FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013
CONTACT: Amanda Taylor, Agriculture Agent NC Cooperative Extension Service (828) 757-1290; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Extension to Host
Tomato Grafting Workshop
LENOIR – The Caldwell Extension Service will host a tomato grafting workshop on Friday, December 6 from 12:30 to 4:30 pm at the Caldwell County Public Library in Lenoir.
This workshop is designed for operators of small farms, greenhouse operators interested in a new market, and market gardeners who want to take their production to the next level. In this hands-on session, participants will learn the basics of grafting, including why grafting is important and how to graft successfully. Participants will have the opportunity to practice grafting under the direction of experienced personnel from the Department of Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University. An update on grafting research at North Carolina State University will also be provided.
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required, and the cost is $5 per person. For more information on this program, please contact Amanda Taylor by calling 828.757.1290 or e-mailing email@example.com
Introduction to Beekeeping
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10/3-10/17.
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
$16.00 (includes textbook)
This 10-hour short course is designed to introduce the basics of beekeeping to persons interested in hobby beekeeping. Topics to be covered include races of bees, basic beehive and frame construction and placement, and beekeeping tools. We will also discuss installing bees, hive management, diseases and treatment, and briefly discuss honey production.
Call 828-263-5378 for information. CCC&TI Corporate and Continuing Education
April 23- Free Agritourism Workshop
Spring Renewal for Small Businesses : Free Agritourism Workshop
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM - There is no charge for this event.
Spring is here and it’s time for renewal! Does your tourism-related business need a new approach to attract tourists and locals? Join us in this interactive, unique seminar and discover ways to get creative with your time, resources and services.
Together, we will identify how to build retention and revenue for your business this Spring and beyond!
Speaker: Cortina Caldwell, Owner, Visit&Venture
Location: JE Broyhill Civic Center, Lenoir NC
2nd Annual Food Business Conference: For makers & sellers of prepared food items, sauces, or baked goods
Registration is still open for the 2nd Annual Food Business Conference, to be held on Friday, April 19, at the Burnsville Town Center. We have a great line up of speakers covering everything from improving your chances of getting financing to using social media to promote your food business. Special emphasis is on food safety, one of the hottest food trends in 2013.
The registration form can be found here: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/agribiz/food%20biz%20registration13.pdf
The regitration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and materials.
If you make and sell prepared food items, sauces, or baked goods, then come join us for a great opportunity to learn more about growing your food business and to network with other food entrepreneurs!
Questions? Contact Annette Dunlap, Annette.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919.218.1049.
Ashe County Beekeeping Classes
Starting Tuesday, Feb. 5, The Ashe Campus of Wilkes Community College will offer beekeeping classes for both beginner and advanced beekeepers. The classes include
Registration is required, Call 336-846-3900 to pre-register.
Fiber Tour 11/29
What: A day of Fiber Tours at Echoview Fiber Mill and an angora goat farm hosted by the Watauga County Cooperative Extension.
When: Thursday November 29. Leaving from the Watauga County Ag-conference center at 8 am and returning about 5 pm.
Why: This tour is a kickoff for trying to add value to wool grown in the high country by increasing the value of fibers from animals, with a goal of creating a high country grown garment to sell.
If you are interested please call 264-3061 to sign up.
Fiber Animal Farmer's Forum 12/10
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