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National Youth
Science Day 2016

Become part of the biggest youth science event in the nation! Millions of youth from across the country will participate in Drone Discovery, the 4-H National Youth Science Day 2016 Engineering Design Challenge.   We are excited to have, Swain County West Elementary School teacher, Mr. Rich Harvey, as our presenter this year. He will discuss the engineering design process in three basic steps: define, design and optimize.   October 5, 2016 3:30 pm Swain County Cooperative Extension 60 Almond School Road Bryson City For youth ages: 7-14 Limit:10 Register by September 28 Call Jennifer Hill, 4-H Agent at 488-3848 for more information.

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National Youth
Science Day 2016

Become part of the biggest youth science event in the nation! Millions of youth from across the country will participate in Drone Discovery, the 4-H National Youth Science Day 2016 Engineering Design Challenge.   We are excited to have, Swain County West Elementary School teacher, Mr. Rich Harvey, as our presenter this year. He will discuss the engineering design process in three basic steps: define, design and optimize.   October 5, 2016 3:30 pm Swain County Cooperative Extension 60 Almond School Road Bryson City For youth ages: 7-14 Limit:10 Register by September 28 Call Jennifer Hill, 4-H Agent at 488-3848 for more information.

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2016 Holiday Card Art
Contest

Enter the Swain County 4-H's 2016 Holiday Card Art Contest! Winning Artwork will be used on the 2016 Holiday Card mailed out by the Swain County Cooperative Extension Entry Rules: Artist must be age 5 to 18 and enrolled in 4-H. (Links below for new 4-Hers) Ages categories - Cloverbud: 5-8, Junior: 9-13, Teenager: 14-18 Artwork must be on a solid white sheet of unlined paper and no larger than 8 ½ x 11 and no smaller than 5 ½ x 8 ½. Paint, marker, pencil and crayon are all acceptable. Dimensional art is acceptable as long as it can be photocopied. Artwork must be submitted with the entry form and within the size parameters. Artwork must show December Holidays or a winter scene AND include an aspect of 4-H. All Artwork must be original work by the artist. By submitting art work for the contest, you and your legal guardian agree that your name age, club and school may be used on the Holiday Card and mailed out to the public. All artwork submitted becomes property of the Swain County Cooperative Extension. We reserve the right to modify the winning artwork to fit on the Holiday Card. DEADLINE: October 21, 2016: Artwork must be received by October 21, 2016 at 5pm. Entries must be mailed to the County Extension Office or dropped off during regular business hours at 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City. 2016 Swain County 4-H Holiday Card Art Contest ENTRY FORM Entry Form (docx) Entry Form (pdf) QUESTIONS and MORE: contact Jennifer Hill, 4-H Agent at: 488-3848 or jrhill9@ncsu.edu Important 4-H Forms for NEW 4-Hers – 4-H Enrollment – Medical Release – Media Release – Code of Conduct – 4-H Volunteer Application

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High Tunnels 101
Seminar

Extend your growing and marketing seasons. Protect your crops from cold, wind, rain, and certain pests and diseases. Make more money. High tunnels can help you! In this High Tunnel 101 seminar, Christina Newhouse from the Smoky Mountain High Tunnel Initiative, will share the basics of: how to get started reasons to use high tunnels types of high tunnels site selection popular and alternative crops for production soil fertility pest management operations and crop management and so much more! Possible Funding for Eligible Applicants: Learn more about the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative. The initiative is offered under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), provides available funding is for eligible applicants. FREE introductory seminar > Lunch Provided > Tour Local High Tunnel Operation. High Tunnels 101 Seminar Tuesday, October 4, 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Jackson County Cooperative Extension (room 234) 538 Scotts Creek Road, Sylva, NC For more information or to register contact Christy Bredenkamp at (828) 586-4009 or clbreden@ncsu.edu

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FREE Pesticide
Pick-up Day

Do you have pesticides at your home or farm that you no longer need or use? Then don't miss this great opportunity to get rid of your unwanted dusty old pesticides! Pesticides that will be accepted include: insecticides herbicides fungicides fumigants rodenticides growth regulators Other hazardous materials, such as paint, antifreeze, solvents, etc. will NOT be accepted at this collection day.  October 4, 2016 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Recycling Center in Bryson City (off of Old Hwy. 19) Contact Christy Bredenkamp at 488-3848 for more information For residents in Swain and Jackson Counties and the surrounding area. SPONSORED BY: The NC Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program Swain County Cooperative Extension, and Swain County Government  

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Ski Walking & Stone
Workout with Smart Eating Program

We are fortunate to have mountains to look at everyday, that provide us the opportunity to condition ourselves with their well maintained trails that climb through the mountains. We also have access to pathways in our parks, schools, developing greenways, as well as logging and gravel roads in the valleys of Jackson and Swain Counties. There is a new way to increase your exercise efforts whether you hike or walk one of these pathways and that is the use of ski walking poles. Whether you are beginning an exercise program, looking to drop a few pounds and improve your health, or you are a high level athlete seeking a new cross-training activity; ski walking offers benefits that few other activities can match! “Great cross-training, really helps upper body strength and overall fitness” - Julie Richards of Bryson City[/caption] Ski walking increase circulation, upper body strength and endurance. Get your heart pumping and increase lung capacity. Ski walking poles provide better support for your lower joints and balance on slippery surfaces and rough terrain by increasing stability. Ski walking burns more 20%-40% more calories than regular walking if done with proper technique. Ski Walking Demonstration Tuesday, September 6, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Jackson County Extension Center, Scotts Creek Road, Sylva Learn about the benefits of Ski Walking during this 2 hour demonstration. Participants will also have the opportunity to try out hiking poles and ski walking for themselves. Smokies Ski Walking & Stone Workout with Smart Eating Program Begins: Thursday, September 8, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Deep Creek Pavilion, Bryson City (Participants meet every Thursday from September 8 - November 10) Click here for complete Weekly Workout Schedule and more details.  Please contact Rob Hawk at 488-3848 or 586-4009, robert_hawk@ncsu.edu for more information and to register.

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Young Explorers 4-H Club

Swain County is very excited to announce the start up of a brand new 4-H club, the Young Explorers 4-H Club. 4-H Mom, Jessica Newton, will be acting as Club Leader and the MORE »

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Beet-iful Roots

Ruby Queen and Redpack are the most commonly grown varieties in North Carolina. Ruby Queen produces a smooth, round root with a small tap root and good color. Redpack has smooth, globe-shaped, dark-red MORE »

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Smokies Ski Walking School

We are fortunate to have mountains to look at everyday, that provide us the opportunity to condition ourselves with their well maintained trails that climb through the mountains. We also have access to pathways in our parks, schools, MORE »

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Tantalizing Turnips

Turnips are one of the oldest known root vegetables and were an important crop during the Middle Ages.  Both the Greek and Romans thought highly of turnips.  In addition to their food value, MORE »

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EVENTS View All
4-H Apple Pie WorkshopThu Sep 29, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— Tomorrow
Smokies Ski Walking & Stone Workout with Smart Eating ProgramThu Sep 29, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Deep Creek Pavilion, Bryson City
— Tomorrow
In-Step Line DancingThu Sep 29, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension (SCC Auditorium), 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— Tomorrow
SHIIP AppointmentsMon Oct 3, 2016
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM— 5 days away
High Tunnels 101 SeminarTue Oct 4, 2016
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Where:
Jackson County Cooperative Extension, 538 Scotts Creek Road, Sylva (room 234)
— 6 days away
FREE Pesticide Pick-Up DayTue Oct 4, 2016
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Where:
Recycling Center in Bryson City (off of Old Hwy. 19)
— 6 days away
Clogging Classes for All AgesTue Oct 4, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 6 days away
National Youth Science DayWed Oct 5, 2016
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 1 week away
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