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Happy Employee
Appreciation Day!

To the most dedicated workforce in the industry, on behalf of NC State's Extension administration team and millions of North Carolinians, we extend our sincerest gratitude, respect and admiration on Employee Appreciation Day. Extension is an organization founded on relationships, passion and trust, and it's truly amazing to see our people changing lives and promoting prosperity on a daily basis all across the state. Thank you all for you've done and continue to do! Happy Employee Appreciation Day! ~ Joe, Tom, Sheri & Mike

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Our People are our greatest Asset

Happy Employee
Appreciation Day!

To the most dedicated workforce in the industry, on behalf of NC State's Extension administration team and millions of North Carolinians, we extend our sincerest gratitude, respect and admiration on Employee Appreciation Day. Extension is an organization founded on relationships, passion and trust, and it's truly amazing to see our people changing lives and promoting prosperity on a daily basis all across the state. Thank you all for you've done and continue to do! Happy Employee Appreciation Day! ~ Joe, Tom, Sheri & Mike

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Growing in the
Mountains 2015 Series

Blueberry & Grape Seminar Learn how to establish and maintain your blueberries and grapes. This is the first in the series “Growing in the Mountains” which will cover the basic cultural needs of Blueberries and American Bunch Grapes. Learn more about site selection and preparation, proper soil conditions, fertility needs, spacing, trellising, weed control, choosing the right cultivar, pruning, training and harvesting. Finally, we will discuss the most common disease and insect problems and their possible control options. March 17, 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Jackson County Cooperative Extension 538 Scotts Creek Road, Sylva March 18, 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Swain County Cooperative Extension 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City Managing Your Strawberry-Blackberry-Raspberry Patch This is the second in the series “Growing in the Mountains” which will cover the basic cultural needs of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Learn more about site selection, the differences between erect, semi-erect and trailing caneberries, proper soil conditions, fertility needs, spacing, weed control, renovation and pruning and thinning principles.  Finally, we will discuss the most common disease and insect problems and possible control options. March 24, 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Swain County Cooperative Extension 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City March 26, 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Jackson County Cooperative Extension 538 Scotts Creek Road, Sylva Fruit Tree Workshop  Take a closer look at the basic cultural needs of apple, pear, peach and other fruit trees.  This is the third in the series “Growing in the Mountains” which will cover site selection, the differences between dwarf, semi-dwarf and seedling trees, proper soil conditions, pollination requirements, differences in cultivars, chilling requirements, fertility needs, tree spacing and general pruning principles. Finally we will discuss the most common disease and insects problems and possible control options. March 31, 2015 9:00 am - 11:00 am Jackson County Cooperative Extension 538 Scotts Creek Road, Sylva April 1, 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Swain County Cooperative Extension 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City For more information or to register: Jackson County Cooperative Extension 586-4009 Swain County Cooperative Extension 488-3848 E-mail christine_bredenkamp@ncsu.edu

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2015 Beginning
Beekeepers School

The Smoky Mountain Beekeepers Association and Swain County Cooperative Extension are hosting a Beginning Beekeepers School on March 28, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Swain County Cooperative Extension (SCC Swain Center).

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SoilSampling

Changes in Soil
Sampling Process

Changes in Soil Sampling Process We are now in the season for soil sampling and by now you may know that a “peak season soil test fee” has been implemented. This fee is $4 per soil sample from November 26 to March 31. Homeowners who plan to submit 5 samples or less, prepayment of the peak season soil fee is not necessary; an invoice will be mailed to you after samples are analyzed. Payment can be made over the phone (NCDA&CS Agronomic Division at (919) 733-2655) or by check (please include the invoice ID number on the check). Once payment is complete, you will receive an email with your soil report information. Here are the basic steps Take soil samples Fill out the soil information form. Make notes (key) to remember where samples are located. Pack soil boxes & form in a larger box for mailing. Do not include check at this time. Mail samples and form to the NCDA & CS address on the form and or box. Mail off or call in payment after you receive an invoice and wait for link for your soil test results. You may also contact Christy Bredenkamp (Swain/Jackson County Agriculture/Horticulture Agent) at (828) 488-3848 for more information.

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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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Leave the Dust at the Door popular

Most of us can relate to the never-ending tasks of cleaning the house. With the shorter days and colder nights of winter, spending more time indoors is certain. Why not get an early MORE »

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The Leopold Education Project

Increasing urbanization, growing use of electronic devices and other indirect ways of experiencing our natural environment increasingly disconnects us from the natural world, such as a farm, that sustains us daily.  LEP is a MORE »

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January is National Radon Action Month

The NC Radon Program urges residents to take action during this year’s National Radon Action Month by testing their homes for radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is invisible, odorless, MORE »

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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 »

Grandy Mountain Choose and Cut Farm - Jackson County

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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EVENTS View All
Using Creative Movement to Enhance StorytellingMon Mar 9, 2015
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
Marianna Black Library, Fryemont Street, Bryson City, NC
— 3 days away
SHIIP AppointmentsMon Mar 9, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM— 3 days away
Risk Management Options: Crop Insurance, Loans, Diversification, & Local BrandingTue Mar 10, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Southwestern Community College - Swain Campus, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 4 days away
Clogging Classes for All Ages - CANCELLED (SCC Closed)Tue Mar 10, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 4 days away
Pasture Evaluation & Utilization for Meat Goats in NCWed Mar 11, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Graham County Cooperative Extension, Robbinsville, NC
— 5 days away
Small Ruminant Integrated Gastrointestinal Parasite Control and FAMACHAWed Mar 11, 2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Graham County Extension Center, 39 South Main Street, Smith Howell Bldg., Robbinsville, NC
— 5 days away
Jackson County ECA Brunswick Stew FundraiserThu Mar 12, 2015
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Where:
First United Methodist Church, Jackson Street, Sylva, NC
— 6 days away
Appalachian Farm SchoolThu Mar 12, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
Southwestern Community College - Swain Campus, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City
— 6 days away
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