April 24, 2014

N.C. strawberry growers expect strong season

RALEIGH – Despite a late cold snap, local strawberry growers are still expecting a strong season that will last into the first part of June. “It’s been a challenging winter season for strawberry growers, including a record freeze in early January and a late cold snap in April,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Fortunately, growers […]

Pesticide Disposal Program hits milestone with 3 million pounds collected

RALEIGH – Last week the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program surpassed 3 million pounds collected since the program began in 1980. At a collection day in Nash County the program needed just 763.5 pounds to hit the 3 million pounds. Instead, residents dropped off 6,000 pounds for disposal.  “North […]

Space still available for antique farm equipment at Got to Be NC Festival in May

RALEIGH — Festival organizers are still accepting applications from farm-equipment enthusiasts and tractor clubs for the farm display at the Got to Be NC Festival, May 16-18, at the State Fairgrounds. Tractors in working order also can participate in the daily tractor parade on the fairgrounds. Participation is free, but pre-registration is required. Registration forms […]

NC Cooperative Extension Garden Tips, plus Farmers Market news

GARDEN TIPS FROM THE 3/24 GARDEN SHOW ON WIZS 1. Till your garden soil when the soil is moist but not too wet, or you will cause compaction problems. 2. Cut back perennials before new growth starts. 3. Continue planting cool-season crops according to our planting guide: http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-plantingguide/ 4. If you haven’t fertilized or seeded […]

Vance County Regional Farmers Market Open House & More

From Vance County NC Cooperative Extension Office: Come to our Open House next Thursday, 4/3, 2 to 4 pm! You can find all the details on our website, as well as vendor guidelines and an application form. http://vance.ces.ncsu.edu/vance-county-regional-farmers-market/ Also note that we will be hiring a part-time market manager. Details are at the following link, […]

N.C. Department of Agriculture offers Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting grant proposals from nonprofits and government agencies through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The program aims to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the marketplace. It is managed by the department and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the […]

Big Toy Day planned for Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmers Market

COLFAX – “Toys” of all shapes and sizes will be on display at the Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmers Market during Big Toy Day March 29. The event features trucks, construction equipment, forestry equipment and medical vehicles. Visitors will have the chance to explore each machine and learn more about the professionals that use […]

Got to Be NC Festival seeks antique tractors, vendors, musicians

RALEIGH — Space is still available for farm-equipment hobbyists, musicians and food vendors wanting to take part in the Got to Be NC Festival May 16-18 at the State Fairgrounds. Organizers are looking for collectors of antique tractors and farm equipment to join a display of more than 1,000 pieces of machinery. Tractors in working […]

Greg’s Garden – March 17th, 2014

Some Plants Are Up…Some Aren’t, Why??? When we planted in February our first 6 plots of our plot garden, we seeded Lettuce, Spinach, Bok Choy, Carrots, and Sugar Snap Peas.  We have two plots that are showing a good growth of plants right now, the others are very small and sporadic seedlings. This is not […]

Vance County NC Cooperative Extension Updates

The March issue of our Garden Path newsletter is now available at the link below. It contains LOTS of timely tips, plus a variety of interesting garden-related articles. I hope you enjoy! Here’s the link: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/MARCH-2014.pdf VEGETABLE DISEASE PROJECTIONS FOR 2014 From NCSUs Dr. Lina Quesada-Ocampo, an article on what to expect for the coming […]