For over 100 years 4-H has been growing children. 4-H started out as Corn Clubs for boys that taught them ways to get more corn yield from an acre of land. The girls wanted to get involved too, so Canning Clubs were formed. The girls were taught the best and safest techniques for canning tomatoes.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Summertime is when our beautiful native plants, majestic trees and shrubs, and yes, even our soils teem with living organisms. Parasitoids, beneficial nematodes and fungi, along with insect predators, are just a few of these organisms that help keep the bad pest populations at bay. These are…

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Summer is now in full swing and cattle producers have and will be thinking about managing flies, deworming and may even be considering other vaccinations as part of their herd management program. These things got me thinking about cattle handling facilities.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

For over 100 years 4-H has been growing children. 4-H started out as Corn Clubs for boys that taught them ways to get more corn yield from an acre of land. The girls wanted to get involved too, so Canning Clubs were formed. The girls were taught the best and safest techniques for canning tomatoes.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

June is National Healthy Home Month. Usually when we think of “healthy” we think diet and exercise, but there is another way to improve your and your family’s health. Making sure you have a healthy home will decrease the risk of health-related issues such as allergies and asthma, and in some…

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

In North Carolina, fresh market strawberry production ranks third in the nation behind California and Florida with approximately 1,000 acres harvested each year. May is “Strawberry Month” and during this time, folks flock to pick-your-own strawberry farms, local produce stands, farmers marke…

Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

It’s the time of year when it’s difficult to resist the impulse to plant during our warm and beautiful spring days!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

It’s springtime and as folks gear up to work in the garden, flower beds and yard, there’s a good chance you’ll see henbit and its lookalike, purple deadnettle, along with smelling and observing the grass-like perennials wild garlic or wild onion.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Western North Carolina has nurtured a variety of mountain music traditions: ballad singing, blues, bluegrass, old-time and sacred music. These evolved from traditions brought over from Europe and Africa, and some represent a powerful blend of musical elements from the two continents. Some ar…

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The term “brambles” is commonly used to describe certain members of the rose family, which includes plants in the Genus Rubus that typically have thorns and produce edible fruit. Blackberries and raspberries are the “poster” berries of the brambles now re-coined “caneberries,” many of which …

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Calling all 4-H alumni (and current 4-H families): Join us at the Jackson County 4-H Achievement Night Carnival, from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25. Learn what 4-H’ers are doing these days, celebrate their achievements and check out our new location at the Skyland Services Center, 876 Skyland …

Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Homeowners have many decisions to make when adding to or creating a new landscape that may include raised beds filled with flowers, herbs or vegetables. Considerations such as selecting the proper species of shrubs and trees, along with sun, shade and water needs are definite “to do’s” that …

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Do you wonder if there’s some way you might get more involved in the community? Are you a retired teacher missing contact with kids? Are you feeling bored? Are you looking for a local cause to support? Do you need to build your resume? Would you like to make a difference?

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Do you ever get confused with all the different products when you go to the grocery store? Or do you go in with an idea of what you want, but leave with bags and no clue about what you are going to have for dinner?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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Many caterpillars we see in the landscape today morph into beautiful butterflies such as zebra or pipevine swallowtails, causing minimal disturbance other than munching on our native flora.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Most all of us have witnessed from TV or firsthand the effects of Hurricane Florence “down east” in our state. The situation reminds me of how disasters bring people together in times of need.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

4-H members are growing leadership and citizenship skills, building self-confidence and exploring the outdoors. This learning is done through various clubs, summer activities, classroom experiences and trips.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Think back to when you were 12 years old. Where did you live? Do you remember what your bedroom looked like? Who was your best friend? What did you like to do? Eat? Wear? This may be an easier exercise for some of you than others.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The webpage “7 Simple Steps to Eating The Med Way” reflects a way of eating that is traditional in the countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea and includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, nuts, seeds and olive oil, and limits highly- processed foods and added sugar. The Mediterr…

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Several calls have come into the Jackson Extension Center in the past month regarding the red fox. You may have been lucky enough, like myself, to observe a red fox in the wild. My sighting was late one evening this month about 10 p.m. when I saw a red fox sprinting across the road in front …

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Honeybees are highly esteemed for providing honey, beeswax and other valuable hive products. Honeybees are important pollinators of almonds, apples, blackberries, blueberries, forage crops, cucurbits (e.g., squash) and more. Although highly cherished, honeybees can be a nuisance and threaten…

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

I just love the part of my job where I get to see young people grow their skills. It’s amazing to experience them working together, building confidence, planning and implementing projects and being creative. These skills get practiced in Jackson County 4-H every day, and I’d like to tell you…

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

As spring approaches you are probably thinking about planting or seeding something no matter if you are a home gardener, vegetable farmer or a livestock farmer. This month I would like to discuss a few things to be mindful of when planning for your spring farming and gardening activities this year.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

As we plow into the new year, gardeners with home orchards e-mail or call in asking questions about what type of fertilizer to use, when to fertilize and how much to apply for a successful crop of apples, pears, grapes and blueberries. Choosing the right food, such as a granular 10-10-10, co…

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Last week’s tropical storm felled many trees in the county, which created many long hours of chainsaw use to clear roadways and dangerous hanging trees across power lines and even homes. Dangerous situations existed that should have been avoided, so before the next tropical-storm, windstorm …

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Cut flowers are a sure win to brighten your home and beautify the outdoors. If you have a garden, you can easily grow your own flowers while taking time to relax and enjoy their outdoor beauty or bring them inside to create an eye-catching floral arrangement.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hydrangeas are a beloved landscape plant, especially so with the newer hybrids. There are more than 100 different varieties, including the climbing hydrangea, large oak-leafed varieties, red-stemmed choices and hydrangeas with pure white blooms. Because there are oodles of cultivars it’s hel…

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

If you are out on any pastures or old farm fields you may notice an evergreen tree with small blue berries at this time of year. It is not a prolific tree for our counties like over in eastern Tennessee or down east in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, but nonetheless it is a native tre…

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

You have probably noticed by mid-late morning that cows, especially black cows, move to the best shade in the pasture. Our summer thus far in the county has been near average, but the hottest months are yet to come, so now is the time to be preparing for heat stress on cattle, especially cal…

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mid-summer is a time when the mercury rises and subsequently plants may struggle to maintain healthy moisture levels both above ground in plant tissue, and below ground where roots reside in the soil. Providing your trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables with adequate moisture helps promote s…

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The drought of fall 2016 is slowly improving across Jackson and Swain counties with new growth of established and re-seeded pastures showing signs of success due to the recent rains since winter. Most horse pastures needed some replanting of grasses, along with fertilization to stimulate the…

Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Over the past few weeks, many homeowners have called our office or sent e-mails with attached photos of blackened leaves at the tips of stems and branches of their apple, pear and crabapple trees.