News for gardenersWritten by Admin
Become a Master Gardener
An information session will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, at the Canton Library.
Run by the Haywood County Cooperative Extension, the master gardener program consists of a series of weekly training classes from January to April on all things related to gardening — from pruning, lawn care and landscaping to flower and vegetable gardening.
In exchange for the wealth of knowledge master gardeners get, they agree to volunteer at least 40 hours during the following year in various activities.
Deadline approaching for farm grants
Agricultural producers have just a few more days to apply for grants aimed at helping farmers in Western North Carolina diversify and expand their businesses.
WNC Agricultural Options will distribute $178,000 to WNC farmers in 2016, but applicants must submit a letter of intent to apply by Oct. 16 and have applications finished by Nov. 13.
WNC Agricultural Options — funded by the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission — has awarded nearly $2 million to farmers in the 21 western counties, done in increments of $3,000 and $6,000. Previous projects have run the gamut from helping farmers get started raising broiler turkeys to purchasing an air-forced refrigerator to reduce loss of harvested blueberries.
Contact your local cooperative extension office to learn more. www.wncagoptions.org.
Prep the natives for next year’s garden
A discussion on growing native plants from seed — with an eye toward creating a garden birds will love — will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Paul Kern Youth Center at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.
George Thomas, a horticulture instructor at Haywood Community College, will pass on his tricks and techniques for preparing seeds for germination. Audience participation encouraged, with plenty of hands-on activities that will result in each participant taking home several different native species to plant.
This is the final 2015 meeting of the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society. Free. Refreshments provided.
Christine Gibson, 828.550.5449.