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Raymond Norton with giant pumpkins on truck

Land of the Giants!

As fall quickly approaches, the town of Robbinsville has been overtaken by giant pumpkins thanks to the generosity of …

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Appalachia's Indigenous Pumpkin

I first read about Cherokee Tan pumpkins a few years ago; a variety of pumpkin grown by Cherokee Indians …

Ribbons won at local fair

Big Day at the Fair!

Local beekeeper Alan Wamsley recently won both first place and “Best in Show” for his light sourwood honey at …

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Tomato Taste Test Results

North Carolina Cooperative Extension would like to thank everyone who stopped by the Graham County Farmer’s Market this past …

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On the Lookout for Pinkeye

Now that hot, humid weather is gaining a foothold here in the mountains, cattle producers need to keep a …

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Canton Livestock Spring Update

Registration is required! Call (828) 884-3109 for more information. June 4, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. WNC Regional Livestock …

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WNC Hemp Growers Meeting

Western North Carolina Extension personnel have organized a virtual hemp growers meeting for the evening of February 17, 2021. …

Making Butter at Home

Making butter at home is easier than you think. Watch this short video to learn how to make butter …

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