3/3/21 Update on Durham County Cooperative Extension Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

— Written By Christa Gibson
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In accordance with the State of Emergency declared by our State and County Government, and to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina, Durham County Government closed most County buildings on March 23, limiting services and focusing on essential functions.

Programming Updates

Our building is closed to the public as of March 23, 2020 and staff are working remotely and will respond by phone and email. Read on for available services below.

Services for Young Children & Families

The Welcome Baby Giving Closet has reopened one Thursday a month from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. for distribution of clothing. Distribution will be done through the same drive through, contact-less system employed for our Diaper Distribution. Masks are required for service. Watch the Welcome Baby Facebook Page for upcoming distribution dates. 

  • Open to Durham County residents only. You will be asked to show proof of residency, children’s birth certificate or Medicaid for each child born before August 31, 2016, and parent’s ID.
  • We will also be checking children’s car seats. If your child is not properly restrained, we will be not able to serve you until you have attended a car seat safety workshop.
  • We will not be distributing diapers on this day. Diaper distribution will still be on Fridays.

Our Welcome Baby program will provide Drive-Up Diaper pick-up for Durham County Welcome Baby clients in need with children ages 0-5. Families should drive to the back of the building at 721 Foster Street and should stay in their cars. Staff will provide the appropriately sized diapers. Pick up will take place on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ONLY. Pick up will not take place on Durham County Government holidays. Staff will wear gloves and maintain appropriate social distance.

  • You may come every other week.
  • Do not arrive early.
  • You need to know the ages and weight of each child
  • We will place diapers and supplies on a table for you to pick up.
  • Please pick up items quickly,
  • If you or someone in your home are sick, please STAY HOME.
  • If you have any questions or need additional resources, please feel free to call us at 919-560-7150 or email us at welcomebabydurham@gmail.com.
  • Car seat and crib distribution and training is available on an emergency basis for immediate needs only. Families or service providers must call 919-560-7150 to schedule an appointment.

Gardening & Farmer Services

  • Gardening questions? You can still receive high-quality gardening advice from our Master Gardener℠ at durhammastergardener@gmail.com or via their phone hotline at (919) 560-0528.
  • Farmers can call our Agriculture Agent, Ashley Troth, directly at 919-698-4138 for farm-related questions and consultation.
  • Our Briggs Avenue Community Garden is open on Friday and Saturday mornings for plot owners to access their food plots. Social distancing is operational and a hand washing station is available.
  • Durham County Cooperative Extension has soil sample materials available to the public and farmers, even though our office is closed to the public. As you enter the driveway at our office at 721 Foster Street, Durham – about halfway down the north side of our building you will see a blue box on the left side in what looks like a porch overhang. Inside of the blue box are the soil sample materials. At this time (Dec 1st to April 1st) the cost for getting your soils samples tested is $4.00 per box. You will need to take the soil samples to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agronomic Lab (4300 Reedy Creek, Raleigh). On April 1st (when they are free) we will resume collecting the soil samples and getting them to Raleigh for the public. Please contact Pana Jones at 919-560-0521 or email at pana_jones@ncsu.edu if you have any questions.

Support for Long-Term Caregivers

If you are caring for children or adults with a chronic condition, a long term responsibility can be overwhelming! As a caregiver, you must take steps to manage your stress and anxiety, particularly when your social supports are limited, as in this time of the Corona virus. If you are interested in a Zoom session to address Stress Management with other caregivers, please contact Peggy Kernodle at pkernodle@dconc.gov or call 919-560-0523.


Main number (919) 560-0525
Welcome Baby (919) 560-7150
Master Gardener Advice Line (919) 560-0528
Twitter:  @DurhamExtension