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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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Pressure Canner Gauge Testing

Canning season is NOT over! You can CAN all year long! Just bring your pressure canner gauge into the office …

Quick Pickled Red Onions

Quick Pickled Red Onions are so quick and easy to make and so tasty. If you have an extra …

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Pasture Pork Info

Pasture Pork Have you thought about raising pigs? Whether you want to raise pigs for you and your family or …

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Grants, Plants, & Webinars!

Meat & Produce Donations On behalf of N.C. Cooperative Extension in Madison County, we are grateful for the ways in …

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Food Preservation Made Easy!

Learn to preserve your own food using the most recent evidence-based information to assure a safe, quality product for …

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How Can I Donate Food?

If you’re interested in helping those in need with meat and produce from the farm, the information below has …

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 …

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 …

Pickle and Pickle Product Problems

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

8/13/20For Safety's Sake

Thawing Food Safely

This factsheet describes how to safely thaw frozen foods.

8/13/20For Safety's Sake