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Munsell color book being used to determine the hue, value and chroma of a soil.

Soil 101: Introduction
to Soil – Online!

Understanding soil is a basic skill needed by anyone interested in agriculture, environmental science, gardening, natural resource management, and water quality. Traditionally, to gain that skill, a person has had to pay college tuition and spend long hours in a classroom. Now, with the power of the internet at your fingertips, the NC Cooperative Extension Service is bringing a first class Introduction to Soil education to your office, dining room table, or local coffee shop. Learn more about this open online course at http://go.ncsu.edu/introduction-to-soil

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Munsell color book being used to determine the hue, value and chroma of a soil.

Soil 101: Introduction
to Soil – Online!

Understanding soil is a basic skill needed by anyone interested in agriculture, environmental science, gardening, natural resource management, and water quality. Traditionally, to gain that skill, a person has had to pay college tuition and spend long hours in a classroom. Now, with the power of the internet at your fingertips, the NC Cooperative Extension Service is bringing a first class Introduction to Soil education to your office, dining room table, or local coffee shop. Learn more about this open online course at http://go.ncsu.edu/introduction-to-soil

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Rain Barrel
Availability

Has the gardener in the family been coveting a rain barrel? Buncombe County Cooperative Extension has 80 gallon rain barrels available. Each barrel comes complete with fittings and installation instructions. Barrels are available for $110 + 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 Rain Barrel USA.

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Fruits and vegetable produce stand

Horticulture
InfoSearches Provide Answers!

Looking for answers to fruit, vegetable, weed or floriculture questions? The NC State University Department of Horticulture invites you to try their powerful, but focused search engines designed to provide answers from the scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites and NC State University, and archive (repository of literature dating back to the 1800s).  Use these search engines for all of your fruit, vegetable, weed and floriculture questions. Floriculture InfoSearch Fruit InfoSearch Vegetable InfoSearch Weed InfoSearch

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Plant Sciences Initiative Study Report

Plant Sciences
Initiative

Plant sciences initiative could spark NC economic growth, study finds A new economic study, released Jan. 12, shows that North Carolina has an opportunity to be the global hub for advanced plant sciences research and for the application of that research to expanding agricultural productivity. One page summary of the Initiative  View the Report

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Food Processing and Manufacturing Initiative

Food Processing and
Manufacturing Initiative

NC food processing and manufacturing initiative feasiblity study released The agricultural resources, industrial capacity and research innovation assets present in North Carolina create opportunities to catalyze development of value-added food processing and manufacturing businesses, according to a joint NC State-NCDA&CS economic feasibity study released Jan. 12. One page summary of the Initiative View the Full Report

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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 »

Writing a Business Plan for Your Farm

Learn the basics of business planning for your farm operation in this two-hour workshop. We will discuss what makes up a business plan and how to create one that is an effective farm tool. MORE »

2014 Food Preservation and Hands-On Classes

All canning classes will be taught by Cathy Hohenstein, Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences. Please call the Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Center to register for any of these classes. 828-255-5522 2014 Food MORE »

Buncombe County Strawberry Producers

Local farms where you can purchase strawberries. Some are U-Pick, some are farm stand so please call the individual farm for more information on days and times of operation. Buncombe County Strawberry MORE »

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EVENTS View All
Commercial pesticide Exam- Exam onlyMon Mar 2, 2015 Today
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Buncombe County Center, NC Cooperative Extension 94 Coxe Avenue Asheville NC 28801
— 2 hours away
Pesticide Class MakeupMon Mar 2, 2015 Today
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 7 hours away
ESMMWed Mar 4, 2015
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Where:
Healthy Living Pantry 201 Beverdam Rd. Asheville NC 28804
— 2 days away
Blueberry Pruning WorkshopWed Mar 11, 2015
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Cloud 9 Farm, 137 Bob Barnwell Road, Fletcher, NC 28732, United States
— 1 week away
ESMMWed Mar 11, 2015
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Where:
Healthy Living Pantry 201 Beverdam Rd. Asheville NC 28804
— 1 week away
ESMMWed Mar 18, 2015
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Where:
Healthy Living Pantry 201 Beverdam Rd. Asheville NC 28804
— 2 weeks away
Southern Foresters' Climate Observations: State Comparisons and Spatial TrendsThu Mar 19, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where:
http://forestrywebinars.net
— 2 weeks away
Pruning WorkshopFri Mar 20, 2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Where:
The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806, United States
— 3 weeks away
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