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County Extension

  • Have a healthier Halloween

    It’s really hard to think of Halloween as a time to practice healthy eating habits. Kids love the holiday because it’s a festive day when they can get dressed up and get some treats. For most kids, it’s a time to get as much candy as possible for their own private stash, but as a parent or grandparent, you can intervene a little and still let it be fun. You can help kids enjoy the holiday without overindulging.

  • Sasanqua: The other camellia

    By Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician
    This column is written by Charlotte Glenn, the horticultural agent in Pender County, North Carolina. This information on sasanqua camellias is applicable to Brunswick County. You can read more of Charlotte’s writings by logging onto the Pender County Extension website at pender.ces.ncsu.edu/.
    Though not as well known as their spring flowering cousins, fall-blooming camellias are wonderful landscape plants for the southeast.

  • Fall vegetable gardening tips

    By Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician

    The following article is by Charlotte Glenn. She is the horticultural agent in Pender County. This information on fall vegetable gardening also applies to Brunswick County. Read more of her writings on the Pender County Extension website at pender.ces.ncsu.edu.

  • Choose MyPlate: Five food tips

    By Myra Burgess
    EFNEP
    Making food choices for a healthy lifestyle can be as simple as using these five tips:
    1. Find out how many calories you need for a day as a first step in managing your weight. Go to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov to find your calorie level. Being physically active also helps you balance calories.

  • Is bagged lettuce a safe choice?

    When talking with consumers about food safety, a common question is: “Do we need to wash bagged lettuce?”

  • TiLT has teen recruitment day

    On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Brunswick County 4-H Cooperative Extensions youth program had a Teens in Leadership Training (TiLT) recruitment day. The day was designed to inform new teens about the program, offer them a sample of a workshop, as well as reward former TiLT teens with a fun outing.
    Nine teens participated and learned the 4-H National Youth Science Experiment, “Eco-Bot Challenge,” to help facilitate programming for younger youth. Seven TiLT teens were joined by two youth interested in joining the program.

  • It’s National Apple Month

    Originally founded in 1904 as National Apple Week, it has now been expanded to the entire month. It’s a perfect month to enjoy all the flavors that the fall harvest has to offer and nothing says it better than crisp apples.
    There are about 2,500 known varieties of apples grown in the United States, but only 15 varieties make up the majority of apple production. These include: Braeburn, Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Ginger Gold, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Idared, Jonagold, Jonathan, McIntosh, Red Delicious and Rome. Do you have a favorite?

  • Learn canning basics

    If you have always wanted to learn how to can but you’re not sure where to start, this is the class for you. Come learn from your local Cooperative Extension agent how to safely preserve food from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension, 6206 Oleander Drive in Wilmington.
    Learn canning basics and get some hands-on experience with the boiling water bath procedure. Advance registration is required. Seating is limited.

  • The importance of family meals

    I’ve written about the importance of family meals before and I’m sure I will again, because I really believe that eating together is important for families. It’s something simple, but powerful.

  • For unusual plants and free advice, try the fall plant sale

    The Extension Master Gardener volunteers of the Brunswick County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will conduct their annual fall plant sale at the Cooperative Extension Service in the Government Center in Bolivia (follow the signs) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4-5.
    Most of the plants are homegrown with tender loving care. All plants and trees were selected and grown for their suitability to this coastal area, including many annuals and perennials.