2019 Orange County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 31, 2020

I. Executive Summary

Orange County NC Cooperative Extension has had its first taste of impacts with a full staff. We had our "boots on the ground" in every part of the county. One of the highlights of the year was the Report to the People presentation and networking event! With this event, we were able to get over half of the county commissioners in one room for breakfast. Administrators from North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University were able to join us as we presented the impacts that were made in every program area all over in Orange County.

This was the year of new programs! This young staff is developing into seasoned employees and is invested in meeting the needs of the county.

4-H partnered with the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber, BB&T, and other local businesses to create a program targeted at high school students that do not currently have a career plan and who likely will remain in the local area upon graduation. Working with career and technical education coordinators in all county high schools, we promoted a new program that would expose students to the diversity of local careers while also helping them develop soft skills they can use across the various industries. Students were nominated by these coordinators to apply for the program and completed applications. Working with industry partners, we reviewed the applications and selected seven participants for the 2019-2020 school year. Beginning in September 2019, the Chamber and 4-H program met with students for a full day each month. Sessions included visits to local businesses with a different industry focus monthly. We also incorporated training on topics such as personal finance and leadership.

Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Durham, Orange and Person counties collaborated with Cooperative Extension Centers in those same three counties to plan, organize and implement the Third Annual Tri-County Pasture and Livestock Management Field Day. Advertising was done in these three counties and beyond to garner as large as an audience as possible to benefit these producers. Additionally, agri-businesses were contacted as sponsors and vendors to provide a networking opportunity. Over 70 people attended from 10 counties in North Carolina.

To help reduce this "food gap", the Orange County Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent partnered with UNC's Carolina Community Garden which provides produce to lower-income employees. The coordinator observed that employees didn't take home certain foods because they didn't know how to cook or serve them to their families. So, the FCS Agent and garden coordinator worked together to offer cooking demonstrations, education, and taste testings based on the produced offered during that growing season. Recipe cards were given along the produce taken home, so the participants could use the ingredients and enjoy the demonstrated recipe.

We broke ground on the new Agriculture Center, which was a historic day for the citizens of Orange County. The Breeze Farm continues to thrive and is a great model for economic development and teaching opportunities in other counties. We hope to address many more challenges in 2020 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

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

Value* Outcome Description
21Number of adults increasing knowledge of life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
21Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
13Number of adults and professionals increasing their knowledge of human development over the life course and emerging best practices in parenting and caregiving
21Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills to increase family economic security (such as; how to access: SNAP benefits, SHIIP Medicare Part D; food cost management, cost comparison skills, shop for reverse mortgages, select long term care insurance, etc.)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
47Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
64Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
26Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
6Number of pesticide credit hours provided
74Number 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
3Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
25Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
38Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
8Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
26Number of farmers, employees or family members adopting regular use of appropriate PPE following AgriSafe or Certified Safe Farm participation
18Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
101Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
65Number 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.
161Number of animal producers who learned how to develop a management plan (i.e. grazing plan, feeding plan, drought plan, business plan, disaster plan, etc.)
161Number 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.)
161Number of producers who increased knowledge of nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplements, breeding, and reproduction
* 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
3Number of participants who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems
8Number of participants who developed new jobs skills
4Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
3Number of participants acquiring knowledge and skills to convene and lead inclusive groups
* 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
175Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
73Total number of female participants in STEM program
12Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
97Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
1855Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
1640Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
51Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
1317Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
7Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
948Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
14Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
34Number of youth using effective life skills
27Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
959Number of youth increasing their physical activity
975Number 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.

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

Value* Outcome Description
113Number 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
35Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
43Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
91Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
54Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
80Number of participants growing food for home consumption
34Number 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
40Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
55Number of school personnel who increase their knowledge of School HACCP principles
189Number of food handlers who increase their knowledge and skills in safe food handling practices
98Number 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.
Value* Impact Description
1Number of new and existing access points for consumers that expand or improve their offering of local fruits and vegetables. Access points include farmers markets, retail stores, school food programs, community gardens, institutions other than schools (e.g. hospitals, universities, etc.), and other systems/access points not noted (e.g. restaurants, etc.).
58Number of participants developing food safety plans
177Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
132Number of participants increasing their physical activity
350Number of pounds of local food donated for consumption by vulnerable populations
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 19,794
Non face-to-face** 1,070,163
Total by Extension staff in 2019 1,089,957
* 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 $8,097.00
Gifts/Donations $18,734.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $834.37
United Way/Foundations $2,100.00
User Fees $32,637.00
Total $62,402.37

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 543 1382 7693 $ 35,144.00
Advisory Leadership System 18 10 18 $ 254.00
EFNEP 133 852 20 $ 21,666.00
Extension Community Association 79 6807 10804 $ 173,102.00
Extension Master Gardener 705 2934 705 $ 74,612.00
Extension Master Food Volunteers 3 8 14 $ 203.00
Total: 1481 11993 19254 $ 304,982.00
* 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
Rosiland Johnson
David Bailey
Gary Davis
Carol Lovingood
Frances Harris
Lorraine Tuck
4-H Advisory Council
Charlene Campbell
Rachel Hawkins
Carol Lovingood
Tereasa Matthews
Karen McAdams
Watt Parker
Daniel Roberson
Lori Rogers
Hattie Vanhook
4-H County Council
Carmen Espada
Namron Chapman
Olivia Chapman
Myles Jones
Kaitlyn McBroom
Grace Ridenour
Allison Rogers
Jonathan Rogers
Emlyn Shopmyer
Riley Shopmyer
4-H Club Leaders
Charlene Campbell
Jeffrey Campbell
Angela Everhart
Cammie Fielding
Jennifer Freeland
Jeanine Gangloff
Kimberly Harry
Kathy Hartkopf
Carol Lovingood
Nichole Mackiewicz
Lori Ridenour
Lori Rogers
Heather Taylor
Central Piedmont Livestock Show
Mart Bumgarner
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
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

Jonas Asbill
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Livestock - 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: 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.

Ivelisse Coln
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 programs, Food Processing and Canning, Promotion of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity to adults and youth. Community development, local food access, and Local Foods Coordinator

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
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

Sarah Maddry
Title: 4-H Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 245-2066
Email: sarah_maddry@ncsu.edu

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

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!

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) 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

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

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