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County Extension

  • 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.

  • The South is the place to grow muscadines

    Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician

  • Build a healthy plate

    Myra Burgess
    Food and Nutrition, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service

  • ’Tis the season for fresh apple cider

    Cooler weather, less humidity and colorful leaves all signal the coming of fall. Another sign is the arrival of apple cider at local markets and roadside stands.
    What’s the difference between apple juice and apple cider? While frequently confusing, technically they are the same thing: the juice from 100 percent apples (sometimes you can get cherry cider, pear cider or other fruit cider, but the traditional fruit used is apples).

  • Now is the time to plant trees

    Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician

  • Parents can set limits on TV watching, video games

    In last week’s column, I wrote about September being “National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.” One of the big things people are talking about on this subject is the need for people of all ages (but especially children) to get more physical activity.
    Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It helps control weight, builds muscle, reduces fat, promotes strong bones, muscle and joint development and decreases the risk of obesity.

  • Cattle owners may vote on referendum

    All cattle owners in North Carolina are invited to vote on the state’s Cattle Industry Assessment Referendum on Thursday, Oct. 4.
    The N.C. Cattlemen’s Association requested and was granted permission from the N.C. Board of Agriculture to conduct a referendum to continue the assessment and voting will take place at the Cooperative Extension office in each county.

  • Local students win 4-H scholarships

    Students from across the state have received 4-H scholarships from the North Carolina 4-H Development Fund to attend institutions of higher learning.
    The foundation has awarded 76 scholarships to students from 45 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, including one in Brunswick County.
    Kendrick Morgan, 20, son of Lonnie Mitchell Jr. and Darrilyn Morgan of Shallotte, received the Edward Gore/General Hugh Shelton 4-H Renewable Leadership Scholarship. He currently is attending N.C. State University, where he is studying sociology.