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N.C. Cooperative Extension has offices in every county across the state, including our most urban counties. Urban Extension staff and volunteers work with local government, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, residents, and others to design and implement strategies that improve quality of life for all community members. Because there are so many different organizations and entities working in urban areas, Extension often partners or collaborates with others to achieve its goals.

Urban Extension efforts are focused on many of the same issue areas as rural communities– supporting agriculture, horticulture, conservation, and environmental protection, nutrition and health, as well as a variety of consumer, youth, and economic concerns.

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N.C. Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center

While all of Extension’s work falls within these general focus areas, each Cooperative Extension Center in North Carolina strives to meet the unique needs of the community in which it is based. The strategies that Extension employs are designed to be responsive to the unique characteristics of a community, including its population, history, culture, demographics, geography, and climate. For this reason, programs and strategies may look different as you travel from place to place across the state, and particularly as you travel from rural to urban areas of North Carolina.

2019 Urban Impacts

includes Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, and Wake Counties

33,078 individuals  used extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens
27,311 youth  increased their knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math)
21,201 youth   developed life skills
94% of Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) participants  showed improvement in two or more areas of their diet
(Durham & New Hanover excluded – no EFNEP program)
871 Master Gardener Volunteers  provided 66,179 hours of outreach at a value of $1.6 million

Connect With Us!

Want to know what Extension is up to in your area? What programs are available? Ways to volunteer? Check out your local Urban County Cooperative Extension Center to learn more:

Contact Kristin Feierabend, Area Specialized Agent for Urban Programs, to learn more about urban Extension statewide.