2017 Mecklenburg County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 23, 2018

I. Executive Summary

In 2017, the staff of Cooperative Extension in Mecklenburg County, in partnership with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, addressed community needs through 4-H Youth Development, Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program, Local Foods, Food Safety, and Horticulture programs. Program delivery methods ranged from face-to-face contacts to newsletters and newspaper articles to workshops and seminars, including online webinars and trainings. In 2017, Cooperative Extension Staff provided face-to-face educational opportunities serving 17,044 Mecklenburg County Citizens (with duplications).

Mecklenburg 4-H Youth Development continued a partnership with a local agricultural company to coordinate different community service projects for employees during the year. The company also made a sizable donation to support agricultural and environmental education programming and activities. 4-H also partnered with childcare organizations, including several serving limited resource audiences, to provide nine STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and Experiential Learning workshops for 30 professionals who then taught youth in their after-school programs. Thirty-four schools, a homeschool co-op, and one Recreation Center participated in 4-H Embryology, a hands-on program focusing on life cycles, reaching 5,609 youth. Leaders surveyed indicated 2+ points improvement in student science skills, ability to work in teams, and improved behavior. Incubators donated by Mecklenburg Farm Bureau enabled the program to be conducted more efficiently in 3 spring rounds with an additional 2 fall rounds.

The Mecklenburg Local Foods Extension Agent recruited and interviewed 15 citizens for the Pilot Extension Master Food Volunteer program. Eleven volunteers were invited to participate in the core training and 10 accepted. Volunteers completed 30 hours of training, which included a hybrid instructional model of live in-person, live virtual, and self-guided lessons. Volunteers reported an overall increase in knowledge of the food system and Cooperative Extension. Volunteers have begun to serve in Mecklenburg through the support of the Extension Agent and working with current community groups. In addition, the FCS agent developed and presented PowerSpeak, a 3-part program to train volunteers to effectively conduct presentations using research-based information. All 13 participants were able to deliver a presentation, demonstrating skills learned, in the final session of the program. All Volunteers reported increased confidence when speaking before crowds.

Volunteers help to expand Cooperative Extension educational efforts and are vital to our outreach efforts to citizens. They lead groups, teach workshops, conduct community service projects, staff educational exhibits, and support numerous activities. In 2017, 874 volunteers (with duplications) donated 8,865 hours to support Cooperative Extension educational programs in Mecklenburg County at a dollar value of $214,000. Extension Master Gardener Volunteers provided educational programs to community groups through the Speakers’ Bureau and reached 35 citizens. Eighty-four adults and 77 youth were reached by Extension Master Gardener Volunteers at local festivals, shows, and other community events. The Extension staff worked together to conduct a volunteer appreciation banquet where the staff recognized an overall Outstanding Volunteer for Cooperative Extension and individual program area volunteers.

II. County Background

With Charlotte as its county seat, Mecklenburg County is the most populated county in North Carolina. The latest population estimate (2015) is 1,034,070. Ninety-six percent (96%) of the county's population lives in urban areas. Just over 14% of the county population is reported living below poverty level.

Agriculture in the Charlotte Region takes place against a metropolitan backdrop. Charlotte is the state's largest city and the nation's second largest financial center. Mecklenburg County, which includes Charlotte, accounts for nearly half of the twelve-county region's 2.1 million people.

According to research, it is believed Mecklenburg County's population growth will lead to an increased demand for local, natural, and organic foods and we see the potential for direct marketing to commercial establishments and consumers, especially in natural and organic niches. Citizens are showing an increasing interest in farming and food production which is supported by local government, other agencies, and consumers. Traditional agriculture continues to shrink as the increasing demand for development competes for available land. Rapid development has impacted the quality of natural resources, but County Government has an aggressive campaign to regulate this impact.

Mecklenburg County Government has a Strategic Business Plan that focuses funding and support into specific program areas. Elements of this plan and objectives from North Carolina Cooperative Extension were used to develop a survey instrument to identify priorities for Cooperative Extension in Mecklenburg County. The County Extension Advisory Council and staff identified five major areas for programming based on resources available: Improving Health and Nutrition, Environmental Stewardship, Natural Resource Management, Increasing Educational Achievement, and Local Food Production and Safety.

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.
Farmers will increase their capacity to supply product for local food sales through market planning efforts, producer and consumer education, beginning farmer training programs and local market infrastructure development. The fastest growing area of consumer demand in agriculture continues to be organic. Farmers' markets continue to expand as do multiple efforts in local sustainable agriculture. Nationally, "Buy Local, Buy Fresh" movements have emerged in the face of concerns about the risks involved in long distance transportation of industrialized food production. Increasingly, public officials and business leaders see promotion of local farm products as good public policy and local economic development. Additionally, individuals will learn to supplement their current diet by growing their own fruits and vegetables as individuals or as community groups.
Value* Outcome Description
1960Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
* 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.
Training and educational programs for farmers, agricultural workers, food handlers, and consumers will provide research-based programming, materials, information and expertise to compel these individuals to implement practices relating to the overall safety and security for the food supply and farming systems. Components of this include on-farm, packinghouse, and transportation management, retail and food service establishments, and consumer’s homes. Therefore targeted audiences include farmers and agricultural workers and their families, food handlers and workers (both amateur and commercial), transporters, processors, business operators, food service and retail staff, supervisors of any food facility, long term care facility staff and individuals who purchase, prepare and serve food in their homes. With an estimated 76 million foodborne illnesses annually, costing an estimated $1.4 trillion, food safety highlights a specific area of risk to be addressed by Cooperative Extension. The recent produce-related foodborne illness outbreaks have brought public attention to a problem that has been increasing nationally for the last ten years. The issues of foodborne illness and food safety pose immediate risks for farmers affecting the areas of economics, consumer demand, and market access. Because no processing or kill steps are involved with produce that is typically eaten raw, the best measures to limit microorganisms and fresh produce related illness are to prevent microbes from contaminating the product. Practices like Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Good Handling Practices (GHPs), and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) represent a systematic preventive approach to food safety, protecting agricultural products as they move from farm to retail and restaurants and finally to families. While there is currently no legal requirements for growers to implement GAPs, buyers have responded to the public concern by requiring their produce growers to adhere to current guidelines and possibly even require GAPs certification. The main areas of concern incorporate production, harvesting, packing, and transporting produce in the areas of water quality, manure management, domestic and wildlife management, worker health and hygiene, transportation, traceability, and documentation. For North Carolina growers to be competitive and produce safe product, it is important that they gain knowledge about and implement food safety programs that minimize physical, chemical and biological hazards Food safety risks do not stop at primary production. As risks associated with pathogens can occur at many junctions between primary production and consumption, food safety is a truly farm-to-fork issue. The World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have defined 5 factors that lead to foodborne illness outbreaks: Inadequate cooking or processing procedures; improper storage and holding temperatures, cross-contamination between potentially contaminated raw materials and ready-to-eat foods (either directly or through poor sanitation); and poor implementation of personal hygiene practices. The preventative steps targeting risk reduction taken at each of the components making up the food supply chain are critical in preventing food-borne illness. Educational programs including ServSAFE, School HACCP workshops, food safety at childcare and senior centers, and targeted farm-to-fork food safety inclusion for all food handlers is necessary for important for advances in knowledge and implementation of preventative programs. Equally important is that families and children have a secure food supply. Hunger in American households has risen by 43 percent over the last five years, according to an analysis of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) data released in the report "Household Food Security in the United States, 2004." The analysis, completed by the Center on Hunger and Poverty at Brandeis University, shows that more than 7 million people have joined the ranks of the hungry since 1999. The USDA report says that 38.2 million Americans live in households that suffer directly from hunger and food insecurity, including nearly 14 million children. That figure is up from 31 million Americans in 1999. Limited-resource, socially disadvantaged and food-insecure individuals, families and communities will be provided with information and opportunities to enhance household food, diet and nutritional security. Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the United States, and consistently ranks as the first, second or third most deadly industry along with mining and construction. Agriculture is unique in that the work and home place are often the same, exposing both workers and family members to hazards. In the United States on average each year, there are 700 deaths and 140,000 injuries to those who work in agriculture, defined as farming, forestry and fishing. Farmers, farmworkers and their families are at high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries (primarily from tractor roll-overs, machinery entanglements, and animal handling incidents), musculo-skeletal conditions, work-related lung diseases, noise-induced hearing loss, heat stress and heat stroke, pesticide exposure and illness, skin diseases, behavioral health issues, and certain cancers associated with chemical use and prolonged sun exposure. The health and safety of migrant and seasonal farmworkers are complicated by other conditions such as infectious disease, hypertension, and diabetes, as well as cultural and language barriers. Farmers and farmworkers alike are subject to lack of access to health care. Agricultural injury and illness are costly, with total US annual costs reaching $4.5 billion and per farm costs equaling $2,500, or 15% of net income. Median health care coverage for farm families is $6,000 per year. In North Carolina, 27% of farm families do not have health insurance, while 29% of farmers do not have health insurance. Many others have health care coverage with high annual deductibles and high premiums. Agromedicine is a comprehensive, collaborative approach involving both agricultural and health scientists to develop solutions addressing the health and safety issues of the agricultural community through research, education and outreach. The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute, a partnership of NC State University, NC A&T State University and East Carolina University in collaboration with others, develops and evaluates effective programs to reduce injury and illness in agriculture, forestry and fishing. One such program is called Certified Safe Farm (CSF) and AgriSafe. CSF and AgriSafe were first developed and researched in Iowa. CSF and AgriSafe are being adapted to North Carolina agriculture by the NC Agromedicine Institute and its Cooperative Extension collaborators. Certified Safe Farm combines AgriSafe health services (wellness and occupational health screenings and personal protection equipment selection and fit services) conducted by trained AgriSafe health providers, on-farm safety reviews conducted by trained Extension agents, and community education and outreach to achieve safety and health goals established by participating farmers and their employees and families. Insurance incentives and safety equipment cost-share programs for participating farmers are still being developed. Other ongoing educational programs addressing agricultural health and safety include farm safety days for children, youth, or families, employee hands-on farm safety training, the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program for youth, and youth ATV operator safety certification programs.
Value* Outcome Description
82Number of participants trained in safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
* 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.
Leadership is important to every level of a community sharing in the creation of wealth and well-being. Youth and adult leaders must be capable of motivating groups to achieve common goals that impact North Carolina families and communities.They will need the confidence and skill to guide and support North Carolina community and state organizations. Citizens participating in the 2007 NC Tomorrow survey denoted the importance of leadership by clearly requesting leadership training (54%), social advising, community advising and technical assistance (45%)from their university system.
Value* Outcome Description
62Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
12Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
32Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
12Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
8Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Youth and adults will address community issues and/or challenges through volunteerism.
Youth and adult volunteers in North Carolina contribute thousands of hours each year to strengthen communities and create strong foundations for the future. As these individuals engage in service, they are gaining new skills, generating new programs to serve their communities, building successful organizations, and fostering an ethic of service. Cooperative Extension is poised to support the development of interpersonal skills, leadership experiences, and content knowledge to ensure that citizens are prepared to engage in meaningful service throughout the lifespan. Current research suggests that youth and adult participation positively impacts civic engagement and contributes to the development of leadership capacities. With its presence in every county, Cooperative Extension is uniquely positioned to contribute to building a stronger ethic of service among youth and adults.
Value* Outcome Description
186Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
2Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
152Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
12Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
24Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
12Number 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
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways
We are living in a new economy powered by technology, fueled by information and driven by knowledge. Extension programs provide opportunities for youth and adults to improve their level of education and increase their skills that enable them to be competitive in our global society and workforce.
Value* Outcome Description
332Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
14530Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
8042Total number of female participants in STEM program
432Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
400Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
548Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
76Number of adults increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
374Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
14540Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
442Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
374Number of adults gaining career / employability skills
548Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
76Number of adults gaining entrepreneurship skills
* 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.
Residential, commercial and public entities will make decisions regarding plant selection, placement and management that will decrease water consumption, preserve and improve water quality, mitigate storm water contaminants, reduce erosion, energy consumption, and greenwaste, expand wildlife habitat, improve real estate value, and improve diet and nutrition of consumers. The horse and "farmer lifestyle" industry will continue to grow and have an increasing impact on North Carolina's economy, while protecting the environment. The NCDA&CS reports that 65,000 horse producers own over 225,000 horses which annually generates over $704 million of gross revenue from training, showing, boarding and breeding establishments in addition to agri-business sales of horse-related products. The total economic impact of the NC green industry is $8.6 billion, involving 151,982 employees, and 120,741 acres of production (Green Industry Council, 2006). North Carolina residential consumers spend $5.9 billion dollars per year on garden and landscape related expenses (Green Industry Council, 2006). For 2007, North Carolina's population is estimated to be 8,968,800 (LINC). The population grew by 1,323,288 (15%), between 1997 and 2007 and it is projected to grow by another 1,330,055 (13%), over the next ten years (LINC). Over 50% of the population now lives in urban areas. Despite evidence of the ecological and financial benefits, environmentally responsible landscaping strategies are not being implemented widely. Renovating a landscape to incorporate water conserving strategies may result in using 36% less water. Urban water run-off accounts for the majority of water pollution, mostly pesticides and fertilizers, that does not come from a specific industrial source. Selection of well-adapted plants, effective pest management, and appropriate care and feeding of plants will greatly reduce dependence on fertilizers and pesticides. Rain water that is not absorbed by the soil becomes erosive storm water runoff, which transports pollutants such as fertilizer, pesticides, sediment, motor oil, litter, and animal waste to local streams and rivers. Landscape designs will include rain gardens and other runoff catchment facilities (underground cisterns, etc.) that are attractive and easy to maintain in residential areas. Homeowners will learn that proper plant selection and placement can reduce winter heating bills by as much as 15% and summer cooling bills by as much as 50 percent, while reducing the need to prune over-sized plants. Wild habitat areas are rapidly being converted into housing and commercial properties, displacing native plants and animals. Choosing native or adapted plants that provide food and shelter creates a haven for butterflies, birds, lizards, and other animals. Edible landscaping can increase the amount and expand the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables consumed.
Value* Outcome Description
764Number 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
764Number 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
22920Total 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
764Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
7640Cost savings from using extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
764Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
764Number of participants growing food for home consumption
22920Value of produce grown for home consumption
400Number of participants adopting composting
400Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualty
* 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.
Many North Carolinians are affected by chronic disease and conditions that compromise their quality of life and well-being. Heart disease, stroke and cancer continue to be leading causes of death in our state. In addition, obesity and obesity related chronic diseases such as diabetes continue to rise at alarming rates. Healthy eating and physical activity are critical to achieve optimal health. Many North Carolinians have diets that are too high in calories and too low in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Portion sizes, foods eaten away-from-home and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages continue to rise. In addition, most North Carolinians do not engage in regular physical activity. The prevalence of overweight and obesity has nearly doubled in the past 10 years. If the trend of overweight is not slowed, it will eliminate the progress we have made in reducing the burden of weigh-related chronic disease. One in every three US children born after 2000 will become diabetic unless many more people start eating less and exercising more. The cost of obesity in North Carolina in health care costs alone is over 2 billion dollars. There are many proposed reasons for the obesity epidemic, however unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are widely recognizes as primary contributors to the problem. Those who make healthy food choices and are physically active are more likely to achieve and maintain a healthy weight as well reduce chronic diseases. Ultimately, this will lead to reduction in health care costs, increased longevity, greater productivity and improved quality of life.
Value* Impact Description
400Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
1230Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
1564Number of participants increasing their physical activity
896Number of participants who consume less sodium in their diet
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 34,088
Non face-to-face** 28,972
Total by Extension staff in 2017 63,060
* 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 $4,200.00
Gifts/Donations $2,000.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $31,000.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $37,200.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.14
4-H: 246 2,418 5,122 $ 58,371.00
Advisory Leadership System: 94 174 60 $ 4,200.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 1,408 15,138 1,350 $ 365,431.00
Other: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Total: 1748 17730 6532 $ 428,002.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

County Advisory Committee
Elizabeth Mitchell
Carrie Winter
Sandy Roork
Joyce Trott
Barbara Locklear
Heidi Pruess
June Hood
Marilyn Gore
Kendel Bryant
Robin Emmons
Karla Robinson
Robert Robinson
Reggie Singleton
Stephanie Frisbee
Tim Turton
Bill Sloan

Family and Consumer Sciences
Robert Grooms
Nadine Ford
Archana Revankar
Nanette McLellan
4-H Youth Development
April Jones
Angela Paul
Lucy Sams
Chris Simeral
Bernard Singleton
Stephanie Tuckman
Sam Nelson
Taivon Sams

VIII. Staff Membership

Nelson McCaskill
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (704) 336-4015
Email: nelson_mccaskill@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Administration and Community Development.

Shane Alston-Daniel
Title: Administrative Assistant
Phone: (704) 336-2082
Email: shane_alston-daniel@ncsu.edu

Steven Capobianco
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (980) 202-1449
Email: sjcapobi@ncsu.edu

Candice Christian
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer & 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.

Catherine Daniels
Title: 4-H Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (704) 353-0740
Email: catherine_daniels@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Manages the 4-H volunteer system. Manages 4-H youth gardening efforts/programs. Supports 4-H programming through clubs, school enrichment, summer programs, and special interest groups.

Kristin Davis
Title: Extension Agent, Local Foods/FCS
Phone: (704) 336-4006
Email: kristin_davis@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Kristin Davis is the Family & Consumer Sciences Agent with NC State University's Cooperative Extension Service in Mecklenburg County. She leads the Family & Consumer Sciences program including programming in the areas of local foods, food literacy, food safety and volunteer development. She also serves as the local foods coordinator for the NC 10% Campaign in Mecklenburg County. In 2015, "The Sustainable Living Series" received Charlotte Magazine's Best of the Best (BOB) award, a program she created to meet citizens' needs. Kristin holds a Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences, a Bachelor or Arts in Psychology, and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in NC.

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.

Richard Goforth
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (704) 283-3801
Email: richard_goforth@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

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

Craig Mauney
Title: Extension Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables & 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.

Currey Nobles
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9520
Email: canobles@ncsu.edu

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.

Augusta Washington
Title: Program Assistant, EFNEP
Phone: (704) 336-2082
Email: awashin2@ncsu.edu

Racquel Washington
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (704) 336-4014
Email: racquel_mcneil@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Manages the total 4-H Program in Mecklenburg County, including clubs, school enrichment, summer programs and special interest groups.

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

Mecklenburg County Center
1418 Armory Dr
Charlotte, NC 28204

Phone: (704) 336-2082
Fax: (704) 336-6876
URL: http://mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu