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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 »

Market Chef banner

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 »

A grafted tomato

Grafted Tomatoes

Grafted Tomatoes Cooperative Extension employees get the latest research information and it is our job to share that information with the citizens of the county. One of those situations of sharing happened last MORE »

Christine Wilson's beautiful dish from local ingredients at the Salisbury Farmers' Market

Q & A

Q & A There are some great activities going on this summer outside of the office. I receive questions on a daily basis. Here are a few from recent events…   Question: I MORE »

Wasp nest under a lawnmower seat

Q & A

Q & A Lots of activities are going on in Rowan County, and it’s more than just the birds and bees…   Question: When will the next Market Chef competition occur, and will MORE »

A Wheelbug is a type of Assassin Bug, and this one is on top of a corn stalk; their mouthpiece can puncture skin if picked up.

Q & A

Q & A Even though the temperatures have been hot people are still going outside checking their gardens and visiting local farmers. This week we have received quite a few questions about insects, MORE »

Purple potatoes from Two Pigs Farm

Weird and Strange

Weird and Strange Working with the public often causes Cooperative Extension agents to encounter the weird and strange. Right now, since there are so many new vegetables, strange insects hatching, and people outdoors, MORE »

Purple okra being sold at the farmers' market

Film @ 6

Film @ 6, agriculture, fresh Are you sure you know the difference between a vegetable and a fruit? What if I told you something that would blow your mind? That’s how the Rowan MORE »

Winter squash could also be a mystery ingredient.

Market Chef Competition

Market Chef Competition Do you enjoy “heated” competition? Are you brave in the kitchen? Do you have cooking skills? Can you create gourmet dishes in a pinch? If so, the Market Chef Competition MORE »

Purple coneflowers are great for beneficial insect gardens, and they are also treated as a medicinal herb.


Beneficials This week has been a great time to get in the garden! At our office, we hosted an event to get youth actively gardening; the main event was to create a pallet MORE »

Fall webworms on a pecan

Tricky Weather

Tricky Weather Weather can be tricky, creating many questions on disease and insects:   Question: There is a large web with worms in my pecan tree. What is it? Answer: The photo submitted MORE »

Butner Bull Sale

October 22, 2014 Rowan County Center Bull Sale Butner December 19 December 19 The Butner Bull Sale will be December 19, 2014 at the Granville County Livestock Arena. We will be selling ads for the MORE »

Blueberry Plants Great Addition to Any Landscape

Every fall, Rowan County 4-H sells small fruit plants to support 4-H activities throughout the year. In addition to the typical blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, muscadine, and fig plants, bunch grapes have been added MORE »