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BRUNSWICK COUNTY EXTENSION MASTER GARDENERsm VOLUNTEER PROGRAM 2015 COURSE  The Brunswick County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will offer the Extension Master Gardenersm Volunteer Training beginning September 14, 2015.  The Extension Master Gardenersm Volunteer Program is designed to teach home gardeners research-based information on the basics of horticulture for coastal North Carolina. Course participants will receive over 40 hours of training from Horticulture Extension Staff in a variety of subjects such as coastal soils, composting, fertilizers, adjusting soil pH, lawn care,  landscape plants, fruit and vegetable gardening, indoor plant care, insect and pest management, plant disease management, integrated pest management, and safe pesticide use. Following successful completion of course, participants will be certified as Extension Master Gardenersm Volunteers by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.  As a certified Extension Master Gardener, volunteers are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer service. 20 of those hours are spent at the Plant Clinic, where Extension Master Gardener Volunteers provide research-based home gardening and landscape information to Brunswick County residents.  40 hours of service must be completed within 12 months of completing the training course.  Volunteer time takes place during normal business hours Monday through Friday. Classes will meet 9 a.m. – 12 noon every Monday and Wednesday beginning September 14th through November 14th at the Brunswick County Extension Center located in the Government Complex in Bolivia.  The cost of the course is $160, which covers the cost of an Extension Master Gardenersm Volunteer Reference Notebook and other class materials and expenses. An application must be completed and returned to the Cooperative Extension Service by Thursday, July 2, 2015 to apply for the course.  For an application form, contact the Cooperative Extension Service at (910) 253-2610 and ask for Gina Britton.  The application is also available on line at www.brunswick.ces.ncsu.edu under the Lawn and Garden section. Class size is limited to 20 due to space, activities, and the need for interactive sessions.  Applicants will interview with the Horticulture Agent, Master Gardener Coordinator, and Extension Master Gardener Volunteers in July.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program in by August 3rd.  Ability to volunteer during normal business hours will be a key component for selection.    The course is ideal for beginners as well as advanced gardeners who want to enhance their gardening skills and use this knowledge to serve their community. Applications can be mailed/e-mailed  to:  Master Gardener Class 2015, Post Office Box 109, Bolivia, NC 28422, attention Gina Britton. (gina_britton@ncsu.edu) To learn more about other consumer horticultural programs contact Sam Marshall, Horticultural Agent,  at  wsmarsh2@ncsu.edu.  You can call the Cooperative Extension office at 910-253-2610.  Visit the Extension website at http://brunswick.ces.ncsu.edu/

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Plant Sciences Initiative Study Report

Plant Sciences
Initiative

Plant sciences initiative could spark NC economic growth, study finds A new economic study, released Jan. 12, shows that North Carolina has an opportunity to be the global hub for advanced plant sciences research and for the application of that research to expanding agricultural productivity. One page summary of the Initiative  View the Report

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Food Processing and Manufacturing Initiative

Food Processing and
Manufacturing Initiative

NC food processing and manufacturing initiative feasiblity study released The agricultural resources, industrial capacity and research innovation assets present in North Carolina create opportunities to catalyze development of value-added food processing and manufacturing businesses, according to a joint NC State-NCDA&CS economic feasibity study released Jan. 12. One page summary of the Initiative View the Full Report

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New Strawberry
Diagnostic Tool

An interdisciplinary team of  NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences extension specialists have created a new, mobile-friendly, database driven tool to help strawberry growers visually diagnose disorders. The new Strawberry Diagnostic Key provides a way to filter by visual characteristics to identify problems. Results include details about the disorders and possible management strategies. The Strawberry Diagnostic Key was developed with funding in part from the Strawberry Sustainability Initiativethe Walmart FoundationUniversity of ArkansasSouthern Region IPM CenterNorth Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service and the North Carolina Strawberry Association.

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Brunswick County 4-H Summer

Brunswick County 4-H will not be delivering our traditional 4H Summer Fun camps this summer, due to low participation and the availability of so many other options in Brunswick County. BUT, our 4-H TiLT youth volunteers that lead MORE »

Get out of Debt with PowerPay

Ready for less debt, fewer money worries, more cash and more living? If you are ready, PowerPay can help. PowerPay is a debt-reduction computer program that is easy to use, understand and follow. MORE »

4-H Annual Achievement Banquet “Finding 4-Her’s”

Brunswick County 4-H Teen Council Achievement Banquet Committee planned and executed the annual 4-H Achievement Banquet on Tuesday, January 21st 2015.  4-H Clubs, Youth members and Youth and adult volunteers were honored for MORE »

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Basics of Food PreservationThu Jun 11, 2015
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Where:
North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce 151 Poole Rd suite #3
— 2 weeks away
Project Learning Tree K-8 WorkshopThu Sep 24, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
4803 Sweet Home Church Rd, Elizabethtown, NC 28337, USA
— 4 months away
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