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Extension is Planning
for Another Century of Success.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service has launched a strategic visioning initiative to evaluate the organization’s business model and chart a course through choppy economic waters. NCCES has seen recurring budget cuts of $20 million since 2000, resulting in the loss of roughly 90 positions over the past four years.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

Extension is Planning
for Another Century of Success.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service has launched a strategic visioning initiative to evaluate the organization’s business model and chart a course through choppy economic waters. NCCES has seen recurring budget cuts of $20 million since 2000, resulting in the loss of roughly 90 positions over the past four years.

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Happy 100 Years!!

Some things get better with age. We believe it’s true as we kick off the celebration for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s 100th birthday. Cooperative Extension began in 1914 with Congress signing the Smith Lever Act to bring more educational resources to rural communities. Throughout the past 100 years, the Cooperative Extension has served rural farmers by helping them overcome pests and learn ways to increase crop yields, worked with families to provide safe, healthy meals and encouraged youth to develop skills that made them better citizens. The Cooperative Extension has many stories to tell, successes to share and hopes and dreams for the future.  Here are a few of the stories and accomplishments that make us proud. The 4-H Clover - Arizona 4-H[/caption] Most people easily recognize the 4-H clover that symbolizes youth development. During the 1900s what is now called 4-H went by other various names such as boys’ and girls’ clubs, agricultural clubs, corn clubs, tomato clubs, cotton clubs and canning clubs. Did you know the first emblem was a three-leaf clover introduced in 1907? The 3 H’s stood for head, heart and hands. Over the next year few years the four-leaf clover was more commonly used and was officially adopted in 1911. Also, in 1924 the 4-H clover emblem was patented. The designated green four-leaf clover represented head, heart, hands and health. 4-H is still growing strong and is actively working to help youth be the best they can be in over 80 countries around the world. Victory garden[/caption] Did you know during WWII, Cooperative Extension played a key role in promoting the cultivation of Victory Gardens across the country? These gardens helped homeowners to have access to fresh crops and allowed more commercial crops to be provided to the GIs. The country responded by planting more than 20 million backyard and community gardens. It has been estimated that 40% of all vegetables eaten domestically were produced from these efforts by the end of the war. After WWII in the United States, the Cold War began to develop and fears of attack (atomic or otherwise) became more prevalent. Cooperative Extension helped educate people, including 4-H members, on Civil Defense plans. These efforts would stay a prominent part of programming efforts through the 1960s but had begun to fade by the 1970s. The Master Gardener program provides intense home horticulture training to individuals who then volunteer in their communities, giving lectures, creating gardens, conducting research, and many other projects. The program was started in 1972 by Washington State University and is now working in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Today, the Cooperative Extension continues this important role, serving communities and families, supporting agriculture and empowering youth to be leaders. We want to invite you to a part of this celebration. We will keep you posted throughout the year on upcoming opportunities to celebrate with us!

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Growing in the
Mountains - 2014 Series

This series features educational agriculture programs that will aid farmers and landowners in varying levels to make the most of their land in sustainable, self-reliant ways.  Here's the list of programs coming your way! All workshops are FREE. Managing Your Strawberry - Blackberry - Raspberry Patch March 24 - Swain County Cooperative Extension March 26 - Jackson County Cooperative Extension Blueberry and Grape Seminar March 31 - Swain County Cooperative Extension April 1 - Cashiers Library April 3 - Jackson County Cooperative Extension Fruit Tree Workshop April 7 - Swain County Cooperative Extension April 9 - Jackson County Cooperative Extension Gardening for Success April 14 - Swain County Cooperative Extension April 16 - Jackson County Cooperative Extension May 6 - Cashiers Library Soil Sampling for Success April 22 - Swain County Cooperative Extension April 24 - Jackson County Cooperative Extension Lawn Care Seminar May 7 - Jackson County Cooperative Extension May 8 - Swain County Cooperative Extension Contact Christy  Bredenkamp for more information: christine_bredenkamp@ncsu.edu  (828) 488-3848 or (828) 586-4009

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Need Help Choosing A
Medicare Part D Drug Plan?

SHIIP Senior Health Insurance Information Program is a consumer information division of the NC Department of Insurance that assists people with choosing a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Call 488-3848 for an appointment. Swain County Cooperative Extension 60 Almond School Rd. Bryson City, NC _________________________________________________________________________ Do You Need Help Paying for Your Medicare Prescription Medications?  If you answered yes to this question and have limited income and resources, you may qualify for 'EXTRA HELP' (the low-income subsidy) to pay your prescription drug costs. Receiving this help will not change your monthly Social Security benefits. (This program is not available to Medicaid recipients). INCOME GUIDELINES are $1,353.75 per month for an individual and $1,821.25 per month for a couple living together. Call 488-3848 for an appointment. This is a FREE community service, and we do not sell insurance. __________________ For more information: http://www.ncdoi.com/shiip/default.aspx

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Beginning Beekeepers
School to be Held in Bryson City

The Smoky Mountain Beekeepers Association will be holding a Beginning Beekeeper School from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Southwestern Community College Swain Campus on 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC. This school will be an all day event directed at first time beekeepers and will include all aspects of the fundamentals of beekeeping. Topics covered include: honey bee biology, the architecture of the modern hive, aspects of hive behavior, seasonal operations required of the beekeeper and diseases and pests that may be encountered. In addition, this course is appropriate for the experienced beekeeper as the presenters have many years of beekeeping experience and knowledge to share. Mid morning refreshments as well as lunch will be included. There will be door prizes and if our supplies hold out, a starter nuc of bees can be ordered.  Exhibits will be set up around the room to help the beginner understand what is required. Registration is $25.00 per person if paid at the door, or $20.00 if you preregister by mail prior to April 1 by sending a check to Betty Hartsell, 125 Gassaway Rd, Bryson City, NC 28713.  The school fee includes lunch and a one year membership with the Smoky Mountain Beekeepers Club.  Existing members can attend for $5.00, which covers your lunch. For more information call 828-488-1391 or email Bill Williams at: wlwilliams@frontier.com. ** Beginning Beekeepers School - 2014 Flyer (pdf) ** Smoky Mountain Beekeepers Association Brochure (pdf)

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April Mountain Gardening Chores

As April quickly approaches, the urge to be outdoors pruning and planting in and around our garden and landscape areas comes naturally to most individuals as temperatures reach Hi-Low (F) averages between 67.8-42.8 MORE »

Youth from (left to right) Will McCall, Savannah Currie, Caleb Currie, Kaylee Simmons and Travis Franklin

4-H is Cooking Up Life Skills

Cooking offers children a way to learn valuable life skills and good nutrition. During February members of the Awesome 4-H Club practiced their cooking skills by designing their own casseroles.  They used the MORE »

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A Well Stocked Pantry Makes for Better Meals

Does this scenario sound familiar? You start to prepare a dish for supper and realize that you’re missing a key ingredient. A well-stocked pantry is key for quick, healthy meals. Utilizing a wellstocked MORE »

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Happy 100 Years!

Some things get better with age. We believe it’s true as we kick off the celebration for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s 100th birthday. Cooperative Extension began in 1914 with Congress signing the MORE »

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SHIIP AppointmentsMon Apr 21, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM— 3 days away
Spring Litter SweepMon Apr 21, 2014
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Tennessee River Baptist Association, 980 Bryson Walk, Bryson City
— 3 days away
Clogging Classes for All AgesTue Apr 22, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City
— 4 days away
2014 Jackson/Swain Master Gardener Program - FULLWed Apr 23, 2014
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Jackson County Cooperative Extension Center, 538 Scotts Creek Road, Sylva
— 4 days away
In-Step Line DancingThu Apr 24, 2014
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension (SCC Auditorium), 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 6 days away
SHIIP AppointmentsMon Apr 28, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM— 1 week away
Awesome 4-H Club MeetingMon Apr 28, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City
— 1 week away
Clogging Classes for All AgesTue Apr 29, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City
— 2 weeks away
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