2018 New Hanover County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 31, 2019

I. Executive Summary

2018 was a year to demonstrate the resilience of New Hanover County Cooperative Extension Center at the Arboretum. The year saw the retirement of director Al Hight, the interim service of Mark Blevins, and the new hire leadership of Lloyd Singleton. During this transition, daily maintenance responsibilities of the Arboretum grounds were shifted to New Hanover County's Park and Gardens department. Lloyd's start as Director was followed almost immediately with a strike of Hurricane Florence. Our offices were closed for 2 weeks, and the grounds of the Arboretum were closed for a few additional weeks during cleanup and recovery. Hurricane Florence created significant damage to the gardens, and therefore opportunity. Fifteen additional tree species have been added to the Arboretum's collection, and a storm-water management program with an educational component is underway.

Two major events for the fall were affected by the hurricane: the Native Plant festival in September was cancelled, and Art in the Arboretum fundraiser was rescheduled for November. The Native Plant festival will be held again in Fall, 2019, and the November, 2018 Art in the Arboretum event successfully raised over $25k for the garden.

In 2018, New Hanover County had 185 certified master gardener volunteers that donated 14,688 hours with an additional 2,819 hours of continuing education. This is a value of $362,647.72. This represents the highest number of volunteer hours for the Master Gardener program in the state for the third year in a row. Plant clinics were also expanded to remote locations at local Lowe’s Home Improvement centers, serving 1,720 people.

The 4-H embryology program engaged over 1600 elementary school students in New Hanover County in the fall of 2018. A strong partnership was developed with the school system staff to ensure a continuing program.

A 2018 goal provided to New Hanover County was to develop collaborative programs between 4-H, Family and Consumer Science, Consumer Horticulture and other public and private partners that address strategic objectives in New Hanover County’s Strategic Plan. In recognition if this goal and the county's desire for superior public health and safety, several of our team and community partners committed to a USDA grant-funded opioid addiction prevention effort titled "Empowering Youth and Families Program." The program will launch in early 2019 and continue for 1.5 years to train 3 cohorts of 5 families culminating in public outreach efforts.

A collaborative effort between program areas in the tri-county region in 2018 was the joint Cooperative Extension display at the Cape Fear Fair. The attractive display showcased the 4-H, Family and Consumer Science, and Residential and Urban Horticulture programs, and won an award for “Best of Show.” This display represented NC Cooperative Extension in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties.

II. County Background

New Hanover County encompasses the city of Wilmington and the towns of Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Kure Beach and Castle Hayne. Roughly 50% of the total population of 220,000 lives within the Wilmington city limits. New Hanover is North Carolina’s third smallest county in geographic area at 191 square miles. Population increases of more than 13% annually are expected through 2030.

As might be expected 98% of the population is considered urban with a small rural population in the Castle Hayne area on the north side of the county.

The region’s popularity as a retirement destination is reflected by 22% of the population being over 60 years old.

Service businesses tied to housing and commercial building are busy again as projects halted by the recession are moving forward. Current unemployment numbers hover around 4%; half of what it was during the height of the recession.

According to the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority, visitors during 2016 had a $550 million impact on the local economy which represents a 6.3% increase from the previous year. Tourism supports over 6000 local jobs.

Cooperative Extension’s county budget has remained consistent with slight increases in maintenance and repair and support for temporary positions.

New Hanover County completed the Strategic Plan adopted in 2011 this year and began the process for a new plan through 2023. While the new plan won’t be finalized until spring, 2018, drafts suggest continued emphasis on youth and adult obesity and higher wage job creation. The opioid drug crisis including heroin and prescription drugs is also likely to be included.

New leadership in 4-H and Family and Consumer Science offers exciting opportunities related to the new strategic plan as well as traditional educational programs.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

Community members, organizations and local government will engage in collaborative dialog and decision-making to build economically, socially and environmentally resilient communities. This will be done through inclusive engagement, partnership building, and/or community planning.

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
17Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
13Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
45Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
10Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
10Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
277Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
102Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
263Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
77Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
49Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
20586Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
13Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
17Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
16Number of adult volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
* 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
260Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices
260Number of youth and adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
14Number 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.
14Number of participants that adopted recommended climate 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.

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

Value* Outcome Description
18225Number 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
20365Number 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
45000Total 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
18221Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
45000Cost savings from using extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
30400Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
305000Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
18320Number of participants growing food for home consumption
23000Value of produce grown for home consumption
275Number of participants adopting composting
8Reduced tonnage of greenwaste as a result of Extension-recommended practices including composting and proper plant selection
15023Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualty
15024Costs savings from implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
16500Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Impact Description
66Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
66Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
26Number 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* 25,983
Non face-to-face** 8,884
Total by Extension staff in 2018 34,867
* 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 $251,400.00
Gifts/Donations $620.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $210.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $8,640.00
Total $260,870.00

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: 40 103 25 $ 2,543.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 1,541 14,967 13,719 $ 369,535.00
Other: 17 1,775 4,490 $ 43,825.00
Total: 1598 16845 18234 $ 415,903.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

New Hanover County Cooperative Extension Advisory Council
Charles Mincey
Qailinn Bowen
Coleen Higgins
Susan Jewell
Mary McKernan
Shirely Melito
Beth Ann Scisco
Christy Spivey
Roselyn Upchurch
William Walsh
Scott Winslow
Nathan Bales
4-H Advisory Council
Liz Sharpe
Robert Shiver
Sara Ludt
Kimberley Cheatham
Ralph Mead
Tina Sharpe
Melissa Hight
John Lenfestey
Kitty Bass
Joe Boyd
Jess Boyd
Brad Shepard
Ashley Morton
Consumer Horticulture Advisory Committee
Roberta Quarton
Virginia Teachey
Jay Denmark
Sherrel Bunn
Roy Van Teyens
John Ranalli



Ability Garden Advisory Council
Mary Ares
Karen Root
Sammy Dorsey
Chrissy Gonthier
Johnny Johnson
Lorraine Perry
Nancy Pritchett
Denise Miller
Laura Jennings
Candy Ashton
Alissa Brainard
Caroline Butts
Ronna Zimmer
Nicolle Nicolle
Heather Kelejian
Ruth Finch
Bill Coleman
Friends of the Arboretum
Betty Arlant
Alice Canup
Carolyn Thomas
Karen Root
John Ranalli
Donna Hurdle
Marie Warren
Family and Consumer Science
Katelyn Matney
Eden Sanders
Hattie McIver
Erin O'Donnell
Travis Greer
Jane Raddack
Bill Nannfeldt
Cheryle Syracuse
Joyce Reeves
Pat McCoy

VIII. Staff Membership

Lloyd Singleton
Title: County Extension Director, Commercial Horticulture - Landscape
Phone: (910) 798-7666
Email: losingle@ncsu.edu

Susan Brown
Title: Extension Agent, Consumer Horticulture
Phone: (910) 798-7674
Email: susan_brown@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Consumer Horticulture

Bill Carapezza
Title: County Extension Technician, Horticulture, Operations Support Staff
Phone: (910) 798-7660
Email: wjcarape@ncsu.edu

Breyana Davis
Title: SNAP-Ed Steps to Health, Nutrition Educator
Phone:
Email: bddavis5@ncsu.edu

Danyce Dicks
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (910) 798-7662
Email: danyce_dicks@ncsu.edu

J. Scott Enroughty
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (910) 798-7660
Email: scott_enroughty@ncsu.edu

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

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.

Roben Jarrett
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant, Agriculture - Commercial Horticulture
Phone: (910) 798-7671
Email: roben_jarrett@ncsu.edu

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

Heather Kelejian
Title: Ability Garden Program Director
Phone: (910) 798-7682
Email: heather_kelejian@ncsu.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amy Mead
Title: Program Associate, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (910) 798-7660
Email: afmead@ncsu.edu

Angela Pearsall
Title: Horticulture Program Assistant
Phone: (910) 798-7660
Email: apearsa@ncsu.edu

Marge Porrazzo
Title: Receptionist, N.C. Cooperative Extension, New Hanover County
Phone: (910) 798-7660
Email: marge_porrazzo@ncsu.edu

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

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

Marianne Schroeder
Title: County Extension Support Specialist - Horticulture, Consumer Horticulture
Phone: (910) 798-7667
Email: mmschroe@ncsu.edu

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

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

New Hanover County Center
6206 Oleander Dr
Wilmington, NC 28403

Phone: (910) 798-7660
Fax: (910) 798-7678
URL: http://newhanover.ces.ncsu.edu