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Cherokee Extension

FRTEP - 1862

Current activities include the revegetation of ramps (a native wild
onion) as a traditional food; revegetation of river cane, white oak,
and butternut trees for traditional basket making; revegetation of
American Chestnut for wildlife; the Cherokee Farmers Market; the Costa
Rica Eco Study Tour; for youth and the Traditional Seeds project. The
Agent has been successful in securing hundreds of thousand of dollars
in grant funds to conduct programming. Cherokee FRTEP works closely
with the entire Cherokee Extension staff, Tribal programs of the
Eastern Band, and outside agencies to accomplish program goals. Goals
are consistent with CSREES' Strategic Plan and North Carolina State
University's Plan of Work

  1. Enhancing Agriculture, Forestry and Food Systems
  2. Conserving and Improving the Environment and Natural Resources
  3. Building Quality Communities
  4. Developing Responsible Youth
  5. Strengthening and Sustaining Families

The Cherokee Cooperative Advisory Council oversees the activities of the Cherokee Indian Reservation Program.

Contact Information

Sarah McClellan

Project Director and Extension Educator
(828) 554-6935
(828) 497-6811

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Cooperative Extension,
876 Acquoni Road,
P.O. Box 456,
, NC 28719


Extension Programs

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Cherokee Farming and Gardening Cherokee Extension

Cherokee FRTEP provides technical assistance to Cherokee farmers and gardeners. The annual garden contest grows in popularity each year. In 2006, 54 Cherokee gardens were in the competition. Over the... Read more

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Costa Rica Eco Study Tour Cherokee Extension

Cherokee youth have the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica each year for international experiences in cultural exchange and learning about the environment and sustainable practices. Cherokee... Read more

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Center for Cherokee Plants Cherokee Extension

One of the exciting projects under development is the Center for Cherokee Plants. The Center will be a headquarters for growing culturally significant Cherokee plants. The Center will consist of a... Read more