Upcoming Events for Cumberland County Center
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Growing and harvesting vine ripened tomatoes is easier than you think! Which variety to plant? What fertilizer to use? How much water do they need? What is this black spot? Join us to get answers to your tomato growing questions and to learn how to grow the best tasting tomatoes ever! Advance registration is requested. There is no cost for this workshop.
Learn how to turn garden abundance into edible delights with little to no cooking heat. Candy Underwood, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension agent, will teach participants how to prepare quick, healthy, balanced meals using raw food techniques through an in-class demonstration. Advance registration is requested. There is no cost for this workshop.
What will you learn?
This webinar will discuss how longleaf landowners can balance income from pine straw harvesting while also preserving critical wildlife benefits of straw-harvested stands. Balancing the economic and environmental benefits of pine straw can be challenging to landowners and natural resource scientists alike, as maximizing one can compromise the other. Developed with input from a technical committee of wildlife and longleaf experts, the draft Best Management Guidelines (BMGs) presented in this discussion offer practical guidance to how pine straw harvesting can be integrated into a larger management system that minimizes impacts to wildlife while allowing forest owners to earn important income before thinning, and eventually transitioning to an open, fire-maintained, woodland-savanna condition that can be particularly favorable to wildlife. We will be seeking feedback and discussion on the proposed BMGs at the conclusion of the webinar.
BMGs can be accessed at: http://online.nwf.org/pinestrawbmg
Ben Larson, Forestry and Bioenergy Program Manager at National Wildlife Federation
Mark Bailey, Biologist at Conservation Southeast, Inc.
Randy Browning, Landowner
Continuing Education Credits
Society of American Foresters - 1.5 hour Category 1 Credit [approved]
The Wildlife Society - 1 hour TWS Category 1 Credit [approved]
Registration is not required. To join the webinar visit http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/pine-straw-harvesting-in-longleaf-pine-forests-best-management-guidelines-to-sustain-wildlife-resources
Trees are amazing! They cool our cities and homes, purify our air, provide shelter and food for wildlife, build our homes, our furnishings, and increase our home's value. Trees are truly marvelous resources. Join Cooperative Extension staff to learn how to plant, select, and care for trees. This workshop is free for attendees. Call Theresa Williams, Extension Horticulture, at 910.321.6870 to pre-register.
What will you learn?
Severe weather events are becoming more and more common and the costs of clean-up and service disruption can be substantial. The purpose of emergency planning is to mitigate, respond, and recover from an emergency or natural disaster in a timely manner. Incorporating tree inventories, risk assessments, and remedial and routine tree maintenance as part of your emergency management plan can help in withstanding the impacts of changes to the urban forest. How do you get organized?
Speaker: Connie Head, Consulting Urban Forester, Technical Forestry Services
Applying for continuing education credits from SAF, ISA and APA (1 hour).
Pre-registration is not required. To learn more, please visit: http://ncsu-feop.org/UFW/index
Want farm fresh eggs from your backyard? Yes, please! Join Cooperative Extension staff for a comprehensive workshop on raising backyard chickens that will include: selecting appropriate breeds, space requirements, sanitation, health management, and local ordinance regulations. Advance registration is requested. There is no cost for this workshop.
Having gardening problems? We have solutions! Learn to identify insects, diseases and the symptoms associated with them. Cooperative Extension experts provide answers to common garden problems found in our area. Advance registration is requested. There is no cost for this workshop.
Enjoy a summer vacation in your own beautiful, blooming backyard! Find out what magnificent plants can beat the heat and color your world all summer long! Join Cooperative Extension Horticulture Extension agent, Theresa Williams, for this free workshop. Call 910.321.6870 to register.
The heat is on! Maintaining a green lawn is much different in hot weather. Understanding irrigation, fertilizer and pest management practices will keep your turf alive and well during the hot summer months. Attend this workshop and learn how to keep your lawn green and weed free during the summer. Advance registration is requested. There is no cost for this workshop.
Learn the basics of waterbath canning and get started canning produce from your garden! Candy Underwood, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agent, teaches hands-on techniques for preserving high acid foods. Each participant will complete the workshop with a preserved item. Workshop fee is $10.00. All fee-based workshops require pre-registration, which includes payment prior to class.
Mother Nature can be kind to gardeners! Let her do the work for you by producing nutrient rich organic soil for your garden through Vermiculture. Those wiggly worms will turn your trash into garden gold for free! Find out how! Advance registration is requested. There is no cost for this workshop.
Come jam with us as we learn the basics of preserving jams, jellies and other fruit spreads. Candy Underwood, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension agent, teaches how to prepare fruit spreads through hands-on class techniques. Each participant will take home a canned item. Workshop fee is $10.00. All fee-based workshops require pre-registration, which includes payment prior to class.
It’s hot but not for long. Cooler weather is right around the corner. A productive fall garden requires thoughtful planning and proper cultivation practices. Join us to learn how to extend your season for a bountiful fall harvest this year. Advance registration is requested. There is no cost for this workshop.
Fear your pressure canner no more! Candy Underwood, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension agent, teaches the basics of preserving low acid foods. Each participant will leave with a canned jar of green beans. Workshop fee is $10.00. All fee-based workshops require pre-registration, which includes payment prior to class.
August 29, 2015
PLT K-8 Workshop
9am - 3:30pm
Agape Center for Environmental Education
TO REGISTER: Mir Youngquist-Thurow ACEed@agapekurebeach.org 919-552-9421 x 210
Registration Deadline: August 24, 2015
The workshop will focus on the PLT K-8 Guide. There is no charge for this workshop or the materials. Please bring a bag lunch and dress appropriately to be outside.
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an interdisciplinary environmental education program designed for educators of ANY background. The hands-on activities facilitate the exploration of topics including communication, economics, energy and fuels, geology, government, history, recycling, transportation, watersheds, wildlife, and much more! Participants will learn about the materials through direct engagement in the PLT activities throughout the workshop.
Differentiated instruction? Technology connections? Literature links? STEM? The PLT activity guide covers it all!!! The PreK-8 guide is correlated to the Common Core (math and ELA) as well as to the NC Essential Standards (science and social studies). CEU renewal credits are available. This workshop qualifies for Criteria I in the EE Certification Program. Registered Foresters can earn 3.0 CFEs in Criteria I and 3.0 CFEs in Criteria II by participating in this workshop.
There is no charge for the workshop or materials, however, pre-registration is required. Please make a personal commitment to attend to ensure there are enough materials and space for everyone. If you must cancel, please do so in a timely manner so someone else may take your place in the workshop.
Fall is a great time for planting! We prepare our homes and automobiles for cool weather but we also need to winterize our landscapes as well. Extension agents will explain pruning, feeding, planting and maintenance of your landscape and turf during this workshop. Advance registration is requested. There is no cost for this workshop.
I don’t have time to cook! I eat out because it is cheaper! Learn solutions for eating healthy in the midst of a busy schedule. Candy Underwood, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension agent, presents techniques for preparing quick and healthy meals. Advance registration is requested. There is no cost for this workshop.
For years, the grinning jack-o’-lantern has graced front porches across the South, heralding fall and Halloween. This year, Kay Bullard, will show you how to put a twist on this tradition with stylish pumpkin carving and etching. Each participant will leave with their unique pumpkin. Workshop fee is $10.00. All fee-based workshops require pre-registration, which includes payment prior to class.
Make your own soil for free! Composting is an easy and natural way to recycle organic materials. This “black gold” provides nutrients and physical health to your soil and plants. Learn the greens and browns of composting and how they work to build your soil. Advance registration is requested. There is no cost for this workshop.
Join the Cumberland County Extension Master for a demonstration workshop where you will see easy, gorgeous holiday decorations made with landscape materials such as seasonal greens. These designs will create a holiday atmosphere in your home naturally.Advance registration is requested. There is no cost for this workshop.
During the holiday season, people are buying turkeys for that big family meal. Everyone wants to find the perfect bird, but thawing and cooking it properly is even more important. Candy Underwood, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension agent, will share tips that will help you create a safe and delicious meal. Advance registration is requested. There is no cost for this workshop.