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4-H Youth Development

4-H is the largest youth development organization in North Carolina, educating hundreds of thousands of young people each year. Extension’s 4-H program is growing the next generation of leaders and equipping youth with the skills to succeed.

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Old Fort Clean Up 2019

Old Fort Clean Up 2019 Celebrate National Clean Up Day by helping remove trash from the Catawba River, Mill Creek, and …

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August 2019 Newsletter

The August 2019 N.C. 4-H Horse Program Newsletter is now available. This issue highlights the accomplishments of our 4-H’ers …

Cover photo for 2019 N.C. 4-H Livestock Contest

2019 N.C. 4-H Livestock Contest

McDowell County’s 4-H Youth Livestock team traveled to Raleigh on July 25 and 26 to compete at the 2019 …

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Bringing Home Bronze

At N.C. 4-H Congress in July, Jada Fairchild and Cayla Cates traveled to Raleigh to compete at the state …

Keep McDowell Beautiful

Compost Demos at the Dump!

Stop by McDowell County Convenience Sites to drop off your recycling, household trash, and learn about composting! Click here …

Foothills Livestock Judging competitors

Foothills Livestock Judging Contest

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, McDowell County Center hosted the Foothills Livestock Judging Contest at River Taw Farms in Cherryville, …

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This publication illustrates the NC State Extension Model for Program Planning and Evaluation for proactive …

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Growing Cool-Season Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, cool-season vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. This is …

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Growing Warm-Season Fruits and Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, warm-season fruits and vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. …

Animal Appetites

This educational resource for children aged 9-12 explores food preferences in animals through inquiry-based learning …

Nature's Footprints

This educational resource for children aged 9-12 explains how to identify a wide variety of …

Hunting and Fishing Sportsmanship

This educational resource for children aged 13-15 explains basic rules for being a good sportsman …

Wild Game: From Field to Table

This educational resource for children aged 13-15 explains how to properly handle, store, dress and …

Urban Wildlife: Our Animal Neighbors

This educational resource for children aged 13-15 explains how to observe urban wildlife, record information …