EXTENDING OUR REACH: How does Extension work?

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Eve Kindley, Mitchell County Extension Director

Welcome to “Extending Our Reach,” a twice-a-month news column provided by N.C. Cooperative Extension, Mitchell County Center. 

How does Extension work? 

It is a dynamic organization that is challenging to explain. North Carolina’s two land-grant universities – NC State University and NC A&T State University – have an important obligation to serve our state locally. They do this through N.C. Cooperative Extension programs in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian. Each school coordinates Extension programs that work in collaboration with state and local governments. 

Through this unique partnership, N.C. Cooperative Extension becomes an “extension” of these universities. 

Our Mitchell County staff is comprised of individuals representing both universities and we are here to partner with the community to deliver educational opportunities with a focus on agriculture and food, health and nutrition, and 4-H youth development. 

You will see news articles on these topics twice a month, but don’t just read the articles, call us at 828-688-4811 or visit our website at mitchell.ces.ncsu.edu to see how we can help you.


Eve M. Kindley is the Mitchell County Extension Director.