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MARCH 2024

In This Issue:

  • Celebrations of February Extension Events

  • What to Know About Soil Testing

  • Eating the Med Way Recipe

  • Upcoming Classes & Workshops

  • Supplemental Resources

Photo from NC Cooperative Extension Guilford County Center Open House. People conversing and visiting information tables in the lobby.

NC Cooperative Extension Guilford County Center Open House on 2/15.

A Successful Open House!

We’re excited to report a successful Open House event on February 15th, with over 100 people in attendance! We're grateful to the 20+ Extension Community Partners onsite with resource tables, consisting of local public and nonprofit organizations with whom we work closely. Empanada Grill provided delicious empanadas for our event and Minerva's Mobile Health UNCG provided free health services and demonstrations. Our Digital Skills Agent facilitated a workshop on social media and politics. And who can forget Ray F. Sun, the mascot for the NC Summer Nutrition Program for Kids! If you missed this great event we’ll see you at our next Open House in September 2024! More details and photos can be found on our social media.Β 

Extension staff and Extension Master Gardener volunteers smiling.

Extension Staff and Extension Master Gardener volunteers during the Seeds to Share event at the High Point Public Library.

Seeds to Share

Our annual Seeds to Share event took place over two weekends in February, championed by our Community & School Gardens Agent, Crystal Mercer. A big thanks to High Point Public Library for hosting the event on the second weekend and to the volunteers who helped make the two days successful, including the Extension Master Gardener volunteers of Guilford County. Though Seeds to Share has ended, if you are a community or school gardener in need of seeds, please reach out to our Community & School Gardens Agent, Crystal, who distributes seeds year-round.

4-H Achievement Night at the Lindley Park Recreation Center.

Annual 4-H Achievement Night

Guilford County 4-H hosted their annual Achievement Night at Lindley Park on February 23rd. Youth and Volunteers spent the evening socializing with people outside their own clubs and celebrating the year's achievements. Recognition was given to all volunteers and for youth involved in project record books, offices held, and club activities. We were joined by Dr. Shannon Wiley from NC A&T State University who welcomed our 4-Hers and Volunteers as well as leading the 4-H pledge. Our team is excited to see what Guilford County 4-H can accomplish in the coming year.Β 

Other 4-H Happenings 🍀

4-H hosted two workshops for NC 4-H volunteers during their annual conference. Guilford County 4-H Agents Sarah and Meredith presented a workshop on Trauma-Informed Practices for Youth and Meredith presented a workshop on LEGO Robotics with Toni Newby, 4-H Agent in Bladen County.

4-H also partnered with Guilford County Family Justice Center for a STEM Workshop on Saturday, 02/17. Participants built a LEGO vehicle and coded their creations to move.

A shovel and rake in wood chips.

Horticulture - Tools for the Trade

Consumer Horticulture hosted their first ever Tools of the Trade Seminar in early February. We had just over 50 people spend 3 hours with Horticulture Staff learning about tool identification, maintenance, cleaning, and sharpening. Demonstrations were followed by practice in the Demonstration Garden. This program will be expanded upon and offered again.

A microphone graphic

Family & Consumer Sciences - Podcast

In their latest episode of "Penne For Your Thoughts," FCS Agents Vincent Webb (Guilford) and Jordan Jefferies-James (Rockingham) discuss everything from meat labeling to animal welfare. Listen and get some updates on the meat industry from our special guest from Guilford County Livestock and Forage Crops Agent Cole Maness.Β 

Tune in.

A field of lettuce in rows.

Agriculture - Small Farm Boot Camp

Learn how to take the next step towards building a successful farming operation. Designed for new and beginner farmers and agricultural operations, this free 8-week all inclusive program will help individuals gain the confidence and understanding to begin farming commercially. Please contact Ben Grandon to be added to the waitlist if the class is full. Learn More.

What to Know About Soil Testing
Testing Services for Nutrients and pH is provided by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Soils Lab for free to North Carolina residents except during peak season (December 1- March 31) when there is a $4 fee. Soil test boxes are available at the Ag Center. Please mail your soil test boxes to the testing lab in Raleigh using the address listed on the form. Learn More

Med instead Meds - Recipe of the Month

Eating like those who live in the Mediterranean region has been shown to promote health and decrease risk of many chronic diseases. The Med Way includes healthy and nutritious meals that are also delicious and satisfying. We teach Eating the Med Way through the Family & Consumer Sciences Program.Β 

Pasta with Spinach & Beans

A savory mix of broth, spinach, parmesan cheese, cannellini beans, and whatever shape pasta you'd like! Add red pepper flakes for a kick.Β 


Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Grow With Us

For 2024, the Extension Master Gardenerβ„  volunteers will be offering free gardening classes to the public both virtually and in-person. Feel free to sign up for as many classes as you like!


Social Media & Politics

March 8th,2024

12-1pm Online

Engage in a non-partisan discussion on the influence of social media on politics facilitated by our Digital Skills Agent, Jeffrey Cates.


Bread in a Bag!

March 28th, 2024

5:30-7pm at the Ag Center

Learn to make homemade bread in a bag using various types of flours to compare results. Class taught by FCS Agent Vincent Webb.


Cook with Ease

March 12th, 2024

12-1pm, Online

Learn about tips, tools and gadgets to help make cooking easier and healthier at this free virtual workshop taught by our FCS Agent.


Equine Law: Tack Room Talk

March 30th, 2024

1-3pm at the Ag Center

Join us as 4-H Agents and guest speakers discuss helpful insights covering each stage of horse ownership. The topics will include buying/leasing a horse, boarding contracts, liability for injuries, insurance and more!


Come to 4-H Overnight Camp This Summer!

We know your child will love canoeing on Lake Hazel, hiking, climbing the rock wall, swimming in our pool, riding horses, and learning archery at Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center in Reidsville this summer!


Additional Resources

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