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You can now have Extension news and updates while driving, pulling weeds, walking the dog, or whenever you like to tune in!

We are excited to kick off this new way of reaching our community with research-based education with some fun thrown in along the way. Episodes will consist of interview-style-based talks with our county agents as well as guests from the community. We look forward to connecting with you and invite you to take a listen!

Season One

Episode 1In our inaugural episode, we sit down with Dr. Kenneth Sherin to talk about the Farm, Food, and Family Education Center where he goes into more detail about the progress made so far as well as what’s coming up. In the second part of this episode, Kenny shares his role as the Broadband Access and Education Coordinator and what that means as well as how that ties into helping our communities.

Episode 2: September 18-24 is National Farm Safety & Health Week and for this episode, we are joined by Randolph County’s Field Crops & Forestry Agent to talk about some highlights of the week. He shares some helpful tips to keep our farmers, their employees, and their families safe while they live and work on their farms. 

Episode 3: In this week’s episode, we sat down with one of our newest team members, Sophie Farlow. She explains a little more about the Food Hub and Commercial Kitchen parts of our future building and how they will be an asset to our community members. Sophie also shares about the fun app, “Visit NC Farms” and how that can help you find family-friendly agri-tourism spots to visit in North Carolina. 

Episode 4: What is FCS anyway? It stands for Family and Consumer Sciences and we have an agent for that in our office! In this episode, we meet Jeannie Leonard who has been in the Extension game the longest of any other employee in the office. She is a wealth of knowledge (and funny stories)! 

Episode 5: No need to allow uninvited guests, like Norovirus, to your holiday meals! In this episode, we cover food safety topics, tips for selecting and cooking a delicious turkey, what to do with the leftovers, and more. Take a listen to help get you ready for the upcoming season.

Episode 6: For our last episode of 2022, livestock agent, Adam Lawing shares important information on how farmers and ranchers keep their livestock animals safe and healthy in the cold winter months. We look forward to more episodes in 2023!

Season Two

Episode 1: We have been unseasonably warm in North Carolina for the winter and even more so for February. For today’s episode, we had a chat with Horticulture agent, Cody Craddock about what to do (and what not to do) in this warm weather concerning our plants, gardens, and lawns. 

Episode 2: In this episode, we chat with Local Foods agent, Sophie Farlow, about the SIX different Farmer’s Markets located across Randolph County. We also go a little more in-depth on what the concept of the food hub is expected to look like when our new facility is built and how it should help strengthen and be an asset to our existing local markets. Take a listen to learn more!

Episode 3: It’s hitting the HOT season in central North Carolina and that means things are growing – things we want and things we don’t want. A popular call for our Horticulture Agent, Cody Craddock, recently has been concerning pond weed identification and ways to combat them. Take a listen if this is a topic that you may have questions about as well.