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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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1950-59

Currituck Extension
1950-1959

During the fabulous fifties, the nation was coming out of the second World War and soldiers had returned home to a new era of prosperity.  Technology innovations were on the rise.  Cooperative Extension work in Currituck County began to take on a broader focus as homes and farms became more diversified.  Agents leading community efforts during this decade included Elizabeth Sanderlin (Home Demonstration Agent), L.A. Powell (Agriculture Agent), Assistant County Agents Vernon Reynolds and J.E. Mewbern and Assistant Home Demonstration Agents Evelyn Creekmore, Maidred Morris and Lou Ann Alphin.  The Home Demonstration staff worked with families and 4-H Club girls while the County Agent Staff worked with farmers and 4-H Club Boys. Home demonstration work was very focused on health, maintaining economic prosperity and fostering cohesive and highly functioning communities.  Because economic prosperity was on the rise, club women took the lead in contributing to many charitable causes.  They continued to raise funds for, purchase and build community buildings adding Jarvisburg and the Shawboro Community Building in the 1950’s.  These Extension groups also worked to raise awareness of and fund research for cancer, polio, TB and promote donations for the Red Cross blood mobile. Club women purchased and donated flags, staffs and stands to all the schools in Currituck County.  They continued to offer the county-wide picnic and assisted with the opening of the County Health Department. Home Demonstration Staff taught classes on meal preparation, modern laundry methods, improving crafts for home use and sale and improving family life.  Women throughout the county began using skills taught through Extension work to supplement their family’s income and continue to improve the quality of their lives.  Efforts included farm market enterprises to craft exchanges to producing value added products like jams and preserves.  Family life throughout the county was improved through efforts promoting shared activities, mental health and even adoption.  Demonstrations highlighting home management techniques such as wood floor maintenance were conducted in homes throughout the county. The 1950’s saw Currituck’s agricultural efforts begin to shift from truck crops to corn and soybean production.  Many farmers also began to seek employment off the farm in civil service jobs in nearby areas.  Major crops and livestock in Currituck in the 1950’s included corn, soybeans, peanuts, hogs, beef cattle, peaches, berries, sweet potatoes, irish potatoes and poultry. County Agent Staff provided research based education in agriculture engineering promoting: diesel engines, grain bins, dryers and water management.  Thanks to educational efforts of Extension staff, Currituck livestock producers were recognized statewide as possessing some of the best and greenest pasture lands in this portion of the state.   Continued education in best practices of crop and livestock management utilizing farm tours throughout the county was also conducted.  Extension agents also began providing education in forest and timber management. In brief, 4-H projects in the 1950’s were entrepreneurial and promoted youth leadership.  Club girls were making and selling clothing and crafts and raising and selling poultry and eggs.  Club boys were learning tractor maintenance; raising and marketing livestock and vegetable crops; and producing and selling local honey.  Boys and girls alike benefited from programs like farm and home safety, leadership schools, rules for dating classes and recreational programs offered through 4-H.  The county had its first state 4-H long term project record winner, Fay Cox. In 2014, Currituck Extension still works with a diversity of program efforts to improve the quality of life for Currituck County citizens.  Improving farms, food and youth development are key focus areas of today’s programming.  The challenges and the landscape have certainly changed over the last 100 years, but the vision remains the same.  Cooperative Extension in Currituck still aspires to empower people to improve their lives through quality, research based information and programs.  For more information on Cooperative Extension, contact the county office at 252-232-2261, visit the website at http://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu or email the County Extension Director at cameron_lowe@ncsu.edu. The Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension extends to county residents the educational resources of NC State University and NC A&T State University.  Both universities commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.  In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.

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Currituck Extension
1970-1979

As the United States was preparing to celebrate her bicentennial in the 1970’s, Cooperative Extension in Currituck County was celebrating firsts and milestones as well.  Agents and staff serving during this decade included: Minton Small, Louise Capps, Faye Thorpe, Linda Nash, Judy Lathan, Jerry Hardesty, Sharron Sanderson, Vernon Garrett, Alice Chatman, Lenore Ferrell, Ronnie Spach, Jessica Tice, Georgia Kight, MarySue Wright-Baker, and Rodney Sawyer . The population of Currituck County in 1970 was nearly 7000 and had risen to nearly 10,000 by 1975.  There was a great deal of outmigration due to local job shortages.  About 1 in 3 Currituck County workers commuted to jobs outside the county.  Another 1 in 3 Currituck County workers were employed in agricultural jobs.  The chief source of agricultural income was from swine in the 1970’s.  During this decade, Currituck County had over 100,000 hogs.  Many of the issues identified in the 1970’s centered around limited recreational opportunities for youth, the need for additional nutrition education for low income families, and better waste management practices among farmers. Following very organized and systematic assessments of community needs, Extension staff in Currituck went to work applying research based information to meeting identified needs.  Agriculture agents promoted soil testing and better soil management to decrease the need for additional fertilizers.  Agricultural marketing education led to more “pick your own” operations and roadside produce markets. The EFNEP (Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program) was introduced to provide nutrition and financial education to low income families in Currituck County.  Energy conservation programs were implemented to teach homemakers how to minimize home energy costs and stretch household dollars.  Child development education was conducted to improve parent child relationships in this new era where families were separated for the vast majority of the day. In 1975, A.B. Coleman donated 140 acres over a 10 year, no cost lease to Currituck County 4-H for the development of a camp for young people and their families.  Thousands of Currituck County youth learned to swim, became acquainted with 4-H, found a recreational outlet and developed an appreciation for the beauty that is Currituck thanks to “Camp Coleman.”  Enrollment in and support for 4-H soared.  Donations allowed for the purchase of a 4-H bus to transport children throughout the county to the camp.  In the absence of a county recreation department, 4-H led the way in providing meaningful and healthy activities for the youth of Currituck County.  Camp Coleman offered swimming, sailing, canoeing, tennis, softball, archery, volleyball, basketball, shuffleboard, horse shoes, primitive camping, a horseback riding ring, bathhouse and pier.  As with all 4-H activities and programs, it was open to and utilized by all youth regardless of race, income or social status. Since the seventies, Camp Coleman has closed, but Currituck 4-H continues to offer summer camp activities available to all the county’s youth.  Agriculture programs still promote environmental sustainability and increased profitability.  Family and Consumer Sciences continue to help families establish healthy lifestyles and stretch financial resources. The bottom line, in 2014, Currituck Extension still works with diverse program efforts to improve the quality of life for Currituck County citizens.  The challenges and the landscape have certainly changed over the last 100 years, but the vision remains the same.  Cooperative Extension in Currituck still aspires to empower people to improve their lives through quality, research based information and programs.  For more information on Cooperative Extension, contact the county office at 252-232-2261, visit the website at http://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu or email the County Extension Director at cameron_lowe@ncsu.edu. The Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension extends to county residents the educational resources of NC State University and NC A&T State University.  Both universities commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.  In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.

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1960-69

Currituck Extension
1960-1969

The 1960’s are often referred to as a tumultuous decade.  The country was in the midst of the civil rights movement; baby boomers were coming of age and experimenting with their independence through everything from music to protests to drugs; we were exploring space, “the final frontier”; and our country was embroiled in the Vietnam War, among many other things.  Cooperative Extension in Currituck remained relevant and continued to bring the University to the people throughout the sixties (and beyond).   Agents and staff leading community efforts during this decade included: Elizabeth Sanderlin (Home Demonstration Agent), Assistant Home Agents, Kay Evans, Paulette Pace, Ann Basnight and Sherrill Taylor; L.A. Powell (Agriculture Agent), Assistant County Agent and then County Chairman, Jerry Hardesty; and Frances Morris, Extension Secretary. Agriculture, Home Demonstration and 4-H work continued to evolve with the times.  Currituck County saw their first two African American Home Demonstration clubs in 1966 in Moyock and Jarvisburg. These and other Home Demonstration Clubs fed over 1000 people during the dedication of the Wright Memorial Bridge.  Extension educational efforts and contacts helped open the North River Jam Kitchen (the first of its kind in North Carolina).  The Jam Kitchen gave homemakers that were selling their produce in roadside stands a way to minimize their losses from over-ripening.  Extension assisted with teaching packaging and production techniques which saved one market alone from losing up to 25 bushels of peaches per day.  Home demonstration work, much like today, emphasized fresh food preservation through proper canning and freezing techniques.  Homemakers were also taught chair caning, furniture refinishing, electrical appliance repair, and other skills to help stretch their dollars. Agricultural efforts turned to teaching improved marketing and production techniques.  Many of the first sophisticated irrigation systems were installed in the sixties.  Farmers were encouraged to dry and store their grains for increased profitability.  Chemical farming began to receive greater focus and education because of the shortage of farm labor.  Agricultural production schools and demonstration plots were utilized to transfer research based information.  The farmers and residents, even then, recognized the need to preserve our fragile ecosystem and the value of tourism to our economy.  As a result, Extension helped lead a “Keep Currituck Green and Clean” campaign which included planting nearly 200 watermelon red Crepe Myrtles in landscapes. Young people in the 1960’s were finding their voice and beginning to speak out.  Currituck County 4-H helped develop these skills through citizenship activities and public speaking instruction and competitions.  Youth also learned and demonstrated proper health, hygiene and nutrition techniques through the annual “Health King and Queen” contests.  In the sixties, princes and princesses were also crowned.  The sixties also saw the beginning of a long standing Currituck 4-H tradition -- the first 4-H Horse and Pony Club and 4-H Horse Show. Since the sixties, “Keep Currituck Green and Clean” has evolved into “Currituck Goes Green,”  an initiative in which Extension takes a lead role.  Horse and pony clubs are still a backbone of our county’s 4-H program.  Home Food Preservation is a key educational effort in 2014.  Farmers still benefit from Expos and demonstration plots.  The bottom line, in 2014, Currituck Extension still works with a diversity of program efforts to improve the quality of life for Currituck County citizens. The challenges and the landscape have certainly changed over the last 100 years, but the vision remains the same.  Cooperative Extension in Currituck still aspires to empower people to improve their lives through quality, research based information and programs.  For more information on Cooperative Extension, contact the county office at 252-232-2261, visit the website at http://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu or email the County Extension Director at cameron_lowe@ncsu.edu. The Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension extends to county residents the educational resources of NC State University and NC A&T State University.  Both universities commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.  In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.

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1980-89

Currituck Extension
1980-1989

When reminiscing about the 1980’s, most Americans recall big hair, MTV, sitcoms, electronics and overall materialism and the fight for the “American Dream.”   Currituck wasn’t much different.  The number of farms and farm workers began to decline.  Women were the fastest growing group entering the labor force.  Latch-key kids became a very popular occurrence in Currituck and nationwide.  Heart disease was recognized as a leading cause of death for Currituck residents.  Currituck began to see a major influx of population from southern Virginia, bringing with them expectations of additional services. Needs were as critical as ever and Cooperative Extension, armed with research and resources from NC State had the expertise and personnel to address many of these needs.  Agents and staff providing expertise during this decade included: Jerry Hardesty, Sharron Sanderson, Vernon Garrett, Alice Chatman, Lee Ferrell, Jessica Tice, Georgia Kight, Rodney Sawyer, Al Wood, MarySue Wright-Baker, Carla Chalk, Dwan Saunders (Craft), Faye Edge, Betty Mitchell, Sparkle Voliva, Sandra Conner, Kim Hines, and Kathy Pollock. Due in large part to the vital role Extension had played in the development and improvement of Currituck County, the 1980’s saw an increase and expansion of programmatic efforts as well as staff.  Through a vast system of advisors that represented every community and clientele group, needs were identified that Currituck Extension had the capacity to address.  Innovative programs were developed and implemented  to combat the needs identified and to continue to improve the quality of life in Currituck.  Extension was looked to as a leader in developing new county-wide initiatives such as establishing a centralized water system, an agribusiness council and leading legislative tours.  Extension also facilitated the establishment of the Currituck 4-H Foundation, a non profit organization to support 4-H programming efforts locally. Agricultural initiatives focused on encouraging soil sampling and use of soil reports for appropriate fertilizer use.  New alternative agriculture such as grapes, beach grass, ornamentals and aquaculture were promoted by Extension educators and began to emerge.  Scouting schools were organized to teach farmers to identify pest trends and more appropriately utilize insecticides. Family and Consumer Science initiatives responded to changing family dynamics and new health trend data.  Programs were developed for parenting education, child care provider training as well as senior adult and aging programs.  The Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education program continued to address low income families with nutrition education and strategies for stretching food dollars.  Babysitting certification was conducted to help address the lack of quality child care in Currituck (there were only 5 certified day cares in the 1980’s).  The Eat Right for Life and other nutrition programs were introduced to educate citizens on the importance of making informed nutrition decisions for long term health and wellness.  Stretching dollars and managing family finances was also a major focus. The 4-H program in Currituck rose to a position of prominence throughout the state in the 1980’s.  With the unfortunate loss of Camp Coleman, the 4-H Coastal Capers camp was developed and brought the camping experience to various communities during the summer.  In the first year, 395 campers participated.  After school programs were initiated to address the latch-key kid phenomenon.  Substance abuse, teen pregnancy prevention programs and self esteem programs were developed to give young people tools for addressing many of the pressures they faced.  An international exchange program with Costa Rica was initiated.  Programs promoting personal hygiene, personal appearance, clothing care and self esteem were conducted and culminated with the first county-wide fashion show conducted by program participants. The 80’s were no doubt a fantastic decade for Cooperative Extension.  In 2014, Currituck Extension still works with diverse program efforts to improve the quality of life for Currituck County citizens.  The challenges and the landscape have certainly changed over the last 100 years, but the vision remains the same.  Cooperative Extension in Currituck still aspires to empower people to improve their lives through quality, research based information and programs.  For more information on Cooperative Extension, contact the county office at 252-232-2261, visit the website at http://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu or email the County Extension Director at cameron_lowe@ncsu.edu. The Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension extends to county residents the educational resources of NC State University and NC A&T State University.  Both universities commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.  In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.

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Chicken Swap hosted by Currituck 4-H

Currituck County 4-H will sponsor a Chicken Swap in conjunction with the Currituck Heritage Festival on September 20, 2014. This event will take part at the Currituck Rural Center located at 184 Milburn MORE »

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Currituck Youth Visit Power Plant

On August 21, 2014 Currituck County 4-H took a field trip to the Dominion Nuclear Power Plant in Surry Virginia. Seven youth learned how the plant operates and how that one power plant MORE »

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Local Foods Newsletter

N.C. Seafood of the Month – Shrimp.  Learn how to buy shrimp and also some interesting nutrition facts in this edition of Currituck Grown – Local Foods MORE »

GIRLS Camp 2014

Girls Summer Camp Ends With a Blast

This summer ten young ladies had an opportunity to attend the 2014 Girls In Real Life Situations (G.I.R.L.S) summer camp, an exciting six week program offered to girls in grades sixth through eighth. MORE »

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Small Farms Tour of Local Foods Producers

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Seat to FeetTue Sep 2, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
NCCE Currituck County Center, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC 27917
— 3 days away
*Cancelled* Man Up 5KSat Sep 6, 2014
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC 27917
— 7 days away
Open Circuit Horse ShowSat Sep 6, 2014
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
Currituck County Rural Center, 184 Milburn Sawyer Road, Powells Point, NC 27966
— 7 days away
Albemarle Area Domestic Poultry & Rabbit ShowSat Sep 6, 2014
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Albemarle Livestock Arena, Elizabeth City, NC
— 7 days away
District Fall 4-H Leaders MeetingSun Sep 7 - Sun Sep 7, 2014 - ALL DAY Where:
Halifax County
— 1 week away
staff conferenceMon Sep 8, 2014
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Where:
conference room
— 1 week away
4-H County Council MeetingMon Sep 8, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC 27917
— 1 week away
4-H Leaders Association MeetingMon Sep 8, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC 27917
— 1 week away
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