The Organic Growers School of Western North Carolina is has a program called Farm Beginnings that helps people learn about the art of farming. Many skills are required to start and expand a successful farm business: passion, clear goals, production experience, financial and marketing know-how, and more. Farm Beginnings helps people build these skills through one year of farmer-led training, mentoring, and networking.

From the North Carolina Extension Service, Rutherford County Chapter, Director Jeff Bradley and Horticulture Agent Hannah Bundy took part in the Friday Feature from March 13, 2020. For those unaware, this conversation enables listeners to find out what an extension service does on a weekly basis for agriculture to horticulture, etc.  Hear about livestock workshops and future events as well.

Posted by Host and Producer of The Friday Feature Interview of the Week- Paul Foster, WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

The North Carolina Extension Service of Rutherford County is helping lead the way for what's called The N.C. Foothills Farm Tour.  Well over 15-farms will provide tours and information in both Rutherford and Polk counties.  Entire families are even encouraged to attend.  The first of hopefully many more to come tours takes place on June 8th.  During this Feature interview- Hannah Bundy with the Rutherford Extension Services provides the details.  The interview first aired on May 17, 2019.

ASAP's Farm to School Program is a part of a national program, which began as a way to connect local farmers and local schools by getting students involved in not only learning about where food comes from, but also introducing them to the taste and importance of fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet.


Emily Jackson, Executive Director of ASAP's Farm to School Program talks about the program and how to get your school involved.


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There are gardeners who instinctively seem to know exactly what each plant needs and their gardens thrive; there are gardeners who dream of having a thriving garden, but just don't seem to be able to get there. Then, there are the anxious gardeners who never know what a plant will do and are constantly watching and worrying.  Gardener and author, Teri Dunn Chace, says she wrote this simple book to answer the most often asked questions about gardening, and the most often made mistakes and how they can be fixed. For anyone who loves to garden, this discussion is fun and informative.