We provide educational programs and develop strong partnerships related to agriculture and natural resources, food systems and food security; social and economic vitality and youth development so that we are building capacity and striving for a bright tomorrow for our community.
We have professional staff and trained volunteers that are ready to partner and assist with programming and strategic planning to cultivate solutions and shared results. We look forward to working with you for a positive future in Wake County.
4-H Youth Development
As Cooperative Extension's Youth Development Program, 4-H engages youth from 5–18 in leadership development, community service, civic engagement, and healthy lifestyles to give youth the skills to lead productive and successful lives.
The four H's are head, heart, hands, and health. They provide a framework for positive youth development programming.
Wake County Food System strategies are working to ensure that all residents in Wake County have access to affordable, nutritious food. The Comprehensive Food Security Plan of Wake County helps to provide a framework for systematic policy change as well as grassroots and community efforts to move toward a healthy and well-fed Wake County.
Programming focused on increasing the use of locally produced food in Wake County is an integral aspect of Food Systems work. Programs such as Project 40, Farm to Childcare, Farm it Forward and the Regional Food System Plan to increase awareness and the availability of local food for all of Wake County.
Food Security strategies in Wake County are multifaceted and serve to improve healthy food access for all citizens in Wake County. Working with school-based strategies and the Summer Food Service Program along with municipality based workgroups ensure a well-rounded approach to ending food insecurity in Wake County.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
The Livestock and Field Crops Agent works with farmers and producers in Wake County to help them produce high-quality products on their farm. Emily provides farmers with technical support, pesticide certification, and continuing education using resources from NC State, NC A&T, and Wake County to ensure a quality future for agriculture in Wake County.
Horticulture & Green Industry
Jeana Myers, Horticulture Agent, provides guidance to the Wake County Master Gardener Volunteer Program, which consists of over 185 volunteers. She also works with landscapers and the green industry to provide certifications, continuing education and technical assistance to ensure continued success in Wake County.
Social & Economic Vitality
In 2016, the Wake County Board of Commissioners determined that a targeted, geographically-focused investment called Social & Economic Vitality (SEV) would be made to improve long-term outcomes in Southeast Raleigh and Eastern Wake County (Wendell, Zebulon, Knightdale)
Master Gardener Volunteers
Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are working remotely during our renovations and the COVID-19 virus. Soil Sample kits are still located in the Ag Services and are available in boxes outside the front door. Reach out for assistance with all your home gardening questions, via email or phone!
Office hours are normally Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–noon, and 1–4 p.m., but messages will be checked and responded to as soon as possible. The telephone is 919-250-1084 and email is [email protected]