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Author: Julie Hayworth-Perman

Hands grinding up Fraser fir needles.

Dec 20, 2022

Making Scents: North Carolina Christmas Tree Fragrances 

If you go to any candle retailer this time of year, you will likely find balsam, pine and cedar scents. But what about North Carolina's Fraser fir? The Fraser fir essential oil is currently sold to niche markets but could soon become a holiday staple. 

dock on the water

Apr 19, 2021

Eastern 4-H Center’s On the Dock of the Bay Fundraiser Goes Virtual

As the Eastern 4-H Center prepares to welcome campers back in June, 4-H camps community is rallying to make summer 2021 one of the best with the help of the Dock of the Bay fundraiser. 

Sarah Maddry wearing her gown and other graduation regalia.

Dec 8, 2020

Sarah Maddry: Finding a Career Opportunity in Challenging Times

Despite a global pandemic, NC State CALS graduate and former Ag Institute Ambassador Sarah Maddry couldn't have asked for a better senior year. 

Paige King Johnson promotional photo

Nov 16, 2020

Clover to Country Star: 4-H Alumna Paige King Johnson

Harnett County 4-H alumna Paige King Johnson is making a name for herself in the music world, and she attributes much of her success to growing up in 4-H. 

Group shot of diverse high school students in a school library.

Nov 3, 2020

Kids Voting, N.C. Cooperative Extension Show Every Voice Matters

The 2020 election is almost over. And while their votes may not be counted among official election results, unofficially, North Carolina’s youth will be heard because of the efforts of N.C. Cooperative Extension and the Kids Voting program. 

Group of 4-H staff members holding a check from SECU Foundation for $50,000

Sep 17, 2020

SECU Foundation Grants a Lifesaver for 4-H, FFA Camps

The SECU Foundation awarded $50,000 in grants to NC State Extension’s Millstone 4-H Camp and the North Carolina FFA Center. 

4-h youth members

Jul 3, 2020

Cherokee Culture Factors Strongly in EBCI 4-H Programs

With limited internet and cell service, North Carolina Extension Agent Sally Dixon created unique virtual 4-H programs that gets youth away from their screens. 

White female outside a school holding a magazine and grocery bags

May 4, 2020

Strategic Plan Makes Pandemic Food Response Easier

The closing of schools across North Carolina has left many economically disadvantaged parents concerned about how to feed their families. But through strong partnerships and dedicated staff, N.C. Cooperative Extension is working to change that. 

People sitting around a table and eating food

Apr 7, 2020

Extension COVID-19 Food Safety Resources Reach Far and Nationwide

Innovative thinking and the ability to rapidly deploy research-backed guidance has put NC State Extension food safety all over the map. 

baby chick

Mar 31, 2020

Johnston County 4-H Counts Chickens and Facebook Views

The closing of all North Carolina schools because of the coronavirus put a damper on many class projects across the state, but in Johnston County, an innovative 4-H agent took the program in a new direction.