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Online ag classes offered for youth

An online series of agriculture workshops for kids ages 8 to 11 will soon launch for the fall, offering a one-hour class at 4 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. 

The first session of AG H.O.P.E. (Agriculture – Helping Others, Providing Education), slated for 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, will focus on the agricultural heritage of Western North Carolina. Topics will include crop growing, livestock, sustainability and craft, and youth will be able to participate in interactive team building activities.

The project is led and created by teen 4-H member Abbegail King. King has been involved with 4-H for five years, served as a district officer in the program and raises dairy cows, goats and various other crops and animals. She plans to work in comparative medicine and biomedical sciences after college. 

 Register at or contact Heather Gordon of Jackson County Cooperative Extension at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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