2018 Carteret County Plan of Work

Approved: January 24, 2018

I. County Background

Carteret County is long and narrow, with 80+ miles of ocean shoreline, and many times that in bay, sound and river front land. The natural beauty of the County makes it an attractive location for families, and also provides a draw for large numbers of retirees and second home owners. Fishing and farming always have been the traditional ways to make a living in Carteret, but tourism and real estate development have expanded in recent years. These changes create challenges as the County works to balance development against environmental issues, and to balance the rural atmosphere and pristine beauty of the region against the need for housing and recreation for those who live and move here. Providing both basic services and enhanced quality of life resources for a growing population remain key concerns.

In an effort to determine the specific priorities of the citizens of Carteret County in 2015, Cooperative Extension used a written tool developed by NC State University to survey a cross section of county residents. The results of this environmental scan helped prioritize areas that will be addressed by future Cooperative Extension educational programs. In their responses, County respondents identified the following issues and prioritized them (similar issues have been combined, and the top current and future issues both are included):
For Youth:
1. Helping them learn to act responsibly and to make positive, beneficial choices (teaching responsibility and leadership)
2. Teaching parents how to provide supervision and unified family rule, to be involved
3. Making minority youth aware that 4H and other youth programming opportunities are for them;
4. Help develop jobs and job training

For Agriculture:
1. Enhancing awareness of agriculture in the non-farm sector and the relationship between farms and the community
2. Preserving farmland for future generations (from the pressures of development)
3. Teaching children where food comes from is in integral and essential part of their education; teaching children about agriculture
4. Lack of young farmers for the future

For Community Development:
1. Long term, community based planning that includes a vision incorporating traditional occupations of farming, fishing, and boatbuilding
2. Year around jobs that provide a living wage for working families; affordable housing
3. Water quality, runoff and other environmental issues
4. The need to promote county produced foods, both agriculture and seafood

For Families and Consumers:
1. Teaching parents healthy care and nutrition for all children, including those with disabilities
2. The availability of healthy, safe food for all, including the hungry
3. Educating citizens on budgeting, stretching resources, self sufficiency and wise consumer skills
4. Teaching classes in food preparation, healthy eating and food preservation

The issues that were identified and that fall within Extension's core educational goals will be addressed in 2018 by educational programming within the core objectives of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, Carteret County Center. The programming will be designed and implemented by the NC Cooperative Extension Service - Carteret Center staff and volunteers, and will bring the research based information, specialists, and other resources of North Carolina State and NC A&T State Universities to Carteret County.

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

Agricultural producers, workers, food handlers and consumers will adopt safer food and agricultural production, handling, and distribution practices that reduce workplace and home injuries/illnesses, enhance food security, and increase the quality and safety of food that North Carolinians prepare and consume.

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

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

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.

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

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

The Carteret County Extension office works very hard to work with the strategic plan of the county. The staff serve on county Committees and collaborates with agencies throughout the county to help meet programming needs for the citizens of the county. The staff provide programming within the schools, to expand environmental awareness, to teach adults about nutrition and healthy lifestyles and to provide leadership training to County youth. They also work hard to teach residents how to grow, cook, preserve and enjoy their home grown foods. They strive to provide research based information to the farmers, home owners, youth and all people in the county to help them make decisions to enhance their lives.

IV. Diversity Plan

Carteret County is unique in its lack of diversity among minorities. The Carteret County office of NC Cooperative Extension will make every effort to reach and include new and under served audiences in the county, following the guidelines and implementing the procedures set out in the "all reasonable efforts" policy of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. Programs are advertised extensively through radio and newspapers and on our County Extension website, which is linked to the County site. The organization of all new 4-H clubs, ECA groups etc are announced in the newspaper and bulletins are posted in communities with under served populations. The Carteret County office of NC Cooperative Extension is dedicated to reaching all County residents, and as diversity in our county grows, we will make every effort to make sure all our citizens are aware of our programs and feel welcome to participate.

V. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Delivering timely, relevant educational programs that meet critical local needs is the cornerstone of Extension’s mission. Extension educational programs are designed to equip the citizens of Carteret County with the knowledge, skills and tools to improve their economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and quality of life. An Extension program delivery system is a planned and organized mix of educational methods used during an educational program. Extension educational methods are the specific ways by which research-based information is shared with targeted learners. Extension educators in our county employ a wide variety of hands-on, experiential educational methods, such as interactive workshops and classes, demonstrations, field days and tours, that allow learners to fully engage in the learning process, test new knowledge and/or practice new skills during the educational session. Equally important, this plan will also include educational methods such as seminars, client visits, fact sheets, newsletters, and home study kits that serve to support and reinforce learning as well as provide motivation for continued learning. Armed with the most current literature on effective teaching and learning, Extension educators also skillfully select educational methods based on the learning style preferences and special needs of the targeted learners. These client-focused methods afford learners the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to change their lives in meaningful ways. Another key feature of Extension program delivery that is evident in this plan is our commitment to being customer driven and customer focused. As such, in addition to the County Extension Center, Extension educational programs are delivered online, in community centers, on farms, and other locations in order for our programs to be available and accessible to, and fully utilized by, the citizens of Carteret County.

In Extension, success is defined as the extent to which our educational programs have made a difference in the lives of the citizens of Carteret County. Evaluation methods are the way we make those observations about first and foremost whether any changes occurred as a result our educational programs, and subsequently the significance of those changes. As an educational organization, the changes we seek focus on key outcomes such as the knowledge and skills participants gain from our programs. More specifically, in this plan, we are using quantitative research methods such as retrospective testing, pre and post tests and/or surveys to measure change in knowledge gained, the application of that knowledge, number of new skills developed, and types of new skills developed. Extension, as a results-oriented organization, is committed to also assessing the social, economic and/or environmental impact that our programs have on the individuals who participate, their families and communities and ultimately the county as a whole (i.e. true significance of the changes stemming from our programs). We plan to measure these impacts in both the long and short-term. In this annual plan (short-term), we have outlined financial impacts as our primary evaluation methods. Another value held in Extension is actively listening to and dialoguing with targeted learners. Therefore, this plan also includes qualitative evaluation methods such as testimonials from program participants, and interviews and focus groups with participants.

VI. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Carteret County combined 4-H
Rebecca Sotirkys
Chris Davis
Joan Paschall
Pat Curley
Carteret County Consumer Horticulture Committee
Sue Bohlen
Stacey Luker
Kit Williamston
Janie Taylor
Jeannie Kraus
Carolyn Hoss
Gail Bednarz
Carteret County Advisory Council
Rachel Bisesi
Drew Short
Barbara Zorovich
Fonda Shipper
Mickey Simmons
Lynn Brugnolotti
Helen Gregory
Clayton Garner, Jr.
Greg Garner
Mary Chisenhall
FCS Program Committee
Jerry Denning
Barry Nash
Vanda Willis
Chris Davis
Barbara Zorovich
Betsy Odell

VII. Staff Membership

Shawn Banks
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (252) 222-6352
Email: shawn_banks@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: As the County Extension Director I manage the office budget and personnel. I also have responsibilities in Agriculture which include being the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator, Pesticide Coordinator and Horticulture agent to name a few of my responsibilities.

Mike Carroll
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (252) 633-1477
Email: mike_carroll@ncsu.edu

Candice Christian
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9148
Email: Candice_Christian@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: The overall goal of the Area Specialized Agents (ASAs) in Consumer & Retail Food Safety is to support FCS Agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders in North Carolina.

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

Sheilia Griffis
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 222-6352
Email: sheilia_griffis@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Administrative, FCS, Hort, 4-H

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Danielle Sanders
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 222-6352
Email: danielle_sanders@ncsu.edu

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

Dee Smith
Title: Program Associate- Environmental Education and 4-H
Phone: (252) 222-6365
Email: dee_edwards-smith@ncsu.edu

Wesley Stallings
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture- Grain Crops
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: wcstalli@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Agriculture-Grain Crops

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.

Scott Tilley
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (252) 793-4428
Email: scott_tilley@ncsu.edu

Hannah Todd
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (252) 633-1477
Email: hcfield@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.

VIII. Contact Information

Carteret County Center
303 College Cir
Morehead City, NC 28557

Phone: (252) 222-6352
Fax: (252) 222-6361
URL: http://carteret.ces.ncsu.edu