Sustainable Summer: Going Local With 4-H

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Go Local with 4-H Summer Trip Flyer (full)

Registration is through eParks. If you have an existing account you will simply need to log in and add the events you would like to register for to your cart (per child). If you do not have an eParks account you will need to register for one. Once you create an account you will need to wait 24 hours to receive your account activation email before you will be able to register for events with your new account. Please call our office at 704-336-2082 if you have any questions regarding account setup or if you need to make an appointment to create one.

Participants must have completed & turned in 4-H Enrollment and Medical forms. Forms may be returned on day of or scanned and emailed to or faxed to the attention of 4-H Program Assistant, Catherine Daniels to 704-336-6876.

Trip Schedule:

  1. Monday, June 27th, 2016
    9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    NCDA&CS Piedmont Research Station
    Going Local: ROWAN COUNTY

    Youth will see Field Crops such as corn and soybeans and Horticultural Crops such as tomatoes, eggplant, squash, melons, peppers, cane berries, blueberries and strawberry plant production. This will be a wide range learning experience as youth see first-hand production, learn about seasons, and more!
  2. Monday, August 1st, 2016
    9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Metrolina Greenhouses
    Metrolina Greenhouses is a family-owned, wholesale plant and services company. They are the largest single-site heated greenhouse in the United States at 162 acres under roof! Youth will experience one of the most automated greenhouses in the United States. Participants will also learn more about their world renown sustainability efforts including heating and recaptured water for their greenhouses. Last but not least, youth will also view on site test gardens where potential new crops for market are grown and studied.
  3. Monday, August 8th, 2016
    9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Plants for Human Health Institute
    Going Local: CABARRUS COUNTY
    N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) consists of Research and Extension programs that create a dynamic presence at the Research Campus. PHHI’s focus is research of fruits and vegetables that will enhance the health-protective value of food crops and have the potential to increase the economic impact of NC agriculture. Their mission is to lead the discovery and delivery of innovative plant-based solutions to advance human health. Youth will experience science lessons, taste tests, and a tour with career insight.
  4. Thursday, August 18th, 2016
    9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Dole Food Company, Inc.
    Going Local: GASTON COUNTY
    On this trip, participants will visit the newest of Dole’s four salad manufacturing plants. The Dole plant in Bessemer City averages more than 500,000 bags and trays daily. This facility packages 114 different salads using: iceberg; romaine; green cabbage; red cabbage; spinach; eight varieties of specialty lettuces; 13 varieties of tender leaf baby lettuces; carrots; radishes; tomatoes; snow peas; sugar snap peas. Dole Food Company as a whole is the world’s largest producer of Fresh Fruits, Fresh Vegetables and Value Added Products. Dole is also leading the industry in nutritional education. Youth will view the manufacturing process while learning about value added food, nutrition, and the science within.