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Chatham Extension's sustainable gardening course begins mid-March[Feb. 2, 2015]
Learn how to create and care for a beautiful, bountiful, life-sustaining landscape by taking the Extension Gardener Course this spring. Offered by the Chatham County Center of NC Cooperative Extension, this series of nine gardening classes is designed for anyone wishing to learn more about environmentally sustainable, science based gardening. Both beginning and experienced gardeners will benefit from the course by learning the skills and knowledge needed to create and maintain a healthy yard and landscape
Plant peas, please[Jan. 28, 2015]
Temperatures may still be brisk but it is already time to start planning and planting your spring vegetable garden. Garden peas and their relatives, snow peas and sugar snaps, are among the earliest vegetables gardeners can plant for spring harvest. These simple and productive crops can be grown by anyone with a small sunny area and can be sown outdoors without protection in central North Carolina as early as late January.
Fruit tree prunng demonstration on February 21[Jan. 25, 2015]
North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a fruit tree pruning demonstration on Saturday February 21 from 10:00 am - noon at Howard's Farm a few miles west of Pittsboro on Hwy 64. Annual training and pruning are needed for fruit trees to develop proper shape and form but many growers are intimidated by pruning and neglect this important task. Properly trained and pruned trees will yield high-quality fruit much sooner and live significantly longer. Dr. Mike Parker, North Carolina State University Fruit Tree Specialist, will demonstrate proper pruning techniques for apple and peach trees.
State of the birds[Dec. 13, 2014]
I think Catherine did an outstanding job of pointing out that the birds are about, perhaps just not at your feeders. And that it may be for good reasons. Just a couple more points: I have often been asked about the absence of something that I hadn't noticed. And when I tried to notice, I found that absence was not obvious, to me at least.
Learn how to take the fire out of fire ants on September 4[Aug. 21, 2014]
Calls have been coming into Extension Centers across the piedmont area of North Carolina, including Chatham County, throughout the spring and summer about the fire ant mounds popping up. In response, Chatham County’s Extension Agent Charlotte Glen and Extension Director Sam Groce will conduct a free program, Taking the Fire Out of Fire Ants, on Thursday Sept. 4, 2014 from 7 to 9 pm at the Chatham Extension Center in Pittsboro.
What is the white fluffy stuff on my shrubs?[Jul. 16, 2014]
I get lots of gardening questions from visitors when I am working in my pollinator garden at Chatham Mills. Several people have asked me what is the white fluffy stuff they are seeing on the stems of shrubs. I have also seen quite a bit of this “problem” at the pollinator garden. At first I thought they were mealybugs but upon closer inspection I discovered they were nymphs of the flatid planthopper.
Pittsboro landowner recognized for outstanding forest management[Jun. 22, 2014]
Thomas Glosson, a Pittsboro resident and long time tree farmer, was recently re-certified as a tree farm through the NC Tree Farm Program. Mr. Glosson has been a long term advocate of sustainable forest management, and actively manages his 130 acres of land on Mt. Olive Church Road in northern Chatham County. Mr. Glosson recently celebrated his 80th birthday, but still works daily on his farm. He is a valuable advocate for sustainable forest management through his involvement with NC Farm Bureau.
Bee school[Apr. 7, 2014]
The Chatham County Beekeepers Association conducts an eight week bee school every other year with our next one in 2015. I get several calls a year asking about bee schools and I wanted to make you aware that one will be starting on April 21st in Raleigh. One of our members, David Bailey, owns two bee supply stores (Hillsborough and Raleigh) and will have two bee schools this year.
Also: Chatham County Beekeepers Association
Chatham County to host webinar on community food councils: Challenges and opportunities[Mar. 29, 2014]
Chatham County invites you to a webinar on April 17, 2014 on the exciting concept of community food councils. It is slated from noon-2:30 pm in the Agriculture Building Auditorium at 65 East Chatham St. in Pittsboro. Participants are welcome to bring a brownbag lunch. Community food councils are a new and emerging form of partnership organization in counties and regions across the United States. They are aimed at bringing together the key stakeholders in local food economies to improve community and regional food systems.
Septic system and well workshop in Pittsboro on March 27[Mar. 19, 2014]
I've been attending these sessions for years, and I always learn something. I consider it a must for residents who are new to onsite septic systems and wells. A workshop on the use and maintenance of home septic systems and wells will be held in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014. The workshop is sponsored by the Environmental Health division of the Chatham County Public Health Department.
Register now for the fresh produce safety workshop in March[Feb. 13, 2014]
The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, in partnership with North Carolina State University and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA), will conduct two workshops with the aim of providing farmers with the tools to reduce food safety risks and meet market requirements. On March 5, 2014 the Principles of Fresh Produce Safety and Navigating the USDA GAP Audit workshop will take place 9 am to 5 pm in Pittsboro, NC.
Chatham local food policy meeting on Tuesday, August 20 in Pittsboro[Aug. 19, 2013]
Chatham County citizens are invited to join Chatham County Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Public Health Department and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems for a local food meeting on Tuesday morning, August 20 from 9 am-10:30am at the Chatham County Agricultural Building Auditorium (65 East Chatham Street, Pittsboro).
Peak-season soil-test fee coming this fall[Aug. 14, 2013]
The 2013 Appropriations Act passed by the General Assembly approved a $4 fee for soil samples analyzed by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the period from December through March. The fee is an attempt to lessen the backlog associated with the busy season when the lab is routinely inundated with tens of thousands of samples. The rest of the year — April through November — NCDA&CS will continue to analyze soil samples without a fee.
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