Polk County Cooperative Extension Staff: Helen Blackwell, Sarah Gottfried, Scott Welborn, & Jimmi Buell

Our Mission

North Carolina Cooperative Extension partners with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of North Carolinians.

La Extensión Cooperativa de Carolina del Norte se asocia con las comunidades para ofrecer educación y tecnología que enriquecen la vida de los habitantes, la tierra y la economía de Carolina del Norte.

Who we are

Since 1916 The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service has been trying to improve the quality of life for the people of Polk County. Whether it is money-saving consumer educational programs or improved cultural practices for farmers and gardeners, the outcome is the same, to help people help themselves.

County Extension Agents work on educational programs and projects that address the needs of the citizens to whom they serve. Extension faculty in the countries rely on numerous volunteers who help identify problems, resources needed and help organize many of the activities.

Cooperative Extension is an integral part of the land-grant university system which offers a threefold program of resident instruction, research and outreach. Extension’s outreach can be found in all 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. We are county agents, professors, scientists and volunteers working together to help make agriculture profitable and to assist communities across the state to remain viable.


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Contact Information

Cooperative Extension 79 Carmel Lane
Columbus NC 28722 PO Box 187 8:30-5:00 Mon-Fri (828) 894-8218