theme, “Look to the Future” was a celebration of the association’s 70th year. Their guest speakers were Lynn Glasser, Phar.D, with Siler City Pharmacy discussing Food and Drug Interaction and Evelyn White, S.H.I.P.P. Coordinator for the Council on Aging –Medicare Supplement. By Phyllis Smith
Chatham County Farm and Industry TourChatham County Farm and Industry Tour
[Sep. 8, 2005] Tickets are now on sale for the annual Chatham County Farm and Industry Tour conducted by the Chatham County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. This is part of Chatham County’s celebration of National Farm-City Week. The tour will be on Thursday, September 22, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. By Glenn Woolard, County Extension Director
Also: Chatham Cooperative Extension
Voles and molesVoles and moles
[Jul. 15, 2005] Moles are carnivorous. They feed largely on insects and worms and are usually found in lawns or other grassy plantings. They do not feed on plants. Those who dissect them find about two dozen different types of insects/worms in their stomachs. Voles are vegetarians. They feed on plant roots and on the lower bark of woody trees and shrubs. By Al Cooke, Extension Agent
Deer managment toolsDeer managment tools
[Jul. 14, 2005] I'm enjoying the deer discussion on the Chatham Chatlist listserve, and that's the kind of comment I make when I don't have T-H-E answer. So in this case, maybe I'll comment about the discussion as much as about the topic of controlling deer. My strongest observation is that we seem to be a product oriented bunch. Whether it's a commercial product that we can spray on plants, or a non-commercial product that we can pick out of our hairbrush or that the hairdresser is saving for us, we seem to rely on a product that will solve our problem. By Al Cooke, Extension Agent
Check out the newest Farm Photo of the WeekCheck out the newest Farm Photo of the Week
[Jun. 25, 2005] Chatham County Agricultural Extension agent Debbie Roos has added a new feature to the Chatham County Cooperative Extension Growing Small Farms website recently - the Farm Photo of the Week. By Debbie Roos
Also: Growing Small Farms
Also: Farm Photo of the Week
Plant swapping is an old southern traditionPlant swapping is an old southern tradition
[Jun. 15, 2005] Swapping plants is an old southern tradition that is not limited to the south. It's just where I happen to have spent most of my life and notably also the home of two authors (Stephen Bender and Felder Rushing) of the book Passalong Plants, which is a riotous 200 pages about plants that lend themselves to easy propagation and sharing as well as some down-home southern philosophy that immigrants could find useful. By Al Cooke, Extension Agent
Also: Al Cooke's Home Page
Also: Holly Hill Daylily Farm

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