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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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How Do I Blanch Vegetables?

Q: How do I blanch vegetables? A: Blanching (scalding vegetables in boiling water or steam for a short time) is …

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Homemade Hand Sanitizer

The big topic of discussion at this time is COVID-19. We live in an age of technology and a …

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Backyard Gardening in WNC 

Western North Carolina is a wonderful place to garden. Almost any type of vegetable or fruit can be grown …

Fresh Food and Factsheets

Extension and YMCA Mobile Market

Madison County Cooperative Extension is passing out gardening and safe food handling fact sheets during the YMCA Mobile Markets. …

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February Is American Heart Month 

Running around trying to impress your Valentine is definitely one way to get the blood pumping. Embracing a heart-healthy …

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MeatSuite

Sign Up Now to Learn About MeatSuite, an online sales tool for NC meat producers! MeatSuite is an online tool designed …

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Madison County Garden Club

The Madison County Garden Club meets the third Tuesday of every month, 6-8 p.m., from September through May. Each …

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

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COVID-19 and Other Viral Respiratory Illnesses: Preventative Measures

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At Your Door Step: A Family Factsheet on Outdoor Play and Learning

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A Housing Safety Checklist for Older People

This checklist describes household conditions that can be hazardous to the elderly and recommends ways …

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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 …

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. …

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