North Carolina Extension and Community Association celebrates the Seasons of Change

North Carolina Extension and Community Association (NCECA) held its 89th Annual State Council meeting in Concord recently where the theme was “Celebrating the Seasons of Change”. Over 250 members from across the state attended this exciting event w…

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Berries or no berries, that is the question

There are at least four species of holly, both evergreen and deciduous, that are native to Chatham County and others that do well here, especially several Chinese varieties and some hybrids. Despite their extensive use as a foundation plant, Japanese h…

Chatham County farmer named farmer of the year

At the recent Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference held Dec. 4-6 in Black Mountain, Chatham County farmer Doug Jones of Piedmont Biofarm was named Farmer of the Year from nominees submitted from both North a…

Controlling eleagnus

Two kinds of eleagnus are a problem in the Southeast – Eleagnus pungens ( Silverberry, is an evergreen, thorny eleagnus) and Eleagnus umbellata (Autumn Olive, is a deciduous, less thorny eleagnus). They are quite prevalent in the woods this time of the…