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10% Bulding North Carolina's Local Food

Buying Local - NC 10%
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The newest effort to help save farmland is to spend 10% of your monthly food budget locally.  A family of four will spend on average $400 a month on groceries.  Ten percent of that is $40 a month that you can commit to buying local food.  That's only $10 a week!  Local citizens can help preserve our rural character by helping farmers earn a living from their farms. Polk County has three tailgate markets where locally grown foods can be purchased directly from our farmers. The Tryon Tailgate Market on Thursday afternoon, the Saluda Tailgate Market on Friday afternoon and the Columbus Tailgate Market is on Saturday morning. Our tailgate markets open in April and remain open through November. According to the 2010 US Census we have 9,038 households in Polk County. Locally grown produce is available 8 months out of the year. If each household would spend 10% or $40 a month on locally grown food that would total $320 (8 months x $40) X 9,038 (# households) = $2.89 million dollars a year!

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10% Bulding North Carolina's Local Food

Buying Local - NC 10%
Campaign

The newest effort to help save farmland is to spend 10% of your monthly food budget locally.  A family of four will spend on average $400 a month on groceries.  Ten percent of that is $40 a month that you can commit to buying local food.  That's only $10 a week!  Local citizens can help preserve our rural character by helping farmers earn a living from their farms. Polk County has three tailgate markets where locally grown foods can be purchased directly from our farmers. The Tryon Tailgate Market on Thursday afternoon, the Saluda Tailgate Market on Friday afternoon and the Columbus Tailgate Market is on Saturday morning. Our tailgate markets open in April and remain open through November. According to the 2010 US Census we have 9,038 households in Polk County. Locally grown produce is available 8 months out of the year. If each household would spend 10% or $40 a month on locally grown food that would total $320 (8 months x $40) X 9,038 (# households) = $2.89 million dollars a year!

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Munsell color book being used to determine the hue, value and chroma of a soil.

Soil 101: Introduction
to Soil – Online!

Understanding soil is a basic skill needed by anyone interested in agriculture, environmental science, gardening, natural resource management, and water quality. Traditionally, to gain that skill, a person has had to pay college tuition and spend long hours in a classroom. Now, with the power of the internet at your fingertips, the NC Cooperative Extension Service is bringing a first class Introduction to Soil education to your office, dining room table, or local coffee shop. Learn more about this open online course at http://go.ncsu.edu/introduction-to-soil

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10% Bulding North Carolina's Local Food

Buying Local - NC 10%
Campaign

The newest effort to help save farmland is to spend 10% of your monthly food budget locally.  A family of four will spend on average $400 a month on groceries.  Ten percent of that is $40 a month that you can commit to buying local food.  That's only $10 a week!  Local citizens can help preserve our rural character by helping farmers earn a living from their farms. Polk County has three tailgate markets where locally grown foods can be purchased directly from our farmers. The Tryon Tailgate Market on Thursday afternoon, the Saluda Tailgate Market on Friday afternoon and the Columbus Tailgate Market is on Saturday morning. Our tailgate markets open in April and remain open through November. According to the 2010 US Census we have 9,038 households in Polk County. Locally grown produce is available 8 months out of the year. If each household would spend 10% or $40 a month on locally grown food that would total $320 (8 months x $40) X 9,038 (# households) = $2.89 million dollars a year!

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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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Fire Ant Control in Pastures

Are you the unfortunate large animal owner with fire ant problems? You're not alone. Polk County farm owners are wrestling with the insect pest that has quickly become one of the worst problems MORE »

Small Fruit Plant Sale

For over 40 years the Polk County Extension Center has been offering strawberry and blueberry plants for sale for local gardeners. This year we will continue to offer blueberry, red raspberry and strawberry MORE »

Fall Is For Planting

Contrairy to what most folks believe, Fall is by far the best time to set out new trees and shrubs in the South. Unlike our neighbors to the north, it is hot, dry MORE »

The Royal Paulownia

Many newcomers to the WNC mountains see a tall tree with rather large lavender blossoms and wonder what it is. A surprise to many, the tree is growing wild but is native to MORE »

Improve Your Health With Better Choices

Interested in learning about eating well and shopping smart? Better Choices, a Steps to Health program created for limited resource audiences, might be just what you’re looking for. This FREE, eight-class series reviews MORE »

Buying Local in Polk County

The newest effort to help save farmland is to spend 10% of your monthly food budget locally.  A family of four will spend on average $400 a month on groceries.  Ten percent of MORE »

photo of sneezeweed

Be Wary of Sneezeweed

Bitter sneezeweed (Helenium ararum) is an erect, annual weed, 10 inches in height with narrow leaves. The showy yellow flowers are seen in August and September and are located at the end of MORE »

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Pine Straw Harvesting in Longleaf Pine Forests: Best Management Guidelines to Sustain Wildlife ResourcesThu Apr 23, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Where:
www.forestrywebinars.net
— 6 days away
Landscape Management WorkshopFri Apr 24, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Where:
Henderson County Cooperative Extension Center, 100 Jackson Park Rd. Hendersonville NC
— 6 days away
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where:
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— 2 weeks away
Woodland Steward Series: Part 1Wed Jul 29 - Fri Jul 31, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
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