2022 Farm School

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Cherokee and Graham County Centers have teamed together to offer a series of Farm School educational programs  that will help farmers, homeowners, gardeners and youth learn more about farming, agriculture and rural living in our area. Most workshops listed below are free to anyone who would like to register. However, there is a charge for the grafting workshop to help cover the cost of the materials. If you have any questions about our programs, feel free to contact us.

Why Is My Plant Dying?

January 27, 2022

10:00 a.m. (Cherokee County)

2:00 p.m. (Graham County)

Learn How to Use Diagnostic Tools Available to you through N.C. Cooperative Extension to determine problems With Plants and Animals. When you complete the course you will know the basics of soil sampling, how to submit a digital picture of a problem plant to the diagnostic lab from the comfort of your home, and delivering an animal to the diagnostic lab in Asheville. Register

Pruning For Healthy Fruit Trees

February 8, 2022

1:30-4:30 p.m. (Graham County)

Pruning fruit trees and other fruit crops is essential for the health and success of a productive harvest. This workshop will focus on apple trees. When you complete the demonstration you will know tools needed for pruning, how to make decisions about which limbs to remove, and the time of year pruning should occur. This workshop will be held in Graham County only. We will meet at the Graham County Center at 1:30 for the classroom portion of the workshop and then carpool to the site of the demonstration. Register

Raising Chickens

February 22, 2022

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Graham County)

February 24,  2022

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (Cherokee County)

Raising chickens can be a fun and exciting hobby. Learn how to care for the birds in this hour-long classroom workshop. You will learn how to care for chicks and chickens, common diseases and predators. Register

The Art of Grafting Apple Trees

March 8, 2022

6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (Graham County)

March 15, 2022

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Cherokee County)

Grafting apples trees can be both rewarding and fun. Whether you’ve got a special variety that you can’t live without or have family tree that needs saving, you’ll be sure to enjoy this informative, hands-on workshop. We’ll provide the tools and the rootstock; all you have to do is show up! There is a $30 charge to cover materials needed. Payment will be required on the day of workshop. Register

Beekeeping Basics

March 22, 2022

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Cherokee County)

3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (Graham County)

Learn basic beekeeping information and practices to consider to keep your bees healthy and productive. Register


April 28, 2022

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (Cherokee County)

Parasites can be a discouraging and devastating problem when tending small ruminants. If you’ve had problems in the past or are experiencing problems now, please plan to join us for this informative workshop. Participating individuals will learn how to identify parasite problems in the herd, learn management techniques that reduce parasite load, and be trained in using the FAMACHA method of detecting anemia in small ruminants. Register

Food Plots

July 21, 2022

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (Cherokee County)

*155 Wilson Street, Andrews, NC 28901

Wildlife Food plots on your property can provide food for wildlife. Learn how to prepare for seeding food plots and seed mixtures for success. Register

Other upcoming workshops offered in Graham County

Other upcoming workshops offered in Cherokee County