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Master Gardener
Program

The Macon County Center of the NC Cooperative Extension Service is now accepting applications for participation in the Master Gardener Program. Master Gardeners receive over 40 hours of training in subjects including fruits, shade trees, ornamentals, lawn care, and vegetable culture.  After successfully completing the training and returning 42 hours in volunteer service you will be certified as a Master Gardener. Classes begin in February.  For an application and more information on the program, call the Extension office at 349-2046.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Master Gardener
Program

The Macon County Center of the NC Cooperative Extension Service is now accepting applications for participation in the Master Gardener Program. Master Gardeners receive over 40 hours of training in subjects including fruits, shade trees, ornamentals, lawn care, and vegetable culture.  After successfully completing the training and returning 42 hours in volunteer service you will be certified as a Master Gardener. Classes begin in February.  For an application and more information on the program, call the Extension office at 349-2046.

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FIRE ANT QUARANTINE
AREA EXPANDED

The N.C. Department of Agriculture will expand the state quarantine area for the imported fire ant to include all of Graham, Halifax and Macon counties effective January 1, 2016. With this expansion, seventy-four North Carolina counties are now included in the quarantine area. Under quarantine rules, residents and business owners in these counties will need to obtain a permit before moving plants, sod and related equipment into or through non-infested areas. Certificates can be obtained from local NCDA plant protection specialist, Jim Corbin or by contacting the NCDA Plant Protection Section at 800-206-9333 or 919-707-3730. Items requiring a permit include nursery stock, sod, soil, hay and straw, logs or pulpwood with soil, and soil-moving equipment. Also, the movement of any other products, items or infested materials that present a risk of spread from established imported fire ant areas to non-infested areas is prohibited. Failure to obtain the needed inspections and certifications may result in the issuance of a stop-sale notice and rejection or destruction of the regulated article by NCDA. The quarantine is intended to slow fire ant movement into non-infested areas of the state. NCDA continues efforts to monitor the spread of this pest and address mitigation or control measures. The imported fire ant is considered to be a nuisance and a health concern to humans, livestock and wildlife due to its painful sting. More information on Imported Fire Ant Quarantine can be found at http://www.ncagr.gov/plantindustry/plant/entomology/IFA.htm or by contacting your local Cooperative Extension Center.

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Local Foods

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is an enthusiastic supporter of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ (CEFS) initiative to build the state’s local food economy, from farm to fork. Cooperative Extension is the face of Macon County's local foods initiative, helping to promote North Carolina’s 10% Campaign and to guide efforts to develop a local food economy. The Macon County Center Local Foods contact is Sherrie Peeler. To get more information or to sign up for the 10% Local Foods Campaign click the link below. http://www.nc10percent.com

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Enrollment forms Due
this Month

December and January are the months that we are required by 4-H National to collect Enrollment Forms for 2016.  Please fill out your Enrollment Form this month.  Below in the News are the forms to be filled out.  If you have any questions please call us at 349-2046.

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Shiitake Mushroom
Workshop

NC Cooperative Extension will hold a class on "Growing Shiitake Mushrooms". The class will be Thursday, March 3, from 9 am to 1 pm at the Macon County Environmental Resource Center. Pre registration is required. There is a $10 materials fee due at registration. Each participant should bring two hardwood logs, (oak or maple is preferred; others ok; no walnut, locust or conifers), 4 to 6 inches in diameter and 3 to 4 feet long. The logs should be fresh cut (within a month). This will be a hands on workshop. A classroom session will explain Shiitake growing and participants will then drill their logs and inoculate them with Shiitake mushroom "seed". Participants will leave the class with two inoculated Shiitake logs and the ability to inoculate more. The program is geared toward hobby growers. Most of the program will be outside. It may be cold or rainy, so dress warmly. If you have an extra log to donate, we would like to build a Shiitake demonstration area at the Environmental Resource Center. Please register at the Macon County Cooperative Extension Center by Friday, February 26. Call 349-2046 if you have any questions.

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Garden Questions

HYDRANGEA FLOWER COLOR I have heard that the pH of my soil causes my hydrangea flowers to be pink or blue. Is that correct? Hydrangea flowers develop pink or blue color depending on MORE »

Cold Frames

In the winter, a coldframe offers protection to less hardy plants and newly started perennials. It is an ideal location for overwintering hardy bonsai. It simplifies the storage of bulbs and plants for MORE »

Shiitake Mushroom Workshop

NC Cooperative Extension will hold a class on “Growing Shiitake Mushrooms”. The class will be Thursday, March 3, from 9 am to 1 pm at the Macon County Environmental Resource Center. Pre registration MORE »

Make a Craft

This month we will be crafting on Thursday, February 18th at 4:00.  We will be making paper flowers and sea shell journals.  Please call 349-2046 to sign up if you would like to MORE »

Making Sense of Botanical Names

There was a story going around recently about an English-speaking woman who was visiting China and felt very lost because she could not communicate with the people very well. Being an avid gardener, MORE »

Garden Construction on A Budget

There is something particularly satisfying about making something useful and attractive out of material that would often be send to the landfill. Becoming a good recycler in the garden not only saves money MORE »

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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM— 7 hours away
Budding ChefsTue Feb 16, 2016
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM— 6 days away
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM— 1 week away
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5:30 PM - 6:30 PM— 1 week away
Sharp ShootersTue Feb 23, 2016
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM— 2 weeks away
Market Steer ClubThu Feb 25, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM— 2 weeks away
Chess ClubMon Feb 29, 2016
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM— 3 weeks away
Shiitake Mushroom WorkshopThu Mar 3, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM— 3 weeks away
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