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November 24, 2009

4-H Centennial Cookbook now available to order

The North Carolina 4-H Centennial Cookbook will be coming off the press in January. The cookbook includes more than 400 Blue Ribbon Recipes collected from every 4-H decade. It also features photos depicting 4-H foods and nutrition projects throughout the decades.

By ordering before Dec. 31, you may purchase the cookbook at the pre-press price of $14.95 plus shipping and handling. After Jan. 2, 2010, the price will be $18.95 plus shipping and handling.

This is a great fund-raising idea. Order a supply at the pre-press cost and sell them for a profit. An order form is available online at www.nc4hfund.org. To save the cost of shipping and handling, you may pick up your pre-paid orders at 512 Brickhaven, Raleigh, NC 27695.

For more information, please contact us at sharon_rowland@ncsu.edu or 919.515.9267 or devona_beard@ncsu.edu or 919.515.1680.

Posted by Natalie at 11:00 AM

November 20, 2009

Hass assumes POD leadership


I would like to announce that effective November 13, Dr. Lanny Hass has assumed the position of interim director of Personal and Organizational Development for North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

To the position, he brings 28 years of Cooperative Extension Service as well as a national reputation for expertise in organizational development. Coming to North Carolina after 11 years as an agricultural economist at Virginia Tech, Lanny has served in many roles, ranging from county agent to area farm management specialist to associate director of Personal and Organizational Development.

As the interim director, Lanny will lead the POD team as it continues to focus on building Cooperative Extension’s capacity through organizational and individual growth. Please join me in welcoming Lanny to his new position.

--Dr. Jon Ort, director, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, N.C. State University

Posted by Natalie at 03:04 PM

November 13, 2009

A (Mount) Pleasant taste

When you call Marvin's Fresh Farmhouse a local restaurant, you're saying a lot.

It's a country restaurant in a small town, with a down-home menu that is literally down on the farm. Almost all of the meat and vegetables are from local farms.

Marvin is Marvin Bost. He and his wife, Cabarrus County extension agent Debbie Bost, live on a state-recognized "century farm" - meaning a farm that has been farmed in the same family for more than 100 years - although their 145-acre spread actually dates back to an original land grant to Marvin's ancestors.

Read more in the Charlotte Observer

Posted by Dave at 09:22 AM

November 12, 2009

Hungry teens head for Greensboro

The Cooperative Extension Program at A&T will be hosting an elite group of teenagers from across the state Nov. 12 to 15. The teens will be coming for training in intervention measures for hypertension, diabetes, stroke, and kidney disease. Extension health and nutrition specialists are using a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to train the “Force of 100” in nutrition, food safety, physical fitness and proper exercise techniques.

Following their training this week, the teens will be expected to return to their communities and work on their own lifestyle changes, involve their household in changes, and conduct at least two programs that involve their family, friends and community.

Read more news from NC A&T State University, ag e-dispatch

Posted by Natalie at 09:47 AM

November 11, 2009

NC youth, retired specialist capture awards at NJHA Conference

North Carolina youth enjoy a visit to Hershey Park as part of the recent NJHA conference. (Photos courtesy of Liz Driscoll)

Braving blustery, chilly weather, 30 delegates traveled to Hershey, Pa. to represent North Carolina at the 75th annual National Junior Horticultural Association annual convention. 4-H youth and adult leaders participated in a weekend of contests, field trips and workshops to share their interest in plants, meet new friends from across the country and learn about Mid-Atlantic horticulture.

As part of a 75th anniversary celebration, NJHA invited past alumni to return, and one of North Carolina’s Extension legends was honored. Larry Bass, retired 4-H horticulture specialist, attended and received an induction into the NJHA Hall of Fame. NJHA was founded in 1934 by Grant Snyder, and since that time, it has had annual conventions to educate youth about horticulture, careers, leadership and education. The 2010 convention will be held in Cleveland, Ohio.

Youth that attend the convention have earned the opportunity to participate through state-level competitions like the 4-H Horticulture Contest and the state presentations contest. From demonstrating why rain gardens are important to articulating the marketing efforts needed to sell vegetables produced from a sustainable farm, our North Carolina 4-H youth proudly showcased their plant knowledge and skills in demonstrations, speeches and talks. Other youth displayed their ability to identify spinach seeds, banana flowers and birch branches through the Horticulture Contest.

Larry Bass, center back row, retired horticultural specialist from N.C. State University, is among those inducted into the NJHA Hall of Fame during the 75th anniversary conference.

Visiting Pennsylvania’s Longwood Gardens as part of the conference , youth were able to witness the possibilities of horticulture. Behind-the-scenes tours showed the promise of green efforts by the garden to compost all plant material, as well as food and paper waste from the restaurants and to turn it back into a soil amendment to grow new plants. Sculpted topiaries, elegantly trained mums, gigantic carved pumpkins and splendid bursts of colorful plants prompted Luke Hill, Bladen County 4-H’er, to contemplate a horticultural career, saying, “I think I would like to do this.” Other conference tours included visits to the Milton Hershey School and Hershey Gardens.

Our North Carolina youth excelled in their contests and brought home an overwhelming number of honors. The winners, their awards and categories are:

Luke Hill, Grand National Award, Landscaping

Allen Monk, National Award, Production

Tyler Lannon and Michael Costa, National Awards, Team Horticultural Use Demonstration

Brittany Levine, National Award, Horticultural Use

Maegan Rizer, National Award, 4-H Demonstration

Tim Sherwood, National Award, Special 19-22 Use,
National Award, Extemporaneous Speech

Michael Costa, Grand National Award, Extemporaneous Speech

Lark Williams, National Award, Illustrated Talk

Bryan Simmons, National Award, Prepared Speech

Michael Costa, Tyler Lannon, Adam Lannon, Logan Bland, Grand National Award, Performing Arts

Adam Lannon, 8th place, Horticulture Contest, 4-H Division

Justin Simmons, First Place, Open Individual, Horticulture Contest (19-22 age)

Emily Mercer, Justin Simmons, Bryan Evans, Victoria Harman, First Place, Horticulture Contest, Open Division (19-22 age)

Kait Neeland, National Award, Photography, Slightly Edited Division

Adam Lannon, Tyler Lannon, Michael Costa, Allen Monk, First Place, Horticulture Connections

David Barkley, Alumni Horticulture Contest (75th Anniversary) 2nd Place

Larry Bass, NJHA Hall of Fame Inductee

Young America Contest (youth 14 and under):

Michael Hoxie, Grand National Award, Environmental Awareness (Ages 12-14)

Toby M. Frost, National Award, Gardening, (Ages 9 – 11)

Nazeeha Aman, Grand National Award, Gardening; National Award, Plant Propagation (Ages 9 – 14)

Rebecca Dietrich, Grand National Award, Gardening (12-14)

Nayeem Hossain, National Award, Gardening (Ages 12 – 14)

Kourtney Roberts, National Award, Gardening; National Award, Plant Propagation (Ages 12 – 14)

Posted by Natalie at 08:48 AM

Distance education course on tourism offered in spring

Dr. Samantha Rozier Rich, assistant professor and tourism Extension specialist at N.C. State University, will teach an online distance education course this Spring 2010 entitled Foundations of Tourism (PRT 595-602 – Special Topics Course). The course was developed to provide a strong foundation of tourism-related knowledge and practice among Extension field faculty and other professionals working in the tourism field and/or hoping to work in the tourism field.

The course will run seven weeks (March 12 – April 30) and will meet once-a-week, via Elluminate (Thursday evenings from 7-8:30pm). In addition to live (synchronous) online class discussions and lectures, the course will include a variety of assignments aimed at providing students with the opportunity to gain hands-on practical experience working with tourism businesses and professionals.

Additional information about the course
The goal of this course is to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the conceptual foundation of tourism by acquainting students with selected theories, methods, techniques, current issues, practices, and principles that govern tourism behavior. From this course, students will gain an understanding of the multi-faceted nature of tourism to become successful agents of positive change in the tourism industry.

The course requires students to review literature on tourism and examine ongoing debates about important issues regarding how we travel and the structures of institutions that shape our travel. By actively engaging with course readings, assignments, and discussions with the professor and classmates, students will gain a more critical understanding of the tourism system, the role of sustainable communities, its components, and how they interact.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
• Understand definitions and characteristics of tourism and typologies of tourists.
• Understand the complexity of the tourism system.
• Examine different approaches to tourist motivation, decision making, and information search.
• Realize the importance of the relationship between marketing/promotion and product planning.
• Examine the goals and challenges to sustainable tourism practices, tourism planning and development.
• Gain in-depth knowledge of the positive and negative impacts of tourism, and the need for ethical leadership.
• Demonstrate an understanding as to the importance of research in tourism.

Course Modules
This course has been divided into one orientation module and # content modules. In general, information is listed in sequential order based on the order in which students will need to access information.

• Orientation Module
• Module 1: Defining Tourism and Tourists
• Module 2: Tourism Demand, Behavior, and Motivation
• Module 3: Tourist Destination Choice – Decision Making
• Module 4: Tourism Marketing and Promotion
• Module 5: DMO’s and Destination Awareness and Image
• Module 6: Planning and Development Issues - Community Impacts
• Module 7: Tourism Research – Future of Tourism

Posted by Natalie at 08:31 AM

November 10, 2009

Hylton named Stokes County director

photo of Michael Hylton
Michael Hylton

Michael Hylton, interim director of the Cooperative Extension program in Stokes County, has been named permanent Stokes County director.

Hylton's appointment as Stokes extension director was announced by Extension Director Dr. Jon Ort and Bryan Steen, Stokes County manager. Hylton has been a member of the Stokes extension staff for seven years, serving as the county's horticulture agent before being named interim county director.

Prior to joining extension, Hylton spent nine years working for landscaping firms and a nursery. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and speech communications from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master’s degree in agricultural science from North Carolina A&T State University.

"We are very pleased to have Michael join our administrative team as Stokes County extension director," said Jim Cowden, director of extension's North Central District, which includes Stokes County.

Cowden pointed out that Hylton is a graduate of a year-long leadership training program for new county directors and extension agents who aspire to become county directors. He added that in addition to his administrative duties as county director, Hylton will have community development and horticulture education program responsibilities.

"Michael has already demonstrated that he is a valuable asset to the citizens of Stokes County. I'm confident he will provide the kind of leadership that will enable Cooperative Extension to continue to provide programs for the betterment of Stokes County," Cowden said.

Posted by Dave at 08:33 AM