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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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Consumer Horticulture

Extension's Gardening Portal at NC State University provides access to a wealth of information, events and resources for gardeners in North Carolina.  Managed by the State Urban Horticulture Specialist and Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agents throughout the state, it is your doorway to guidance about successfully growing vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and ornamentals in your landscape.

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State Climate Office
of North Carolina

Our partners at the State Climate Office of North Carolina provide the most accurate climate information to the citizens of our state. Their website includes recent news from their Twitter feed, featured products, quick links, and a map of data from their ECONet weather stations. You can also view data from more than 1,000 Southeastern weather stations on their full CRONOS map or follow their blog.

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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 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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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 »

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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
— 5 days 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
— 5 days away
Nursery Weed Management Field DayWed Sep 7, 2016
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Hawksridge Farms 4243 S. NC 127 Hwy, Hickory, NC
— 1 week 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
— 2 weeks 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
— 2 weeks away
IPM Symposium at NC ArboretumThu Sep 22, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
NC Arboretum
— 4 weeks away
IPM Symposium at NC ArboretumThu Sep 22, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
NC Arboretum
— 4 weeks away
Nursery Crop Field DayFri Sep 23, 2016
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
Hard & Flossie Clark Family Park, Lenoir, NC 28645, USA
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