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Health & Nutrition

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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Food Safety Hits the Farm

Foodborne illnesses cost the USA more than $15 billion a year, according to the latest United States Department of …

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Safe Stocking Stuffer Ideas

At this time of year, most of us are busy preparing/attending holiday events, making/buying the perfect gifts for family …

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Get Local This Holiday Season

The aroma of fresh cut evergreens, nutmeg, and hot chocolate brings many fond memories to mind, but also suggests …

Thanksgiving meal.

Seasonal Food Safety

The holidays are fast approaching, and with them comes an endless amount of food (or so it seems). Keep …

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The Road to Recovery

Within the past month, our county has had to endure major losses due to the aftermath of Hurricanes Florence …

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Preparing for the Storm

Disasters happen anytime and anywhere. Is your family prepared to cope with an emergency? Could you evacuate quickly? You …

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Food Safety Matters

It is always alarming whenever we learn that one of our favorite snacks or meals has been removed from …

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Making a Plan to Save

How important is it for you to have a plan? Even better, what benefits do you receive from planning …

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It's That Time Again!

It’s time for fresh, locally grown vegetables! Most people who know me would say I am a city girl. …

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Benefits of a Family Dinner

Today, many American families have strayed away from eating family dinners together. Family dinners can be defined as coming …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

Farm to Early Care and Education Local Food Purchasing Guide

There are many different ways to buy local food, and this guide provides information that …

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Care and Planting of Ginseng Seed and Roots

This factsheet covers propagating (by seed and by transplant) ginseng, which requires a period of …

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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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Master Gardener Volunteers and Community / Home Gardens

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses using community and …

1/29/19Local Foods
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Gleaned Sweetpotatoes: Storage, Recipes, and Quick Facts

Do you have sweetpotatoes that have been gleaned that you plan on using or donating? …

12/5/18
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Local Food Systems: Clarifying Current Research

This publication discusses the environmental, economic, health, and community benefits that local food systems provide …

11/14/18Local Foods
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Growing and Cooking Fruits and Vegetables at Childcare Centers

This factsheet summarizes the benefits of fruit and vegetable gardening with children. It includes age-appropriate …

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 …