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Dig Deeper With Us! (Series)

Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Orange County are pleased to continue it’s ‘Dig Deeper with Us!’ lecture series. When: Saturday, …

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Pond Clinic 2019

Orange County Soil and Water announces… What: Durham and Orange Soil and Water Conservation District’s Annual Pond Clinic …

Home Food Preservation class schedule

Preserve at Home! Classes

Don’t miss this year’s first home food preservation classes from our Preserve at Home! series. *Basics of Home Food Preservation …

Cut dahlias

Extending Cut Dahlia Vase Life

Cut dahlias are perennially popular with growers and consumers because of their stunning beauty, and amazingly diverse colors, shapes, …

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Forestry Field Day 2019

Harvest Ridge Farm 545 Service Rd Ruffin, NC 27326 Thursday, March 21, 2019, starting at 10 a.m. FOR ANY QUESTIONS CONTACT: Kathryn Holmes, N.C. …

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Novel Endophyte Fescue Field Day

Caywood Farm Thursday, April 25, 2019, 4 to 6 p.m. 2306 Moores Mill Rd, Rougemont, NC 27572 R.S.V.P to 919-560-0558 or Lmarochak@dconc.gov by …

AG Development Forum

14th Annual Agricultural Development Forum

Join us for the 14th Annual at NC State Fairgrounds Governor Holshouser Building, Raleigh Thursday, January 31, 2019 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Free Admission · Lunch Provided · Open …

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2019 Beginning Farmer Class

Classes are scheduled on Thursday nights starting January 10th through February 28th, 2019, when farmers are less busy and …

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2019 NC Farm School Northern Piedmont

JOIN US FOR OUR INTEREST MEETINGS!! R.S.V.P. online November 27, 2018, at 7 p.m. N.C. Cooperative Extension, Durham County Center 721 Foster Street Durham, NC November …

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Cool and Ship: A Low-Cost, Portable Forced-Air Cooling Unit

This publication gives instruction for building and using an inexpensive postharvest cooling system. The cool …

Figure 1. The effects of temperature on the growth of Monolinia

Chlorination and Postharvest Disease Control

At present, chlorination is one of the few chemical options available to help manage postharvest …

Figure 1. Liquid icing single cartons of produce.

Crushed and Liquid Ice Cooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Typical conventional hydrocooler.

Hydrocooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Cooling time for various airflow rates.

Forced-Air Cooling

This publication covers the characteristics and benefits of forced-air cooling to cool fresh produce to …

Figure 1. Common produce packages.

Design of Room Cooling Facilities: Structural & Energy Requirements

Proper temperature control is essential to protecting the quality of fresh produce. By constructing and …

Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden

Blueberries can be grown in home gardens anywhere in North Carolina if the right species …

Illustration of a red raspberry trellis

Raspberries in the Home Garden

In the case of specialty or non-traditional small fruit crops in the Southeast, red raspberries …