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Spring Programs:
Cattle, Conservation, & Customer Service

Qualla-T Customer Service Training February 15, 2016 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Jackson County Cooperative Extension Snow date: March 14th Learn how to build & maintain a positive visitor friendly business atmosphere & community. Review the "Code of the West." Arbor Day Celebration* April 1, 2016 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (drop-in) Jackson County Cooperative Extension April 8, 2016 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (drop-in) Swain County Cooperative Extension * Free Spruce Seedlings Available to Public Earth Day Celebration* April 22, 2016 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (drop-in) Jackson County Cooperative Extension April 29, 2016 9:00 am - Noon (drop-in) Swain County Cooperative Extension * Free Spruce Seedlings Available to Public Cattle Events Jackson-Macon-Swain Cattlemen's Association February 9, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Jackson County Cooperative Extension March 8, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Macon County Fairgrounds April 12, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Jackson County Cooperative Extension ~   ~   ~ Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Location and Date TBA Jackson-Macon-Swain Pasture Field Day April 23, 2016 9:00 am - Noon (with Lunch) Jackson County - Location TBA For more information, contact Robert Hawk, Extension Director at: robert_hawk@ncsu.edu or call 586-4009 (Sylva) or 488-3848 (Bryson City)

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Spring Programs:
Cattle, Conservation, & Customer Service

Qualla-T Customer Service Training February 15, 2016 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Jackson County Cooperative Extension Snow date: March 14th Learn how to build & maintain a positive visitor friendly business atmosphere & community. Review the "Code of the West." Arbor Day Celebration* April 1, 2016 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (drop-in) Jackson County Cooperative Extension April 8, 2016 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (drop-in) Swain County Cooperative Extension * Free Spruce Seedlings Available to Public Earth Day Celebration* April 22, 2016 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (drop-in) Jackson County Cooperative Extension April 29, 2016 9:00 am - Noon (drop-in) Swain County Cooperative Extension * Free Spruce Seedlings Available to Public Cattle Events Jackson-Macon-Swain Cattlemen's Association February 9, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Jackson County Cooperative Extension March 8, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Macon County Fairgrounds April 12, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Jackson County Cooperative Extension ~   ~   ~ Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Location and Date TBA Jackson-Macon-Swain Pasture Field Day April 23, 2016 9:00 am - Noon (with Lunch) Jackson County - Location TBA For more information, contact Robert Hawk, Extension Director at: robert_hawk@ncsu.edu or call 586-4009 (Sylva) or 488-3848 (Bryson City)

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Upcoming Leopold
Education Workshops in March

LEP Educators Workshop is for School Teachers, Camp Counselors, Extension Agents, Environmental Educators and anyone who wants to educate the next generation about conservation steward-ship and land ethics. The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary conservation ethics curriculum targeted for grades 6-12. The goal of the program is to create an ecologically literate citizenry. The LEP increases student’s awareness of the land, informs them of how to make responsible choices for our planet, while simultaneously teaching important social, collaborative and critical thinking skills.   The LEP is unique in that it uses a classic environmental literary work, Aldo Leopold’s “A Sand County Almanac". The Land Ethic Published in 1949 as the finale to A Sand County Almanac, Leopold’s ‘Land Ethic’ defined a new relationship between people and nature and set the stage for the modern conservation movement. Leopold understood that ethics direct individuals to cooperate with each other for the mutual benefit of all. One of his philosophical achievements was the idea that this 'community’ should be enlarged to include non-human elements such as soils, waters, plants, and animals, “or collectively: the land.” “That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.” This recognition, according to Leopold, implies individuals play an important role in protecting and preserving the health of this expanded definition of a community. "A land ethic, then, reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of land.” Central to Leopold’s philosophy is the assertion to “quit thinking about decent land use as solely an economic problem.” While recognizing the influence economics have on decisions, Leopold understood that ultimately, our economic well being could not be separated from the well being of our environment. Therefore, he believed it was critical that people have a close personal connection to the land. “We can be ethical only in relation to something we can see, feel, understand, love, or otherwise have faith in.” Workshop 1 @  Swain County Cooperative Extension: March 22, 2016 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Swain County Cooperative Extension 60 Almond School Road Bryson City, NC Registration Deadline: March 11, 2016 Cost: $20 Call 488-3848 for more information March 22, 2016 LEP Registration Form (pdf) Workshop 2 @ Montreat College: March 29 & April 4, 2016 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Montreat College -(McAlister Gym) 310 Gaither Circle Montreat, NC  Registration Deadline: March 18, 2016 Cost: $20 Call 586-4009 for more information March 29 & April 4, 2016 LEP Registration Form  (pdf) _____________________________________________________________________________ Learn more about Leopold Education Project, go to: www.lep.org     www.aldoleopold.org Contact Robert Hawk, Extension Director for Swain and Jackson Counties, at: robert_hawk@ncsu.edu

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2016 Beginner
Beekeepers School

The Smoky Mountain Beekeepers Association is hosting a Beginner Beekeepers School for area residents interested in learning more about beekeeping.  May 12, 2016 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.) Swain County Cooperative Extension (SCC Building) 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC Topics Include:  The Biology of the Bee The HoneyBee Colony & Their Annual Life Cycle The Langstroth Hive Locating and Setting Up the Bee Yard A Look at Bee Management in a Calendar Year Installing Your First Bees (Nuc, Package, Swarm) Working with Bees - Protective Clothing Feeding and Feeders Swarming & Queen Management Pests and Diseases Cost (covers lunch, hand-outs & SMBA Membership): Pre-registration - $20 per person and $5 for each additional family member Pay at the door - $25 per person and $5 for each additional family member Current SMBA Members - $5 Registration Information: Contact: Bill Williams (828) 488-1391 wlwilliams@frontier.com   Make check payable to: Smoky Mountain Beekeepers Association   Mail Check to: SMBA Attn: Betty Jean Hartsell 125 Gassaway Rd. Bryson City, NC 28713   Contact Christy Bredenkamp at 488-3848 for more information.

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2016 Jackson - Swain
Master Gardener Program

The NC Cooperative Extension Service is now taking applications for participation in the 2016 Jackson - Swain Master Gardener Program. Class Information Location: Swain County Cooperative Extension (60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC) When: Every Wednesday for 10 to 11 weeks Time: 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m Begin Date: February 17, 2016 (tentative) Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 Course Fee: $100 (includes an outstanding manual along with weekly handouts - formatted on a CD) Upon receipt and review of your application, look for an acceptance letter with more details. As a class participant you will receive 35-40 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 2015, Swain & Jackson Master Gardener volunteers reached over 2,012 individuals, contributing over 818 hours of service valued at over $18,111. In addition, over $1,643 was donated via travel miles. For an application (below) and more information on this wonderful program contact your Cooperative Extension Office: Swain County: (828) 488-3848 Jackson County: (828) 586-4009 You can also learn more about this program at http://www.ncstategardening.org/extension_master_gardener 2016 Master Gardener Application (.docx) 2016 Master Gardener Application (.pdf)

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Swain County Farmers
Market

Are you involved in any activities such as gardening, farming, growing flowers and other woody ornamentals, or beekeeping (Honey)? If you answered yes to any of these endeavors and would like to sell the “fruits of your labor” then, set-up a booth and join us! Potential vendors must agree to Farmers Market policies and submit an application prior to any sales. Please contact Christy Bredenkamp for an application and/or more information: Swain County Cooperative ExtensionChristy BredenkampPO Box 2329Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 488-3848 Policies of the Swain County Farmers Market (pdf) LIKE on Facebook - Swain County Farmers Market _________________________________________________________________________ Sellers must reside and produce the items they sell within Swain and adjacent counties (Graham, EBCI, Jackson, Macon and Clay). Sellers must be the original producer (or family member) of all items being sold.  No buying and reselling of produce or other products are allowed.  

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Cooking with a Cast Iron Skillet

This long lasting cookware is the staple of many southern cooks.  Fried chicken or potatoes, sausage gravy or cornbread made in a cast iron skillet are some of the best dishes you will MORE »

Radon

Time for Radon Testing

As the turning of the seasons brings colder weather to North Carolina, and families close windows to keep warm, it is an excellent time to make plans for radon testing in your home. MORE »

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4-H December Events and More!

Swain 4-H would like to thank all of the participants of our 1st annual Holiday Card Art Contest. We had some really great submissions with Alden Thomas, age 8 and Jasmine Robertson, age MORE »

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SHIIP AppointmentsMon Feb 15, 2016
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM— 2 days away
4-H Rain Catchers Club Meeting - moved to Feb. 16Mon Feb 15, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 2 days away
Annual Winter Christmas Tree SeminarMon Feb 15, 2016
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center, 355 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers, NC
— 2 days away
Qualla T Customer Service TrainingMon Feb 15, 2016
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
US Cooperative Extension Services, Scotts Creek Road, Sylva
— 2 days away
4-H Rain Catchers Club MeetingTue Feb 16, 2016
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 3 days away
Clogging Classes for All AgesTue Feb 16, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 3 days away
West Swain 4-H ClubThu Feb 18, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City
— 5 days away
In-Step Line DancingThu Feb 18, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension (SCC Auditorium), 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 5 days away
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