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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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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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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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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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2016 4-H Summer Fun Events

This year we have some fun summer workshops planned for youth of all ages.  Click on the link to find information and registration4-H Summer MORE »

4-H Shooting Sports Program

Rifle classes meet every other Thursday, starting on March 31st.  Training will take place at the 4-H Center from 3:30 – 5:00.  Please bring your own ear and eye MORE »

4-H Presentation Program

Did you know that anyone can be a good public speaker?  You don’t have to be gifted.  All it takes is learning the skills and practice, practice, practice.  On Monday, March 28th, Polk 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 »

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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
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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
— 2 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
— 3 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
— 3 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
— 3 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
— 3 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
— 3 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
— 3 months away
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