2018 Orange County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 28, 2019

I. Executive Summary

Orange County will remember 2018 as the year of the storms. The year started with blizzards and ended with hurricanes, it was the wettest year on record. This kept us busy working with all levels of government to ensure we meet the needs of the citizens in Orange County. In January, we were educating household how to salvage food without electricity due to snow and ice. In December, we were assisting farmers seeking financial assistance with crop and livestock losses due to flooding.

To address these needs, we were able to re-established the Advisory Council as well as several Program and Specialized Committees. We were able to reach out and reconnect with communities thru ECA and 4-H clubs. Here are some of the impacts that were a result of us getting out of the office and putting boots on the ground!

We were only fully staffed briefly this year, but we were still able to create some big impacts in the communities!

The eastern seaboard and is prone to natural disasters including hurricanes and flooding. These natural disasters impact family health and economic stability. NC Extension and 4-H believe that preparedness is key and youth have a role to play to improve family preparedness and response. 4-H partnered with North Carolina 4-H, the National Youth Preparedness Initiative (MyPI), and Orange County Emergency Services, to host the inaugural Orange County Youth Preparedness Camp for ten local youth. Following the National MyPI model, participants completed the Community Emergency Response Team training, achieved certification in AED/CPR/First Aid, and learned how to effectively use technology to prepare for and respond to disasters. Students interacted with emergency service professionals and learned about careers in that field. There was a 71% increase in knowledge of community emergency preparedness as a result of camp instruction.

North Carolina's Hispanic population is nearing one million; there were 932,000 Hispanics residing in the state in 2016. In the same year, the American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates indicated there were 11,545 Latinos making Orange County their home. With about 30% of the Hispanic population working in food-related areas, it is important that we address food safety concerns and practices in a way they can understand it and apply it to their daily lives at home as well as their jobs. We partnered with El Centro Hispano in Carrboro to offer a Fix it Safe class to parents attending El Centro. The session addressed the basic steps for preventing foodborne illnesses, how to use a food thermometer properly, the correct way to store foods, and how to prevent cross-contamination of foods. Participants saw a 76% increase in knowledge about proper cooking temperatures and use of food thermometer, prompt refrigeration of foods, prevention of cross-contamination and proper handwashing techniques. Furthermore, 50% of the participants indicated they will begin washing their cutting boards between uses and defrosting their meats in the refrigerator, and 67% indicated they will begin using the food thermometer provided in class to check proper cooking temperatures.

We are still moving forward with the new Agriculture Center, we have a move in date of 2021. We continue to have successes at the Breeze Farm, but we are facing some challenges with fundraising and financial support. We hope to address many more challenges in 2019 as we move forward together!

II. County Background

The first impression of Orange County is that its residents live in luxury, have major universities nearby, and serves as a bedroom community to the Research Triangle Park. Orange County has a high cost of living and a technological and service driven economy. The county has a highly educated work force with a median income of $55,569 and a growing number of retirees attracted to the county because of the surrounding universities and medical facilities. There has been an increase in the Hispanic population in the county due to the availability of jobs in the building, green industry, as well as service-oriented jobs. This county has 140,065 residents and covers 245,720 acres, is still mostly a rural (77%) and 23% of the geographic land area is incorporated into cities and municipalities. 43% of the county is in Present Use Value Program listing land for farm, forest or horticultural use. There are 19,405 acres of harvested cropland in the county. The rapid growth of Chapel Hill and Hillsborough has resulted in 17% reduction in land used for farming. Nevertheless, there is still a marked rural character to the county lifestyle. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the focus of the southern part of the county while northern Orange County is primarily farmland around Hillsborough. This dichotomy is a source of challenge and opportunity.

While agriculture is still prevalent in rural Orange County; dairy, and row crops are strained to remain profitable. New farm enterprises are emerging that are dependent on the local market for income. Some of these diverse enterprises include vegetables, fruit, cut flowers, grass-fed beef, pork, poultry, aquaculture, and specialty dairy products. Farmers markets, community supported agriculture and restaurants in Orange County place a high value on locally produced products and are willing to pay a premium for them.
Several on-going initiatives will continue to help farmers to further capitalize on the growing market for local foods. Farmers are being connected with local grocers, food services, and institutions that are beginning to demand a greater supply of locally produced foods. PLANT@Breeze, a farmer incubator program, has been established and is in its tenth year of training new farmers. Participants learn how to produce and manage a direct market farm business. The Piedmont Food and Agriculture Processing Center, a shared-use value-added center, is now open and provides a certified kitchen for local farmers or local food entrepreneurs to turn perishable foods into food products that will enable them to make more money and extend their product delivery period. New farmer markets are being developed.
Extension’s Urban Agriculture Program trains Extension Master Gardener Volunteers who assist in the development of community and environmentally friendly gardens. Local residents learn to produce some of their own food working while getting to know their neighbors. This program also has the potential of addressing obesity and chronic disease issues, getting kids to eat their vegetables, and helping students learn science first-hand and to better understand the way nature works. Furthermore, the local food and community garden efforts provide ripe opportunities for leadership and entrepreneurial training.
The Orange County Center of NC Cooperative Extension has a Family and Consumer Sciences Program comprised of one Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Extension Agent, and two Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Educators. Family and Consumer Sciences views the family, in all its diverse forms, as the cornerstone of a healthy society. Its mission is to improve the well being of the family through programs that educate and help families put research-based knowledge from the land grant universities of North Carolina State University and NC A&T State University to work in their lives. The FCS program provides practical knowledge on health and nutrition. EFNEP is a federally funded educational program designed to help limited resource youth and families with children learn how to eat healthier meals, stretch their food dollar and reduce their risk of foodborne illness. Programs such as ServSafe, Food Preservation Workshops, More In My Basket, Cook Smart Eat Smart, and Cooking Matters are examples or FCS training opportunities.
4-H is a youth development program that addresses the need for school and workforce preparation, leadership development, healthy eating, physical activity and chronic disease reduction. In order to address these issues, Orange County 4-H will continue it’s extensive afterschool program, which reaches 25 Orange County and Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools. Concomitantly, Orange County 4-H continues to offer school enrichment opportunities in the form of butterfly life-cycles. Both of these are provided to local schools and home school students in such a way that is easily implemented into the state curriculum standards. During the summer, 4-H offers a five-week summer camp for middle school students to provide latch-key youth with both an informative and engaging summer experience.
Extension continues to help people address challenges both personally and in-group settings and supports the overall community. During this process, we work side-by-side with our clients and volunteers to help make Orange County and its citizens and businesses more self-reliant, healthy, and prosperous as we transition into the new economy. In order to ensure that the Orange County Center is meeting the needs of our clientele follow-up surveys are conducted by telephone, meetings and one-on-one interviews.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

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

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
27Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
6Number of individuals who learn how to prepare local foods, including through use of home food preservation techniques.
* 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
61Number of food service employees receiving ServSafe certification
15Number of participants trained in safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
114TOTAL number of food handlers receiving food safety training and education in safe food handling practices (new required data for federal reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
5Number of participants developing food safety plans
61Number of participants implementing ServSafe
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
69Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
6Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
2Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
9Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
12Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
2Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
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
1008Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
511Total number of female participants in STEM program
65Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
379Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
15Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
758Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
379Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
15Number of youth (students) 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.

Value* Outcome Description
29Number 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.

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
1015Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
956Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
1168Number of participants increasing their physical activity
1100Number of participants reducing their BMI
202Number of adults who reduce their blood pressure
201Number of adults who improve their blood glucose (A1c.)level
201Number of adults who reduce their total cholesterol
510Number 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* 14,294
Non face-to-face** 21,654
Total by Extension staff in 2018 35,948
* 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 $789.05
In-Kind Grants/Donations $4,554.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $18,740.00
Total $29,083.05

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: 433 952 7,072 $ 24,209.00
Advisory Leadership System: 39 28 64 $ 712.00
Extension Community Association: 68 2,240 5,077 $ 56,963.00
Extension Master Gardener: 660 3,664 660 $ 93,176.00
Other: 50 426 0 $ 10,833.00
Total: 1250 7310 12873 $ 185,893.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Main Advisory Council
Fletcher Barber
Bernadette Pelissier
Howard Allen
Rebecca Smith
Valerie Green
Beverly Shuford
Rosiland Johnson
David Bailey
Gary Davis
Carol Lovingood
Frances Harris
Lorraine Tuck
4-H Advisory Council
Carol Lovingood
Charlene Campbell
Diana Daniel-Lorente
Watt Parker
Daniel Roberson
Lori Rogers
Teresa Matthews
Karen McAdams
Rachel Hawkins
Hattie VanHook





4-H County Council
Emlyn Shopmyer
Grace Ridenour
Olivia Chapman
Camille Clark
Namron Chapman
Mega Gattis
Jaryn Green
Mykah Green
Myles Jones
Kristin Keeler
Katilyn McBroom
Allison Rogers
Jonathan Rogers
Riley Shopmyer
Zoe Steenwyk

4-H Club Leaders
Jeanine Alverez
Charlene Campbell
Cammie Fielding
Sandi Green
Kathy Hartkopf
Carol Lovingood
Lori Rogers
Central Piedmont Livestock Show
Mart Bumgarner
Wes Huskins
Nancy Huskins
Jonathon Smith
Dave Gibbs
Frank Hollowell
Robert Watkins
Lauren Langley
Rusty Wagoner
Yvonne Wahler
Renee Parker
Phillip Walker
Karen McAdams
Vaughn Compton
Watt Parker
Lindsey Kirby
Kim Woods
Lee Hollowell
Cole Watkins
Master Gardener Advisory
Carol Enarson
John Rintoul
Ann Fortman
Leigh Simpson
Andrea Lewis
Chris Exton
Linda Bell
Jamie Grant
Cindy Stubbs
Mary Joe Muzzey
Extension and Community Association County Council
Shari Latta
Rebecca Smith
Barbara Warren
Deborah Brooks
Laura Lloyd
Rutha Brooks
Hazel Lunsford
Jean Eddleman
Mary Crawford
Daisy Faribault
Mary Locklear
Family and Consumer Sciences Advisory
Sarah Michelle Wilson
Ashely Rawlinson
Shari Latta
Victoria Hudson
Patricia Harris
Cheryl Cureton
Ashley Brewer
Dani Black
LaShauna Austria
Valerie Green
Breeze Farm Advisory
Tracey Lefleur
Joe Tedrow
Tom Savage
Angie Raines
Mike Lanier
Mike Ortosky
Stacey Jones
Erin Eure
Dan Campeau
Marti Day
Patrick Purcell
Clay Parker
Local Foods Advisory
Howard Allen
Tract Lafleur
Tim MacAller
Helga MacAller
Jillian Mickens
Ross Mickens
Kelly Morrison
Jim Sanders
Joe Thompson
New Agriculture Center
Fletcher Barber
Karen McAdams
Helen Miller
Joanna Lelekacs
Carl Matyac
Brenda Conway
Iris Fuller
Deborah Taylor
Wick Wickliff
Mae McLendon
Agriculture
Neil Frank
Clay Parker
Karen McAdams
Richard Mason

VIII. Staff Membership

Tyrone Fisher
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (919) 245-2051
Email: tyrone_fisher@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Administration and Livestock Production

Shelia Beasley
Title: 4-H Program Associate
Phone: (919) 245-2056
Email: shelia_beasley@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: 4-H Youth Development, After-School, Summer Camps

Lisa Benavente
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Urban Programming, EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (919) 515-3888
Email: lisa_benavente@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in Wake, Durham, and Orange Counties. Responsible for training new EFNEP educators and volunteer development.

Mart Bumgarner
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Crops and Horticulture
Phone: (919) 245-2062
Email: mart_bumgarner@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide conduit for technology transfer from Land Grant University to consumers in Orange County concerning Field Crops and Horticulture. Responsible for the Orange County Master Gardener Program.

Daniel Campeau
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: dan_campeau@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Work mainly with Commercial Poultry industry. I also work with small scale poultry production. Service area is now the North Central District from Guilford to Halifax with the southern edge being Chatham and Wake county respectively.

Ivelisse Colon Diaz
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (919) 245-2055
Email: ivelisse_colon@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: ECA Liason County Agent, Food Safety at home, Safe Plates - Food Safety Manager Certification program, Food Processing and Canning, Promotion of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity to adults and youth.

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.

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits and Vegetables
Phone: (252) 357-1400
Email: erin_eure@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in northeastern NC.

Ketha Golden
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (919) 245-2050
Email: ketha_golden@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Office Support

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

Stacey Jones
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: stacey_jones@ncsu.edu

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

Mike Lanier
Title: Area Agent, Agribusiness
Phone: (919) 245-2063
Email: mlanier@orangecountync.gov
Brief Job Description: Agricultural Economic Development Local Foods Coordinator

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

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.

Gwen Medford
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (919) 245-2059
Email: glmedfor@ncsu.edu

Suyapa Mejia-Guevara
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 245-2069
Email: suyapa_mejia-guevara@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program

Victoria Powers
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 245-2066
Email: victoria_powers@ncsu.edu

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

Jonathon Smith
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (919) 245-2057
Email: jonathon_smith@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Coordinate and support 4-H programs and clubs in Orange County. Create new and engaging opportunities for students to learn by doing.

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

Orange County Center
306-E Revere Rd
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Phone: (919) 245-2050
Fax: (919) 644-3067
URL: http://orange.ces.ncsu.edu