The funding will be used for a Sustainable Communities Tour for the ELC. This one-day trip was originally scheduled for July but had to be postponed due to conflicts. We are currently scheduled to make this trip on Friday, October 30.
In a 12-passenger van, Extension staff and ELC representatives of all program areas will travel to Sylva, NC to meet with County Extension Director Rob Hawk and Chamber of Commerce Director Julie Spiro. We’ll tour a number of downtown businesses, as well as a community garden site. As a group, we’ll discuss the role Cooperative Extension has played in the betterment of Sylva and surrounding areas. The take-home will be two-fold: 1) we’ll collectively arrive at a working definition of “sustainable community” and will determine what has worked for Sylva that could also work for us, or what WON’T work for us. 2) ELC members will collaborate on a group project that highlights sustainable development in the Wise County area.
As far as utilizing the money – Program Area Faculty and Staff purchased and created:
- Faculty and Staff t-shirts designed with the theme of the VA Peanut Festival. (Attached)
- FNP – Stress Balls in the shape of an apple with eh FNP logo imprinted.
- 4-H cups, buttons, bumper stickers and supplies
- Educational Resources related to peanuts and extension
Peanut Butter Bird Feeders, No Kick Cow, Master Gardeners, Interactive Peanut Quiz/Trivia Display, FNP Fitness DVD played on TV, 4-H Teen Club Information Table, 4-H Shooting Sports Club Information Table, 4-H Livestock Club Information Table, Fruit Slush Tasting Station, Fruit and Vegetable Identification Display, Move-O-Matic Line Dancing, Program Area Banners, Demo Kitchen, Giveaways (Stress balls, pencils, pens, cups, bags), 4-H STEM Display
However, none of this happened. Due to the inclement weather predictions the weekend of the VA Peanut Festival, we decided that it was best not to participate.
We have agreed as an office that we will host and open house in November and invite the community to come share with us some of the many resources we have to offer. A date and time has not been selected yet.