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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.

Mental Health & Imagination

During a recent conference, someone posed an interesting question to me. Could the rise in mental health diagnoses be …

Eat and Drink Your Water

Written by: Noa Borkan, Dietetic Intern Summer is a time for fun in the sun, outdoor activities, and unfortunately, lots …

Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative

Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative is entering its 9th year supporting Sandhills farmers in Lee, Moore and Cumberland counties. …

Cover photo for Slow Cooker Meals

Slow Cooker Meals

Do you wish you could come home after a busy day to the comforting smell of dinner cooking? Using …

Farm-City Week Activities

Join city and country folk as we celebrate our annual Farm-City Week. Farm-City Week in Lee County is November …

Kids in the Kitchen

Tomatoes! Are they fruits or are they vegetables? If you have found this question to be a brainteaser, then …

A Refreshing Summer Treat

While there is no such thing as the perfect fruit, a crisp, juicy slice of watermelon on a hot …

Reading Nutrition Labels

The other day I was at a friend’s house and noticed she had 16 cans of green beans on …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

Good Agricultural Practices for the Production and Handling of Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, and Blueberry

Maintaining good sanitation throughout production and handling of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries is important. …

3 weeks ago

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 …

3/27/19Local Foods

Care and Planting of Ginseng Seed and Roots

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

trimming local green beans

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 …

2/5/19Local Foods
People work in a community food garden.

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
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? …

12/5/18
produce at farmers market

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
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 …