Growing Chatham NC Coop. Extension - Chatham County - May 2020

4-H Leaders Honored With Chatham County United Way Volunteer Award

Ms. Jazmin Mendoza-Sosa and Mrs. Lindsay Shore-Wright, 4-H Leaders, Honored With Chatham County United Way Outstanding Volunteer Award

Chatham County 4-H Partners with The Livestock Conservancy to Offer a Cooperative Virtual Learning Experience From Embryo to Chick

Our 4-H friends over at the Guilford County Center created a dedicated page to virtually visit museums, aquariums, National Parks and famous landmarks around the world. Be sure to check it out!

Online Plant ID Class: Edibles, Bulbs and Houseplants

Learn about the edible side of the landscape with an exploration of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and herbs. Extend your growing season with bulbs and even houseplants. 

Upcoming webinar with Mark Weathington

Mark Weathington presents, "Stunning Schefflera and Elegant Edgeworthia Because the South Don't Do Dormant "

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 – 3:00 pm–4:00 pm

There's no reason to put the garden to bed for the winter in zone 7 gardens. Winter flowers, exciting evergreens, and low humidity make the winter one of the best times to garden in the south and with the influx of fascinating new plants, we've only scratched the surface of what can be done in the "off" season.

Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: In my lifetime: From non-native plant introduction to invasion

Kudzu was then (as still is) the invasive poster-plant fondly known as “the vine that ate the South.”

Recording of Online Farm Store Webinar Now Available for Viewing

Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos has been working with area farmers and farmers’ markets as they adapt to changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. One way to reduce contact is to have customers pre-order items and pay in advance so that they can pick up their purchases quickly, often without even getting out of the car. Debbie taught a webinar on How to Create a Free Online Store for your Farm and it was such a success that she ended up repeating it five times for over 800 participants from across the country.

Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden

Debbie continues to maintain her demonstration Pollinator Paradise Garden in Pittsboro. Tours and workshops are temporarily suspended during the stay-at-home order. Garden volunteers are furloughed to prevent any chance of infection. Debbie plans to continue to share photos and videos from the garden to inspire and educate local farmers and gardeners.

“Birth” of an Assassin

Adult wheel bug feeding on a Japanese beetle. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Visit our Chatham County Farmers' Markets

Chatham County’s three farmers’ markets are bustling and continue to offer high quality produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, value-added products, cut flowers, and much more. All have implemented social distancing practices to keep customers and vendors safe.

List of Local Dairy Processors

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, dairy products have been hard to come by. If you, someone you know, or your local food bank is in need of dairy products, check out this list to find dairy products near you!

Beef Cattle Nutrition

Beef Cattle producers often question the need to feed their cattle.

2020 Piedmont Regional Goat & Sheep Conference

Join us online from the comfort of your home as we take our originally planned conference schedule and move it to a webinar series! Two webinars in May.

Did you miss out on the beginning of the 2020 Piedmont Regional Goat & Sheep Conference webinar? Below are links to view the April webinars.

Equine Pasture Management

In this video series you will learn from Lauren Langley, Livestock Extension Agent, Alamance County, about Equine Pasture Management. This is a recorded Zoom webinar that was delivered on April 16, 2020. Topics include soil sampling, fertilizing/liming, seeding, weed control, rotational grazing, and sacrifice/dry lots.

The forestry Lunch and Learn webinars continue for May

Woodland Owner Lunch & Learn Webinar: Conserving Wildlife Through Forest Management

Thursday, May 7, 2020 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Woodland Owner Lunch & Learn Webinar: Heirs Property: Standing on a Lot of Love

May 21, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

What are the financial impacts of COVID-19 to your agritourism operation?

Farmers are some of the most creative entrepreneurs and continue to pivot to address shifts in consumer demand as a result of COVID-19. The COVID-19 economic impact survey from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is intended to include all agribusinesses that offer agritourism activities and guest experiences. The data will be compiled for policymakers and other authorities that may be considering disaster relief funds to support recovery efforts for North Carolina’s agritourism industry as a whole. Results will be aggregated together to protect your farm’s identity. Please answer all questions to the best of your ability.

How to Make Sourdough Bread Starter in 4 Simple Steps

How to Feed and Maintain Sourdough Starter for Baking

NC Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center Archives

We are stepping back in time to 1929, it's Thursday, March 21st. Just like today in 2020, The Chatham Record hits the newsstands on Thursdays. Every Thursday, Noble Calhoun Shiver would provide updated Farm News. He was the Chatham County Farm Agent, and today he would be classified as the County Extension Director. One of the stories that he highlighted was about a Chatham County farmer inventing a new lime spreader. Read the story below as it appeared in 1929.

This photo was found in one of our many boxes of slides. Unfortunately, this slide was not labeled with a date or the name of the Chatham County farmer. I do believe this photo was taken before 1970.


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