AG Newsletter-October 2014
Southern Appalachian Family Farms presents the Far West Livestock Tour from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, November 8. There will be educational demonstrations by local farmers and fiber producers instructing on how to raise and care for small livestock. The public is invited to attend at no charge. The self-guided tour will start at Misty Ridge Farm, 475 Rivercane Road, Brasstown, NC. Michael Davis will feature his goat herd and Woody Ham from Two Crows Alpacas will be discussing Alpaca fiber production. The tour continues by caravan to Jenny Miller’s Mountain Naturals Farm and sheep herd and will talk about the use of fibers. Next, A Touch of Heaven Alpacas will demonstrate spinning fiber. Complimentary lunch will be served at High Mountain Meadows Creamery at 486 Double Knobs Drive, Hayesville at 12:30 p.m.. Donna Gains will be featuring cheese making from her Alpine goat herd. Dr. Amanda Gamble, DVM, from Andrews Veterinary Hospital will provide education about the care of small livestock. In addition, Charlotte Crittenden from the Yarn Circle will be demonstrating handling fibers. There is no charge for the educational farm tour and lunch, but please call for reservations and more information Michael (828) 837-1280 or Donna (828) 506-5566. Consider joining SAFF (Southern Appalachian Family Farms) www.SouthernAppalachianFamilyFarms.com or make a donation. Flier below:
Lawn & Landscape Professional’s Seminar
Extension will host a seminar on Friday, November 14, to focus on local lawn & landscape issues. The program will be held at the Brasstown Community Center and will begin with registration at 8:15 and conclude by 3:30. This will provide an opportunity to anyone in this field of work to learn useful tools in dealing with turf or ornamental care and management. Topics will include: pest identification (weed, insect & disease) and management of each in turf grass and the general landscape; nutrient management; changes in the NC Landscape Licensing; and planting and pruning of ornamentals. NC State Extension Specialists will also be on hand to help conduct the program (Dr. Barbara Fair, Extension Horticulture Specialist and Cliff Ruth, Extension Area Agent). The program will also carry 3.5 hours of pesticide recertification credits for anyone with NC Private or Commercial License (categories L, N, D and X). The registration cost will be $20/person until November 12, and $25 thereafter. This will include the cost of lunch as well as resource and training material for the program. To preregister for the program, contact the Clay County Extension Office at (828)389-6305 or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).