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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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FoodKeeper App

Food Safety…there’s an app for that, too. There’s a phone app for almost everything these days. It seems like …

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Hurricane Foods

So far, so good this hurricane season. I hope I’m not asking for bad luck by mentioning it, but …

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Try hummus. The word hummus is Arabic for chickpeas and it’s believed to be one of the first prepared …

Sweet Spreads Workshop

We’re offering a hands-on Sweets Spread Workshop! If you’ve always wanted to learn to make sweet spreads, but just …

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Keep Those Leftovers Safe

Leftovers. Some people love them. Others not so much. Doggie bags from a restaurant or just extra food from …

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Eat More Veggies

You don’t need me to tell you about the importance of eating vegetables. Everyone knows this, but, we don’t …

frozen berries

More on Frozen Foods

In last week’s column I wrote about freezing food and discussed what foods don’t freeze well. I’m going to …

Freezer with items disorganized


Freezing can be a quick and easy way to extend the storage time of many foods. Freezing foods can …

Charcuterie Board. Board with various foods including pretzels, hummus, homeade ranch, turkey, cheese, carrots, cucumbers, and sunflower seeds.

Looking Differently at Charcuterie

Serving a charcuterie board is the trendy way to entertain. These carefully arranged displays of food are designed for …

Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Picking Blueberries

Blueberry Picking Time

I am so proud of the staff of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, Master Gardener℠ Volunteers, Extension Master Food …

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Risky or Not: Pets in the Kitchen

Readers of this column know that I frequently write about topics discussed on a podcast called “Risky or Not.” …

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Evaluating Popular Diets

There are so many diets floating around the internet and on social media, it’s really hard to know what …


Strawberries and Basil

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

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Insect Repellent Products

This document is presented to answer some commonly asked questions about repellents and mechanical devices …

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Appendix H. Community Gardening Resources

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

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Cleaning Flooded Upholstered Furniture, Curtains, Bedding, Table Linens and Other Household Textiles

This publication covers important information about cleaning household textiles after a flood.

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A Housing Safety Checklist for Older People

This checklist describes household conditions that can be hazardous to the elderly and recommends ways …

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Food Pantry Produce Markets

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses setting up a …

9/8/22Local Foods
4-H volunteers gleaning sweet potatoes.


This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses the process of …

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At Your Door Step: A Family Factsheet on Outdoor Play and Learning

Right at your doorstep may be many of the answers to the social, educational, and …


Mold Testing

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