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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.

Healthy Fresh Local Seafood

Eastern North Carolina is well known for its bountiful seafood. For many years and in many families, local fishermen …

Get Grilling This Summer!!!

It is definitely summer, and the hot temps are here to prove it. Enjoy your evenings outside with the …

Summer Figs – Get Them Fast

Sweet, juicy, and crunchy, it’s hard to think of a fruit that compares to the goodness of a fresh …

Fresh Broccoli

This weekend fresh broccoli is appearing at our local Farmers Market, and you cannot beat fresh local broccoli!! Among …

What to Do With Fresh Bok Choy

It’s spring and a great time to bring home something different, like bok choy! Bok choy is related to cabbage …

Healthy Hearty Veggie Main Dishes!

Whether you are a vegetarian or not, veggie-friendly and flavor-packed recipes are a great addition to your family menus. …

Cook That Chicken

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are all adapting to a complete change in behavior, as is the …

Market Safety Social Distancing

Safe Shopping at the Market

‘Tis the season for fresh fruits and veggies! Spring has arrived and with it, the opening of our local farmer’s …

Making Meals Easy!!

Are you running out of meal ideas for your family? And running out of groceries. Mealtime seems to come …

Time for Fresh Strawberries

Finally strawberries have begun to truly herald the arrival of spring. A sweet red strawberry just can’t be beat. The juicy …

Cooking for the Whole Bunch

For those of you staying at home and in charge of feeding the “whole” bunch, I thought I would …

Cauliflower Comeback!

For those of you who think that cauliflower is only delicious if eaten under a blanket of cheese, think …

Cauliflower Comeback!

For those of you who think that cauliflower is only delicious if eaten under a blanket of cheese, think …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

Helping Children Cope With Stress

This publication describes how children cope with stress and summarizes practices that parents can use …

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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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …