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Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County invites residents to join us for our first annual Spring Ag Fest at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center (CCACC) on Saturday, March 24, from 10 am to 2 pm. This free event evolved from our very successful CCACC Grand Opening Celebration in 2017. Over 1,500 people so enjoyed the exhibits and events that Chatham County decided to make it an annual event.

The Spring Ag Fest is a celebration of Chatham County’s agriculture, forestry, and natural resources. The event will offer something for everyone: livestock, exhibits, demonstrations, food trucks, and more.

We have some exciting events planned at the Livestock Arena:

  • 4-H livestock exhibition
  • Barrel racing demonstration
  • Dressage demonstration
  • Cutting horse demonstration
  • Sheep herding demonstration
  • NC Horse Council Parade of Breeds

Livestock, including cattle, sheep, poultry, goats, horses, rabbits, and more, will be on display for an up-close look. There will be free pony rides for kids!

Indoor and outdoor exhibitors and vendors will highlight local farms, farmers’ markets, sustainable agriculture, agricultural support and advocacy, agribusiness, beekeeping, livestock, forestry, green industry, wildlife, conservation, and much more. Visitors will get an up-close look at the Forest Service’s firefighting helicopter and meet Smokey Bear.

Several food trucks will offer tasty options for lunch.

The event is free and open to the public. Full details with a complete list of exhibitors and events will be released in February.

If you are interested in exhibiting around the theme of agriculture, forestry, or natural resources, email *protected email* for more information.

The CCACC houses the offices of Chatham County Cooperative Extension, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation, and the Forest Service.

The event facilities provide year-round meeting and workshop space for agriculture, horticulture, forestry, natural resources, family and consumer science, and youth programs. However, the CCACC is available for rental by organizations and individuals for all types of events, including conventions, trade shows, weddings, workshops and banquets. It is the largest flexible meeting space in the county.

The CCACC is one mile west of the traffic circle at 1192 US 64 W Business in Pittsboro.

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2017 Chatham County 4-H livestock show at Ag Center on September 23 http://chathamjournal.com/2017/09/23/2017-chatham-county-4-h-livestock-show-ag-center-september-23/ Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:08:48 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8008 Pittsboro, NC – The 8th annual Chatham County 4-H Livestock Show is taking place on Saturday, September 23, on the grounds of the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro. The event will include heifer, steer, and meat goat shows.  Festivities start Saturday…

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Pittsboro, NC – The 8th annual Chatham County 4-H Livestock Show is taking place on Saturday, September 23, on the grounds of the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro. The event will include heifer, steer, and meat goat shows.  Festivities start Saturday morning at 9:30 am with heifer showmanship competitions.

chatham 4h traditionThe livestock show consist of two main shows: cattle and goats. Below are projected arrivals for registration/check-in as well as show start times.
o Cattle Show (Heifer & Steer Shows)
 Check-in: 8 am – 9 am
 Show start: 9:30 am
o Goat Show (Doe & Wether Shows)
 Check-in: 11:30 am – 1 pm
 Show start: 1:30 pm

The Chatham County 4-H Livestock Show operates as 1 of 12 shows which form the 4-H Farm Credit Showmanship Circuit. Through the generous sponsorship provided by Carolina Farm Credit and Cape Fear Farm Credit, the circuit will provide numerous 4-H youth with the opportunity to exhibit their hard work through demonstration of showmanship skills and high quality stock.

There is no admission fee for spectators to enjoy the show. Local food trucks and community vendors will be on-site that day, so be sure to stop by and visit them while showing support for our local 4-Hers!

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Register for free “Weed control strategies for piedmont pastures” course by August 1 http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/18/register-free-weed-control-strategies-piedmont-pastures-course-august-1/ Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:09:29 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7848 By Sam Groce, County Extension Director Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will be conducting a course for pasture owners entitled Weed Control Strategies for Piedmont Pastures.  This program will be held…

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By Sam Groce, County Extension Director

Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will be conducting a course for pasture owners entitled Weed Control Strategies for Piedmont Pastures.  This program will be held on Thursday August 3, 2017 from 7 pm – 9 p.m. in the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center Exhibit Hall. For those pesticide applicators needing recertification credits, this course has been approved for two hours credit in the subclasses N, O, D and X.

In this program we will look at some of the more common weeds that we find growing in our pastures here in the piedmont of North Carolina in the summer and fall and discuss control options for these weeds.  There will be a discussion of the different herbicides that are labeled for use in pasture and when we may want to use them and when definitely not to use them.  In this class we will also look at the relationship between controlling weeds in the summer and fall and the reduction of weed populations in the spring. The weeds that will be discussed are found in pastures that contain almost any livestock species including but not limited to:  beef and dairy cattle, horses, sheep and goats.  Control strategies that will be discussed will include not only herbicides that are effective in control, but also other strategies such as cultural controls like proper liming and fertilization, mechanical control and biological control such as multi-species grazing.

This is a free program, open to anyone with an interest in producing a high quality pasture.  However, pre-registration for this program is required by Tuesday, August 1, 2017 so that there will be adequate materials prepared for the program.  You may preregister by either calling the Chatham County Center at 919.545.8379 by using our automated phone system after normal business hours or by e-mailing *protected email*  or online using this Google form go.ncsu.edu/weedcontrolstrategies.

North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran’s status. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation. North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.

Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Sam Groce, County Extension Director at 919.542.8202 or *protected email* or in person at the County Extension Office at least 10 days prior to the event.

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Video & transcript: Ag Director Sam Groce talks about the future of new Chatham Ag & Convention Center http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/11/video-transcript-ag-director-sam-groce-talks-future-new-chatham-ag-convention-center/ Tue, 11 Jul 2017 18:39:00 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7813 Pittsboro, NC – Here’s the transcript of the third part of our conversation with Sam Groce, the Chatham County County Extension Director, on the grand opening day of the new Chatham County Agriculture and Convention Center in Pittsboro. We discuss…

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Pittsboro, NC – Here’s the transcript of the third part of our conversation with Sam Groce, the Chatham County County Extension Director, on the grand opening day of the new Chatham County Agriculture and Convention Center in Pittsboro. We discuss approved vendors, as well as the future of the Ag Center and the role it will play in the future of agriculture in Chatham County.

Gene Galin: We’re talking about classes and … Oh, approved vendors.

Sam Groce: Right. The approved vendors. Anybody can become an approved vendor or approved caterer that would like to be. They’ve just got to show that they have a Grade A certification through the Department of Environmental Health. They’ve got their Serve Safe certification, and they’ve got a million dollars worth of a liability insurance. There is a catering statement of work that they need to sign, and they need to see Laralee Eisele.

If they’re interested in becoming an approved caterer for the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, the forms are online, but you’re welcome to call Laralee Eisele here at the Conference Center. The main number for the Conference Center is 919-542-8201, and they’ll be glad to help you get set up as an approved caterer, and get your required paperwork in.

Gene Galin: Hearing that with this space you’ve got, what, 700 to 800 seating for the auditorium? So it’s the largest space in the county, so things like the Northwood Prom and the graduation, is that stuff that’s now going to be able to-

Sam Groce: We’re not going to be able to hold graduations. We don’t have quite the space to hold graduations, but I believe that the Northwood prom has already lined up to be here this year.

Gene Galin: Great, because that way … A lot of parents have had concerns in the past where kids have had to go out of the county or gone to other venues to go to proms. This way, it stays inside the county.

Sam Groce: Right.

Gene Galin: We’ve talked about the auditorium here. Let’s talk about the office space. You mentioned in the presentation this morning that it’s allowing you to bring together a whole bunch of folks that have been cramped into spacing or all over the place. What’s this do for you?

Sam Groce: Well, we’re all on a single level now. The old building extension and FSA, Farm Service Agency, were upstairs. Our soil and water, natural resource conservation service was downstairs. Even though we were in the same building, we had to go up and down stairs to see each other. It wasn’t as easy just to run into each other or run down to somebody’s office as it is now. Our forestry guys had plywood cubicles that they had self-built out in their shop that served as their offices. Even though they have kept the shop, they have to keep the shop to keep their equipment in and work on their equipment. We have been able to provide them with real life, actual offices and place to securely store files, and to have a space to meet with clients.

We’re all now in the same building on one single level, and we have always worked together really well. There are some counties that the agencies don’t get along, but here in Chatham County, we are the agriculture and natural resources team for the county, and we do work together as a team, all the agencies together. We have a similar goal. We each have our different roles that we play, and it has just made the cooperation and the teamwork so much better because this grand opening today is not just an extension event. It’s extension. It’s soil and water, it’s natural resource conservation service, it’s farm service agency, it’s forestry. It’s the conference center folks, Laralee, Byron, Vanessa, Brian Stevens, all working together to make this even happen.

We have just really formed this really great, strong team over here where we can back each other up and we’re all playing our role. We really feel like we can be very efficient in helping serve the needs of the citizens of Chatham County.

Gene Galin: What’s going to happen with your old facility, and what happens when somebody goes over there right now and you folks aren’t there anymore?

Sam Groce: There are signs on the door that says that we have moved. Right now, there are some of the tax office reevaluation folks using some of those old offices right now, so there are some folks there. They are still using the auditorium for some meetings and things over there in the conference room, but there are signs saying we have moved, and there are some folks in and out of there.

The future of that building … I don’t know. There are several proposals out there that are being floated around that I know just because I read the Chatham Chat List, the Chatham Journal, the Chatham News, the Chatham Record. I have seen those proposals, so I know no more than the rest of the folks do other than the media.

Gene Galin: Talking about future, let’s talk about the future of this building. You had a dream. There were a bunch of people that also had the same kind of dream. You’ve made it come to fruition here in 2017. Officially open to bookings April 1st, as Renee pointed out earlier. What’s your vision of this center? What do you see as its biggest future uses? What do you see for it five, ten, 20 … There’s going to be a lot of changes here in Chatham County over the next 20, 30 years. What do you see as the future of this ag center and this department within Chatham County?

Sam Groce: Chatham County supports us tremendously. I can speak for extension. The state has given us several cuts over the years, some severe cuts, and the county has been excellent about picking up a lot of the state’s slack. We’ve got a great partner in Chatham County. They realize the importance of agriculture.

Here’s the thing, Gene. Agriculture touches everybody’s lives three times a day and more. When you get up in the morning and you start putting on your clothes, if there’s any cotton in it, a farmer grew it. If you’re putting on leather shoes, a farmer raised that animal that, after it was processed for protein, the hide was tanned to make those leather shoes. Then you go eat your breakfast. A farmer grew all that breakfast somewhere. You eat your lunch; a farmer grew it. Let’s go back and look … Overall, you’re in your house. There’s going to be lumber in your house. There’s going to be timber that a timber farmer grew. Then you eat dinner, again, the farmer’s touching your life. From makeup to soap to all these different things, a farmer is involved.

If you live in town, agriculture still touches your life because you have a landscape. You all want a green lawn. That is agriculture, and those are questions, those are programs, those are things that we do through cooperative extension. Our soil and water department, they are helping the environment. They are working with people to hold soil in place, to have grass waterways, to clean the water. Our farm service agency, they’re keeping records so that we know what’s going on. Our forestry service, they’re working to help all this timber grow and to maintain and to reduce carbon footprints.

See, everything that the future’s holding, we still have to eat. We don’t have a replicator like you have on Star Trek where food is materialized from nothing. It still has to be grown. It will still have to be grown, and people need to learn how to do this.

I see our future as being strong. We’ve just got to have the support to say, and people to realize it. Agriculture is important.

You’ve got less than 2% of the population that is feeding not the other 98% of the population. They’re feeding 100% of the population because 2% or a little less feed the entire population.

Without food, none of us can live.

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Video & transcript: Ag Extension Director Sam Groce talks about new Ag Center space and flexibility http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/10/sam-groce-new-ag-center-space/ Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:38:27 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7804 Pittsboro, NC – Here’s the transcript of the second part of our conversation with Sam Groce, the Chatham County County Extension Director, on the grand opening day of the new Chatham County Agriculture and Convention Center in Pittsboro. We discuss…

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Pittsboro, NC – Here’s the transcript of the second part of our conversation with Sam Groce, the Chatham County County Extension Director, on the grand opening day of the new Chatham County Agriculture and Convention Center in Pittsboro. We discuss how the new Ag Center offers more working space and flexibility.

Gene Galin: You mentioned back 1999 when you first dreamed about it, we know what the building looks like now, what were some of the initial thoughts and probably not as big, not as …

Sam Groce:  This building is around 32,000 square feet. The building that was being proposed in ’99 was about 23-24,000 square feet. So we didn’t have all the breakout space. We had our exhibit hall that now will seat 380 banquet style. We can seat about 700 people in there theater style, with just chairs only. The auditorium that was gonna be built … And the current exhibit hall can be subdivided into three different rooms. In the earlier plans, the exhibit hall or the auditorium, would seat about 200 banquet style, about 400 chairs only and would only be divided in two different rooms. We do have the 2,000 square feet of meeting space that we can use, divide that into four rooms. But that was not even a part of the initial construction project back in the mid-90’s. So there’s a lot more meeting space in this building than would have been in the earlier building.

Gene Galin:  At what point did you go from the concept of the earlier building? Now when you say banquet style, that’s the same number of people you mentioned in the old building you could fit like 102 people for classes. Is banquet style seating what you would do for classes?

Sam Groce:  Actually, there’s three different styles of seating. There’s chairs only, there’s classroom seating, where you have a table and then you have chairs on one side, and then there’s banquet style where we have rounds. Rounds of nine or ten people sitting. So when we’re talking banquet style, we’re talking these rounds.

Gene Galin: Okay. So, let’s say you’re doing a class here at the Ag center and you’re using all the space. You used to be able to do 102 in a class, how many can you do now?

Sam Groce:  Okay, in each half of the exhibit hall, we can set up 144 classroom style.

Gene Galin:  Okay so you’re basically almost three times more space just for classes.

Sam Groce:   Right.

Gene Galin:   Now, you mentioned banquet and auditorium seating. So you’re thinking beyond just the ag portion of it.

 

Sam Groce: In the old building, we couldn’t even do banquet style. Banquet style was just the rectangular tables with people sitting on each side of it. In this building, we have both the rectangular tables, the eight foot rectangulars, we have the rounds that can be used for banquet. Generally when you think of banquet you’ve got round tables. So we’ve got 72-inch rounds for banquet, we’ve got the eight foot rectangular tables that we can use for setting up classroom style, which those are the tables we have out there now for the exhibits. Those are the tables we have out there for the exhibits now. So we’ve got a lot of more flexibility in this space than we did in the old Ag center.

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Video & Transcript: Sam Groce talks about how the process for a new Chatham Ag Center began http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/10/sam-groce-beginning-new-ag-center/ Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:34:21 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7801 Pittsboro, NC – Here’s the transcript of the first part of our conversation with Sam Groce, the Chatham County County Extension Director, on the grand opening day of the new Chatham County Agriculture and Convention Center in Pittsboro. Gene Galin: I’m…

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Pittsboro, NC – Here’s the transcript of the first part of our conversation with Sam Groce, the Chatham County County Extension Director, on the grand opening day of the new Chatham County Agriculture and Convention Center in Pittsboro.

Gene Galin: I’m here with Sam Groce on the grand opening of the new Chatham County Ag Convention Center outside of Pittsboro. If you talk to a bunch of people, he’s one of the driving forces behind this center. We got this opportunity to sit down with Sam and get his take on how this whole process started.

Sam, how did this whole process start?

Sam Groce: It started many years ago, Gene. Our building was reaching 50 years old, the old Chatham County Agriculture Center. We had stairs in it, no elevator. It was getting more and more difficult to conduct programs. Chatham County Extension and Soil and Water FSA were well known around the state, and we had a lot of people wanting to come to our programs, and we were ending up having to limit our attendance because the auditorium would only seat 103 at tables, and at 103 and tables, you couldn’t move in there. We needed more space for having our programming, to do our programming, to meet the needs of our citizens.

We started in the late ’90s trying to get a new center built. What we were looking at then really didn’t compare to what we ended up getting now. It really only stayed on the county’s capital improvement plan for one year. Then in about 2010, 2011, after I become the County Extension Director, I sort of revived that. Sometimes I’ve been, my personality type, to use some vernacular, I can be like a dog with a bone.

I set a goal for myself during my tenure as the County Extension Director that I really wanted to get a new agriculture center built in Chatham County. We needed a lot of meeting space because there’s nowhere really in the county, except for some private places, and that’s not that large, to have any large meetings. I know within Extension, we need a lot of space, seven, eight, nine, time tens a year. We don’t need it every day, but there are times that we really need it.

I started going and talking to county leadership, the county manager’s office, the county commissioners about that need, and explaining that need and demonstrating that need, trying to invite them in sometimes when the old building was completely full or we were having to go out to Silk Hope or somewhere else because we didn’t have the space that we needed.

Renee sort of hinted around to it this morning. I worried them to death in a way, trying to keep explaining our issues and the issues that we had. We do some great programming. We do a lot of programming, but as I’ve already said, we don’t need all the space all the time. As a part of the selling point to this, because there is no major meeting space within Chatham County, I used the example of this will be space that we can rent out. Nonprofits can rent it. Other groups can rent it. We can bring people into Chatham County willing to spend their money, and then they go back home which helps bring an influx of tax dollars.

That’s sort of where this dream of the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center came from, and we just progressed with it from there and moved forward.

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Former Chatham Central ag student growing where he’s planted http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/03/former-chatham-central-ag-student-growing-hes-planted/ Mon, 03 Jul 2017 20:18:37 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7710 Raleigh, NC – There are 19,301 members in the North Carolina FFA Association. Chatham Central High School graduate Nick Oldham is one of six student-officers governing them. FFA stands for Future Farmers of America, and during the North Carolina chapter’s…

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Raleigh, NC – There are 19,301 members in the North Carolina FFA Association. Chatham Central High School graduate Nick Oldham is one of six student-officers governing them.

FFA stands for Future Farmers of America, and during the North Carolina chapter’s convention in June, the teachers and students comprising the group elected Oldham to serve a one-year term as their vice president. He’ll be an ambassador for youth, agriculture and education. A 100-day tour is expected to have him visiting FFA chapters, meeting with agribusiness leaders and representing the North Carolina FFA Association in state and national meetings.

Last year, North Carolina FFA members voted to have former Chatham Central student Katherine Miller and former Jordan-Matthews High School student Sarah Thomas serve as secretary and vice president, respectively.

“Chatham County strong,” North Carolina FFA coordinator Jeff Davis said.

Oldham is majoring in engineering at N.C. State University. Chris Hart was his agriculture teacher and FFA adviser at Chatham Central, a perennial favorite at high school agricultural competitions.

 

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Mountaire Farms to purchase grain facilities in Maryland and Virginia http://chathamjournal.com/2017/06/28/mountaire-farms-purchase-grain-facilities-maryland-virginia/ Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:52:59 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7691 Millsboro, DE – Mountaire Farms Inc. in Millsboro, Delaware, has entered an agreement to purchase the grain elevators and operating assets of Lansing Trade Group LLC in Pocomoke, MD; and Eastville and Painter, Virginia. According to Paul Downes, President and…

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Millsboro, DE – Mountaire Farms Inc. in Millsboro, Delaware, has entered an agreement to purchase the grain elevators and operating assets of Lansing Trade Group LLC in Pocomoke, MD; and Eastville and Painter, Virginia. According to Paul Downes, President and CEO; “Mountaire is a family owned agricultural company with deep roots on the Eastern Shore.  We are major purchasers of grain commodities and are committed to quality, service and value for our farmers. Mountaire is very excited about this opportunity and we look forward to strengthening the ties we have with the local communities.”

Mark Mulholland, Senior Director of Agri-Business noted, “This purchase will continue Mountaire’s long history of great relationships with local farm families and growers on the Delmarva Peninsula. The addition of these facilities is an important investment in the local economy, and will position the company to better serve the local farming communities.”

We look forward to providing local farmers with exceptional customer service and extremely competitive grain prices in the Eastville and Painter areas. The grain elevators, formerly owned by Coastal Commodities, Inc, will continue to handle five key grain commodities; corn, beans, wheat, barley, and milo.

 

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About Mountaire Farms

Mountaire Farms is an agricultural food processing company providing employment for over 8,500 people at facilities in Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina. Mountaire Farms is a privately owned, Jesus-centered company with a commitment to the communities in which their employees work and live.

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Register now for Extension’s Spring pollinator garden workshops & tours http://chathamjournal.com/2017/04/25/register-now-extensions-spring-pollinator-garden-workshops-tours/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:37:34 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7650 by *protected email* Pittsboro, NC – If you want to attract more pollinators to your farm or garden, or if you just want to expand your perennial garden and provide resources for pollinators and other wildlife, then Chatham County Cooperative…

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Pittsboro, NC – If you want to attract more pollinators to your farm or garden, or if you just want to expand your perennial garden and provide resources for pollinators and other wildlife, then Chatham County Cooperative Extension has a workshop just for you. Learn how to create a pollinator paradise like the one found at Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro.

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer their very popular pollinator conservation workshop and garden tour as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series on THREE dates this spring:

  • Wednesday May 24 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Saturday June 3 from 1:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday June 7 from 1:00-5:00 pm

This is the same workshop offered on three different dates to accommodate participants’ schedules.

Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent Debbie Roos will give an overview of North Carolina pollinators and discuss the role of native bees and managed bees in crop pollination. Participants will learn about the principles of planting a pollinator garden and protecting pollinators and how to select trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, herbs, vines, and grasses to attract a diversity of pollinators. Debbie will emphasize native plants but also include a few other plants that provide good resources. The workshop will start at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro and conclude with a tour of Cooperative Extension’s demonstration pollinator garden at Chatham Mills, about half a mile from the traffic circle. The garden is comprised of over 200 different plant species, 85% of which are native to North Carolina.

Participants will receive several native perennial milkweed plants (Asclepias tuberosa and Asclepias incarnata) grown by local nursery Mellow Marsh Farm to take home to plant for pollinators! These species are great for both bees and monarch butterflies.

Click here to take a virtual tour of the pollinator garden to see how it progresses through the seasons.

Right now in the pollinator garden there are over 30 different species in bloom.

Advance registration is required for these workshops. Click here to download a registration form on the Growing Small Farms website. Space is limited and workshops usually fill up before the deadline so register early!

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Come celebrate the grand opening of Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center on March 25 http://chathamjournal.com/2017/03/15/come-celebrate-grand-opening/ Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:00:57 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7384 Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County invites residents to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center (CCACC) on Saturday, March 25, from 10 am to 2 pm. The Chatham County Farm Bureau is sponsoring the free…

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Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County invites residents to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center (CCACC) on Saturday, March 25, from 10 am to 2 pm. The Chatham County Farm Bureau is sponsoring the free event.

The CCACC houses the offices of Chatham County Cooperative Extension, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation, and the Forest Service.

The event facilities provide year-round meeting and workshop space for agriculture, horticulture, forestry, natural resources, family and consumer science, and youth programs. However, the CCACC is available for rental by other organizations and individuals for all types of events, including conventions, trade shows, weddings, workshops and banquets. It is the largest flexible meeting space in the county.

The Grand Opening celebration will offer something for everyone.  The event will kick off with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10 am. Visitors can attend educational sessions in one of the meeting rooms or cooking demonstrations in Cooperative Extension’s new teaching kitchen. Guided tours will offer a glimpse of the new office space, exhibit hall, and meeting rooms.

The beautiful winning photos from the county’s Agricultural Photography Contest will be on display, showcasing our rich agricultural past, current and future.

More than 70 exhibitors will highlight local farms, farmers’ markets, sustainable agriculture, agricultural support and advocacy, agribusiness, beekeeping, livestock, forestry, green industry, wildlife, conservation, and much more. Visitors will get an up-close look at the Forest Service’s firefighting helicopter and meet Smokey the Bear.

Several food trucks will offer excellent options for lunch while live music entertains the crowd.

10:00 – 10:30 am: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

  • Welcome
  • Raising of the Flag – Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard
  • Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
  • Ribbon Cutting with County Commissioners
  • Introduction of Special Guests
  • Recognition of Photo Contest Winners
    • Chatham County joined with Chatham County Farm Bureau to sponsor a photography contest to honor the county’s agricultural heritage and its current thriving agricultural economy. Visitors will be able to see all winning submissions inside the new Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center (CCACC).

 Building Tours will be at 10:45 am, 11:45 am, and 12:45 pm

Tours will leave from the flagpole in front of the Conference Center

Educational Sessions

11:00 am – Soil Testing for your Lawn and Garden

  • Location: Meeting Room
  • Instructor: Charlotte Glen, Horticulture Agent, NC Cooperative Extension – Chatham County Center

11:30 am – Understanding the Soil Test Report

  • Location: Meeting Room
  • Instructor:Charlotte Glen, Horticulture Agent, NC Cooperative Extension – Chatham County Center

12:00 pm – Cooking with Chicken Demonstration

  • Location: Teaching Kitchen
  • Instructors: Phyllis Smith, Family Consumer Sciences Agent, NC Cooperative Extension – Chatham County Center and Dan Campeau, Area Specialized Poultry Agent, NC Cooperative Extension

12:30 pm – Cooking with Beef Demonstration

  • Location: Teaching Kitchen
  • Instructors: Phyllis Smith, Family Consumer Sciences Agent, and Sam Groce, County Extension Director, NC Cooperative Extension – Chatham County Center

1:00 pm – Soil and Water Conservation Programs

  • Location: Meeting Room
  • Instructors: Chatham Soil and Water Conservation District Team

1:30 pm – Extension’s Family & Consumer Science Program in Chatham County

  • Location: Meeting Room
  • Instructor: Phyllis Smith, Family Consumer Sciences Agent, NC Cooperative Extension – Chatham County Center

    Entertainment

Sound provided by Wilson Entertainment

 Food Trucks

 Exhibitors

For more details, including the educational program schedule and a complete list of exhibitors, go to http://go.ncsu.edu/ccacc-opening

The CCACC is one mile west of the traffic circle at 1192 US 64 W Business in Pittsboro.

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