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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:00

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Organic growers can get help with certification

Partial reimbursement for organic certification and recertification is available through the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, covering up to 75 percent of the cost for a total of $750. 

Growers certified or recertified between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30 are eligible, with funding available on a first-come, first-served basis. A $168,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the program. Applications, available at www.ncdaorganic.com, must be postmarked by Dec. 1. 

Heather Barnes, 919.707.3127. 


The plant doctors are in 

Green and brown thumbs alike with questions in need of answering can come to the Haywood County Plant Clinic, staffed by Master Gardeners capable of fielding a range of plant-related questions. 

Open during business hours at the Haywood County Extension Center on Raccoon Road, everything from lawns to veggies, insects to weeds and soils to frost are fair game. 


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