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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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Better Leftovers

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

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Interns offer Valentine Idea

The Family and Consumer Science (FCS) team at N.C. Cooperative Extension is really excited to have two interns working …

Knife Skills Workshop

At some point, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “A sharp knife is safer than a dull one.” Do you …

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Keeping Leftovers Safe

Leftovers. Some folks look forward to them and say foods are better the next day. Others just store them …

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Safety of Meal Kits

There are dozens of companies selling and shipping meal kits. Some of the most well-known are Blue Apron, HelloFresh, …

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Healthy and Safe Marinades

Frequently, we see the terms marinade and marinating in a recipe. The terms are often used interchangeably. Technically, marinade …

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Winter Cabbage and Soup

Many people are trying to eat more locally grown and/or North Carolina-grown foods. Choices of local foods can be …

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Healthy and Safe Marinades

Frequently we see the terms marinade and marinating in a recipe. The terms are often used interchangeably. Technically, marinade …

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Move More

It’s hard to keep a regular schedule or healthy habits during this week between Christmas and New Year. Perhaps …

Decorative Herbs

Give the Gift of Health

Many folks (me included) still need to find a few gifts for those hard people on their gift list. At …

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December 3 is FCS Day

December 3 has been declared FCS Day. This day was selected because it’s the birthday of Ellen Swallow Richards. …

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Clean Out Your Refrigerator

In case you missed it, this past Monday was National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. The idea behind this …

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 …

5/10/22

Mold Testing

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

4/20/22

Appendix H. Community Gardening Resources

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

2/1/22
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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 …

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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 …