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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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Strawberries and Basil

The Extension Master Food Volunteers (EMFV) recently had a virtual training conducted by Linda Minges the Family and Consumer …

Raw Salmon

Refreezing Foods

In last week’s column, I shared that is it perfectly safe to refreeze better that had been frozen and …

FCS Agent, Rachel Bland holding a dumbbell and smiling

Virtual Strength Training

This is an alarming statistic: nearly 80% of us are NOT reaching the physical activity guidelines recommended for Americans. The …

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Flours from Nuts, Beans, and Plants

According to a blog post from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, there are three basic types of “alternative …

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Baking Gluten Free

In last week’s column I talked about adapting recipes using different types of flours to add variety to baked …

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Alternative Wheat Flours

For most of us, all-purpose wheat flour will work for most baking situations. But you don’t have to stick …

knife skills workshop march 29 1 pm - 2pm

Knife Skills Workshop

I watch in amazement when those television chefs are chopping vegetables. They do it so quickly without cutting themselves. …

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Healthy Soup Food Drive

Our Brunswick County Office of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service is conducting a different kind of food drive as …

frozen berries

Freezing Basics

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve written frequently about avoiding food waste. I’ve touched on buying only what …

small farms week food drive flyer with nc cooperative extension logo, small farms week signage, and ingredients and location as included in the article

Small Farms Week Food Drive

Food Insecurity in Brunswick County In 2021, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina reported that 15% of …

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Better Leftovers

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about keeping your leftovers safe. One of the suggestions was to use …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

Identifying and Responding to Factors That Can Affect Egg Quality and Appearance

This publication is a useful resource that shell egg producers can use to identify egg …

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Mold Testing

This publication discusses the pros and cons of mold testing in a home.


Appendix H. Community Gardening Resources

This appendix is part of the Extension Gardener Handbook and gives users to the tools …

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. …

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 …