March 2013 Newsletter

— Written By Silas Brown and last updated by Donna Tulley

Topics of Interest & Dates

3/20- Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
3/22- “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” Event
3/27- Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certification Program
4/15- Pesticide Recertification Classes
4/30- Small Farms Conference
5/24- SAFF Farm Tour @ Brothers On Farms
6/6 – Evening Harvest Farmers Market Opening Day
New Cattle Chute for Clay County
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3/20- Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
There will be a fruit tree pruning workshop (hands on) held on Wednesday, March 20, 1:00 pm, at 249 Ivy Knob Lane, just outside of Hayesville, off of Old Hwy 64.  There is no fee for the workshop, but please call or email to preregister so that we can provide sufficient materials for all participants.  We will discuss pruning techniques as well as general care practices for fruit trees.  For more information or to preregister, please call the office (389-6305) or respond by email (silas_brown@ncsu.edu).
3/22- “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” Event
Local farmers’ markets will be opening in April.  Meet the farmers who are growing food for sale in Cherokee and Clay Counties.  Get answers to your questions about local foods.  Find out if the fresh foods you want are offered locally.  From vegetables to cheeses to meats – local farmers can supply you with many of your food needs.  From the farm to your table …
Farm producers who are interested in marketing their business/product are welcome.  A $5-$10 voluntary donation to SAFF is encouraged to help defray costs, but those who wish to display will need to contact Jen Stockbridge at the information below in order to reserve space.

Join the farmers of SAFF (Southern Appalachian Family Farms) for this open-house event between 3pm and 7pm, Friday, March 22, in the Family Life Center of the Little Brasstown Baptist Church.

Light refreshments will be available.  For more information about the event, contact Jen Stockbridge: zackandjen2004@yahoo.com or 828-321-2171.

3/27- Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certification Program
There will be a Beef Quality Assurance Certification program held on Wednesday, March 27, 1:00-4:00 at the Cherokee County Extension Office.  The BQA program consists of educational sessions dealing with cattle health, handling, nutrition, and transportation issues.  The certification will also help producers receive a premium for selling cattle, particularly at graded cattle sales.  Cattle buyers are continually looking to purchase cattle from producers who have received training from programs such this to ensure the high quality of animals they are seeking.
A minimum of 5 participants will be required in order to have the program.  The program was developed and is coordinated by the NC Cattlemen’s Association.  The cost of the certification is $15 for NC Cattlemen’s Association members and $40 for non-members, which will include a 1-year membership.  If you are interested, please contact the Cherokee County Extension Office at 837-2210.
4/15- Pesticide Recertification Classes

Those of you that have pesticide licenses in need of credits, the training dates and locations this year will be:

 April 15, V-Training,  1:00-3:00 Clay County Extension Office

X-Training,  3:00-5:00 Clay County Extension Office
July 22,  V-Training,  1:00-3:00 Andrews Community Building

X-Training,  3:00-5:00 Andrews Community Building
Sept 16, V-Training, 12:00-2:00. Robbinsville Extension Office

Note: We originally planned the first training in Hayesville for March 12th, but had to reschedule for April 15th.

 4/30- Small Farms Conference

Extension will hold a Small Farms Conference on Tuesday, April 30, 8:00-1:00, at Truett Baptist Camp in Hayesville.  The conference will consist of multiple breakout sessions directed towards education on Backyard Poultry, Grassfed Beef, Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Production, Agri-Tourism Opportunities For Your Farm, Raising & Selling Ornamental Plants and Organic Gardening.

The purpose of this program is to encourage participants who are interested in producing farm products for sale, or who have a small space suitable for production.  Extension’s goal is to provide you with the education and inspiration needed to help you produce and market farm products for yourself.  Sessions will include information on production practices as well as marketing products.
More information will be provided as the program is finalized.
 5/24 – SAFF Farm Tour at Brothers On Farms
SAFF (Southern Appalachian Family Farms) will be holding a farm tour, open to the public, at Brothers On Farms on Friday, May 24, 11:00-2:00.  Come by and visit with other farm producers and local citizens interested in local foods as well as tour the farm located on Caldwell Rd., off of Hwy 64 West in the Sweetwater Community.
6/6 – Evening Harvest Farmers Market Opening Day
For those of you who are not aware, Clay County has a 3rd Farmers Market that will be opening this year.  On Thursday, June 6, the Evening Harvest Farmers Market will hold it’s grand opening from 4:00pm-8:00pm on the town square.  This will give producers another outlet to market produce as well as providing consumers with an additional opportunity to find local food products.  If you are interested in marketing your product, please contact Susan Ward (389-0931 or susan@brothersonfarms.com) or Charlie Kissling (389-8931 or crkissling@frontier.com) for more information.
 
New Cattle Chute for Clay County
Clay County cattle producers now have an updated piece of equipment at their disposal.  Clay County Extension, with funding assistance from the NC Extension Foundation and Clay County Farm Bureau, has purchased a new cattle chute/head gate that is available to be used by local beef cattle farmers.  The old cattle chute, after approximately 30+ years of good use, had to be replaced and after many, many years of Extension Plant Sales, it has finally come about.  The cost for using the equipment will be $25; a $15 fee plus a $10 deposit which will be refunded upon the return of the cleaned chute.  If you’re in need of using the cattle chute, please contact the office a week or more in advance in order to reserve it.

Written By

Photo of Silas BrownSilas BrownExtension Agent, Agriculture (828) 389-6305 silas_brown@ncsu.eduClay County, North Carolina
Updated on Mar 7, 2013
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