Picerno to Speak at SOS, Apr. 26

Moore County Commissioner Nick Picerno will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of Save Our Sandhills, with his topic being “Moore County Environmental Issues: Past, Present, and Future.” The meeting will be at the Southern Pines Civic Club, located at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Ashe Street, on April 26, 2012 at 7:00PM.
Environmental issues have been subject to discussion from as early as 1905 when President Theodore Roosevelt created numerous national parks, making the term “conservation” a part of our national ethos. In an increasingly urbanized society, where people are now more attuned to technological advances and devices than to the natural world, these discussions take on a new sense of importance. There are attitudes toward the environment that divide us, and these attitudes seem to have become even more polarized in recent years. Since we all live in one world, and we all depend on that world for our sustenance and welfare, Save Our Sandhills believes that the time has come for more open and honest communication and for a better mutual understanding of all points of view. At the local level, no governmental body has a greater power to determine the fate of our forests, our streams, and our wildlife than does the Board of Commissioners. For that reason, Commissioner Picerno’s remarks will be awaited with much interest.
Commissioner Picerno grew up in Moore County and received a BS Degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1978. He founded Southern Software Inc. in 1988, a company which builds and sells software to the municipal market. He was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2008, and was elected Chairman later in the same year. He was again elected Chairman in 2010. He also serves on the Department of Social Services Board, the Health Board, the Workforce Development Board, and the Emergency Services Advisory Board.
Among the topics Commissioner Picerno plans to cover will be the Pine Forest zoning process, the new Unified Development Ordinance, the county Transportation Plan, water options, and how fracking may affect us in the future. He will welcome questions on these and on other topics. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.


Lobby for NC Environment, May 30

The North Carolina General Assembly returns to Raleigh in May. Those of us who care about land and water conservation need to let our legislators know how important this issue is for North Carolina.
Please make plans to join us for Land for Tomorrow Lobby Day on Wednesday, May 30 to help us tell our conservation story and ensure continued support for the state’s four conservation trust funds. 
You know firsthand the difference that land and water conservation has made in your community and across the state. Your legislators need to hear from you so they can understand how important this issue is for their constituents.
Visit landfortomorrow.org for more details and to register for Lobby Day.
See you in Raleigh on May 30th!


Compost Awareness, May 5, Carthage

Saturday, May 5, 9:30 AM

Moore County Extension Center in Carthage
Compost Educational Lectures, Program and Compost Related Exhibits

 Speakers & Topics

·       Amy Brooks – How we make Brooks Compost

·       Kathy Byron – Composting: The Art & Science of Healthy Soil

·       Glenn Bradley – How to successfully use Compost in your Garden and Landscape

 Those attending the Educational Program will be given a free 50# bag of Brooks BR-1 Compost!

4-site garden tour to follow:

After the educational program & collecting your free bag of Compost, a map to the location of the Compost Garden Tour will be handed out for self directed visits over the next 2 hours.

·       Large Home Vegetable Garden using Compost

·       Pinehurst Elementary FirstSchool Garden

·       Private Home @ CCNC using Compost for Garden & Landscaping

·       Horse Farm successfully using Compost for their Outstanding Pastures

 No cost to attend - see you there!    For Information call 947-3188


Strawberries 2 weeks early, Get Yours

Local strawberries are here! The crop is easily two weeks early this year, and looks like it will peak by April 20.
In addition to strawberries, look for local asparagus, greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers, and green onions. Strawberries and asparagus can also be found at Natures Own in Aberdeen.

Local Farms selling strawberries:

Carter Farms - Billy Carter, 673 Eagle Springs Road, Eagle Springs, NC
(910) 673-7730

Highlander Farms - John, Vickie, and Sam Blue, NC Highway 22, 1.0 mile south of NC 15/501, Carthage - 947-5831 vblue@broadlink.biz

Lewis Ring, 937Airport Road, Lakeview (Whispering Pines) - 949-2657 chickberryfarm@centurylink.net 1 mi. East of Moore County Airport

CV Pilson Strawberries and Flowers

Cliff and Chester Pilson
108 CVP Lane, (Vass area - take Cypress Church Road, 5.7 miles from SR 690 in downtown Vass)
910-245-4285 (farm) 910-783-4462 (cell)

Pressley Farms
Richard Pressley
995 Union Ch. Rd. Cameron, NC
910-947-1154 (stand) 910-947-2735 (home)

Karefree Farms
4680 HWY 15-501 South, Carthage, NC 28327

Triple L Farms
Jim & Joe Lambeth
2205 Derby Rd. Ellerbe, NC 28338
or Corner of Highway 5 & Ampersand Drive, Aberdeen, NC 28315