Report of 2022 Accomplishments
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For N.C. Cooperative Extension in Currituck, 2022 was marked by an increase to both the number of classes offered to the public and the attendance and depth of participation in all educational opportunities. Overall, 377 classes were offered to Currituck citizens and visitors. The overall economic impact of Extension work in Currituck County for 2022 was over $1.3 million. N.C. Cooperative Extension of Currituck County volunteers donated 4574 hours over the course of the year.
22 youth participated in the 4-H presentations program including 9 first time presenters. 15 went on to present at the state level. One earned a spot on the NC 4-H Horse Communications team and went on to win 3 national level contests.
One Currituck 4-Her was inducted into the NC 4-H Honor Club – the highest achievement level afforded to NC 4-H members.
Youth in the Community Service and Restitution Program expanded and maintained the community and teaching garden and donated over 600 pounds of fresh vegetables to local organizations.
Three Currituck youth earned a spot on the NC Shootings Sports team to compete nationally in 2023.
Two new 4-H clubs were formed in 2022 and 9 new adult volunteers were certified.
The new program, “Night Out with Extension” was launched in collaboration with the agriculture department. This initiative takes farm to fork education out into the community and reached 22 clients new to Extension programs.
Ten food service workers were trained and Servsafe Certified in safe food handling practices thereby reducing the risk of foodborne illness in their establishments.
75 citizens attended food preservation classes learning safe food handling, reducing food waste, stretching their food dollars and extending their access to locally grown produce.
More than 252 counseling appointments were conducted with Medicare beneficiaries saving these clients over $78,000 in prescription drug costs.
Seventeen new Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers were certified and immediately began volunteering in Extension outreach and community projects.
As a result of Extension demonstrations and classes, 37 new wildflower plots have been established throughout Currituck County increasing available pollinator habitat.
Corn variety trials conducted by Extension resulted in an average increase in production of 7.4 bushels per acre or $45 per acre increased profit for area farmers.
The agriculture department offered 109 educational programs and conducted 385 home and field visits to provide hands-on education to homeowners and farmers in 2022.
N.C. Cooperative Extension of Currituck County and partners raised $18,689 to support the Currituck 4-H Backpacks for Kids weekend feeding program. 110 children were served over 21,000 meals throughout 2022.
Community-wide events planned by N.C. Cooperative Extension of Currituck County such as the Currituck Farm Festival, the Currituck Home Flower and Garden Show and the Currituck Holiday Tree Lighting broke attendance records and reached thousands.