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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.

food storage

New Food Storage Infosheets

Storing food properly can help you maintain the safety, freshness, and quality for your food overtime. Proper food storage …

fermentology

Fermentology Mini-Seminars

Interested in fermentology? Join the experts for a series of short talks about the culture, history, and science behind …

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Guidance for Cloth Face Coverings

Recent CDC guidance recommends wearing cloth face coverings when in public. These face coverings are NOT N-95 respirators or …

Cleaning kitchen sink

A Clean Kitchen is a Healthy Kitchen

During this pandemic, many have found themselves spending a significant amount of time at home cooking. The CDC has specific …

Washing Produce

Washing Produce During COVID-19

With the concern about COVID-19, many are questioning how to wash produce. Washing produce is always a good idea. …

The chef prepares spaghetti and pasta.

Five Essential Rules of Cooking

5 Essential Rules of Cooking Have a good knife and cutting board. Having 1 or 2 good knives is important. …

COVID-19 Resources for Parents

This is a compilation of resources for parents to help with transitions related to the coronavirus pandemic. You will …

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COVID-19 Resources for Families

Coronavirus, COVID-19, is of concern across North Carolina, the country, and the globe. To learn ways to keep you …

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 …