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Take the Gardening Survey!

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Leyland Cypress Lamentations

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kudzu

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2024 Swain County Fair

2024 Swain County Agricultural Fair

A County Fair-style festival, complete with judging of vegetables, eggs, and flowers; agricultural demos; craft vendors; food vendors and …

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Leaves of Three, Let It Be

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Article written by: Jessica Webb, The Smoky Mountain Times editor@thesmokymountaintimes.com The first thing Minda Daughtry, the new horticulture agent for the …

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Jumping Worms

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County Extension is Here to Help

According to the 1918 home demonstration annual report, the agents and volunteers addressed the pandemic in 55 counties. A …

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