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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.
Chatham 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 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.
Northwood 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.
Five state champion trees designated in Chatham County[Aug. 27, 2012]
Walton Haywood, chair of Grand Trees of Chatham has been advised that four newly recognized state champion trees have been recognized in Chatham County bringing the county total to five. Alan Moore of the North Carolina Forest Service, in an email to Haywood, indicated that the four trees were nominated by someone from Virginia who submits frequent nominations.
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