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Providing Solutions
for another Century: Extension Strategic Vision & Planning Initiative 2013-2014

N.C. Cooperative Extension has launched a Strategic Vision and Planning Initiative that will take place over the next several months. This process will support and sustain Our Vision and promise to the citizens of North Carolina. For more information click

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Providing Solutions
for another Century: Extension Strategic Vision & Planning Initiative 2013-2014

N.C. Cooperative Extension has launched a Strategic Vision and Planning Initiative that will take place over the next several months. This process will support and sustain Our Vision and promise to the citizens of North Carolina. For more information click

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radon

Radon

Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas and is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers.  Radon is released harmlessly from the ground into outdoor air, but it can accumulate and reach harmful levels when trapped in homes and buildings.  Yancey County has been designated as a Zone 2 County by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Therefore, most homes in this area have moderate potential with radon levels between 2 and 3 picocuries per liter.  Mitchell County has been designated as a Zone 1 County. Zone 1 areas have the highest potential for high radon screening levels greater than 4 picocuries per liter.  Exposure to radon over a long period of time in a home that has levels above 4 picocuries per liter of air raises the health risk of developing cancer.  Four picocuries is the level at which it is recommended that you fix your home.  Houses, even in the same neighborhood, can have very different levels. Testing for radon in your own home is simple and inexpensive. January has been designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as National Radon Action Month.  The NC Radon Program urges residents to test their homes for radon this month.  Radon tests kits are available for free during January at your Cooperative Extension center.   For a free test kit and more information on radon, please contact the Mitchell County Cooperative at 10 South Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville, or call us at 828-688-4811.   Additional information can also be found on NC Radon Program’s website at www.ncradon.org.

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Bakersville Farmers'
Market

The Bakersville Farmers' Market will be at the Bakersville Medical Clinic parking lot on Saturday from 8 am until Noon, rain or shine.  We will have herb and vegetable starter plants, gourmet popsicles, potato bags, mung bean sprouts, canned goods, goat cheese, jams and jellies.  We will also have chutney, jewelry, breads, aprons, bags, mixed wild greens, purses, baked goods, duck eggs, chicken eggs, and more.  Look for us at the Bakersville Medical Clinic every Saturday from 8 am-Noon through the end of October.

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Spruce Pine Farmers'
Market

The Spruce Pine Farmers' Market will be at the Pizza Shop and Dry County Brewing Company parking lot on Wednesdays from 2-5 pm, rain or shine.  We will have herb and vegetable starter plants, gourmet popsicles, potato bags, mung bean sprouts, canned goods, goat cheese, jams and jellies.  We will also have chutney, jewelry, breads, aprons, bags, mixed wild greens, purses, baked goods, duck eggs, chicken eggs, and more.  Look for us at the Pizza Shop and Dry County Brewing every Wednesday from 2-5 pm through the end of October.

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Dial Pressure Canner Testing

Now that summer is officially here, many are enjoying the seasonal fruits and vegetables that are available this time of year. If you are planning to take advantage of these summer favorites by MORE »

Affordable Health Care Help in Mitchell County

Are you confused about the Affordable Care Act? Not sure if you qualify for health insurance? Need help filling out the online application? Overwhelmed by all the requirements and available options? Here is MORE »

Prepare Ahead for a Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner

Families are beginning to make plans for Thanksgiving dinner.  If you are responsible for preparation of a turkey, consider the number of guests to be served, the supplies needed, and safe handling procedures MORE »

Preserving Grapes: Home Canned Juice popular

Grapes are are a wonderful fruit to enjoy all year long. If you happen to have a good crop of grapes this year, you can preserve those grapes as juice for a beverage MORE »

Mmm….Apple Butter Season

Apples are one of the delights for this time of the year. Apples are irresistible as snacks or as ingredients in recipes. Apple cider and apple juice are popular beverages for all ages. MORE »

Vegetable Still Plentiful

Gardens have produced an bounty of beautiful vegetables this summer,and there seem to still be plenty of vegetables and fruits still available at the local farmers’ markets.  So, you still have time to MORE »

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EVENTS View All
Timber Tax Update for the 2014 Tax Year WebinarThu Feb 5, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Where:
http://www.forestrywebinars.net/
— 5 days away
GAP Tier 1 training part 1Tue Feb 10, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Yancey County Cooperative Extension, Orchard Drive Burnsville
— 1 week away
GAP Tier 1 training part 2Thu Feb 12, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Yancey County Cooperative Extension, Orchard Drive Burnsville
— 2 weeks away
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