2017 Orange County Program Impact Report

Approved: February 2, 2018

I. Executive Summary

There was a “Changing the Guard” in 2017 for Orange County Cooperative Extension. Long-time County Extension Director Carl Matyac retired and was replaced by Tyrone Fisher, former County Extension Director of Harnett County. One of his first duties was to hire a 4-H Agent. Sheronda Witter resigned in the Spring and we were able to hire Jonathon Smith, a former FFA Teacher from Carteret County.

Although there were vacant positions, staff continued to meet the needs of the citizens in Orange County. Here are some highlights from 2017.

* We reached over 34,753 citizens in the region. Citizens come from far and away to attend workshops and trainings in Orange County.

* Over 413 volunteers (non-Master Gardeners) recorded 9,508 hours reaching 32,947 clients, a value of $229,523.

* Over $63,135 in grants, donations, user fees, and gifts were utilized for programming

* 32 Food Safety Managers were certified in ServSafe and Safe Plates

* 55 civil engineers and landscapers were certified in Stormwater BMP Inspection and Maintenance

* Over 8,404 participants in workshops and trainings with over 819 contact hours

The 4-H Youth Department had major highlights with great attendance in their Summer Sizzle program which reached kids of all family income levels from both ends of the county. The Agricultural Department continues to have a successful Agricultural Summit every winter. The program has reached over 150 farmers and is outgrowing every facility in the county. The Breeze Farm and the Beginning Farmer program continues to address the age of the future farmer. The average age of participant in the program is below 40, way below the farmer state average of 58.

Although we finished 2017 with a full staff, we will be starting the new year with interviews for an EFNEP Program Assistant and a part-time office assistant position. We also started the groundwork for a new Agriculture Center as well as Orange County Government's leasing the Breeze Farm, a 270-acres incubator farm. Hopefully, these are two projects that will be part of future impacts!

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.

Value* Outcome Description
70Number of animal 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
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
30Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
1000Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
10Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
3Tons of livestock organic by-products utilized (nutrients from waste, compost, etc)
1200Net income gain by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
3Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
160Number of acres where Extension-recommended waste analysis was used for proper land application
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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
47Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
116Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
34Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
* 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.).
40Number of producers selling their agricultural products to local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional) for consumption in NC.
4Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
1400000Gross sales of local foods by producers. (Increase in gross sales to be calculated at the state level.)
10Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue.
4Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period).
1Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
176Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
15Number 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
27Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
2Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
10Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
200Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
50Total number of female participants in STEM program
75Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
150Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
10Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
* 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.

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
1498Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
1548Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
1666Number of participants increasing their physical activity
1300Number of participants reducing their BMI
450Number of adults who reduce their blood pressure
450Number of adults who improve their blood glucose (A1c.)level
500Number of adults who reduce their total cholesterol
998Number 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* 20,172
Non face-to-face** 14,581
Total by Extension staff in 2017 34,753
* 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 $500.00
Gifts/Donations $17,251.02
In-Kind Grants/Donations $1,503.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $43,881.00
Total $63,135.02

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: 132 266 690 $ 6,568.00
Advisory Leadership System: 18 36 7 $ 889.00
Extension Community Association: 54 8,225 32,112 $ 203,075.00
Extension Master Gardener: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Other: 209 981 138 $ 24,221.00
Total: 413 9508 32947 $ 234,753.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

N.C. Cooperative Extension, Orange County Center, Advisory Council Members
Rosiland Johnson
David Bailey
Gary Davis
Barbara Warren
Susan Lamb
Diane Rogers
Janice Tyler
Rev. Sharon Freeland
Chris Green
4-H Advisory Council Members
Carol Lovingood, Chair
Joyce Lee, Secretary
Melinda Bradsher
Pam Chapman
Lisa Laudeman
Teresa King
Willie Lambert
Lorie Moore
Anggie Thompson
Diane Thompson
Donna Williams
Orange County 4-H Volunteer Leaders
Melinda Bradsher, Vice-President
Anggie Thompson, President
Lorie Moore, Secretary
Diane Thompson, Reporter
Lisa Laudeman, Treasurer
Orange County 4-H Horse Advisory Council Members
Laurie Lee
Candace Norman
Jean Crocker
Jean Goodwillie
Toni Massinople
Ann Rinalda
Bobbie Stanford
Cammie Turner
Orange County 4-H County Council Members
Olivia McDonald, President
Jaime Burgess, Vice-President
Lillian Lovingood, Secretary
Meghan Bradsher, Reporter
Eboni Long, Treasurer
Livestock Show Steering Committee Members
Mart Bumgarner
Wes Huskins
Nancy Huskins
Sheronda Witter
Dave Gibbs
Frank Hollowell
Robert Watkins
Lauren Langley
Rusty Wagoner
Yvonne Wahler
Renee Parker
Phillip Walker
Karen McAdams
Vaughn Compton
Carl Matyac
Watt parker
Lindsey Kirby
Kim Woods
Lee Hollowell
Master Gardener Coordinating Committee Members
Mary Leonardi, Past Chair
Carol Enarson
John Rintoul
Ann Fortman
Leigh Simpson
Andrea Lewis
Biruta Nielson
Ann Sadler
Chris Exton
Bev Bell

Extension and Community Association County Council Officers
Laura Lloyd
Jean Eddleman
Deborah Brooks
Becky Smith
Barbara Warren
Mary Locklear
Rutha Brooks
Becky Smith
Hazel Lunsford
Shari Latta
Jean Eddleman
Mary Crawford
Daisy Faribault

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 & 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 Livestock and Field Crops.

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 & 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: Orange County Cooperative Extension Secretary
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

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
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

Fernanda Olivato
Title: Program Assistant, EFNEP - Food and Nutrition, Adult and Youth
Phone: (919) 245-2066
Email: fernanda_olivato@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Program Assistant for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP). Teaches the benefits of nutrition, food, food safety and physical activity to limited resources families.

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