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Growing Farms

Southeastern NC farmers, backyard growers, and interested community members are invited to attend the 2016 Growing Farms Conference January 11-15 at the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension office. If you are interested in building your farm business or would just like more information on a topic of interest this conference is for you! A detailed schedule of the week is attached. Pre-registration is required and the deadline to register is January 4th. The cost of the conference is $10 per day or $40 for the whole week. Participants have the option to add lunch on Thursday or Friday for $10 extra per day. See agenda: Growing Farms Agenda To register click here: go.ncsu.edu/2016growingfarms


Master Gardener
Classes start this Fall

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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