Outdoors roundupWritten by Admin
UNC Asheville hosts Organic Growers School
The 21st annual Organic Growers School for Gardeners and Farmers will be held, March 8-9 at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.
This weekend of workshops, trade show, seed exchange, silent auction and children’s program is for beginning gardeners to advanced commercial growers. The event is open to the public and provides practical, region-appropriate organic growing and permaculture workshops. This year’s school offers 70 sessions each day with topics ranging from beginning gardening to commercial farming to urban homesteading.
The cost for the all-day conference is $60 on Saturday and $55 on Sunday. Registration for the Children’s Program is $30. Registration for the half-day hands-on workshops and cooking classes is an additional $5 per workshop and requires pre-registration.
Register online at www.organicgrowersschool.org or by phone at 828.342.1849.
Learn to graft trees
The Macon County Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension will hold a grafting workshop at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, at the Macon County Environmental Resource Center in Franklin.
This hands-on class will teach grafting principles and techniques, and participants will graft apple rootstocks with available varieties. Each participant will leave with three grafted apples and the ability to graft apples and other plants. The number of participants is limited.
Pre-registration is required. A materials fee of $10 is due at registration. Register at the Macon County Cooperative Extension Center or call 828.349.2046.
Clean water, clean energy documentary
“Gasland,” a documentary about fracking and the gas industry, will be shown at 4 and 7 p.m. March 12 in the meeting room of the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.
Made by Josh Fox, “Gasland” is a documentary that declares the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth. The film makes the case that fractured wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas methane.
Master gardener to open Giving Garden programs in Haywood
The first program to benefit a community garden whose food will be donated to a local food pantry will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in the meeting room of the Canton library.
The Giving Garden is a raised-bed vegetable garden behind the Haywood County Public Library in Canton that will be used to teach various aspects of gardening. All produce harvested will be donated to The Community Kitchen.
Guest speaker at the March 11 program is Haywood County Cooperative Extension Agent and Master Gardener Tim Mathews, who will talk about the Giving Garden and crop selection. Other programs offered throughout the summer will be seed starting, square-foot gardening, vertical gardening, and composting.
Vote on horse referendum set for March 11 at county extension offices
North Carolina horse owners will vote Tuesday, March 11, on whether to extend for three years the $2 per ton assessment being paid by manufacturers of horse feed sold in the state to promote the horse industry.
Horse owners may visit or phone the County Extension Center and request a ballot and absentee registration form. These must be turned in to the extension office by March 11. Rob Hawk, Jackson County extension director, said Jackson County horse owners can vote from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jackson County Extension Center.
Master Gardener plant sale orders due soon
The annual Haywood County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association plant sale has begun.
Strawberries, blueberries, black/red/golden raspberries, blackberries, asparagus crowns, and hazelnut, serviceberry, elderberry, and apricot trees are available at reduced prices. Orders are prepaid and due by March 14. Plants will be available for pickup April 12. Proceeds from the plant sale fund education-related horticulture projects in Haywood County.
Farm Bureau has scholarships available
The Haywood County Farm Bureau is accepting applications for its annual college scholarship awards for students intending to major in agriculture-related fields. Each year it awards four scholarships — two for $1,000 for students attending a four-year college and two for $500 for students attending a two-year college. Students must be graduating seniors currently enrolled in a Haywood County school. Financial need and significant community service are factors. 828.452.1425.