Americans are fortunate to enjoy a safe, affordable and abundant food supply. To keep it that way, North Carolina Cooperative Extension educational programs help reduce sources of foodborne illness, from the farm gate to the consumer’s plate, help food entrepreneurs launch successful businesses and provide processors with information and new technologies to enhance product quality and profitability while meeting state and federal regulations.
Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent. Chatham County Cooperative Extension runs a popular Junior Chefs Cooking Camp every summer where kids ages 8-12 spend a week learning to prepare and cook food. There are four one-week MORE »– from Growing Small Farms
If you want to make and sell pickles and other acidified foods in North Carolina you must have attended NCSU’s Acidified Foods Manufacturing School. The Acidified Foods Manufacturing School provides instruction in food handling techniques, MORE »– from Growing Small Farms
With deer season underway in Burke County, many folks will be filling their freezers with fresh deer meat. Venison when handled properly can provide excellent table fare, or, handled carelessly will have the MORE »
From the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA): In September 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released several reproposed sections of food safety regulations originally proposed in January 2013: Standards for produce production (Produce Rule) MORE »– from Growing Small Farms
The process for canning green beans has often been controversial as many still remember old-fashioned practices learned from family and friends. Safely canning green beans requires using a tested and reliable method. Pressure MORE »
Reusable grocery totes are great for the environment by helping reduce waste and pollution and save resources. It’s time to take a look inside your cloth or plastic-lined reusable bags and think about MORE »
Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is healthy. However, care must be taken to be sure fruits and vegetables do not become contaminated with harmful bacteria. It is possible to find harmful MORE »