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Soil 101: Introduction
to Soil – Online!

Understanding soil is a basic skill needed by anyone interested in agriculture, environmental science, gardening, natural resource management, and water quality. Traditionally, to gain that skill, a person has had to pay college tuition and spend long hours in a classroom. Now, with the power of the internet at your fingertips, the NC Cooperative Extension Service is bringing a first class Introduction to Soil education to your office, dining room table, or local coffee shop. Learn more about this open online course at http://go.ncsu.edu/introduction-to-soil

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Gardening Interests

Help the Chatham Extension Center prioritize classes and programs for community and residential horticulture by telling us about your gardening interests and challenges. If you live or garden in Chatham County and would like to learn more about gardening, please take a few minutes to complete this short online survey: http://harvest.cals.ncsu.edu/surveybuilder/form.cfm?testID=24290 The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete. It asks questions about the following: which gardening topics interest you how you would like to learn about these topics your current gardening challenges important issues facing Chatham County that could be addressed through gardening education Your feedback will help determine what type of classes and learning opportunities are offered in the coming year. All responses are anonymous and you may opt out of any questions you prefer not to answer. Please share this link with family, friends, neighbors, and others who live or garden in Chatham County.

NCSU Floriculture InfoSearch screen


Floriculture InfoSearch is a powerful, but focused search engine designed to bring you floriculture information from the scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites, NC State University, and the American Floral Endowment Floriculture Archive (repository of literature dating back to the 1800s). Use this search engine for all of your floriculture questions. http://floricultureinfosearch.ces.ncsu.edu/

Fruits and vegetable produce stand

InfoSearches Provide Answers!

Looking for answers to fruit, vegetable, weed or floriculture questions? The NC State University Department of Horticulture invites you to try their powerful, but focused search engines designed to provide answers from the scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites and NC State University, and archive (repository of literature dating back to the 1800s).  Use these search engines for all of your fruit, vegetable, weed and floriculture questions. Floriculture InfoSearch Fruit InfoSearch Vegetable InfoSearch Weed InfoSearch

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August Events with Chatham County 4-H

    Chatham County 4-H August 2014 Calendar July 30 – Aug 1 – Greensboro District Junior Day Show (Greensboro Dairy Barn) July 30 – Aug 3 – Southern Region 4-H Horse Show (Raleigh) MORE »


Extend Your Summer Garden Into Fall popular

Gardeners in the NC piedmont and coastal plain can extend their summer vegetable gardens into fall by making a second planting of quick maturing warm season crops between mid July and early August. MORE »

Red Russian Kale

How To Grow Kale From Seed popular

I may not be holding true to my southern roots to admit it, but I greatly prefer kale to collards. In fact, kale is my favorite cool season vegetable. And what’s not to MORE »

Wilted shrub.

Helping Your Yard Survive Drought popular

Spotty showers have brought much needed rain to some gardens in the Piedmont but not enough for most. Many areas are several inches below normal rainfall amounts for this time of year, leaving MORE »

Where are all the butterflies? popular

Today I saw my first eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly of the year in my pollinator garden in Pittsboro, and it’s mid-July! Last week I saw my first black swallowtail. Earlier in the spring I MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

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July Events with Chatham County 4-H popular

    Chatham County 4-H July 2014 Calendar July 3 – NCACC 4-H YouthSummit applications due online to Sarah Kotzian July 4 – OFFICE CLOSED in observance of Independence Day July 7-10 – Science MORE »

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High Tunnel WorkshopMon Aug 11, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 2 weeks away
Pollinator Garden TourWed Aug 13, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 2 weeks away
Pollinator Garden TourWed Sep 10, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 1 month away
Pollinator Garden TourWed Oct 8, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 2 months away
Project Learning Tree PreK-8 WorkshopTue Nov 11, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
2832 Big Woods Road Chapel Hill, NC 27514
— 3 months away
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