Programs coming up on squash, honey, estate planning and more

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 4, 2014

When we receive a new client, they always ask about the activities and programs we have throughout the year. During October, we have tons of programs and activities. All of the activities will be at the Rowan County Cooperative Extension office, 2727 Old Concord Road, unless otherwise stated. For those that require an RSVP, please call the office at 704-216-8970. The following are a few of the programs that I am working on:
Winter Squash Workshop — This is a workshop on growing winter squash. Attendees will learn about the varieties grown in the research trial and the problems and possible benefits of growing winter squash. The program will be held at the Piedmont Research Station, 8350 Sherrills Ford Road, on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 1–4 p.m. Participants will get to see the different varieties, test plots and even get to taste test.
Present Use, Sales Tax Update and Estate Planning — There have been many changes to the sales tax exemption for farmers in North Carolina. This program will help guide you through the changes. It is also a great time to learn about present use value and estate planning. There will be a meal provided by Davidson & Rowan County Farm Bureau and James River Farm Equipment of Salisbury. RSVPs are required. The program is Friday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Rowan County Cooperative Extension office.
Healing Problem Wounds with Honey — Dr. Steele, the medical director from the Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Valdese Hospital, will present the program at the Rowan County Extension office on Monday, Oct. 13, from 7–8 p.m. This program will show participants that honey is not just used as a sweetener but has been used in the medical industry for thousands of years. Space is limited to 120 participants. RSVP by calling the Extension office.
Introduction to Beekeeping — This program will be on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9–11 a.m. at the Rowan County Cooperative Extension office. As most of us know, there is a serious demand for honey. However, bees are having a difficult time surviving. This program could help increase bee populations. If you have ever wanted to learn more about beekeeping and how you can get started, then this program is for you. The program is free to the public, and you do not have to register.
As you can see, Rowan County Cooperative Extension has many programs to meet the needs of the community. We would love for you to attend one of our activities in October.
For more information on any of these activities, contact your local Cooperative Extension Agent, Danelle Cutting, at 704-216-8970.