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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

NC Cooperative Extension Service

Pressure Canner Lid

It's that time of year to have your pressure canner lid checked and tested, especially before you begin to use it.  The plugs and gaskets periodically need to be replaced to ensure you have a good seal on your pressure canner.  Weighted-gauged pressure canners do not need any further testing.  But if you have a dial-gauge canner, you need to have it tested for accuracy annually. To set up an appointment, contact Renay Knapp, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent at 828-697-4891.  Or drop it by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center, located in Jackson Park, at any time for testing later.  All you need to bring is the Presto gauge or lid.  This service is free of charge.


Watch presentation
from 2013 Apple School

Dr. Terence Robinson, a professor and Applied Fruit Crop Physiologist from Cornell University Cooperative Extension in Geneva, NY presents at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Henderson County 2013 Winter Apple School, a new method for planting, growing and maintaining an apple orchard. Implementation of this Tall Spindle Apple Orchard System promises to reduce labor costs and to increase yields and fruit quality. We also follow Dr. Robinson to a local apple orchard in Henderson County so he can demonstrate the techniques he discusses in his presentation.  Click here to view.

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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Items needed for Military Families

The Hero FAMILY Pack will provide recreational yet educational items for the entire family to share just before, during and/or after a deployment.  Please deliver items to the NC Cooperative Extension office, across MORE »


Zentangle Art Workshop

For Rising 5th graders through age 18.  Class fee is $20 which provides all supplies. July 28 – Aug 1  – 10:00 to 11:30 am.  Click Here for more information and registration form. MORE »

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Congratulations NC 4-H Congress Participants!

A highlight of 4-H Congress is the public speaking competition. This year 22 young people from Henderson County, ages 9 – 18, participated in this competition, earning 10 gold, 4 silver, and 2 MORE »

Katherine speaking

4-H’ers Learned about Citizenship at Camp

Just last Friday, eight 4-H members returned from Reidsville from a week of 4-H camp at Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center. While at camp, we participated in a reverent Flag Retirement Ceremony and were MORE »

Food Preservation Classes

It is that time of the year again when we begin thinking of preserving some of the summer’s garden bounty. Whether you’re an experienced canner or a novice at food preservation, you’ll want MORE »

Congratulations to 4-H presentation participants!

Congratulations to these people who gave their presentations at the county level: Cloverbuds (ages 5-8): John Paul Torres, Eden Stout, Hadley Melton Fruits & Vegetable Use: (9-10) Katherine Grady Open Class: (14-18) Dahlia MORE »

Congratulations 4-H Project Record Winners!

18 2013 4-H project records from Henderson County went to the West District competition. Gold medal winners will receive $50 checks from NC 4-H: Haley Hargus – Animal Science, 9-10 Andrew Torres – MORE »

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