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Faces of Agriculture

Ninety-eight percent of farms are family farms. Here are just a few of the family farms operating in the Albemarle Region of Northeast North Carolina. Cooperative Extension assists these and others with research-based information you can trust. http://youtu.be/Ot_XyGZ6EQI

NC Cooperative Extension Service

Faces of Agriculture

Ninety-eight percent of farms are family farms. Here are just a few of the family farms operating in the Albemarle Region of Northeast North Carolina. Cooperative Extension assists these and others with research-based information you can trust. http://youtu.be/Ot_XyGZ6EQI


January 2015

What does Currituck Extension DO anyway? Watch the video to find out!

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Home Orchards -
Winter Chores

You may not be thinking about those fresh peaches and plums, but preparations made now can ensure a bountiful and quality harvest later.  If you have fruit trees, mid-winter is the time to begin preparing to perform two important chores in your home orchard. Now is the time to plan and prepare to prune and apply dormant oil to fruit trees while they are still in dormancy. Pruning: Pruning and training fruit trees is one of the most important chores that needs to be performed to ensure the health and life of the tree, as well as the fruit quality.  Most fruit trees need some pruning and training – even from the first year they are planted.  A good time to prune home orchards in northeast North Carolina would be around mid-February to early March, after most of the severe cold weather has passed. The trees will still be dormant and the possibility of any cold damage occurring to fresh pruning cuts will not be a concern. Tools for pruning should include lopping shears, hand pruners and a pruning saw. They should be sharp to make clean pruning cuts.  As pruning and methods of training fruit trees species can be different, the Cooperative Extension Guide is a vital resource, go.ncsu.edu/pruning-fruit-trees Application of Dormant Oil: Dormant oil may be one of the most important sprays applied to fruit trees.  All fruit trees may not require the application of dormant oil, but it is a good practice and benefit for the home orchard.  Although classified as an insecticide dormant oil, a refined petroleum product, has been used for over a century in commercial orchards and is one of the least toxic sprays a homeowner will use.  When applied, dormant oil acts by coating over-wintering insects, mainly mites and scale hiding in the cracks and crevices of bark, with a suffocating layer of oil.  This oil spray will suppress, but not totally control these insects. Most likely, along with other insects, you may need to apply other controls later in the growing season. As with pruning, dormant oil sprays should be applied around late February to early March while the trees are dormant and the buds have not swelled.  The dormant spray should thoroughly cover the entire tree and be applied when the temperatures are above freezing (40-45°F) for at least period of 24 hours.  This should be done preferably when there is no possibility of rain.  Dormant oils are readily available at garden centers.  One should follow all label directions for the product being used. If you need more information on the care of a home orchard, please contact the Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension, 232-2262.


Currituck County
Earns 2014 Jones Award

Currituck County is one of five local governments nationwide to receive a 2014 Walter B. Jones Memorial Award for Excellence in Coastal Ocean Resource Management. These awards are given every two years by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) This award was in response to the Currituck Goes Green initiative, established in 2009 as a partnership that includes NC Cooperative Extension, North Carolina Sea Grant, North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, North Carolina Coastal Federation, the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute and members of the community. The initiative has hosted water quality fairs, rain garden and wetlands restoration demonstrations, and workshops with topics including rain barrels, wildlife gardens and green development Please click on the following link, http://www.co.currituck.nc.us/news-home-ten.cfm, for more information about this prestigious award.

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“Volunteer 4

The Currituck Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development program has a goal of engaging more of the county’s youth population in life skill development over the next three years. To reach this goal, 4-H is seeking caring volunteers to join us in supporting Currituck’s 4-H youth. 4-H is the largest youth development program in the state, with a long history of providing enjoyable and meaningful educational opportunities that can become the foundation for a lifetime of success. Across the state, 4-H programs provide young people with opportunities to explore new interests, gain new knowledge, enhance their expertise and discover their passion while teaching valuable life skills that prepare them for the future. Available to young people between ages 5 and 19, 4-H programs offer real-world learning experiences and leadership opportunities that enhance a young person’s educational success and inspire community engagement. With more than 240,000 4-H members across the state, none of this would be possible without the help of volunteers who have a passion for educating and encouraging today’s youth. These volunteers are the core of a successful 4-H model; they provide guidance for 4-H members and serve as positive adult role models for the youth with whom they interact. These same volunteers help 4-H members learn critical life skills and direct youth toward a future as engaged and contributing members of our state. Helping build leadership potential in our young people is a win for all. Expected to launch in early January, the Currituck 4-H campaign, “Volunteer 4 Youth” has the goals of informing citizens about the ways adults can volunteer with 4-H and recruiting 100 new volunteers by the end of the year. Key components of the campaign efforts include: recruitment videos, open house for citizens, social media ads, news articles and radio spots. Businesses who would like to support this campaign should contact the local 4-H Agent. Keep an eye out for campaign materials coming to your community, and don’t hesitate to get involved yourself! For more information about becoming a volunteer or Currituck 4-H in general, visit http://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu.

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Private Applicators Re-Certification Training Class

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Medicare Update Class

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SBI Camp 2013

Science.Biotechnology.Investigate Camp

The Northeast District 4-H Agents will be holding S.B.I Camp (Science.Biotechnology. Investigate) on July 7-9, 2015 at NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount. The S.B.I. Camp is open to all rising 6th through MORE »

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NENC Daffodil Show

The 8th Annual Northeast North Carolina Daffodil Show Co-Sponsored by North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center and the Master Gardener Volunteers of Currituck County will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 MORE »

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Craft Show

Registration for the 2015 Northeastern North Carolina Craft Workshop begins on February 7th, 2015 and will be accepted on a “first come-first served” basis until the April 2nd, 2015 deadline. Registration forms and MORE »

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