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Extension offers a wealth of educational programs that help people make healthier, better-informed decisions and grow our economy. Programs cover a variety of areas from local foods and food safety to gardening and environmental efforts.

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Pumpkin Chicken Chili

Pumpkin Can Be More Than a Latte

It’s pumpkin season. Some people carve them into jack-o-lanterns and others just set them on their porch as a …

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Start Thinking About Holiday Meals

Preparing for the Upcoming Holidays Oh my, it’s the first of October already. Believe-it-or-not it’s only seven weeks until Thanksgiving …

Adult EFNEP Individualized Series Outline

EFNEP Individualized Series

Invite Mrs. Angie into your Kitchen! FREE One-On-One Virtual Lessons Adult EFNEP Individualized Series Outline Introduction to EFNEP Learn more about the Adult …

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Food Safety Do's and Don’ts

This article is a continuation of a series of columns for National Food Safety Education Month by sharing simple …

Foods Most Often Associated with Foodborne Illnesses. Raw Milk Products. Raw Fruits and Vegetables. Raw Animal Products. Sprouts. Raw Flour. Seafood and Raw Shellfish. Raw Eggs.

Take Care with These Foods

This is National Food Safety Education Month. The purpose is to encourage people to be more aware of food …

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Homegrown Features BBQ

Backyard BBQ Series Every month, the folks at N.C. Cooperative Extension produce a series of videos called Homegrown. These videos …

Raw chicken

Frozen Chicken Safety

Raw Frozen Chicken Recall Last week I wrote about the possibility of a food recall of cake mixes due to …

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Wasps at Porch Lights

In recent weeks we’ve been getting a lot of messages regarding large wasps coming to porch lights. In all …

Watermelon Salsa, prepared by EMFV Jane Kulesza – use fresh or bottled lime juice

Try Watermelon Salsa

Hollow Heart I recently cut into a whole seedless watermelon and was disappointed to find a large hole or crack …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

HACCP in Your School

This manual covers Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), a food safety plan for schools …

10/6/21
Harvesting beans from a vine-covered teepee.

Creating Childcare Center Production Gardens

This publication focuses on developing fruit and vegetable production gardens in the Outdoor Learning Environment …

Home Composting with Earthworms

Earthworms can turn food scraps into a soil amendment called vermicompost — worm castings — …

6/30/21
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Clothes Moths and Carpet Beetles: Identifying and Controlling Fabric Pests

This publication describes common fabric pests, their habits, and what to do if you find …

6/15/21Household Pests
Searching for ripe tomatoes.

Snacking and Cooking with Warm-Season Produce from Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …

Stirring kale and dressing for a winter salad.

Snacking and Cooking With Cool-Season Produce From Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …

Raised beds with a crop of kale (left) and mustard greens (rt).

Growing Cool-Season Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, cool-season vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. This is …

Raised beds with a mix of warm-season fruits and vegetables.

Growing Warm-Season Fruits and Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, warm-season fruits and vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. …