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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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Is It Ripe?

Do you agonize over the bin of watermelons at the store as you try to choose a good, ripe …

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Med Instead of Meds Class

The Mediterranean-style eating pattern incorporates the basics of healthy eating that are traditionally practiced in countries that border the …

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Plants Do That . . . Inside

“When plants are around, students are just smarter and pay more attention,” says Dr. Charles Hall, Ellison Chair, Texas A&M. This information …

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Food Drive

Burke county 4-H and N.C. Cooperative Extension, Burke County Center are hosting a Food Drive. Help us fill our …

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Summer Canning Workshops

Canning season is upon us! As canning season approaches, there are a few things to inspect to ensure a …

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Be Smart for Your Heart

Since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the first American Heart Month in 1964, the month of February has been …

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Pumpkin Pointers

When selecting a pumpkin for cooking, the best selection is a “pie pumpkin” or “sweet pumpkin.” For each following …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

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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 …

When the Power Is Out - When to Save Refrigerated Food and When to Throw It Out

This factsheet offers information on which refrigerated foods to discard when the power is out …

10/10/18Disaster Recovery
4-H students hold chickens.

4-H Chicken Donation: Embryology to Harvesting

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses 4-H projects that …

9/25/18Local Foods