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Buncombe Extension
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Want to learn more about Buncombe County Extension Master Gardeners? Buncombe County Master Gardener Information Buncombe Master Gardener Website  Subscribe to the Blog Like the Master Gardeners on Facebook PLEASE NOTE.... EMGV Training Class 2016: N.C. Cooperative Extension, Buncombe County Center, will not be offering an Extension Master Gardener Certification class in 2016. Positive changes to update and streamline the EMGV training curriculum statewide are underway and more than likely will not be completed in time for the 2016 class deadlines. In addition, NC Cooperative Extension is implementing a strategic plan that affects budget, staffing, resources and programming on the local level, making it difficult to fully manage the many aspects and activities of our current master gardener group. It is important that we have the program support and curriculum resources needed to provide a great experience for our all of our volunteers. Please be patient as we revamp the program and make sure the class of 2017 has the best EMGV experience possible. Please call 828-255-5522 to register your name and be notified about the 2017 EMGV Certification application period.

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Do you have garden questions?  Is there a Plant or pest you cannot identify? Please come and visit or call the Master Gardener Helpline at the Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Center. If you have a particular question about a pest or plant ID question, please bring a sample when you visit. The Master Gardener Helpline and Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30 am - 3:30 pm Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. Please call 828-255-5522 or visit the helpline at the Buncombe County Center, 94 Coxe Ave., Asheville

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Canning Workshops
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Canning Workshops This Summer At the Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Center 94 Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 (828) 255-5522 Canning and Preserving Made Easy Lecture Class At the Buncombe County and Madison County Cooperative Extension Centers Canning season is here and it’s time to get prepared. You want to check your equipment to make sure it is ready for use. Buy new lids to replace the lids used last year. Check your bans and jars to see that they are in good condition. You need to check your gaskets and pressure gauges. You can call our office to set up an appointment for checking the pressure gauge. To learn more about canning or just to brush up on the newest information on food preservation from Canning to Freezing to Drying come to the Canning and Preserving Made Easy program offered two times on July 7, 2015 5:30pm – 9:00pm at the Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Center and on July 8, 2015 1pm – 4:30pm at the Madison County Cooperative Extension Center. Pre-registration is required and a $5 fee will be charged to cover costs for materials. Call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Center at (828) 255-5522 or the Madison County Cooperative Extension office at (828) 649-2411 to register or for more information. Buncombe County Hands-On Classes Putting Up Jams and Fruits!                Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 10am to 2pm Fruits are a fun food to preserve. Join us as we make a jam from a seasonal fruit and learn ways to can our high acid fruits using a water bath canner. Cost $10.   It’s Pickling Time!                                Friday, July 10, 2015 - 10am to 2pm Come learn how to make a simple dill pickle and preserve those little pickling cucumbers for the long fall and winter months. This class will also discuss how to make relishes and other pickled products. Cost $10. Canning Beans Safely!                          Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 10am to 3pm One of the most popular foods to can is beans, but it can also be one of the most riskiest to eat if not canned safely. Come, can beans together with us and learn the latest recommendations for canning your beans to use later in those wintertime casseroles. This class will cover using weighted and gauge pressure canners as well as discuss the importance of adjusting time for canning at higher altitudes. Cost $10 Putting Tomatoes By!                           Thursday, August 13, 2015- 10am to 3pm One of the best foods for learning how to can is tomatoes. In this hands-on class we cover canning tomatoes with a water bath canner and a pressure canner. Because we cover both methods of canning, this class allows you to experience both techniques. We will also discuss freezing and dehydrating tomatoes as other options for preserving them for future use. Cost $10.

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Rain Barrel
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Buncombe County Cooperative Extension has 80 gallon rain barrels available. Each barrel comes complete with fittings and installation instructions. Barrels are available for $120 + tax, cash or check only. To purchase your barrel, come to the Buncombe County Extension Office, 94 Coxe Ave., Asheville, NC 28801. To check availability call (828) 255-5522. We’ll be happy to hold your barrel for pick up. Check out the barrel on http://rainbarrelusa.com/

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Get a Second Season by Sowing Now

Our summer season is peaking and our vegetables will soon be past their prime and producing less.  NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Amy Hill shares timely tips on how to reinvigorate your MORE » – from   Gardening

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National Survey of Organic Farmers popular

Press release from the Organic Farming Research Foundation: Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Kicks Off 2015 National Survey of Organic Farmers OFRF’s 2015 National Survey of Organic Farmers will begin landing in e-mail boxes MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

A GARDENING GUIDE FOR OUR MOUNTAINS

Need an inexpensive and very useful holiday gift for a gardener, for a gift exchange, or for yourself?  Buncombe County Cooperative Extension offers this attractive and informative 30 page Guide tailored to growing MORE »

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Canning Workshops This Summer!

Canning Workshops This Summer At the Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Center 94 Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 (828) 255-5522 Canning and Preserving Made Easy Lecture Class At the Buncombe County and Madison County MORE »

Seed Drill Available for Rent

Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation District’s seed drill is available for rent through the district. Reserve your dates for spring planting! The drill can be picked up on the reserved date at MORE »

Garden Tour – June 13, 2015

2015 Garden Tour – June 13 Explore, learn and grow at the Buncombe County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Garden Tour, Saturday, June 13, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – RAIN or SHINE. Seven MORE »

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Commercial Pesticide School- Haywood CountyWed Aug 5, 2015 Today
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM— 35 minutes away
Backyard Compost DemonstrationSat Aug 8, 2015
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Where:
WNC Farmers Market, 570 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806, United States
— 3 days away
Ask-a-Gardener Plant ClinicSat Aug 8, 2015
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Where:
WNC Farmers Market, 570 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806, United States
— 3 days away
ESMMMon Aug 10, 2015
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
94 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
— 5 days away
Summer Canning Workshop: Putting Tomatoes by!Thu Aug 13, 2015
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Office
— 1 week away
Green Industry IPMFri Aug 14, 2015
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Cooperative Extension Services, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759, United States
— 1 week away
Ask-A-Gardener at North Asheville Tailgate MarketSat Aug 15, 2015
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Where:
North Asheville Tailgate Market, University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804, United States
— 1 week away
ESMMMon Aug 17, 2015
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
94 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
— 2 weeks away
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