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The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer three spring pollinator conservation workshops and garden tours as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series on Wednesday May 23, Saturday June 2, AND Tuesday June 5, starting at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro. This is the same workshop offered on three different dates to accommodate participants’ schedules and keep class size small. Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent Debbie Roos will give an overview of North Carolina pollinators and discuss the role of native bees and managed bees in crop pollination. Participants will learn about the principles of planting a pollinator garden and how to select trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, herbs, vines, and grasses to attract a diversity of pollinators. Debbie will emphasize native plants but also include a few other plants that provide good resources. The workshop will conclude with a tour of Cooperative Extension’s pollinator garden at Chatham Mills. The garden is comprised of over 210 different species, 85% of which are native to North Carolina. Full details and links to register are at go.ncsu.edu/2018-spring-pollinators 

May 23 Wed

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Pittsboro, NC 5 hours away
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You may have heard about a new food safety law and you may have heard that small farms are exempt from this law…

As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the FDA developed “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption”. These standards are commonly referred to as the Produce Safety Rule. The goal for this Rule is to minimize the risks for consumers of eating raw fruit and vegetables that could be contaminated with bacteria, viruses or parasitic organisms that cause food-borne illness.

Many farmers are not sure how this rule will affect them and have been asking for guidance. The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a FSMA for Small Farms Workshop on Thursday, August 16, 2018, from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro.

The intent of this workshop is to help you understand where your farm may fall under this regulation and learn about food safety practices that are relevant to small, diversified farms in NC. Farm inspections are expected to start in the spring of 2019 and even though most small- and medium-scale farms may be not covered or qualified exempt from some of the stipulations of the Rule, all produce growers have the responsibility to grow, pack and hold produce following safe practices. Come learn with us!

The FSMA for Small Farms Workshop will cover six Food Safety Practices essential for maintaining fresh produce safety on farms of any scale. It will also help participants walk-through an “Exempt or Not? Navigating the Qualifications” exercise to determine how FSMA’s Fresh Produce Safety Rule will govern each participant’s own operation. Workshop leaders will also educate participants in how FSMA will affect any CSAs & Food Hubs that growers may be part of, and focus on the confluence of required practices under FSMA as a preparation & requirement for potential GAP audits & certifications.

This workshop is free and open to all current and potential farmers of vegetables and fruits at any scale. Pre-registration is required and the deadline to register is August 13. To register go to go.ncsu.edu/2018-fsma

Aug 16 Thu
Pittsboro, NC 3 weeks away
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Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will be giving a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro on Saturday September 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm. The garden features over 210 species of perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, and grasses, and 85% of them are native to North Carolina. This is a great opportunity to visit the popular gathering spot for honey bees, native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other beneficial insects in addition to their human admirers! No registration is required…just meet on the lawn in front of Chatham Marketplace, rain or shine! The garden is at 480 Hillsboro St. Pittsboro, NC 27312. Visit the pollinator garden website at www.carolinapollinatorgarden.org

Sep 8 Sat
Pittsboro, NC 4 weeks away
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Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will be giving a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro on Thursday September 13, 2018 at 10:00 am. The garden features over 210 species of perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, and grasses, and 85% of them are native to North Carolina. This is a great opportunity to visit the popular gathering spot for honey bees, native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other beneficial insects in addition to their human admirers! No registration is required…just meet on the lawn in front of Chatham Marketplace, rain or shine! The garden is at 480 Hillsboro St. Pittsboro, NC 27312. Visit the pollinator garden website at www.carolinapollinatorgarden.org

Sep 13 Thu
Pittsboro, NC 2 months away
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Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will be giving a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro on Wednesday October 10, 2018 at 5:00 pm. The garden features over 210 species of perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, and grasses, and 85% of them are native to North Carolina. This is a great opportunity to visit the popular gathering spot for honey bees, native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other beneficial insects in addition to their human admirers! No registration is required…just meet on the lawn in front of Chatham Marketplace, rain or shine! The garden is at 480 Hillsboro St. Pittsboro, NC 27312. Visit the pollinator garden website at www.carolinapollinatorgarden.org

Oct 10 Wed
Pittsboro, NC 2 months away
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Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will be giving a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro on Saturday October 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm. The garden features over 210 species of perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, and grasses, and 85% of them are native to North Carolina. This is a great opportunity to visit the popular gathering spot for honey bees, native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other beneficial insects in addition to their human admirers! No registration is required…just meet on the lawn in front of Chatham Marketplace, rain or shine! The garden is at 480 Hillsboro St. Pittsboro, NC 27312. Visit the pollinator garden website at www.carolinapollinatorgarden.org

Oct 20 Sat