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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 Preservation Class Offered!

Canning, freezing, and drying are the three main methods of preserving food. The method you choose is very important …

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It’s Tomato Season!

We’re right in the middle of summer and many of us have been hard at work harvesting the fruits …

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Transitioning to the "New" Normal

As mask restrictions are being lifted and vaccines are available, we are having to transition again to another “normal”. …

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Cooking Matters at Home

Summer Series: Cooking Matters at Home Wednesdays at 7 p.m., beginning June 30, 2021, on Zoom Join us online for FREE …

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June Is National Dairy Month!

June is National Dairy Month. Our dairy farmers work 365 days a year to bring us one of nature’s …

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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad Recipe

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad A simple Chickpea Salad with feta, cucumber, and bell peppers. Fast, healthy, and filled with bright Mediterranean …

Med Diet

International Mediterranean Diet Month

May is International Mediterranean Diet Month! The world of diet and nutrition can often offer confusing and conflicting information. …

Garden

Summer Gardening Series

The N.C. Cooperative Extension of Clay County office is hosting a web-based summer gardening series that will take place two …

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National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

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 …

Home Composting with Earthworms

Earthworms can turn food scraps into a soil amendment called vermicompost — worm castings — …

6/30/21
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Clothes Moths and Carpet Beetles: Identifying and Controlling Fabric Pests

This publication describes common fabric pests, their habits, and what to do if you find …

6/15/21Household Pests
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. …

Photo: Little fingers loosening roots before planting.

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 …