On February 20th, the Hemlock Restoration Initiative will present at the Buncombe County Friends of Agriculture Breakfast hosted by the Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Buncombe County Cooperative Extension.  The Friends of Agriculture Breakfast is a complimentary local food breakfast featuring an Ag-related speaker. Typically served is sausage, bacon, eggs, preserves, hot sauce, vegetables, and fruit from local farms.

HRI staff will discuss the ecological importance of hemlocks in Western North Carolina, the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid that is threatening them, what is being done to combat this pest in Buncombe County and the larger region, and what land owners can do to manage trees on their properties.

This is a free event held at the Virginia Boone Building at the WNC Ag Center (Gate 5) in Mills River. The breakfast begins promptly at 7:00 a.m., with the educational program beginning at 7:30 a.m. Program lasts about 30 minutes. Please RSVP by email to Meghan_baker@ncsu.edu if you would like to attend.