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Cooperative Extension offers yearlong series of workshops

A series offered through North Carolina’s Cooperative Extension office in Stanly County is growing.

The series that began in 2016 and has continued the last two years on a quarter of half-year basis has now turned into a full year worth of workshops.

Each workshop is $5, or individuals can sign up for the series of $80.

“The series was put together and will be implemented by our whole extension staff,” said Hayley Cowell, one of the county’s extension agents. “Workshops are chosen each year based off county needs and interests.”

The first workshop, “Pecan Growing & Troubleshooting,” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

It will be taught by horticulture agent Dustin Adcock and focus on how to get the most out of one’s pecan trees from planting recommendations to fertilizing and pest management.

“The Learning to Grow Series has been a great tool for providing hands-on educational workshops for both youth and adults,” said Lori Ivey, county extension director for N.C. Cooperative Extension. “We are excited to have a year’s worth of opportunities available to our citizens. As we hire additional staff, we will add to the series.”

A list of other workshops follows:

Drip Irrigation for the Farm & Home Garden, 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 7;
Decorating “Naked Cakes” and Valentine Treats, noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 14;

The Art of Pruning Hands-on, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20;

Permaculture Basics, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26;

Marketing Yourself: Interviews & Resumes (ages 15-18), 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 5;

Building Soil, 10 a.m. to noon March 20;

Getting Herby with It, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 17;

Tomatoes from Seed to Harvest, 10 a.m. to noon April 25;

Meal Prep Boot Camp, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 15;

Relaxation & Meditation, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 23;

Starting New Plants with Propagation, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 5;

Waterbath Canning, 10 a.m. to noon June 11;

Pressure Canning, 10 a.m. to noon July 9;

The Dirt on Composting, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 9;

Family Hike, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 20;

A Winning Tailgate Party, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 28;

Lush Lawns, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4;

Family Evening of Arts (ages 10 and up), 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 18;

Parent/Child Culinary Adventures (ages 8-12 and adults), 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 5;

Parent/Child Culinary Adventures (ages 13 and up), 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 7;

Gifts from the Kitchen, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 4; and

Season of Giving (ages 5-10), 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10.

Most of the workshops are taught at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center.

Call 704-983-3987 for registration information.

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