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NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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Upcoming 2015 Master
Gardener Program

Registration for the 2015 Jackson-Swain Master Gardener Program is now available. Applications need to be in our office by early January. Classes will be held at the Swain County Cooperative Extension Center (60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC) every Thursday for 11 to 13 weeks, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., beginning (tentatively) February 5.  The course fee is (approx.) $95 which includes an outstanding manual along with weekly handouts (formatted on a CD). As a class participant you will receive 40 hours of training in subjects including: bulbs, vegetables, fruits, herbs, berries, pruning, grafting, native plants, organic gardening, disease and much more!  After successfully completing your training, take home exam, and returning a like number of hours in volunteer service you will be certified as a Master Gardener! In 2012, Master Gardener volunteers reached over 2,958 individuals, contributing over 1,409 hours of service valued at over $30,096. In addition, over $4,798 was donated via travel miles. _______ For an application (link below) and more information about the 2015 Master Gardener Program, contact Christy Bredenkamp at christine_bredenkamp@ncsu.edu or call your local Cooperative Extension Center at 586-4009 or 488-3848.  You can also learn more about this program at www.ncstategardening.org APPLICATION - 2015 Jackson-Swain Master Gardener Program (doc) Jackson-Swain Master Gardener Brochure

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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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Swain County
Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration

LIKE Swain County Cooperative Extension on Facebook for the latest news. September 16 - Centennial Celebration Photos WOW, what a great evening! A huge thanks to all those who celebrated with us . . . you're what makes Cooperative Extension so special!! Click on picture collage to see more . . . History Wall Photos (Click pictures to see more) Family Consumer Science Agriculture and Livestock 4-H and Youth 100 Years 100 Stories In celebrating the rich history of Cooperative Extension in our county, we want to hear from YOU . . . YOUR stories of farming and agriculture; 4-H clubs, camps and activities; home demonstration clubs; food preservation; and how Cooperative Extension has helped YOU.  100 Reasons to Celebrate Join us on September 16 for more reasons to celebrate! Tomato sandwiches and refreshments; birthday cake; clogging and live music; various booths (County Agent, Smoky Mountain Beekeepers, Master Gardeners, SHIIP, 4-H); History Wall, Extension photo album and slide show, give-aways, crafts for kids, Extension information galore! Swain County Cooperative Extension is . . . What is Cooperative Extension? The often asked question, can be answered a lot of different ways. Cooperative Extension is: Farming, Agriculture, Livestock, Education, 4-H, Family, Community, Nutrition, The County Agent, Working Together, Local Foods, Horticulture . . . check it out in pictures! Cooperative Extension's 100 Years in the News NC Field and Family - N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Through the Years NC Field and Family - NC Cooperative Extension Service Celebrates a Century SC’s Lever Pioneered Extension Service Will Extension get another 100 years? ECA 100th Anniversary (YouTube Video)

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100 Years 100
Stories

Do YOU have a story to tell? Swain County has a lot of stories, some that's been told and some that's hasn't. In celebrating the rich history of Cooperative Extension in our county, we want to hear from YOU . . . YOUR stories of farming and agriculture; 4-H clubs, camps and activities; home demonstration clubs; food preservation; and how Cooperative Extension has helped YOU.  Our goal is to collect, share and archive these stories. They will also be displayed at our 100 year Celebration on September 16. YOU are what makes Cooperative Extension what it is today. Click link below to share your story. We look forward to hearing from you!   CLICK HERE to: Share YOUR Story  Mark your calendars for Swain County Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration!

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Children & Nature: Get Outside!

Winter is a beautiful time to explore outside. The book “Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv speaks to the fact that children in today’s society have become disconnected from the natural MORE »

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Did Someone Say Chocolate?

With the holidays approaching, what brings more Christmas cheer than making festive candy, especially candy that requires chocolate. If you are thinking that chocolate makes most things taste better, then please continue reading MORE »

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Selection & Care of Christmas Trees

Celebrating the Holiday Season with a real Christmas tree is a long-standing tradition. Each year, 25 to 30 million American families celebrate the holidays with a fresh, farm-grown Christmas Tree.  Here in Western North MORE »

Local photographer, Larry Klug, recently taught a photography class at the Swain County
Senior Center. (Left to Right) First Row: Laverne Crawford, Mary Hintz, Charlie King, Gail
Barker, Dee Decker and Larry Klug. Second Row: Jeanette Frady, Essie Wiggins. Standing:
Pete Gibson, Wanda Cole, Galena Alison. Seated on Couch: Willie Mae Gunter.

Keep Busy at the Swain County Senior Center

Senior citizens are among the fastest growing group of our population. People often think that once someone reaches retirement they become sedentary. In contrast, many elders are involved in community events, volunteer programs and MORE »

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Swain County 4-H Update    

Swain County 4-H has been busy with various programming opportunities for youth in Swain County. Though we have been without a 4-H Agent since April, Swain County 4-H is still alive and well! With MORE »

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Join the NC 10 Percent Campaign 

It’s not too late to join the NC 10% Campaign! The NC 10% Campaign is statewide initiative led by the Center for Sustainable Farming Systems and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension promoting locally MORE »

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Outdoor Adventurers 4-H Club

GREAT ADVENTURES OUTDOORS! Do you enjoy the outdoors? Then consider joining the Outdoor Adventurer’s 4-H Club. Club members can look forward to a ton of outdoor fun, from eco art, hiking, fishing, photography, MORE »

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Stay Cool and Drink Water

Whether it’s working in the garden, mowing the grass or washing the car, we spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer. When you’re outside in the heat, it’s important to avoid MORE »

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Clogging Classes for All AgesTue Dec 23, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 2 days away
Clogging Classes for All AgesTue Dec 30, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 1 week away
SHIIP AppointmentsMon Jan 5, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM— 2 weeks away
Clogging Classes for All AgesTue Jan 6, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 2 weeks away
In-Step Line DancingThu Jan 8, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension (SCC Auditorium), 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 3 weeks away
Smoky Mountain Beekeepers Association MeetingThu Jan 8, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City
— 3 weeks away
Outdoor Adventures 4-H ClubFri Jan 9, 2015
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Where:
Mountain Discovery Charter School, Jenkins Branch Road, Bryson City, NC
— 3 weeks away
Outdoor Adventures 4-H ClubFri Jan 9, 2015
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Mountain Discovery Charter School, Jenkins Branch Road, Bryson City, NC
— 3 weeks away
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