March 29, 2015

New NCDA&CS restaurant contest to highlight best of North Carolina on local menus

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is launching a new contest for restaurants that use locally sourced ingredients on their menus. The “Dig into Local” Best Menu NC contest is part of an expanding array of foodservice programs offered by the department through its Got to Be NC and Savor NC […]

Spring is ideal time for homeowners to submit soil samples

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service urges home gardeners and landscapers to prepare now to submit soil samples over the next few months to optimize growing conditions. Beginning in April and until the last of November, there is no charge for soil testing, and sample results are usually ready within about […]

VGCC to host workshop on Organic Crop certification

Vance-Granville Community College will host a one-day workshop to help local farmers understand the process of certifying their crops as “organic” according to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards. “Organic Crop Certification for Agricultural Small Businesses” is set to be held Friday, March 20, from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Room 7107 of […]

NCDA&CS to hold dairy workshop March 25th, 2015

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is partnering with N.C. Dairy Advantage, N.C. Cooperative Extension and N.C. Farm Bureau to hold a dairy workshop on optimizing herd health and animal production through nutrition.  The free workshop will be held Wednesday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Iredell […]

Organic Crop Certification for Agricultural Small Businesses

Vance-Granville Community College, Building 7, Room 7107 March 20, 2015, 8:30 AM – 3 PM Learn from regional experts as they demystify the USDA Organic Certification process and crop production requirements. Gain practical tips for soil and pest management, organic inputs and application completion. Connect with a certification agency and current certified organic grower to […]

State Farmers Market’s Spring Craft Fair is March 13-15

RALEIGH – The State Farmers Market is kicking off its lineup of spring promotions with the Spring Craft Fair March 13-15. The annual event features dozens of local artisans selling their homemade products and handicrafts. Vendors will have an array of items including ornamental garden accessories, spring floral arrangements, woodworking, soaps and candles, quilted items, […]

NC Cooperative Extension Updates

MARCH EDITION OF GARDEN PATH NEWSLETTER Click the link for all the latest garden news from the Vance/Warren Extension Master Gardener Volunteers! BACKYARD FARMER SCHOOL STARTS MARCH 12, REGISTER NOW! Starting Mar 12, 6:30p, six sessions on fruit, vegetables, poultry, soils and more. Sign up for one or all. Details here: REGISTER NOW […]

NC Cooperative Extension Updates

The SNAP-EBT sign up event for farmers and farmers markets, originally scheduled for Thursday, 2/26, has been postponed due to weather. A new date will be set soon. Warren Sr Center garden workshop postponed. The event scheduled for Thursday, 2/26, 4 pm has been postponed due to weather. The new date is 3/4, 4 pm. […]

Food Business Conference in Burlington rescheduled for March 6, 2015

RALEIGH – Because of inclement weather, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has rescheduled its Food Business Conference in Burlington for March 6, 2015. The conference had been scheduled for Feb. 24. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alamance Cooperative Extension office, 209-C N. Graham-Hopedale Road […]

NC Cooperative Extension Updates

NEW DATE FOR VEGETABLE INSECT PEST CLASS Tonight’s class has been postponed due to the winter weather. The new date is Monday, March 16, noon (bring your lunch!). GOOD VIDEO ON APPLE TREE PRUNING This video provides excellent instruction on the correct way to prune an apple tree: BERMUDAGRASS & HORSE MANURE, QUESTIONS FROM […]