Monthly Archives: January 2017

Upcoming Meetings

LOCATION               Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

DATE/TIME             2nd Tuesday, 5:00 PM 


Meetings often include short member presentations.  Upcoming topics:

Feb 14            OPEN

Mar 14            “It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s SUPER Sorghum!!!” (Jim Yacavone)

Apr 11             “Magic in Your Landscape — Making Your Own Fairy Garden” (Kathy Corey)

May 9             “What’s on the Menu – Lasagna Gardening!” (Jane Giddens)

Jun 13            “Hello Herb! Newbie Guide to Making Sense of Herbs or natural Remedies (Sandy Deems)

Acorn Toxicosis in Cattle

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

cattle2The drought last fall has led to the lack of quality forages for our area and because of this, cattle are feeding on plants that they normally do not eat. One of those plant species is oaks and their acorns and they can be toxic. While most cattle might find acorns unpalatable, hungry cattle might eat enough acorns to cause potential death. With grazing so limited it is more likely that cattle might get into oaks that border pastures and graze on acorns looking for additional nutrition so producers need to understand what acorn toxicosis looks like in cattle and how to prevent it.

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Taking care of your Poinsettia…The Christmas Flower

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Did you get a poinsettia this Christmas? If so, did you know it can not only live well into this new year but it can bloom again this Christmas?

poinsettia1A native of Mexico, the poinsettia has become the traditional Christmas plant in the United States. It was first introduced by Joel Robert Poinsett who sent plants to his home in Greenville, South Carolina shortly after assuming the office of first U.S. ambassador to Mexico in 1825. By the late nineteenth century, the plant was being grown commercially for Christmas sales.

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