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2016 Southern
Piedmont NC Farm School

November 11, 2015 What are you waiting for? You have the drive, creativity, and will power to start a farm, so what is holding you back? If you are in this situation, the 2016 Southern Piedmont NC Farm School is for you! We are now accepting applicants to the 2016 Southern Piedmont NC Farm School. We can only accept a limited number of registrants, and class is filling up fast! Last year, we had so many applicants that we had a waiting list, so it is imperative to fill out an application as soon as possible. The Southern Piedmont NC Farm School started over five years ago to teach new and transitioning farmers how to become better farmers, providing the business skills to maintain a profitable farm. Students learn the business skills to run a farm but also get knowledge from growers, producers, and specialists. They even get to visit their farms. Rowan, Cabarrus, Davie, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, and Mecklenburg counties have helped create the perfect farm tour model for the 2016 students. The course is seven months, with eight nightly business meetings and seven field trips. The nightly classes will be starting in February. There are two informational sessions that all applicants are encouraged to attend. The first meeting will be held on December 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rowan County Cooperative Extension (2727 Old Concord Rd., Salisbury), and the last session will be held on January 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cabarrus County office (715 Cabarrus Ave., West, Concord). Currently, the NC Farm School program has graduated over 300 students. Many state that the NC Farm School program helped them start their own farms. Kelly Connor, a graduate of NC Farm School in the Southern Piedmont stated, “It would have taken my brothers and I at least 20 years to get the information and education we have received in the short time attending the Southern Piedmont NC Farm School. This program is worth more than double the price.” 2014 NC Farm School graduates, Mike and Jenny Tate from Forsyth County who own Rebecca Knoll Farms, told the press that “after 30 years in business, I had a voice telling me to do something in agriculture, and this school helped put me in the right direction.” I have written about the benefits of the NC Farm School frequently because the agents that I work with are all passionate about helping our growers succeed. This program is one of the best I have worked with and is also one of the reasons I enjoy my job. I hope to see you at our 2016 Southern Piedmont NC Farm School graduation. If would like more information on the Southern Piedmont NC Farm School, visit our website at: http://www.ncfarmschool.com, or call your local agent, Danelle Cutting, at 704-216-8970.

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WTF

2016 Southern
Piedmont NC Farm School

November 11, 2015 What are you waiting for? You have the drive, creativity, and will power to start a farm, so what is holding you back? If you are in this situation, the 2016 Southern Piedmont NC Farm School is for you! We are now accepting applicants to the 2016 Southern Piedmont NC Farm School. We can only accept a limited number of registrants, and class is filling up fast! Last year, we had so many applicants that we had a waiting list, so it is imperative to fill out an application as soon as possible. The Southern Piedmont NC Farm School started over five years ago to teach new and transitioning farmers how to become better farmers, providing the business skills to maintain a profitable farm. Students learn the business skills to run a farm but also get knowledge from growers, producers, and specialists. They even get to visit their farms. Rowan, Cabarrus, Davie, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, and Mecklenburg counties have helped create the perfect farm tour model for the 2016 students. The course is seven months, with eight nightly business meetings and seven field trips. The nightly classes will be starting in February. There are two informational sessions that all applicants are encouraged to attend. The first meeting will be held on December 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rowan County Cooperative Extension (2727 Old Concord Rd., Salisbury), and the last session will be held on January 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cabarrus County office (715 Cabarrus Ave., West, Concord). Currently, the NC Farm School program has graduated over 300 students. Many state that the NC Farm School program helped them start their own farms. Kelly Connor, a graduate of NC Farm School in the Southern Piedmont stated, “It would have taken my brothers and I at least 20 years to get the information and education we have received in the short time attending the Southern Piedmont NC Farm School. This program is worth more than double the price.” 2014 NC Farm School graduates, Mike and Jenny Tate from Forsyth County who own Rebecca Knoll Farms, told the press that “after 30 years in business, I had a voice telling me to do something in agriculture, and this school helped put me in the right direction.” I have written about the benefits of the NC Farm School frequently because the agents that I work with are all passionate about helping our growers succeed. This program is one of the best I have worked with and is also one of the reasons I enjoy my job. I hope to see you at our 2016 Southern Piedmont NC Farm School graduation. If would like more information on the Southern Piedmont NC Farm School, visit our website at: http://www.ncfarmschool.com, or call your local agent, Danelle Cutting, at 704-216-8970.

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Kissing Bug
Info

Some of you may have read some information about a kissing bug, this can be a pest within your home but it is often confused with other beneficial insects. If you believe you may have a kissing bug please read this article before killing the insect: http://ncsupdicblog.blogspot.com/2015/11/kissing-bugs-and-chagas-disease-in-nc.html?m=1 If you still believe you have a kissing bug please place in a glass jar fill with rubbing alcohol and bring to our office for identification. Please do not squish the bug because it prevents us from properly identifying the pest. For more information or to bring the sample in please call us at 704-216-8970 or visit 2727 Old Concord Rd., Salisbury. Here is an image of a kissing bug from NCSU entomologist Matt Bertone:

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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 of the students will either decide farming is not for them or will become a great farmer. Farming is tough and with most of the population being five to six generations off the farm, it can be hard for them to relate to the farmers. I thought for this week’s article, I would talk about a type of marketing strategy that new and more seasoned farmers are using to help increase their market. It can be misunderstood but hopefully with a little explanation, the benefits will be clear! A frequent question I get while working in local food is, “What is a CSA?” CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Once I say that, most people are still confused as to what it means. If you purchase a share of a CSA, it is almost like buying stocks, but there is a more immediate return on the investment. You are purchasing a stock or investment into the growing season of the farm. If the season is good, you will be rewarded with a bountiful harvest. If the season is bad, you are sharing the loss with the farmer. Usually, this investment has high returns with little risk, but you are still taking a risk nonetheless. Usually CSAs last a few weeks. I once helped start one that ran for 18 weeks, providing lots of produce to those who bought a share. Some are shorter, and some can go longer than 32 weeks. It depends on the need of the clients. Most of the shares are either delivered or picked up at a meeting site. The share boxes have a variety of four to seven crops and the amount varies on the type of share you purchase. Shares are usually divided into boxes for a family of 2 or 4. Farms are also becoming more diversified so they can provide lots of options and some can create custom boxes to fit the needs of the family. Some of the CSAs I have worked with over the years have branched out to offer more options by adding locally made/sourced breads and baked goods, soups, jams & jellies, soaps, lotions, honey, eggs, and meat. There is even a seafood CSA! Rowan County has a few farms that provide CSAs or they could be called something different but are very similar. Some of the farms that have their own CSA are Two Pigs Farm, Patterson Farms, Red Barn Market (Correll Farm), and Third Creek Cottage Gardens. Most are gearing up for this year’s season and have not yet finished their latest brochures but if you are interested in a CSA share, contact: Two Pigs Farm Owners: Chase & Yorke Reynolds Email: twopigsfarm@gmail.com Patterson Farm Phone: 704-636-4005 Email: tours@pattersonfarminc.com Website: www.pattersonfarminc.com Red Barn Market (Correll Farm) Old fashioned home delivery! Owners: David & Cheryl Correll Email: correllfarm@yahoo.com Third Creek Cottage Gardens Owners: Bevin & Troy Fink Email: thirdcreekcottagegardens@yahoo.com If you would like to learn more about CSAs, the Southern Piedmont Farm School, or gardening/farming in general, contact your local Cooperative Extension Agent, Danelle Cutting, at 704-216-8970.

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Livestock Judging and
Skillathon Contest

Just a reminder that the Rowan County Livestock Judging and Skillathon Contest will be held March 7, 8 a.m., at the Rowan County Fairgrounds. This contest is open to all youth ages 9-18, as of January 1, 2015. We encourage all youth to participate regardless of experience. Please RSVP to the Rowan Cooperative Extension Office (704) 216-8970 by February 23. Lunch will be provided. Please click on the following link for more information and to view the flyer... Judging Contest

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4-H Plant Sale

Rowan County 4-H is now taking orders for their annual Spring Plant Sale. Varieties available include: strawberries – Allstar; blueberries – Brightwell, Climax, Premier, and Pink Lemonade; blackberries – Arapaho and Navaho; raspberries – Heritage and Nova; muscadines – Cowart and Triumph; and figs – Brown Turkey and Celeste.

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RACE 4-H Horse Show 101 Workshop

Winter is the perfect time to learn more about showing your horses! At this clinic, you will learn about how to properly read a class list and why it is important that you MORE »

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4-H Small Fruit Plant Sale

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

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4-H Speak Up Class

4-H Speak Up is a great way for you to practice your 4-H presentation or brush up on your public speaking skills. Cheryl Kane from Barton & Kane Consolidated will once again offer MORE »

ACT Prep Course Starting In January

Do you want to go to college? Are you intimidated by college entrance examinations such as the ACT? As a high school student, preparing for a college entrance examination, like the ACT, can MORE »

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December 2015 Q & A: Kissing Bug Calls

December 9, 2015 The agents have been out of the office this week for the Cooperative Extension State Conference, so most of our questions have come via email. These topics have been very popular; we have MORE »

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2015 DIY Pampered Holiday Gifts

12/13/15 I know I have mentioned it often, but I love this time of year. I enjoy getting together with family and friends, and I also love the holiday décor. I am not MORE »

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Rowan Farm City Day

The 2015 Rowan County Farm City Day luncheon will be held Friday, November 20, 12:00 noon at the Rowan County Cooperative Extension Office (2727 Old Concord Road, Salisbury). Sponsored by the Salisbury Kiwanis MORE »

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Piedmont Farm School

The Piedmont Farm School is a 7-month educational program that trains beginning and transitioning farmers with a strong commitment to operate successful small-scale, sustainable farms.  The school offers seven business-planning seminars, which will MORE » – from   Forsyth County Center

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4-H County Council MeetingThu Feb 11, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM— 2 days away
SCD 4-H Horse Quiz BowlSat Feb 13 - Sat Feb 13, 2016 - ALL DAY— 3 days away
4-H Portfolios DueMon Feb 15 - Mon Feb 15, 2016 - ALL DAY— 5 days away
State 4-H Beekeeping Essay DueMon Feb 15 - Mon Feb 15, 2016 - ALL DAY— 5 days away
4-H Speak UpMon Feb 15, 2016
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM— 6 days away
4-H Achievement NightSat Feb 20, 2016
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM— 2 weeks away
4-H Speak UpMon Feb 22, 2016
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM— 2 weeks away
4-H Plant Sale Order DeadlineThu Feb 25 - Thu Feb 25, 2016 - ALL DAY— 2 weeks away
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