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Extension and NCDA&CS are working together to develop a response plan for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Find the latest information regarding this at NCDA&CS.

Hen under close scrutiny at FFA poultry evaluations at the State Fairgrounds.

Avian Flu Information

Extension and NCDA&CS are working together to develop a response plan for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Find the latest information regarding this at NCDA&CS.

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YOU are Invited on
October 15 to develop a Promise Zone for Durham

Dear Friends and Community Partners, I would like to invite you to join us on Thursday, October 15 from 8:30AM-12:00PM to be a part of the development of a Durham Promise Zone.  The event will take place at the Durham County Human Services Building at 400 E. Main Street in Conference Room A.  A light breakfast will be provided. What is a Promise Zone? The Promise Zone Initiative is a federal program created by the Obama administration to designate high poverty communities as “Promise Zones.”  The designation creates a partnership between the federal government and the local community to address priorities within the zone.  A Durham Promise Zone would not supplant existing initiatives and efforts; it would reinforce this work.  The Promise Zone designation will enhance our ability to act in concert with federal and state agencies and garner resources that can support local work and improve quality of life in the zone.  There is a competitive community-based federal application process to request a Promise Zone for Durham. What is my role? Durham County Cooperative Extension has been asked to shepherd the federal application process for a Durham Promise Zone on behalf of the City, County, and Durham Community.   Essential to this process is community input, investment and commitment from partners who are the implementers of community based programs, initiatives, practices, and strategies in Durham.  We are inviting YOU to participate and become one of the “Pillars of Promise” because you and your organization are deeply engaged in the community and the goals of the proposed Promise Zone.  On October 15, you will learn more about the Promise Zone application process, review the proposed zone map, and have direct input into the five goals for the zone: Create Jobs Increase economic activity Improve educational opportunities Reduce violent crime Promote health and access to healthcare Through your participation, you and your organization will have the opportunity to become an Implementation Partner for the Durham Promise Zone. What do I need to do? Please RSVP using the link below and join us on October 15.  There is a space on the RSVP form to indicate your interest if you cannot attend and to recommend other potential partners in this process.  You can also send someone else to represent your organization. Please contact Donna Rewalt, Community Outreach Coordinator, at (919)560-0538 or durhampromisezone@dconc.gov if you have any questions. RSVP: https://docs.google.com/a/ncsu.edu/forms/d/1Fb1SmuL9QC9YJ6Phi9aIx9d66MYRBfIZvw_yZ6PY2fE/viewform What are the benefits? If designated as a Promise Zone (a ten-year designation), the benefits for Durham include:  preference for certain competitive federal programs and technical assistance, federal staff to assist in implementing goals and navigating federal programs, potential tax incentives, and the expertise of five (5) full time AmeriCorps VISTA members to manage volunteers and increase capacity.  The Promise Zone designation propels our collective ability to address multiple community challenges and has the potential to expand and strengthen the good work you are already doing in the community. We look forward to meeting with you on October 15 and sharing more about the potential for a Durham Promise Zone.  Together we have an extraordinary opportunity to be the catalyst for ongoing collaboration and to serve as the pillars of change, growth and prosperity for a greater Durham. In Partnership, Delphine Sellars Durham County Extension Director Delphine Sellars | County Extension Director dsellars@dconc.gov 721 Foster Street Durham, North Carolina 27701 Office (919) 560-0524  |   Fax (919) 560-0530

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Presenting our 2015
Report to the Community!

Check out Durham County Extension's 2015 Report to the Community--ROAR: Recognizing Opportunity Achieving Results. Many thanks to our community partners and stakeholders who make our work possible!

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Welcome Baby

Welcome Baby provides educational and emotional support to parents and cargivers of young children 0-5 with free services in English and Spanish, including: Car seat safety, Phone support, Clothing closet, and workshops.  http://www.welcomebaby.org/


Color Me Healthy for
Daycare Providers

Daycare centers will receive: • All the materials you will need to teach the Color Me Healthy lessons in your classroom. • Background information about healthy eating and physical activity in young children. • Easy tips to help you eat healthy and be physically active. • 3 contact hours Color Me Healthy includes: • Teacher Guide with Circle Time Activities • 4 Sets of Picture Cards • 3 Classroom Posters • CD and Cassette Tape with 7 Original Songs • Hand Stamp • 14 Reproducible Newsletters for Parents • 2 Colorful Parent Posters • 1 kit per daycare *Special note: Centers with more than twenty-five 4 and 5 year olds may be eligible to receive additional Color Me Healthy kits. Training will be held Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m. at the Durham County Cooperative Extension Center, 721 Foster Street, Durham, North Carolina. Color Me Healthy registration fee: $25.00 per participant. Deadline: November 4, 2015. Dinner will be served. For more information, call Pam Jordan-Carrington at 560-0536. Pre-registration is required.

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Durham Master Gardeners Win Innovation Award

Durham Master Gardener Volunteers produce a state-wide radio show and podcast, Getting Dirty with Master Gardeners.  At their state conference, the NC Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association recognized the radio show as an innovative MORE »

Color Me Healthy Training for Daycare Providers

Color Me Healthy is an innovative program that uses color, music, and exploration of the senses to teach children ages four and five that healthy food and physical activities are fun! Daycare centers MORE »

Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices Workshop Series popular

Fresh produce has been linked to 14,350 outbreak-related illnesses, 1,382 hospitalizations and 34 deaths in the US (CDC, 1996-2010).  Contamination can happen anywhere along the production chain, during growing, harvesting, manufacturing, processing, packing, MORE » – from   Local Food

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North Carolina has been lucky during the past few years, as we have avoided any major hurricane activity. But it is important not to become complacent about hurricane season.  Should a hurricane or MORE »

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Raised Beds; If you build them the Veggies Will Come, Extension Garden SeminarSat Oct 10, 2015 Today
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
Durham Garden Center, 4536 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC, United States
— 20 minutes ago
Weeds, Water and Words of Wisdom, Extension Garden SeminarSun Oct 11, 2015
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Where:
Durham County Public Library, South Regional Branch, 4505 South Alston Avenue, Durham, NC
— Tomorrow
The Giving ClosetMon Oct 12, 2015
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Where:
Welcome Baby/Durham County Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster St., Durham NC 27701
— 2 days away
Canker Worm WorkshopThu Oct 15, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
Durham County Library - Main Library, 300 North Roxboro Street, Durham, NC, United States
— 5 days away
The Giving ClosetMon Oct 19, 2015
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Where:
Welcome Baby/Durham County Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster St., Durham NC 27701
— 1 week away
Wildlife Management - Durham Garden ForumTue Oct 20, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC 27705, United States
— 1 week away
Canker Worm WorkshopSun Oct 25, 2015
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Durham County Library - Main Library, 300 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27701, United States
— 2 weeks away
The Giving ClosetMon Oct 26, 2015
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Where:
Welcome Baby/Durham County Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster St., Durham NC 27701
— 2 weeks away
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