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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.

Yummy cooked turkey breast

To Brine or Not to Brine?

Many families are always looking for a new way to cook an old standard for holiday meals: the turkey. …

Keep Cal and Carry On

Ways to Avoid Holiday Stress

The holiday season is upon us. It is a time for family get-togethers, decorating, shopping, gift wrapping, baking, and …

Container of leftovers in frig

Planned Leftovers

Using leftovers not only saves money, but it can also save time. The most obvious way leftovers save time …

A pile of various winter squash

Winter Squash Is Arriving

A member of the gourd family; squash is native to North and South American. This versatile vegetable is available …

A row of fall pears.

It's Time for Pears

Second only to their botanical cousin, apples, in popularity and production, U.S. pears are grown in California, Washington and …

Bunch of grapes

NC Grapes Are in Season

Sweet, juicy and easy to eat, grapes are classified by their use (eating or table grapes, wine-making and processing …

Nice glass of cool water

Drink Up!

Few of us think of getting enough liquids, such as water, as a crucial part of a good diet. …

Bowl of beautiful tomatoes

Seasonal Produce: Tomatoes

Nothing says summer quite like juicy, vine-ripened tomatoes still warm from the sun. Native to South America, tomatoes are …

Trail of ants

Pesky Pets in the Pantry

A sure way to ruin an appetite and dampen the enthusiasm of any cook is to open a box …

Backyard chicken coop

Backyard Poultry Resources

Lately, backyard poultry has become popular for a variety of reasons. Whether to provide a source of meat and …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

Pickle and Pickle Product Problems

This guide lists the problems that can arise in making sweet gherkin pickles and describes …

11/11/20For Safety's Sake

Thawing Food Safely

This factsheet describes how to safely thaw frozen foods.

11/11/20For Safety's Sake
A gleaning event

Gleaned Sweetpotatoes: Storage, Recipes, and Quick Facts

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

10/21/20

Eat Smart Move More North Carolina: Growing Communities Through Gardens

Gardens bring communities together. Not only are community gardens a good way to get more …

10/14/20
Searching for ripe tomatoes.

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 …

Raised beds with a crop of kale (left) and mustard greens (rt).

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. …