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Chef John LaTour, Healthy Families-Healthy Futures and Avery Ashley, Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent pass out meals at the Care Fair

Care Fair at Cedar Grove

A couple of weeks ago I attended a “Care Fair” at the Cedar Grove Community Improvement Center. This event was …

Salmon, rice, broccoli, lemon, cauliflower Meal Prep

The Dreaded Question

You probably hear it every day. Or perhaps you say it every day. The dreaded question. “What’s for dinner?” We all face …

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Healthy Harvest Billboards

Have you seen our billboard? It’s on the left side of Route 17 heading toward Wilmington near Bolivia. Look …

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Hurricane Meal Kits

June 1 is fast approaching. For those us who have lived here in SE North Carolina for a while we …

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Dirtiest Spots in Your Kitchen

In general, most people do a pretty good job of keeping their kitchen clean. They clean and sanitize counter tops …

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Sorting Out Prediabetes

If your blood sugar is high and your A1C numbers are higher than normal you may have something they are …

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Label Dates Waste Food

This past month I wrote several columns about food waste and ways you can help reduce the amount of food …

Ken Leuth from Streat Side Cafe in Southport

Golden 'A' Awards

Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the county’s Golden A Awards ceremony. This is hosted by the …

Avery Ashley explaining why don't we eat more fruits and vegetables.

More Veggies

Avery Ashley our Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent along with our Extension Master Food Volunteers (EMFVs) recently conducted a …

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Make It Soup-er

It’s a rainy day as I write this. I’m thinking about making a big pot of soup. Soup can be …

healthy homemade chickpea hummus with olive oil and smoked paprika, wooden background, top view

Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans...

Chickpeas or garbanzo beans. Just different names for the same food. But no matter what you call them these …

DASH Easting Plan

Do the DASH

I’ve written a lot about the Mediterranean Diet and our Family and Consumer Science staff and volunteers teach about …

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Starting a pet food business is much more involved than making food or treats and …

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This guide provides a comprehensive overview of strawberry production in the Southeastern United States. It …


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This factsheet addresses the question of whether or not it is possible to salvage crops …


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This factsheet provides guidance on how to ensure foods are safe when preparing large amounts …

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Direct to Food Bank and Food Pantry Donations

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses food donations given …

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Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide for North Carolina Cooperative Extension

This publication provides information and success stories related to food banks, food pantries, food donation …

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Best Practices for Utilizing Local Food in Nutrition Education and Cooking Classes

This publication provides practical tips on how to promote health eating by incorporating fresh, local …

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