Extension Advisory Council Visits Local Farm
North Carolina Cooperative Extension has offices in each county in North Carolina and on the Cherokee Reservation. The mission of Cooperative Extension is to partner “with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of North Carolinians.” With this commitment in mind, Extension utilizes Advisory Leadership Councils at the county level to help determine programming needs. Advisory Leadership members are selected in the county so that members represent geographic areas and population diversity. Members also represent the program areas that Extension serves (agriculture, food, and 4-H youth development).
Advisory Leadership Councils typically meet quarterly at the county level. In addition to the county level meeting, the counties of Chatham, Davidson, and Randolph join together annually for a cluster advisory meeting. At the cluster meeting, advisory council members and Extension staff participate in an educational program or a tour in one of the counties, as well as attend a business meeting. The Davidson County Cooperative Extension Office hosted this year’s meeting. Over 40 advisory council members and Extension staff traveled to Quail Creek Farms, Inc. in Davidson County to visit Barry Leonard’s Clydesdale Horse Farm.
During the tour, Mr. Leonard discussed the history of the property, which was once a dairy farm. He shared how he was able to clear the property and restore some of the original buildings. The arched roof barn, which was once full, is now home to three Clydesdales. Barry brought each of them out while telling about them, the breed, and his operation.
The business meeting included updates from each county, the State Advisory Council, and Extension Administration. For more information regarding N.C. Cooperative Extension, call the Davidson County Extension Office at 336-242-2080.