Friday, September 27, 2013

New spin on Dogwoods

A lady stopped by this morning with a very interesting looking "berry" and asked if it was edible.  She said she had found a tree at our local Skyline Telephone Office but no one seemed to know what it was.  After a few calls and a little internet research we determined that it was a Chinese Dogwood.

Turns out the fruit is apparently edible but more tasty to birds than to us. For more information visit the link below.

United States National Arboretum (Dogwoods)

NC Extension Plant Fact Sheet

2013 ECA Centennial Celebration

Visit the link for registration information for the ECA Centennial Celebration to be held on October 27th at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC.


In 1913, Jane McKimmon organized home demonstration clubs in rural areas of North Carolina as a way for women to learn together and create a strong affinity for neighbor and community. The concept was simple, but revolutionary. Give women an opportunity to learn skills that would provide ample food, yet also provide additional income…income that could provide necessities for the entire family, educate the children and buy conveniences to make life easier.

Though the name has changed over the years from Home Demonstration to Extension Homemakers and now Extension and Community Association, the goals are the same: improve family life, the community and the state. North Carolina owes much of its success today to these women, past and present, who have volunteered their time and talents to NC Cooperative Extension and helped improve their communities over the years. Dinner featuring locally grown foods.  This year, North Carolina’s Extension and Community 
Association celebrates 100 years of extraordinary service to this state.  

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Boxwood Blight Information

For information about boxwood blight, please click here.  For information about treatments used for sanitizing tools, equipment, cultivation surfaces, and other related items, please click here.

Both of these informative fact sheets were prepared by Kelly Ivors, Extension Plant Pathologist, Dept. of Plant Pathology, NC State University.