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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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Wax is more important to modern life than you might realize. If you’ve recently eaten an apple, lit a candle, used lotion, chewed gum or driven on a tire, you’ve come into contact with some of the most common modern applications of wax 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

As we have all likely observed during the last few months, some of the deadliest threats to our everyday lives come in microscopic packages.

In recognition of the service and sacrifice of members of the armed forces, the N.C. Forest Service is offering a 20 percent discount on tree seedling orders placed by active, honorably discharged or retired military personnel during November. The discount applies to the first $500 of all ne…

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

It can be easy to feel like a top dog as a human, living in our gilded houses and zooming from place to place in a variety of sleek luxury vehicles.

On Oct. 1 Eddie Woodhouse, N.C. State executive director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, visited with farmers in Swain and Jackson counties.

Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking the public to help them monitor the potential spread of a deadly rabbit disease that has not yet been observed in North Carolina’s rabbit populations.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Traditional turfgrass lawns are a pain. Most patches require a significant investment in time, money, water and sometimes even repeated chemical applications every growing season to keep them in top shape. This can be a drain on both the property owner, their wallet and the environment.

This holiday season might be a little different than past seasons have been. We might not gather with as many people, family members might choose to wear a mask, some families might try to serve meals outside if the weather cooperates, but one thing should remain the same and that is making …

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

As your landscapes begin their fall decline, formerly lush and colorful plantings begin to turn into a collage of browns, blacks and faded greens.

Although there are several species of native stink bugs, the invasive pest which was first reported in North Carolina in 2009 is the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

As late summer has quickly turned to early fall, you might have noticed an abundance of white, violet, and blue flowers in the area’s open fields, woodland edges, gardens, and even along untamed roadsides. The vast majority of these flowers are asters, a varied mix of long-lasting native per…

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Let’s talk about Halloween and Christmas and summer camp. What?! You may be thinking “I can’t even plan what’s happening next week, how can I think about that?!”

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Dipping a toe into local streams is normally a great experience, unless said toe comes into contact with an extra-slimy surface.

Physical activity is usually hard to incorporate in the late fall and winter months. There are a lot of holidays with family gatherings that require additional attention and distract us from our other needs.

This fall, if you can, let the leaves that fall on your lawn stay there throughout the winter. Many butterfly and moth species overwinter underneath leaves. These and other bugs hiding under the leaves provide food for birds during winter.

With fall fishing right around the corner, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking the public, particularly anglers, to report any sightings of hellbenders (water dogs) to the agency.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

With cooler weather, it is critical to think about putting your garden “to bed” for the winter. One ancient practice still incredibly useful to accomplish this is planting cover crops. Cover crops are planted when your normal garden or crop production is temporarily not occurring, such as th…

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

WNC Agricultural Options is now accepting grant applications from farmers diversifying or expanding their businesses. With funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC AgOptions is distributing a total of $216,000 to Western North Carolina farmers in 2021. The application deadlin…

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems, EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems Food and Farm Apprenticeship Program, is seeking highly motivated individuals from a variety of different backgrounds to participate in a hands-on work and study apprenticeship program.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

As we head into the wonderful season of autumn, take time to notice the changes occurring in nature. The hummingbirds will leave on their annual migration, the leaves will begin to turn and a chill will arrive in the air.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Besides housing and transportation, the food we eat is often one of the biggest contributors to our impact on the earth. One of the best ways to reduce this impact is to source as much of your food locally and in season as possible.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Wildlife Federation will offer five free online deer hunting and processing seminars from Sept. 14-18.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Soil is the source of many of the vitamins and minerals that your plants will uptake. If your plants are edible, then you’ll be able to enjoy and use these nutrients for your own health. It’s also important to consider the unique needs of your plants with respect to soil composition.

The Great Smoky Mountains Association last week announced the publication of “Singing Creek,” a fictional chapter book for young readers, ages 8 to 13, written by Morgan Simmons and illustrated by Don Wood.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Nancy “Seal Mom” East and Chris “Pacer” Ford are taking on the challenge of hiking the 900 miles of Great Smoky Mountains National Park trails this fall to raise $60,000 for Friends of the Smokies.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Parents and grandparents are now at home handling remote learning or at least some days when children will be at home “doing school.” There are also families who are homeschooling for the first time.