|Summer Algae in River|
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
|Permeable Parking lot and Bio Swale|
If paying by check, please mail your check and copy of your registration form to:
Campus Box 7625
Raleigh, NC 27695
Attn: Christina Shepard
- Faculty of NCSU Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering including Dr. Bill Hunt, Ryan Winston, and Brad Wardynski
- Representatives from NC DENR including Annette Lucas and Boyd Devane
Monday, March 19, 2012
|Participants installing live stakes on Kraut Creek. Photo courtesy of Donna Lisenby|
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Visioning Plan Underway for Daniel Boone Park
It’s likely that since you’re reading this, you love local foods, native plants, urban greenspace, Appalachian heritage, and vibrant culture. All these joys and more intersect at Boone’s Daniel Boone Park. Daniel Boone Park is the site of the renowned Horn in the West outdoor drama, the Daniel Boone Native Gardens, and, for the past 35 years, the Watauga County Farmers' Market. This community gathering space is where Boone has sourced local foods for more than three decades. Will it be able to accommodate a growing and even more dynamic Farmers Market in the future? The Boone Tourism Development Authority (TDA) and the Southern Appalachian Historical Association (SAHA) are now working with the award-winning landscape architects of Marquis Halback, Inc. to develop a new long-range vision plan for Daniel Boone Park.
If you have ideas for the future of the Watauga County Farmers Market or anything else going on at Daniel Boone Park, this is your chance to add your input. Please consider filling out the survey at
Shiitake Spawn Availability for 2012 – Orders due 3/23/11
The shiitake mushroom spawn produced by NCA&T’s Mycology Program is again being made available to commercial-scale growers (200 logs or more). To be eligible to receive this spawn, growers must have all their logs cut by Friday, March 23, and their spawn orders also in by that date. Also, growers should have attended a shiitake production workshop (taught be Extension and/or NCA&T State University) prior to placing their spawn order.
Information and spawn requests from growers in Ashe & Watauga Counties can be sent to Richard Boylan, Area Agent for Alternative Agriculture via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Be sure to put “Mushroom Spawn Order” in the title of your e-mail.
Shiitake Spawn will be available for pickup from the Watauga County Cooperative Extension Center beginning on the afternoon of Thursday, 3/29/12, or at the Ashe County Cooperative Extension Center beginning on the afternoon of Monday, 4/2/12.
High Country Seed Swap & Growers School
Saturday, 3/10 at Family Central 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
On Saturday, March 10, 2012, all aspiring and practicing area gardeners are invited to Ashe Family Central (the former Ashe Central High School in Jefferson) to the High Country Seed Swap and Growers School. The event features a day-long open exchange of seeds, plus workshops on vegetable growing and grafting apple trees taught by area experts. Beginning at 8:30 AM, gardeners will be able to display their own surplus seeds and view the offerings of others on tables set up in the cafeteria space. The seed swap will continue throughout the day. A vermicomposting class will be taught from 9 AM – 10 AM, a grafting workshop and fruit-scion-wood exchange will be held from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM. A vegetable variety and succession-planting workshop will run from 11 AM – noon. Coffee and light fare will be available for purchase from the Blue Ridge Market on-site at Family Central throughout the morning and early afternoon. Also, the shared-use Ashe County Kitchen (aka- Creative Food Ventures) will be open for visits and tours.
Gardeners are encouraged to bring their surplus seeds, bulbs, corms, plants, and scionwood to exchange. However, people do not need to bring seeds to participate. Seed swaps operate on the honor principle that gardeners will grow what they take this year, and bring seeds from their crops the next year. The event is sponsored by North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s New River Headwaters Alternative Agriculture Program, with support from the Ashe County Farmers Market.
Classes at the Seed Swap begin at 9 AM with a Vermicompost workshop, taught by Tracy Myhalyk.
Ron and Suzanne Joyner, of Big Horse Creek Farm in Lansing, will teach the grafting workshop, beginning at 10 AM. The Joyners are nationally-known for their conservation and propagation of old Southern Apple varieties. The grafting workshop taught by the Joyners will be hands-on, with participants able to learn with the actual tools of the trade. Apple rootstocks will be available for purchase at the workshop, so if participants choose, they can graft several trees to then bring home and plant themselves. Information about collecting scionwood samples for grafting can be found at their website: http://www.bighorsecreekfarm.com/horticulture.htm
Area Extension Agent Richard Boylan will coordinate the Seed Swap, with assistance from local Extension Master Gardeners and Ashe County Farmers Market volunteers. He notes that the venue has been perfect for past seed swaps, but that participation is crucial to make this year’s event a success, “Ashe Family Central’s Community Space (the old school cafeteria) is the perfect spot to meet up and swap seeds in an open exchange. It’s big enough that folks can spread-out, browse seeds, and talk. The more participants who bring seeds to share, the better the Swap will be.”
Extension Agent Boylan will also lead the Vegetable Variety and Succession Planting Workshop, beginning at 11 AM. This workshop will guide growers through the process of balancing taste, quality, disease-resistance, and other factors as they choose what to plant in the season ahead, and also offer tips about timing plantings for a full season of successful harvests.
North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s New River Headwaters Alternative Agriculture Program works to identify and promote viable crops and agricultural marketing strategies suitable for small Farms in Ashe and Watauga Counties. This Seed Swap is part of NCA&T State University’s Small Farms Week statewide programming, and is held concurrently and in partnership with the Ashe County Farmers Market Annual Expo. The event is free and open to all gardeners and farmers in the region.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
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Workshop Dates & Locations:
January 18-19, 2012 - Apex, NC
January 25-26, 2012 - Wilmington, NC
March 12-13, 2012 - Charlotte, NC
June 7-8, 2012 - Boone, NC
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Cathy Smith at 919-515-6780 or email@example.com
Christina Shepard at 919-513-2192 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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