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Swarm Time!

5/13/15 It is that time of year when bees are most active, and sometimes people other than beekeepers get hands on experience with a swarm. There is a lot of misperception and confusion MORE »

Cattle Handling Facility Demonstration

For the April 2 Cattlemens meeting, we will be taking a ride to Stanly County for a cattle handling facility demonstration and pasture walk.  We will leave the Rowan Cooperative Extension building at 4 p.m.  A MORE »

4-H to Offer Club Basics Training for Volunteers

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a 4-H Club Leader? Volunteers are the backbone for NC Cooperative Extension programming, especially the 4-H program. 4-H, the youth component of NC Cooperative MORE »

Rowan County 4-H Now Taking Orders for Spring Plant Sale

Rowan County 4-H is now taking orders for their annual Spring Plant Sale.  Varieties available include: strawberries – Allstar; blueberries – Brightwell, Climax, and Premier; blackberries – Arapaho and Triple Crown; raspberries – MORE »

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Do you know what a CSA is?

The Southern Piedmont Farm School started this week, and it is going to be one of the best yet! Teaching new and transitioning farmers to become better stewards is a great opportunity. Most MORE »

Cards made by the students of Mrs. Laura Lindley

Millbridge Elementary

Millbridge Elementary Teaching the fifth graders in Mrs. Laura Lindley’s class at Millbridge Elementary has been very rewarding the past couple of months. The children have been exceptionally interested and have always wanted MORE »

Amie Baudoin from Morgan Ridge Vineyards shows the class of 2014 Piedmont Farm School the different varieties of grapes and how she helped start the vineyard.

2014 Piedmont Farm School Class

2014 Piedmont Farm School Class Last week wrapped up the final 2014 Piedmont Farm School class. I have to say that it was an amazing finale for the 2014 graduates. If you have MORE »

Color wheel made in the program by using plant materials from the Cooperative Extension office

Junior Master Gardeners

Junior Master Gardeners I know most of my readers have heard of Extension Master Gardeners, but I wonder how many have heard of Junior Master Gardeners? Junior Master Gardeners is a youth gardening MORE »

Low tunnel at Sacred Heart growing leafy greens

Keep your Gardens Growing

Keep your Gardens Growing Would you like to keep your gardens growing throughout the year? Of course! Most of us want to, but we either don’t know how to do it or we MORE »

The winter squash trial at the Piedmont Research Station. Extension Master Gardeners are pictured helping harvest the squash.


Workshops When we receive a new client, they always ask about the activities and programs we have throughout the year. During October, we have tons of programs and activities! All of the activities MORE »

Monarda is a great addition to a pollinator garden.


IPM What is IPM? What if I told you that it is one of the most beneficial tools a gardener or homeowner can have for any garden or pest or disease issue! No, MORE »

Jicama grown at Vang Farm

Rice Harvest

Rice Harvest Growing your own fruits and vegetables can be one of the most rewarding past times or hobbies a person can have! One of my favorite activities being a Cooperative Extension agent MORE »

Up close image of the nesting area

Birds and Bees

Birds and Bees Do you know all about the birds and the bees? Not that parenting talk, but do you really know what birds, bees, and other pollinators need to survive? If not, MORE »

Wild Turkey Farm owner, Lee Menius, speaks to the Piedmont Farm School about raising poultry.

Southern Piedmont Farm School

Southern Piedmont Farm School Do you want to start a farm, or have you thought about transitioning your farm into a different venture? If so, then the Southern Piedmont Farm School may be MORE »

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Last Market Chef

Last Market Chef As the peak growing season winds down, so does the Market Chef series. This Saturday, September 6, at 10 a.m., will be the final show down between two Market Chef MORE »

This is a young acorn squash that is being grown at the Piedmont Research Station.

Research Trial

Research Trial Many people ask, “What is Cooperative Extension?” Just the other day, I was asked about “my business” because of the logo on my shirt. Sometimes, this can be difficult to answer MORE »