Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AgOptions Grant Cycle

2015 AgOptions Grant Applications Available
The 2015 AgOptions grant cycle application process is now open.  Farmers with new production or processing ideas should consider applying.   Visit the WNC AgOptions website at:  
http://www.wncagoptions.org/  for more information.   

Similar to last year, WNC AgOptions will be offering $3000 and $6000 mini-grants to individual farm businesses. The 2015 application is attached here. Here are some important dates to keep in mind:

October 2014: Outreach to farmers. 

We have scheduled an information session for potential applicants on Thursday, October 16th from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center in  Mills River . Information about the session is attached to this email. 

October 24, 2014: Intent to apply deadline. Interested applicants should contact their County Ag Agent by this date to set up an appointment to discuss their project.
November 21, 2014: Applications due (must be post-marked by this date)

December 8-9 2014:
 Application review days. Review locations will be in Asheville and Marshall.

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Job Opening at Berrier Select Landscapes

Berrier Select Landscapes, Inc. is a Landscape Contracting company serving high end residential clients in the Asheville area. Our services include Landscape  Installation, Design,  Maintenance,  Irrigation, Lighting, and Hardscapes.

We are currently seeking someone for our year round ,full time Landscape Maintenance Supervisor position.This is a working supervisor position based on a 4 day work week                (40 hrs.).The qualified candidate will be responsible for the day to day care and maintenance of our clients Plant beds, Turf areas and insuring the total landscape is always in top condition and assuring these tasks are accomplished in timely manner. This position requires supervision of a crew between 1-4 people. Attention to detail is required and interacting with clients and crew in a professional manner at all times is necessary. An associates degree in Horticulture/Turfgrass Management is preferred or a minimum of one year performing Landscape Maintenance Supervision. We are looking for someone with strong leadership qualities, a great attitude and a strong work ethic that presents themselves in a professional manner. This is a year round ,full time position.

Duties include but are not limited to: proper scheduling of maintenance operations, operating various machinery such as mowers, weed-eaters, blowers, tiller, aerator and use of various hand tools. Ability to lift 50-80 lbs. on a regular basis is a necessity.The candidate will be responsible to arrive 30 minutes early on a daily basis to have tools and equipment loaded on vehicle prior to the crew arriving for work.

Applicants must have a valid driver's license and have a N.C. Pesticide applicators license or be able to obtain one within 6 months of employment.

Please send your resume and contact information to awise@berrierselect.com,jberrier@berrierselect.com, or to Berrier Select Landscapes, Inc. PO Box 17927   Asheville NC  28816.

Pay is based on experience and qualifications

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

4th Annual Horticulture IPM Symposium

4th Annual IPM Symposium

There are a few seats remaining in the 4th annual Horticulture IPM Symposium so be sure to get registered early.  Time is running out.  Below is the link to both the program and the registration materials:

IPM Symposium

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.