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March 23, 2009

UNC-TV to show third 4-H feature tonight

UNC-TV will show the third 4-H feature on the North Carolina NOW program tonight. The spotlight feature will take place during the prime time NC NOW program. This feature spotlights NC 4-H Dropout Prevention Programs.

The North Carolina NOW program airs during prime time, 7:30 p.m. on UNC-TV stations. In addition to its prime time slot, NC Now airs several times throughout the evening on UNC-TV's digital channels. Please check local listings for additional air times.

For more information, visit UNC-TV's Web site.

Posted by Natalie at 10:10 AM

March 17, 2009

Extension helps Raleigh land a new farmer's market


People in North Raleigh will soon have a new place to go for fresh produce and local goods.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension and an advisory board of local residents have decided to develop a community farmer's market at Falls River Town Center off of Durant Road.

The extension surveyed about 4,000 neighbors about the idea, and discovered overwhelming support for a market.

Read more from NBC 17.

Posted by Suzanne at 09:50 AM | Comments (0)

March 16, 2009

Almanac Gardener season begins April 4

Almanac Gardener

Almanac Gardener begins its 26th season on Saturday, April 4 at noon on the statewide UNC-TV network. The Saturday show will be repeated at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Almanac Gardener is a half-hour home horticultural program telecast for 20 weeks from April through August. Almanac Gardener is one of the longest running series on UNC-TV and is a co-production of UNC-TV and Cooperative Extension at N.C. State University.

Viewers send questions to Almanac Gardener and horticultural experts from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service answer them on the air. The show also airs how-to horticultural features that are produced in the field.

Regular Cooperative Extension panelists include: Karen Neill, horticultural agent, Guilford County; Linda Blue, horticultural agent, Buncombe County; Bill Lord, environmental agent, Franklin County; Lucy Bradley, urban horticultural specialist, N.C. State University; Stephen Greer, horticultural agent, Forsyth County; Charlotte Glenn, horticultural agent, Pender County and Amy-Lynn Albertson, horticultural agent, Davidson County. Mike Gray is a co-producer and host of Almanac Gardener.

With the stressful economy, a special emphasis this season will be on saving money by home vegetable gardening and preparing fresh vegetables right from the garden. Almanac Gardener panelists will also continue to help folks conserve water with tips on collecting and using rainwater for irrigation.

Field features this season will include:
Starting a Spring Garden
Growing Spring Lettuce
Growing Broccoli
Growing Cabbage
Asheville Farmers’ Tailgate Market
Preparing Greens
Preparing Cabbage
Preparing Turnips
Preparing Collards
Preparing Sweet Potatoes
Water Independence/Going Off the Grid
Building Planting Beds to Conserve Water
Drought Tolerant Plants
Gardening for Exercise
Reducing Stress by Using the Right Gardening Tools
Taming a Swarm of Bees

Posted by Natalie at 03:11 PM

March 13, 2009

Vermicompost workshop to be held in Durham

N.C. State University's 9th Annual Vermiculture Conference will be held on June 4-5 in Durham. Learn about vermicomposting technologies, marketing castings and worms, castings tea, the benefits of using castings and other topics. This is the only training on mid-to-large scale vermicomposting in the United States.

For details on the conference location, hotel accommodations and registration, please visit our
Web site at www.bae.ncsu.edu/workshops/worms09/

Posted by Natalie at 01:55 PM

March 09, 2009

JC Raulston Arboretum’s Gala in the Garden an anticipated springtime event


On May 3 from 3 to 7 p.m., the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University will hold its annual Gala in the Garden. Themed "An Enchanted Garden Party," the gala is open to the public.

In addition to the silent auction, guests also will enjoy live music by the Southern String Band and gourmet hors d’oeuvres, including a special dessert reception.

Gala tickets are $60. Proceeds from the event will benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum, a working research and teaching garden of N.C. State University.

To become a corporate sponsor or to purchase tickets, contact Anne Porter at 919.513.3826 or anne_porter@ncsu.edu.

Posted by Suzanne at 10:26 AM

March 04, 2009

Campfire Delight is 4-H's centennial ice cream

Tyrrell County representatives receive prize
Tyrrell County 4-H Agent Bridget Spruill, left, and 4-H'er Katie Woolard, center, receive their prize basket for submitting the winning 4-H ice cream flavor (Marc Hall photos)

The “cone-test” field was narrowed to three ice cream flavors, as a panel of esteemed judges armed with bowls and spoons, came together to choose the flavor that would mark the centennial celebration of North Carolina 4-H.

And the winner is… Campfire Delight!

4-H is celebrating 100 years in North Carolina this year, and the organization decided to create a centennial ice cream flavor to in honor of the event. In conjunction with N.C. State University’s Creamery, which produces the already famed ice cream sold in Talley Student Center and at the N.C. State Fair, 4-H asked youth and leaders across the state to come up with winning flavors.

“Cone-test” rules required that the flavor selections be worthy of manufacturing, said Gary Cartwright, N.C. State Pilot Plant coordinator. From the 62 flavors submitted by counties last fall, the field was narrowed to 10. 4-H’ers and supporters across the state voted for the top three choices from the field.

The top flavors were Campfire Delight, submitted by Tyrrell County; 100 S’More Years submitted by Johnston County; and Clover Crunch, submitted by Gates County. Cartwright said that each flavor presented its own challenges, and creamery staff had to explore different ingredient options and how they would work. For instance, caramel pieces for Clover Crunch had to remain soft even in frozen ice cream.

By description, Campfire Delight and 100 S’More Years sounded like they would be variations on S’Mores, the campfire treat made with graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows. But Campfire Delight was made from graham cracker-flavored ice cream, with chocolate pieces and marshmallow swirl, while 100 S’More Years was created from a chocolate ice cream base, with pieces of graham cracker and the marshmallow swirl. Clover Crunch was a different type of flavor, with a chocolate ice cream, caramel swirl and toffee pieces.

The panel of 19 judges included Andrea Weigel, food editor of The News & Observer; Larry Stogner, news anchor of WTVD; CALS Dean Johnny Wynne; and three Wake County 4-H’ers, along with an assortment of other 4-H supporters and leaders.

The bowls came out, numbered to ensure a blind competition, and judges carefully tasted each sample, judging texture, flavor and appearance of each ice cream, then ranking the flavors in order of preference.

All agreed that there was not a bad flavor in the bunch, and Cartwright said that the creamery reserves the right to occasionally produce all three flavors. The winning flavor will be available for sale to the public.

Bowl of Campfire Delight
Campfire Delight

Andrea Weigl said this was her first opportunity to judge ice cream flavors, although she is no stranger to other types of food competitions. “The graham cracker ice cream was not something I’ve run into before. I’m not surprised it won,” she said.

“It was hard to pick a winner, but the one I picked was the winner,” Larry Stogner said. “They were all good.”

4-H’er judges Clay Adams, 6; Anna Walser, 6; and Morgan Halvorson, 8, all of Wake County, smiled broadly and pronounced all flavors, “really, really good.” “I just thought it was pretty good tasting,” Clay said.

Tyrrell County 4-H Extension Agent Bridget Spruill came to watch the cone-test judging, with 4-H’er Katie Woolard, 12. After Campfire Delight was announced the winner, Katie called her mom, and Spruill called her county Extension director with the news. The two returned to the county with some ice cream samples to share, along with a basket of ice cream party supplies.

“The flavor was as good as I thought it would be,” Katie said.

The winning ice cream flavor will be made available to the public through the N.C. State Creamery. It also will be offered at all 4-H events throughout the year, as well as at the N.C. State Fair. To order the ice cream, available in pints and 3-gallon tubs, contact Sarah Ray at 919.515.9263 or sarah_ray@ncsu.edu. To learn more about the 4-H Centennial, "We are 4-H," visit www.nc4h100.org.
-N. Hampton

Posted by Natalie at 02:21 PM

March 03, 2009

Forestry to celebrate Arbor Day

tree with sunlight

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University invites the public to its Arbor Day Celebration and Open House on March 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the campus of N.C. State University.

Events will include a tree seedling give-away, a plant adoption center for youth, timber sports demonstrations from the N.C. State University Forestry Club, and various presentations from faculty and members of the urban forestry community.

“We want to create a festive atmosphere where North Carolinians can come together to celebrate Arbor Day, as well as learn what our department has to offer those interested in a natural resource career. This also is an opportunity for faculty and students to share and discuss research projects and experiences with the public. We hope there is a little bit of something for everyone!” stated Shannon Ford, undergraduate program coordinator for the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources.

Faculty will lead a guided campus tree walk, tours of the environmental technology labs and the Turner House native plant garden. A tour of the N.C. State Campus will also be available. Exhibitors from various forest-related organizations will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. The 2009 North Carolina Arbor Day Poster contest winner, chosen from a selection of 5th grade poster entries across the state, will be announced at noon.

For a full schedule of events, directions, and parking information please visit www.ces.ncsu.edu/forestry/arborday. Sponsors include the Triangle Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, Weyerhaeuser and the Encore Center at N.C. State University.

A day is set aside each year in North Carolina, as in many other states, to show just how much trees are appreciated. In 1967 the North Carolina legislature ratified a bill establishing Arbor Day in North Carolina as the first Friday following March 15. This year Arbor Day falls on March 20.
-Renee Strnad

Posted by Natalie at 03:30 PM

March 02, 2009

CEFS Farm to Fork Summit canceled

It is with much regret that we have decided to cancel the farm-to-fork summit for March 2 and 3 due to hazardous driving conditions across the state. This has been an agonizing decision for us, but we feel that the safety of travelers must take top priority. During this cold snap, there will be some very happy and well-fed folks at food shelters as we will be donating some wonderful local foods that were purchased and donated from farmers across the state for the summit. That perhaps is the silver lining. We will assess and evaluate how and when we can reschedule and will let you know as soon as we are able.
-Nancy Creamer, CEFS Director

Posted by Natalie at 03:05 PM

New Extension personnel on board at NC A&T

Please join us in welcoming the following individuals into our Extension family at North Carolina A&T State University.

* On Jan. 1, Pamela Hampton-Garland became our 4-H SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) associate. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from North Carolina A&T State University.

* On March 1, Dr. Joshua Idassi joined A&T as natural resources specialist. Idassi is relocating from Nashville, Tenn., where he served as an Extension specialist with Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension. He earned his doctorate from Mississippi State University, master's degree from the University of Tennessee and bachelor's degree from the University of Kiril I Metod, Skopje, Yugoslavia.

* On March 1, Dr. Montreka Dansby joined A&T as nutrition specialist. She comes to A&T from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., where she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology. She earned her doctorate at North Carolina State University, her master's degree from Tuskegee University; and her bachelor's degree from North Carolina A&T State University.

Posted by Natalie at 03:00 AM