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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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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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Solar panels

Solar Energy Property
Tax Resources

With a surge in solar power installations across North Carolina, Extension specialists have developed materials to address questions about tax implications, land appraisal and more. Solar Generation Property Taxation Solar and Wind Energy Development Opportunities: Tax Implications

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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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2016 Berry Plant Sale

The Polk County Cooperative Extension center is taking orders from area residents for small fruit plants. For 40 years the local Extension staff have been giving gardeners an opportunity to grow strawberry and MORE »

Got Lady Bug Problems?

MULTICOLORED ASIAN LADY BEETLE INSIDE HOUSES By Dr. Mike  Waldvogel, Extension Entomologist The multicolored Asian lady beetle is a native of Asia. It was released by the US Department of Agriculture in the MORE »

Magical Spider Lilies

Native to China and Japan, Spider Lilies (Lycoris) magically appear in late September and October. A true garden gem, don't miss an opportunity to MORE »

Treat Kudzu Now For Best Results

Kudzu in Polk County and the piedmont area is in bloom. Why does that matter? Herbicides containing the ingredient Glyphosate are more effective when applied to the vines while in flower. Don't miss MORE »

What’s a Crinum Lily?

This Crinum Lily makes an imposing presence in the garden. Underrated and often under appreciated, this native to South Africa has a lot to offer to southern gardeners. Click here to learn . 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 »

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CTP Short CourseFri Feb 12, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Where:
Haywood County Cooperative Extension Center, 589 Raccoon Rd. Waynesville NC, 28786
— 5 days away
CTP Short CourseFri Feb 19, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Where:
Haywood County Cooperative Extension Center, 589 Raccoon Rd. Waynesville NC, 28786
— 2 weeks away
L, X ,N, D Pesticide Credits ClassThu Mar 17, 2016
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Where:
Polk County Extension Center, 60 Gibson Street, Columbus, NC 28722
— 1 month away
CPP classes AshevilleFri Aug 12, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806, United States
— 6 months away
CPP classes AshevilleFri Aug 19, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806, United States
— 6 months away
CPP classes AshevilleFri Aug 26, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806, United States
— 7 months away
CPP classes AshevilleFri Sep 2, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806, United States
— 7 months away
CPP classes AshevilleFri Sep 9, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806, United States
— 7 months away
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