2019 Forsyth County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 21, 2020

I. Executive Summary

Forsyth County Cooperative Extension’s mission is to intentionally engage community members through educational programs and technological avenues to improve the quality of their lives. We strive to address community issues through research-based education and practical solutions that enrich the lives, land and economy of our residents. Preserving agriculture and farmland in the county, developing a vibrant local foods economy, promoting opportunities for new and transitioning growers, improving access to nutritious, local foods and providing 4-H youth and family development opportunities have been a priority. We strive to create collaborations with multiple organizations providing opportunities for community members to serve on numerous committees, action teams and boards. We work with growers, entrepreneurs, county organizations, youth and families, businesses and key community members to address grass-roots results, such as:

● 2,233 adults increased their knowledge of local food and agricultural systems in Forsyth County related to vegetable/fruit gardening.
● 7,653 youth increased knowledge in STEM education, in which 3,232 were females.
● 161 people significantly increased their knowledge involving Natural Resources best practices.
● 177 participants increased their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation or preparation practices.
● 2,096 people grew food for home consumption.
● 476 individuals adopted composting practices.
● 197 tobacco producers were trained on Good Agricultural Practices.
● 821 participants selected appropriate landscaping plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate sizes, etc.).
● 10 new community gardens were established, all of which are located in limited resource communities, joining 170 active community/county gardens.
● 130 people attended the Forsyth County Farm City Banquet, 131 were present for the luncheon and 69 experienced an increase in farm and city education through two days of tours to N.C. A & T State University and local Forsyth County farms, businesses and urban areas. Donations from the community funded these events in the amount of $12,000.
● 976 individuals received marketing information on positive youth development programs by participating in the 2019 School Days at the Fair event.
● 193 pesticide applicators were trained on pesticide safety, pest management and environmental safety, inclusive of 313 continuing credit hours.
● 6,762 county residents were trained in gardening and landscape practices, including plant selection and placement, turf grass management, soil management, growing food, water conservation and quality, storm-water and erosion management, composting and pest and wildlife management.

4-H youth development incorporates the Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development in all program areas teaching youth how to be positive, capable and contributing adults for the future. In the past year, 4-H programming has included 6,566 total youth (club and outreach) learn appropriate communication techniques, gain knowledge of employ-ability skills, increase awareness of potential career paths, improve critical thinking skills and goal setting. In order to increase student’s interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), numerous opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning were provided to 7,653 students. Community service is a critical component of the 4-H experience teaching youth empathy and the value of service to others. In 2018, Forsyth 4-H’ers provided 835 hours of community service, a volunteer value of $21,234 (Independent Sector, 2019).

Cooperative Extension is proud of the strong partnership between Forsyth County, N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University and the expanded outreach of our educational programs made possible through outside funding (grants, donations, in-kind support) of over $135,871. Volunteers (Master Gardeners, Garden Mentors, 4-H leaders, Extension and Community Association members) are critical to Extension's mission. During the past year, Extension volunteers provided 42,222 hours of service valued at $25.43/hour (Bureau of Labor, 2019) providing an economic benefit to Forsyth County of $1,073,705.

II. County Background

N.C. Cooperative Extension is committed to partnering with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of Forsyth County citizens. It is now estimated that North Carolina's population has increased to 10th most populous state in the country (World Population Review, 2018). Forsyth County is the 4th largest county in North Carolina with a population of 376,320. Winston-Salem is the largest city in the county, 4th largest in the state, accounting for 66% of the county population. County population is diverse with 67% white, 27.4% black, 2.5% Asian, 0.8% American Indian or Alaska native, and 0.1% Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. Additionally, 13% are of Hispanic or Latino origin.

Although the county is one of the most urban in the state, agriculture and maintaining a sense of rural character is valued. Forsyth County includes 413 square miles of land equaling 261,220 total acres (USDA, 2017). There are 662 farms in the county consisting of 40,467 acres of farmland. Developing more profitable farms is the most effective means of preserving agricultural interests within the county. Known as the city of arts and innovation, Winston-Salem has a long history and reputation as an active, vibrant and business-friendly city. Median household income amounts to $50,803 (SAIPE, 2017). Unemployment is 3.32% (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018), but for those citizens who are game fully employed, the top employers are hiring individuals in management, business, science and service.

Interest and demand in locally produced products is rapidly increasing. Economic development opportunities for growers, the need for agricultural processing infrastructure and strategies for addressing food availability are important issues. Interest in gardening, particularly community gardening, has grown tremendously. Developing opportunities for youth gardening experiences will be emphasized during the coming years. Education in the large grounds maintenance industry, as well as, consumer demand is critical in establishing and maintaining proper, environmentally friendly horticulture practices.

Extension staff partner with the Advisory Leadership System consisting of community leaders and volunteers who evaluate data and resources available to Extension. They are staunch advocates for funding and programming with N.C. State University, A.& T. University and Forsyth County government. The council provides a valuable service to Cooperative Extension in terms of being key stakeholders for the Forsyth Extension office.

Prioritized issues are currently identified which include: nutrition/obesity (both youth and adult); agriculture/horticulture sustainability including alternatives; environmental resource utilization including conservation, recycling, urban storm-water and solar; job readiness, both youth and adult; agriculture/horticulture business management including diversification and value-added opportunities; and family well being and debt reduction through financial literacy and energy conservation. Cooperative Extension staff and a dedicated volunteer base are committed to partnering with growers, entrepreneurs, schools, businesses, foundations, county organizations and communities to address these issues and improve the lives, land and economy for Forsyth County citizens.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

Our family and consumer sciences programs improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Our plant production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Value* Outcome Description
85Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
85Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
193Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
313Number of pesticide credit hours provided
489Number of crop (all plant systems) producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills as related to: 1. Best management production practices (cultural, nutrient, and genetics) 2. Pest/insect, disease, weed, wildlife management 3. Financial/Farm management tools and practices (business, marketing, government policy, human resources) 4. Alternative agriculture, bioenergy, and value-added enterprises
2Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
21Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
21Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
4Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
10Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
140Number of crop (all plant systems) producers adopting best management practices, including those practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our animal production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Value* Outcome Description
62Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
62Number of animal producers who increased knowledge of farm business management, business planning, financial management, marketing, or estate planning.
219Number of animal producers who learned how to develop a management plan (i.e. grazing plan, feeding plan, drought plan, business plan, disaster plan, etc.)
234Number of producers who increased knowledge of pasture/forage management practices (field improvement, herbicide management, grazing season extension, weed control, forage quality, haylage production, nitrate testing, etc.)
211Number of producers who increased knowledge of nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplements, breeding, and reproduction
41Number of producers who increased knowledge of the strategies to promote animal health and welfare and reduce the potential for infectious diseases through proper use of vaccines, biosecurity, detection and identification of common diseases, appropriate use of animal medications, and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance transmission
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
62Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
161Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
62Number of producers adopting extension-recommended practices related to planning, marketing, and financial management
161Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition (mineral, feed rations)
62Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to internal parasite management (fecals, deworming)
161Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices related to pasture management
161Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplement, breeding, and reproduction
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Value* Outcome Description
20Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our 4-H youth development programs grow the skills young people need to succeed in life and career.

Value* Outcome Description
69Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
7653Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
3232Total number of female participants in STEM program
46Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
2969Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
7Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
98Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
352Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
61Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
59Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
171Number of youth using effective life skills
230Number of youth increasing their physical activity
2Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
3Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
473Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our natural resource and environmental programs conserve our precious natural resources and maintain a clean and healthy environment.

Value* Outcome Description
108Number of participants willing to participate in conservation actions (such as rain gardens, wildlife management, conservation easements, land trusts, generational planning, etc.)
161Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices (including storm water systems, septic system maintenance, erosion control, rain gardens, forestry, etc.)
65Number of child and youth educators aspiring to implement quality outdoor learning environments for children
423Number of adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
56Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water quality
103Number of participants that adopted recommended agroecosystem adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
82Number of acres under recommended agroecosystem adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
50Number of participants that adopted recommended agroecosystem mitigation practices such as water-use efficiency, livestock production feeding practices, carbon sequestration, reducing carbon or energy footprint.
64Number of acres under recommended agroecosystem mitigation practices such as water-use efficiency, livestock production feeding practices, carbon sequestration, reducing carbon or energy footprint.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our consumer horticulture programs teach families and communities about environmentally friendly methods for gardening and controlling pests.

Value* Outcome Description
2233Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1771Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
680Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
2930Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
821Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
2096Number of participants growing food for home consumption
476Number of participants adopting composting
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our food safety and nutrition programs create a safer and more sustainable food supply and improve the health and nutrition of individuals, families, and our communities.

Value* Outcome Description
177Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
100Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
91Number of participants increasing their physical activity
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 12,969
Non face-to-face** 10,103,672
Total by Extension staff in 2019 10,116,641
* 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 $11,000.00
Gifts/Donations $81,649.55
In-Kind Grants/Donations $32,158.00
United Way/Foundations $4,000.00
User Fees $7,064.00
Total $135,871.55

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 25.43
4-H 1,592 4821 7119 $ 122,598.00
Advisory Leadership System 76 64 52 $ 1,628.00
EFNEP 223 3772 0 $ 95,922.00
Extension Community Association 92 20014 24437 $ 508,956.00
Extension Master Gardener 1,214 9550 2352 $ 242,857.00
Other: Administrative 12 4 0 $ 102.00
Other: Agriculture 674 3987 11283 $ 101,389.00
Other: Community, Family & Individual Development 186 7 83 $ 178.00
Other: Forestry & Natural Resources 2 3 63 $ 76.00
Total: 4071 42222 45389 $ 1,073,705.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Advisory Council
Marilyn Odom
Wes Carpenter
Claudia Whitaker
Edgar Miller
Joanette McClain
Joycelyn Johnson
Vernon Switzer
Gloria Smith
Janice Hillenbrand
Rev Francis Mann
Robert Jones
Toby Bost
Spencer Cook
Charlette Lindell
Tobacco/Field crops
Marvin Eaton
David McGee
Jesse Brown
Greg Moxley
Wesley Johnson
Jeff Mitchell
4-H Advisory Committee
Beth Larrick
Melinda Barrick
Carla Arrowood
Angie Redding
Rev Francis Manns
Gwenda Hooker
Rebekah May
Mandie Rose
Aisha Booth-Horton
Connie Brown
Robin Brown
Angie Cook
Sonia Hensel-Mussetter
Sheree Osbourne-Dixon
Francie Parro
Shawn Williams
Horticulture Advisory Committee
Lori Bodwell
Emily Bundy
Carol Gearhart
Bob Le Pere
David Yount
Small Farms
Gary Owen
Vern Switzer
Terry Motsinger
Ellen Motsinger
Mike Tate
Ken Vanhoy
Natalie Sevin
Livingstone Flomeh-Mawutor
Al Hutchison
Linda Hutchison
Cheryl Ferguson
Ray Tuegel
Michael Banner
Brandon Williams
Gwen Winstead
Harvey Moser
Susan Moser
Mike Jacques
Pat Jacques
FCS / Human Services Committee
Gloria Smith
Katie Sutcliff
Gail Dinkins
Forsyth Community Gardening
Reverend Francis Manns
Ana Gonzalez
Allen Keesee
Stewart Ellis
Mark Jensen
Rajesh Kapileshwari
Jasmine McNeill
Lakecia Owens
Nathan Peifer
Melissa Smith
Embryology Committee
Molly Tuttle
Bridget Holliston
Stephanie McDowell
Extension Community Association
Gloria Smith
Katie Sutcliff
Gail Dinkins
Polly Caudle
Audena Spain
Natural Resources Advisory
Lynn Byrd
Samantha Winship
Steve Barnes
Brian Fannon
Tom McKay

VIII. Staff Membership

Kimberly Gressley
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (336) 703-2851
Email: ksgressl@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: The County Extension Director provides leadership and expertise in managing and coordinating resource development for all program areas, which includes fiscal responsibility for the county- and state-appropriated funds as well as allocated funds. Responsibilities also include marketing Extension programs and their impacts. This position oversees a faculty and staff of 20 employees and is 90% Administrative and 10% Community Development.

Deirdre An
Title: Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (336) 703-2848
Email: dcan@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Create and offer various educational sessions focused on volunteerism, learning styles, essential elements of positive youth development, ages and stages, engaging youth audiences. Assist volunteers and program areas in development.

Jonas Asbill
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (336) 318-6000
Email: jonas_asbill@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Serving the poultry industry across 20 counties in the North Central and Northeast districts

Lisa Benavente
Title: Nutrition Extension Associate, EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (919) 515-3888
Email: lisa_benavente@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides leadership to statewide EFNEP staff and volunteer development. Communicates and guides EFNEP Regional Nutrition Extension Associates (RNEA) in coaching new PAs as they complete EFNEP's New Educator Skills Training (NEST). Supports RNEAs in training EFNEP PAs and/or FCS Agents on Policy, Systems, and Environmental initiatives.

April Bowman
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock, Forages and 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (336) 703-2855
Email: awbowman@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for managing the total 4-H program including 4-H Clubs, 4-H Camp, 4-H Congress, school enrichment, and presentations, as well as youth and adult livestock and forages.

Marti Day
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: marti_day@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for educational programs for dairy farmers, youth with an interest in dairy projects and the general public with an interest in dairy foods and the dairy industry.

Tim Hambrick
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (336) 703-2857
Email: tim_hambrick@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Area Field Crop Agent for Forsyth, Stokes, and Surry, and Yadkin counties. Responsibilities include educational programming and research in flue cured tobacco, corn, small grain, and soybean production.

Kathy Hepler
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (336) 703-2850
Email: kathy_hepler@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.

Stacey Jones
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: stacey_jones@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I work with commercial greenhouses and nurseries to help them with growing related issues. These issues range from pests (insect, disease, and weeds), substrates, nutrition, and other miscellaneous topics.

Peggie Lewis Joyce
Title: Area 4-H Agent - Central Region
Phone: (336) 242-2080
Email: peggie_lewis@ncsu.edu

Shae King
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (336) 703-2870
Email: shae_king@ncsu.edu

Craig Mauney
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
Phone: (828) 684-3562
Email: craig_mauney@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities, training and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in Western NC. (My office is located at the Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension Center not the Henderson County Extension Center as is noted by IT on this website. Please do not contact the Henderson County Extension Center as I am not located there.)

Derek Morris
Title: Agricultural Technician
Phone: (336) 703-2850
Email: derek_morris@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Assists homeowners with gardening and horticultural questions regarding gardening, lawn care, flowers, bugs in gardens or on flowers, fruit trees, shrubs, vegetables, and small fruit. His number one role is handing out soil sample kits.

Monique Pearce-Brady
Title: 4-H Youth Development, Extension Agent
Phone: (336) 703-2850
Email: dmpearc3@ncsu.edu

Ashley Robbins
Title: Area Specialized Agent - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8203
Email: ashley_robbins@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marti Day and I are the Area Specialized Dairy Agents - the county-based arm of the Cooperative Extension Dairy Team. We are out here in the counties to help you set and reach your farm, family and business goals. We have collaborative expertise in the areas of Waste Management, Udder Health, Cow Comfort, Nutrition and Forage Management with specialties in (Ashley)Reproduction, Records Management, Animal Health and (Marti)Alternative Markets, Organic Dairy, Grazing Management, and On-farm Processing. We hope to provide comprehensive educational programs for our farmers, consumers and youth for every county across the state. We are here for you by phone, email or text and look forward to working with you!

Elena Rogers
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety - Fresh Produce Western NC
Phone: (828) 352-2519
Email: elena_rogers@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide educational programs, training and technical support focusing on fresh produce safety to Agents and growers in Western NC.

Leslie Rose
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (336) 703-2850
Email: leslie_peck@ncsu.edu

Rocio Sedo
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Associate
Phone: (336) 703-2865
Email: rgsedo@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Work in EFNEP Nutrition Education Program with limited resource audience.

Phyllis Smith
Title: Extension Agent, Natural Resources and Environmental Systems
Phone: (336) 703-2858
Email: pbsmith4@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Natural Resources and Environmental Systems programs provide outreach and education to promote environmental stewardship and the responsible use and protection of natural resources through conservation and sustainable practices in agriculture, forestry, and home and garden maintenance to promote improved air and water quality, water conservation, soil preservation, and carbon reduction through energy conservation, efficiency, and technology.

Mitch Woodward
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
Phone: (919) 414-3873
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

Forsyth County Center
1450 Fairchild Rd
Winston-Salem, NC 27105

Phone: (336) 703-2850
Fax: (336) 767-3557
URL: http://forsyth.ces.ncsu.edu