2018 Brunswick County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 31, 2019

I. Executive Summary

2018 was a year of opportunity and challenge in Brunswick County. Educational programs were successful and expanded in many areas, but Hurricane Florence, and to a lesser degree Michael, caused devastation in the community and set back the progress that many of the staff made in the way of partnerships and program plans.
The Horticulture Program in 2018 continued to grow by leaps and bounds. Whether by attending continuing education programs, hands-on workshops, or via the Information Line and House Calls program, approximately 35,000 residents and professionals contacted the NC Cooperative Extension Horticulture Program in 2018. As a result, residents and professionals alike saved nearly $500,000 by implementing extension-based recommendations. Extension Master Gardener Volunteers contributed nearly 7,500 hours of service, a total service value of $182,336.
Brunswick County 4-H made efforts to increase programming in STEM, Healthy Living, and Citizenship in 2018. Our Teens in Leadership Training (TiLT) Youth Volunteers received the Governors Medallion Award for Volunteer Service. We continued partnering with local organizations, such as Parks and Rec, Brunswick County Schools, and Communities in Schools, to program in a variety of settings across the county.
Family and Consumer Science programs focused on food safety for restaurants with the established, story-based NC Safe Plates curriculum, and reached additional audiences through the efforts of Extension Master Food Volunteers. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) educator graduated over 100 limited resource adults through her course on nutrition and food budgeting.
Agriculture programs included small scale poultry production, cover crop demonstrations, and corn variety trials. In-depth consultations were initiated with new operations in agritourism, malt barley production, and industrial hemp. Hurricane Florence destroyed any remaining corn in the field and devasted the entire soybean crop with torrential rains, not to mention nursery, vegetable, and specialty crops. The remainder of the year was dedicated to disaster recovery and assisting 60 growers who applied for state and federal disaster assistance.
Our County relationship is strong and County residents continue to request the services we provide in Horticulture, Agriculture, Nutrition, Food Safety, and Youth Development. 2019 looks to be another solid year of programming, and hopefully a more normal rainfall total.

II. County Background

The Brunswick Vision strategic plan of 2017 included Extension staff to lead a citizen input group and serve on a guiding unit. The needs assessment portion identified many issues in the county that provide opportunities for Extension programming (promote agribusiness and agritourism; preserve shoreline, protect waterways and other environmental features; attract younger residents; and preserving agricultural and rural heritage). Marketing is an organizational issue that must be addressed based on Advisory Council input and because in the Brunswick Vision plan a forced ranking of departments ranked Cooperative Extension low, even though service satisfaction with Extension was mentioned specifically as a strength of the county by participants in the survey.
The staff will focus on three main areas in 2018: Marketing of our programs, Leveraging Local and State Resources, and Strengthening Community Partnerships. These priority areas are based on needs assessments and observations by staff and advisory groups. We are looking forward to a highly productive year with a full staff.


Background

With over 123,000 residents, Brunswick County consistently has one of the fastest growth rates in North Carolina and is often among the leading growth counties nationwide as the local economy continues to rebound from a large recession which started late in the last decade. County Government is highly stable and fiscally sound with good leadership at the administration and department levels with nearly 1,000 employees working for the good of our residents.

Geographically, the county is a large (847 sq mi) coastal plain entity predominated by sand, low topography, shifting barrier islands and several small river systems which are completely contained within our borders. Economically, the county is split: the southern portion of Brunswick (below Highway 17) tends to be affluent along the coast while the portion of the county North of the highway is more rural with pockets of economic challenges.

Historically, the area was settled by Europeans in the early 1700's due to the region's valuable Naval Stores and Cape Fear River port. A colonial challenge to the tax stamps at Brunswick Towne preceded the Boston Tea Party by eight years. British forces and the Union Navy defeated the nearby Fort Anderson's inhabitants during their respective wars and the location remains as a state historic site. Today, Brunswick County has more municipalities than any other county in North Carolina and arguably the most number of golf courses here on the “Golf Coast.”

In Brunswick County, Extension is in a unique position to provide educational programming to various groups based on the identified needs. Several programs in the county target limited resource audiences with about 17,400 residents living below the poverty level. By curating the research-based information generated at North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University, we can provide Brunswick County citizens with the information and solutions to meet the needs of the county.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

North Carolina's plant production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.

Producers will increase sales of food locally to more agriculturally aware consumers through market development, producer and consumer education, and new farmer and infrastructure support.

Value* Outcome Description
5Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
17Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Individuals and groups will acquire leadership and decision making capacities needed to guide and actively participate in local and state organizations.

Value* Outcome Description
11Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
2Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
200Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
10Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
3Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
1Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
194Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
4Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Youth and adults will address community issues and/or challenges through volunteerism.

Value* Outcome Description
105Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
4Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
101Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
419Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
56Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
52Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1207Increased number of hours contributed by trained youth volunteers
2956Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
2Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
25Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
2Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
14Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
3Number of youth volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Parents and caregivers will effectively use recommended parenting, self care practices and community resources.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
14Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
729Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
395Total number of female participants in STEM program
15Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
136Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
63Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
440Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
32Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

North Carolinians will make decisions and adopt practices that implement effective resource protection and conservation.

Consumers and communities will enhance the value of plants, animals, and landscapes while conserving valuable natural resources and protecting the environment.

Value* Outcome Description
27520Number of participants improving knowledge, attitude, skills and aspirations regarding gardening and landscape practices including plant selection and placement, turfgrass management, soil management, growing food, water conservation and water quality preservation, storm water and erosion management, green waste management, pest and wildlife management
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
23000Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
345000Total cost savings from the use of extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
23000Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
345000Cost savings from using extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
27520Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
305200Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
1160Number of participants growing food for home consumption
23200Value of produce grown for home consumption
290Number of participants adopting composting
8Reduced tonnage of greenwaste as a result of Extension-recommended practices including composting and proper plant selection
17400Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualty
174000Costs savings from implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
17400Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.

Value* Impact Description
66Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
386Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
856Number of participants increasing their physical activity
26Number of participants who consume less sodium in their diet
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Other Objectives

Continue development of the "Gardens of Brunswick" concept as a premier horticultural destination site and teaching garden.
1) In cooperation with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and Brunswick Community College's Horticulture Department, continue development of complementary plants collections with plant identification labels at the main campus and the government complex that will be marketed as the "Gardens of Brunswick". 2) In cooperation with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and Brunswick Community College's Horticulture Department, develop an internship program where college students assist in the expansion of the Brunswick Botanical Garden and other county-owned properties. 3) Incorporate the Brunswick Botanical Garden and the storm water best management practices demonstration into a comprehensive plan for enhancing the landscaped areas of the Brunswick County Government Complex. 4) Develop and implement major events centered around the botanical garden with educational and community development components. These may include tours of the gardens and special events highlighting specific plant collections or other aspects of the garden. 5) Incorporate additional areas (Buildings F and G, new fuel station, parking lot in front of Building N) into the Brunswick Botanical Garden to improve aesthetics, properly handle storm water and expand the educational mission of the garden.

V. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 9,745
Non face-to-face** 32,749
Total by Extension staff in 2018 42,494
* Face-to-face contacts include contacts that Extension personnel make directly with individuals through one-on-one visits, meetings, and other activities where staff members work directly with individuals.
** Non face-to-face contacts include contacts that Extension personnel make indirectly with individuals by telephone, email, newsletters, news articles, radio, television, and other means.

VI. Designated Grants Received by Extension

Type of GrantAmount
Contracts/Grants $0.00
Gifts/Donations $0.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $0.00

VII. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.69
4-H: 133 1,161 2,113 $ 28,665.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 976 7,385 28,220 $ 182,336.00
Other: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Total: 1109 8546 30333 $ 211,001.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VIII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

County Advisory Council
Jane Kulesza
Ron Skubic
JoAnn Shandley
Michael Gore
Allison Campbell
Yvette Gosling
Margaret Shelton
4-H Advisory Committee
Bobbi Lawrence
Sydney Blair
Autumn Apple
Amelia Apple
Arletta Aleshire
Elizabeth Jones
Melinda Johnson
JoAnn Shandley
Horticulture Advisors
Jeanne Pavero
Merry MacBarb
Vicki Fuhrmann
Vic Stephens
Krystyna Ochota
Grace Wrigley
Voluntary Agricultural District
Chip Carroll
Jody Clemmons
Sam Bellamy
Marc Green
Mamie Caison
Kirstie Dixon
Michelle Kasey
Local Foods Policy Council
Jane Kulesza
Sarah Daniels
Margaret Shelton
Michael Callahan
Lewis Dozier
Morgan Nelms

IX. Staff Membership

Mark Blevins
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (910) 253-2610
Email: mark_blevins@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Mark directs the total county program in beautiful Brunswick County and has service responsibilities for agriculture, environmental issues and community development.

Gina Britton
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (910) 253-2610
Email: Gina_Britton@ncsu.edu

Mike Frinsko
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 448-9621
Email: mike_frinsko@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide technical training and assistance to commercial aquaculture producers in the Southeast Extension District

Anita Handler
Title: Program Coordinator, Youth Restitution Grant
Phone: (910) 253-2610
Email: anita_handler@ncsu.edu

Marissa Herchler
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety (FSMA Programs)
Phone: (919) 515-5396
Email: marissa_herchler@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marissa is an Area Specialized Agent for animal food safety, with emphasis on the new Food Safety Modernization Act rules, as they apply to feed mills in North Carolina. Please contact Marissa with any FSMA related questions, or PCQI training inquiries.

Alicia Jenkins
Title: Program Associate, Parent Education
Phone: (910) 253-2610
Email: alicia_jenkins@ncsu.edu

Kwanisha Jenkins
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (910) 253-2610
Email: kjenkin5@ncsu.edu

Lynette Johnston
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-0303
Email: lynette_johnston@ncsu.edu

Michelle Kasey
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (910) 253-2610
Email: michelle_kasey@ncsu.edu

Morgan King
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (910) 253-2610
Email: mhking3@ncsu.edu

Colby Lambert
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Forestry
Phone: (910) 814-6041
Email: colby_lambert@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to forest landowners, agents, and forest industry in eastern North Carolina.

Danny Lauderdale
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Eastern Region
Phone: (252) 237-0111
Email: danny_lauderdale@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programming to commercial ornamental nursery and greenhouse producers in eastern North Carolina.

Angie Lawrence
Title: Program Associate, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (910) 253-2592
Email: angie_lawrence@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: 4-H Program Assistant, 4-H TiLT Coordinator

Shawn Lennon
Title: Program Assistant - Agriculture, Horticulture
Phone: (910) 253-2610
Email: slennon@ncsu.edu

Bill Lord
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Water Resources
Phone: (919) 496-3344
Email: william_lord@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Water quality education and technical assistance

Sam Marshall
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (910) 253-2610
Email: wsmarsh2@ncsu.edu

Stephanie McDonald-Murray
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Southeast EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: stephanie_mcdonald@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in the South East District.

Rachel McDowell
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9155
Email: romcdowe@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Support FCS Agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders in NC.

Morgan McKnight
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (910) 798-7660
Email: morgan_mcknight@ncsu.edu

Diana Rashash
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Water Quality/Waste Management
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: diana_rashash@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Water and wastewater issues of all types: stormwater, aquatic weed ID & control, water quality & quantity, septic systems, animal waste, land application of wastewater, environment & sustainability, climate, etc.

Margaret Ross
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (252) 670-8254
Email: margaret_ross@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Working with commercial poultry producers to assist in writing nutrient management plans and conducting educational programming.

Chip Simmons
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety
Phone: (919) 414-5632
Email: odsimmon@ncsu.edu

Alyssa Spence
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agromedicine, Farm Health & Safety
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: arramsey@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I work with the NCSU Applied Ecology-Toxicology & Agromedicine Department to serve the18 counties in the Southeast District, providing health/safety resources and programming to field agents in this area.

Allan Thornton
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: allan_thornton@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Vegetable Extension Specialist. Conducts Extension and applied research programs for commercial vegetable and fruit growers and agents in eastern North Carolina.

Thomas Woods
Title: Agriculture Technician
Phone: (910) 253-2610
Email: tom_woods@ncsu.edu

Mitch Woodward
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
Phone: (919) 250-1112
Email: mdwoodwa@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: NC Cooperative Extension's Goals include: - NC's natural resources and environmental quality will be protected, conserved and enhanced. - NC will have profitable, environmentally sustainable plant, animal and food systems. Protecting our environmental resources, particularly drinking water quality, is a top priority in NC. NC Cooperative Extension is a leader in teaching, researching, and accelerating the adoption of effective water quality protection practices.

X. Contact Information

Brunswick County Center
25 Referendum Dr
Bolivia, NC 28422

Phone: (910) 253-2610
Fax: (910) 253-2612
URL: http://brunswick.ces.ncsu.edu