Fresh kale
Vegetables: Grow ’em, eat ’em

Wondering what to do with all those fresh veggies from your garden? North Carolina Cooperative Extension's Grow It, Eat It series provides growing tips and cooking ideas for home gardeners interested in making the most of their gardens' bounties.

Accepting the Alfred Adams Award for Economic Development from Gillian Baker, chamber of commerce president (third from right) are (left to right) Richard Boylan, area specialized agent for alternative agriculture; Paige Patterson, horticulture agent; Eddy Labus, livestock agent; Susanne Winebarger, administrative assistant; Wendy Patoprsty, natural resources agent; and Hamilton.
Watauga Extension honored for economic impact

More than 430 people were on hand earlier this week when the Cooperative Extension staff in Watauga County was honored for its contributions to economic growth in Western North Carolina.

Dr. Michael Walden is William Neal Reynolds professor of agricultural and resource economics at N.C. State University.
You Decide: What’s Behind the Productivity Slump?

Rather than being regarded as a secondary economics statistic, productivity numbers should be front and center and on everyone’s radar, says Mike Walden, as he explores the current economic mystery of lagging productivity and low growth in worker pay.

NC Choices, an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, promotes sustainable food systems through the advancement of the local, niche and pasture-based meat supply chain in North Carolina.
NC Choices presents largest niche meat event in the US

Hundreds of farmers, chefs and industry leaders will convene in Winston-Salem on Oct. 12-13 for the fourth annual Carolina Meat Conference, the largest local and pasture-based meat event in the country.

Marvin Owings with Jean Marie Saltz at the apple test orchard
Extension-trained volunteers assist local apple industry

When Jean Marie Saltz decided to take over her family’s sixth-generation apple orchard in Henderson County, she saw it as a way to provide local people with fresh local produce while allowing herself to get back to something she had loved since childhood. From Cooperative Extension's Master Pomology volunteer course, she gained the knowledge she needed to run the operation. The only problem was that her father and grandfather, who’d guided the farming operation for decades, had passed away. Who, she wondered, could she turn to for answers to all her questions about farming?