2017 Carteret County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 24, 2018

I. Executive Summary

In 2017 the Carteret County office of North Carolina Cooperative Extension had our Family Consumer Science (FCS) Agent move on to another opportunity midway through the year. In conjunction with Craven County we were able to hire a new agent who fits in well with the staff of both counties. As a whole our staff offer programs associated with local foods, pesticide safety, healthy eating, healthy living, environmental stewardship and volunteerism. While building a new team the Carteret County staff recorded 9,097 separate face-to-face contacts with county residents and 21,931 non-face-to-face contacts.

As a result of hands-on 4-H programs in embryology 38 classes, 822 students in elementary and middle schools increased their knowledge/understanding of life science. Through vegetable gardening programs presented in the classroom, 5 classes, 119 students increased their knowledge of plants grown for food. Through collaboration with Beaufort Historic Site and NC Cooperative Extension staff and volunteers, 476 students increased knowledge about plants grown for food through vegetable gardening and vermicomposting of waste. Through the 4-H Health Rocks! Program, a grant-funded drug, alcohol, tobacco, and stress prevention program, 14 elementary and middle schools, 2,848 students increased knowledge of making healthy choices. All programs were developed using research-based information and implemented at no additional cost to the local school systems: public, private, and charter. In partnership with Carteret Big Sweep and the Youth Ocean Conservancy, 162 youth participated in environmental education/earth science programming. 4-H Clubs focused on leadership development, volunteerism, and citizenship at the county, state, and global level with 96 youth participating as Carteret County 4-H club members. Through opportunities provided by Carteret County 4-H, 231 adults volunteered 1,731 hours of service, a value of $41,786 (est. Dollar Value $24.14/hour) to the local community.

In the area of Family and Consumer Sciences the Color Me Healthy program was offered at a daycare facility. This program is designed to teach nutrition and physical activity to children. The evaluation noted that 100% of the children were willing to taste different fruits and vegetables. In addition, the agent worked with Extension and Community Association volunteers who donated 2,979 hours to community projects in the areas of leadership, education, community service and communications and marketing.

Carteret Big Sweep had 720 volunteers who each worked an average of 2 hours. Volunteers removed approximately 5,838 pounds of trash from beaches, roadways, streams, islands and waterfront areas across the county. The most abundant items picked up were cigarette butts, foam piece 1 inch or smaller and plastic beverage bottles. The economic value of Carteret Big Sweep volunteer’s work during 2017 was ((2 x 720) x $24.14) or $34,761.60. Another value of the program is the environmental impact of having a clean environment for our seafood and tourism industries that benefits our visitors and residents.

With the rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act coming into effect over the next couple years and more stores requiring a Good Agricultural Practices certificate before purchasing produce from farmers, there were informational workshops and trainings on both these topics held this year for produce farmers. The 46 Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteers reported 1,055 face-to-face contacts and 1,920 volunteer hours with a value of $24.14 per hour for a total of $49,349 in economic value to the county and a lot more to the people they helped with questions, information and issues.

In commercial row crops, Extension efforts concentrated on improvement of production practices to more efficiently use natural resources while increasing productivity such as increased adoption of starter fertilizers, nitrogen fertilization based upon Realistic Yield Expectations and improved varietal selection. In addition, resistance management for both weeds and insects was identified as a concern. Furthermore, on-site visits identified pests or nutritional problems during production with recommendations for both remedial and long-term management. Resultant these efforts are agronomic production practices increasing farm sales or reducing production cost adding $360,000 in annual sales.

These efforts and accomplishments have been made possible through local community support including Carteret County Extension Advisory Leadership, volunteers, local businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the Carteret County Board of Commissioners. Private and grant funding sources have contributed $9,135 to support Carteret County Extension programs in 2017. In addition, 1,020 volunteers contributed 8,106 hours of their time to support development and delivery of Cooperative Extension programs in Carteret County. While it is estimated that the total monetary value of volunteer time contributions is $195,679, this value is overshadowed by their accomplishments and those of the staff at the extension center to enrich the lives, land, and economic prosperity of Carteret County citizens and visitors.

II. 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 as 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 2017 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 University to Carteret County.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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
6Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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.

Value* Outcome Description
64Number of commercial/public operators trained
128Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
246Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
96Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
57Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
78Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
12Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
22Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1909Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
7Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
5Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
2Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
5Number of adult volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
111Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1699Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
867Total number of female participants in STEM program
2853Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
50Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
108Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
8Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
43Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
1699Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
108Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
8Number of adults 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.

Value* Outcome Description
50Number of child and youth educators aspiring to implement quality outdoor learning environments for children
660Number of youth and adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
572Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
702Number of participants that adopted recommended climate adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
444Number 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
234Number 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
11700Total 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
111Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
19203Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
34Number of participants adopting composting
9Reduced tonnage of greenwaste as a result of Extension-recommended practices including composting and proper plant selection
* 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.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 9,097
Non face-to-face** 22,471
Total by Extension staff in 2017 31,568
* 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.

V. Designated Grants Received by Extension

Type of GrantAmount
Contracts/Grants $5,000.00
Gifts/Donations $1,850.40
In-Kind Grants/Donations $882.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $1,540.00
Total $9,272.40

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.69
4-H: 231 1,731 2,592 $ 42,738.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 71 1,992 1,833 $ 49,182.00
Other: 702 1,404 0 $ 34,665.00
Total: 1004 5127 4425 $ 126,586.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Carteret County combined 4-H and FCS Program Committee
Ginger Fulcher
Rebecca Sotirkys
Chris Davis
Joan Paschall
Pat Curley
Carteret County Consumer Horticulture Committee
Myrna Eure
Linda Holleman
Robin Pitten
Gerardo Rodriquez
Susan Suggs
Ginger Jacocks
Nancy Ng
Janie Taylor
Jeannie Kraus
Carolyn Hoss
Greg Garner
Carteret County Advisory Council
Chris Davis
Rachel Bisesi
Drew Short
Barbara Zorovich
Fonda Shipper
Tabbie Nance
Sherry Peele
Mickey Simmons
Lynn Brugnolotti
Helen Gregory
Clayton Garner, Jr.
Carol Lohr
Valeria Johnson
Greg Garner
Toni Justice
FCS Program Committee
Valerie Johnson
Jerry Denning
Barry Nash
Vanda Willis
Chris Davis
Barbara Zorovich
Betsy Odell

VIII. 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.

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

Dee Smith
Title: Program Assistant- 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.

IX. 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