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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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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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Brunswick Gardener

Need home-gardening advice and tips for growing better plants in Brunswick County?  Sign up for The Brunswick Gardener and receive an electronic copy of our quarterly newsletter.  This is a free publication from North Carolina Cooperative Extension and will cover a wide variety of gardening-related topics, written by extension staff and extension master gardeners. To join the listserv, send an e-mail to sam_marshall@ncsu.edu with “signup for brunswickhomehort” as the subject.  You will be added and will receive the first edition this Friday, June 28th.

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Pesticide Container Collection Day–June 18 popular

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in cooperation with the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension, will be offering a Pesticide Collection Day for residents in Brunswick, New Hanover, Columbus, and surrounding counties. MORE »

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Easy-to-grow Salvias for your Landscape popular

Over the years, salvia, also referred to as sages, have been steadily growing in popularity. And why not? For the low-maintenance gardener, salvias offer an excellent addition to a coastal garden. Able to MORE »

North Carolina Wheat Yield Contest 2015

North Carolina Wheat Yield Contest for 2015 In order to determine which production practices produce the highest wheat yields for a given location. and to give recognition to those growers who do an MORE »

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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 »

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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
— 3 months away
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