Educational Opportunities

2019 Chatham County Beekeeping Scho0l

Back by popular demand…the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will team up again with the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association to conduct an 8-week Beekeeping School in early 2019.

We do these beekeeping schools to introduce others to the joys of beekeeping, and to increase the number of skilled beekeepers in our region. Come join us and find out how fun and rewarding beekeeping can be!

The school will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro. Classes run from January 8-February 26 (with a spring field session on April 6). The primary audience for the school is beginner beekeepers, but others may wish to come for a refresher.

The cost for the entire 8-week school is $100 and includes a book AND a resource notebook.

To view the course outline and register, go to the Growing Small Farms website.

The deadline for registration is November 20.

For more information, email

For more information about the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association, visit their website.


Here is an interesting tool from Rutgers that you might want to check out. You may just find the ‘right plant’ for the right pollinator.

You can pick the right month for attracting both resident pollinators, as well as those passing through. Have fun planning for fall attractions for pollinators

The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) presents two special exhibitions, The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Artand Candida Höfer in Mexico, October 13, 2018, to January 20, 2019. Alongside more than 35 paintings and sculpture by this founder of American modernism, The Beyondincludes works by emerging artists including Louise Jones, Anna Valdez, and Britny Wainwrightthat evoke and expand upon O’Keeffe’s innovative artistic language. Candida Höfer in Mexicofeatures 25 large-scale “portraits” by photographer Candida Höfer of magnificent interiors of libraries, convents, theaters, churches, and museums throughout Mexico. The exhibitions are ticketed together; tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 7, for members, and Tuesday, September 4, for n

“These two exciting exhibitions showcase groundbreaking work from two preeminent female artists,” says Museum Director Larry Wheeler. “The exhibitions are both supported by the NCMA’s ongoing initiative, Matrons of the Arts, created to bring in more exhibitions by female artists, acquire more work by them, and support programming and events surrounding work by female artists.”

2014.35 Georgia O’Keeffe
Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932
Oil on canvas
48 × 40 in. (121.9 × 101.6 cm)
Framed: 53 in. × 44 3/4 in. × 2 1/2 in.

Magical Exhibition Illuminates NCSU Arboretum in November

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – For seven-nights in November, the magical lighting exhibition Moonlight in the Gardenwill illuminate and showcase JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University.Sponsored by the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation and presented by Southern Lights of Raleigh and more than a dozen suppliers, the exhibition is a once-per-year occasion to see the botanical gardens and Arboretum at night.

Exhibition dates include a special Preview Night on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 7 to 9 PM; plus, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights Nov. 8-10 and Nov. 15-17 from 6 to 9 PM.

Moonlight in the Gardenis an opportunity for us to light up the garden and share what a magical place the Arboretum can be at night,” said Mark Weathington, Director of JC Raulston Arboretum. “Children love being in the garden. One of the most rewarding aspects of the exhibition is the attraction of children, students, and people of all ages.”

“Along with the colorful and festive lighting exhibition, Moonlight in the Gardenis a chance to bundle up, welcome the fall season to North Carolina, dine at the best food trucks, enjoy the live music, have some hot cider, and roast marshmallows over the fire pits,” said Weathington.

Founded in 1976 and featuring over 7,000 different types of plants, JC Raulston Arboretum is one of the most diverse botanical gardens in North America based on benchmarking by the American Public Gardens Association. Now ranked in the top 95-percentile in plant diversity, the Arboretum’s mission includes plant collection, research, distribution, and education.

“Nature brings joy to life and illumination at night reveals new dimensions of nature,” said John Garner, volunteer project chair and President of Southern Lights of Raleigh. “Moonlight in the Gardenis a huge lighting exhibition, using over five miles of cable powered by twenty transformers to showcase the Arboretum with the latest and best lighting technologies.”

Tickets are limited – advance reservations are recommended online.

Advance tickets are $10 for college students and members of the Arboretum, $20 for non-members, and $5 for children under 12. Prices are $5 higher at the gate, if available, except for children under 12.

The Southeastern Vegetable Extension Workers Group

The Southeastern Vegetable Extension Workers Group has just released the 19th edition of the Southeastern U.S. Vegetable Crop Handbook.

This handbook represents a joint effort among Extension Specialists and Researchers from 12 land-grant universities in the U.S. who work in the area of vegetable production. These specialists and researchers represent a wide array of disciplines: agricultural engineering, entomology, olericulture (vegetable production), plant pathology, postharvest physiology, soil science, and weed science.

This handbook comprises up-to-the-minute information developed from research and Extension projects conducted throughout the southeastern United States.

Growers can get information on:

  • General Production Recommendations
  • Specific Crop Recommendations
  • Soil Pests—their Detection and Control
  • Calibrating Chemical Application Equipment
  • Registered Fungicides, Insecticides, and Miticides for Vegetables
  • Insect Control for Commercial Vegetables
  • Disease Control for Commercial Vegetables
  • Chemical Weed Control in Vegetable Crops


The handbook is geared towards larger scale conventional growers. However the book also includes information relevant to organic growers, such as cultural practices, variety selection, and information on primary pests and diseases.

Click here to download the Southeastern U.S. 2018 Vegetable Crop Handbook