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February 2022

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Meet Kaley Lawing

The new Moore County 4-H Agent is here.  Meet Kaley Lawing.

Kaley is a native of Moore County. After graduating from North Moore High School, Kaley went to North Carolina State University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science. With an enthusiasm for youth development and 4-H, Kaley took the 4-H position at the Mitchell County Extension Center. Then she moved to Chatham County as a Community Development and 4-H Agent. When the 4-H position became available here in Moore County, Kaley saw an opportunity to return to her roots and serve her home county.

Kaley brings to Moore County experience in positive and experiential youth programming, volunteer and leadership development, fostering strong community partnerships, and program management. In the interview for the Moore County 4-H position, Kaley expressed her aspiration to give back to the community where she was raised. Kaley abides by the philosophy that open dialogue and active listening leads to her capacity to serve the needs of young people. She looks forward to leading, promoting and engaging Moore County youth and their families in 4-H and the many opportunities available in 4-H. These opportunities will enable youth to develop the life and leadership skills that will ultimately help them become responsible and productive adults who will in turn give back to their communities.

Please, join the Moore County Cooperative Extension staff welcome Kaley back to her home county and to the Moore County Extension Center.

Master Gardener Tip:

Late Winter May be the Time to Prune

February and early March are a time when many Sandhills gardeners are preparing their spring seedlings and readying their soil for cool-weather, early plantings. But it is also a perfect time to prune many shrubs. If blueberry production didn't meet expectations, plants may need some thinning and trimming, while they are still dormant. For an excellent guide to pruning blueberries, see the website at

Other late-winter pruning, often neglected, includes reining in those rhododendron that have outgrown their space or are simply old and need rejuvenation. While radical pruning may reduce blooming for the next season, your plant will benefit in the long term by taking the pruning saw or loppers to it. Choose a frost free day and start by removing any dead  or wilted branches. Then you may reduce the size of the plant by up to one third. Be sure to cut branches back to just above a bud. Once the pruning is done, don't forget to feed, mulch, and water the plant.

For more information, contact the Extension Master Gardener Helpline at  910-947-3188 Monday- Friday.

By: Larry Allen, EMGV, Moore County

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For more information, contact the Extension Master Gardener Helpline at
910-947-3188, Monday-Friday

Land Summit Planned for Landowners & Land Users

When: March 17, 2022; 8:00 am- 5:00 pm

Where: Moore County Agricultural Building
707 Pinehurst Avenue, Carthage, NC

Public and private matters that affect land usage is becoming increasingly impactful to landowners, especially for those that own agricultural and forest lands or for those who purchase or inherit undeveloped land.  Issues surrounding development, landowner rights, conservation, preservation, government zoning and land-use regulations, and taxation all go hand-in-hand with land ownership.

Though there are similar challenges across the state, landowners face concerns and opportunities unique to Moore County. For example, as many counties are losing farms, the most recent farm census showed that Moore County grew its number of farms from 713 to 733. At the same time the spill over from Fort Bragg and the continued growth in the tourist industry has seen an explosion in development, development that often encroaches on farms and forest acreages. The Land Summit is designed to educate landowning and farming constituents on matters that affect their land use.   

Cost: Free to attend, but there will be a charge for participants who wish to order lunch


For more information contact Deborah McGiffin, 910-947-3188 or
The 4-H Butterfly Program, which corresponds to the DPI-NC Essential Standards, is being be offered to students in grades K-9 this year. This School Enrichment Program is much more than simply watching caterpillars evolve into butterflies. The butterfly program emphasizes a “hands-on” experiential learning experience which explains the intricacies of nature’s life cycles.

Thanks to the generous support of the United Way of Moore County, this program is provided free of charge for Moore County teachers.

Other 4-H school enrichment opportunities, designed in enhance and supplement classroom curriculums or lesson plans, are available to all schools, after school and school-age youth programs in Moore County.  If your institution is interested in learning about Moore County 4-H and our hands-on enrichment programs, please feel free to contact Kaley Lawing at 910-947-3188 or by email at

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Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made at least 5 days before the scheduled event
to Deborah McGiffin at or 910-947-3188.


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