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County Extension

  • 4-H’ers learn lamb care by doing

    On Saturday, June 16, Oak Island 4-H youth Bobbi Jane Lawrence traveled to Edgecombe County to participate in her first lamb clinic, “Learn By Doing.” She had never even touched a lamb before arriving at the Edgecombe County Cooperative Extension to take part in the annual lamb clinic, where approximately 35 youth ages 7-19 took part.

  • Super Heroes in Training discover Health Rocks program

    Brunswick County 4-H’s summer fun programs kicked off on June 18 with the theme, Super Heroes in Training, chosen by the 4-H Teen Council and TiLT (Teens in Leadership Training) teens.
    On Monday, TiLT teens led Clover Buds, ages 5-8, in discovering what super hero strength they had. They designed capes, competed in super hero Olympics and got messy with super hero slime.

  • Catch these seafood resources

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about our local Brunswick Catch program. While researching local seafood, I found a great resource I’d like to share with you.

  • Don’t give up on ground pearls

    By Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician

  • ‘A Civil War Story’ plays at Maritime Museum

    The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will showcase authentic North Carolina culture and heritage on Saturday, July 14, in the second installment of the popular three-part summer program Second Saturdays.

  • During summer, container plants may need water daily

    Growing plants in containers is one of my favorite ways to garden and it can bring instant rewards. When the temperatures increase, plants seem to go into a growing frenzy. If they do not have access to water and nutrients, they become stressed and unhealthy looking. Watering is a bit of a balancing act. Trying to determine how much and how often can be quite a challenge.
    My strategy is to water containers thoroughly when the soil surface becomes dry to the touch. This can become tricky, depending on the soil used in the container.

  • How to build a rain garden

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener

  • Red, white and blueberries

    July belongs to blueberries. It is National Blueberry Month and a great time to think and talk about this super food.
    Nutritionally, we’ve been hearing a lot about blueberries lately. People are calling them a super food and not just because they taste good. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), blueberries are near the top of the list when it comes to antioxidant activity per serving.

  • Palms in the landscape create a tropical escape

    Planting palms in the landscape can create a tropical escape and drastically change the look of a garden.
    Even though palms do not have a showy flower, their large, evergreen leaves are natural attention getters. A single large palm or a grove of smaller palms can serve as a focal point for any landscape, large or small.
    Palms can be shrubs or trees. Most palms form some kind of woody trunk, but a palm trunk is different from the trunk of an ordinary tree. Palms rarely form branches, but keep their leaves clustered at the end of the trunk.

  • 4-H’er attends Raleigh program

    Brunswick County 4-H member Sammi Lawrence attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus in Raleigh on June 11-13. She returned home from three days where more than 200 youth and adults representing more than 75 4-H programs across the state gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge and learn through hands-on experiences about the different levels and branches of government.