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State of the birdsState 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. By Al Cooke
 
Learn how to take the fire out of fire ants on September 4Learn 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. By Debbie Roos
 
Pittsboro landowner recognized for outstanding forest managementPittsboro 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. By Mark Bost
 
Bee schoolBee 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. By Pat Weisbrodt
Also: Chatham County Beekeepers Association
 
Chatham County to host webinar on community food councils: Challenges and opportunitiesChatham 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 27Septic 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. By Al Cooke
 
Register now for the fresh produce safety workshop in MarchRegister 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.
 
Without clear-cutting, it is not certain that we would have 63% of Chatham County covered in trees todayWithout clear-cutting, it is not certain that we would have 63% of Chatham County covered in trees today
[Nov. 14, 2013] Nearly all of the marketable timber in Chatham County was taken approximately between 1875 and 1925 when the wood products industry moved into and across the southeast U.S. Any tree older than that time frame was left because it was too small, of inferior quality, inaccessible, or otherwise not marketable. (I would be glad for any local historian to fill in or correct details.) By Al Cooke
 
Each Saturday the Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market has a free tent available for local non-profitsEach Saturday the Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market has a free tent available for local non-profits
[Aug. 27, 2013] Each Saturday the Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market has a free tent available for local non-profits to hold a fundraising bake sale and to spread the word about their good works.
 
Chatham local food policy meeting on Tuesday, August 20 in PittsboroChatham 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 fallPeak-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. By Debbie Roos
 
Chatham County 4-H'er was among top winners at the annual state 4-H Congress in RaleighChatham County 4-H'er was among top winners at the annual state 4-H Congress in Raleigh
[Jul. 9, 2013] This year's 4-H Congress, held June 22-25, attracted 521 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more. This year's congress was moved from its traditional late July time slot and combined with another 4-H event, Citizenship Focus, which allows 4-H'ers to engage with their elected leaders in the N.C. General Assembly.
 
Celebrate National Pollinator Week with a virtual garden tourCelebrate National Pollinator Week with a virtual garden tour
[Jun. 23, 2013] June 17-23, 2013 is the seventh Annual National Pollinator Week as designated by the U.S. Senate and proclaimed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. It's exciting to see how nationwide the public interest and awareness in pollinators has grown significantly over the past few years. I feel like here in Chatham County, every week is Pollinator Week because it has been a big passion of mine for years and I do alot of educational programming around this topic. By Debbie Roos
 
Northwood agricultural classes and FFA win at the North Carolina State FairNorthwood agricultural classes and FFA win at the North Carolina State Fair
[Nov. 9, 2012] On Thursday, October 11, chickens from the Northwood agricultural classes and FFA participated in poultry show at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. Six hens and one rooster placed. Agricultural classes raised the birds from biddies. Great care was provided to maintain herd health and growth.

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