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Be a SPARK in the community. Businesses and cultural centers are vital to vibrant communities and as they recover we all have a role to play. SPARK stands for show Support, be Patience, Act with Respect and Spread Kindness. Show support by making a purchase or donation, like or follow in social media, and/or post a picture/video from visit to social media. Be patienct by preparing for longer waits, checking times and hours before visiting, and being flexible. Act with respect by following regulations of the location, being considerate of other patrons and living and let live. And spread kindness by remembering gratitude, letting people know when they do a great job and enjoying your outing! This campaign is provided by NC State Extension, Tourism Extension, the College of Natural Resources, the Mountain West Partnership and the CREATE Bridges project.

We Can All Be a SPARK!

This summer, travel is expected to have a significant rebound. Increased vaccination rates and associated declining numbers of COVID-19 …

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Carolina Athletic Fields: A Guide to Maintaining Quality Turf on Athletic Turf

A guide to maintaining quality turf on athletic fields.

2 weeks ago

Water Quality and Turfgrass Area Development

This publication introduces the permit and regulatory processes and provides a very general guide to …

Tall Fescue & Kentucky Bluegrass Athletic Field Maintenance Calendar

This calendar of suggested management practices is designed to assist you in the seasonal care …

2 weeks ago
Figure 1. Sample lawn care contract.

Tips on Writing Turf Contracts and Landscape Specifications

Maintenance contracts for turfgrass areas should be written to provide security for all parties involved. …

2 weeks ago
Figure 1. Area of adaptation of turfgrasses in North Carolina.

Carolina Lawns: A Guide to Maintaining Quality Turf in the Landscape

This comprehensive guide offers information on different grasses for North Carolina lawns, as well as …

5/21/21
Visitors enjoy the pumpkin season at a farm in North Carolina

Four Lessons to Build Resilience in Agritourism

This publication documents the lessons learned by agritourism operators whose businesses were impacted by the …

5/12/21

Water Quality and Professional Turfgrass Managers

Although groundwater and surface waters are rarely polluted by turfgrass pesticides, turf managers should consider …

Figure 1. Cool-season vegetables can tolerate colder temperature

Central North Carolina Planting Calendar for Annual Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs

In central North Carolina almost any type of vegetable or fruit can be grown successfully …

4/14/21