It always seems that the blooming of the tall Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium sp., aka Eupatorium sp.) heralds the very peak of summer in the High Country of NC. All too soon thereafter, the darker purple of Ironweed (Vernonia sp.) flowers unfurling proclaims the beginnings of cooler nights, shorter days, and a transition toward Autumn. Whether you embrace these plants as medicinal allies, admire them as bee forage and stately late-season color, or cuss them as pasture weeds; there is no denying that we are on the downhill slope of the 2012 growing season. As you pack the kids off to school, or plant the high tunnels to extend the productive season further, sow cover crops or source your seed garlic, consider the following opportunities for learning more about agriculture and gathering with people who share this passion.
More information about any of the following is available by calling the Watauga Cooperative Extension Center at 828-264-3061 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
1) Saturday, 8/18 – Canning class at Watauga Extension
2) Monday, 8/20 – Free NCDA Workshop: How to Grow your Agribusiness...in Durham
3) Tuesday, 8/21- Squash Cucurbit Field Day in Ashe County, 4-7 PM
4) Saturday, 9/15 – Cove Creek Farm Heritage Day, 10 AM – 4 PM
5) 10/26-10/28 - CFSA’s 27th Annual Sustainable Ag Conference, Greenville, SC