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County Extension

  • Sneaky zucchini mysteriously appear at night

    By Cheryle Syracuse

  • 4-H’ers meet real super heroes

    On Monday, July 16, the 4-H Clover-Buds, youth ages 5-8, met an array of real super heroes at a camp called “Real Super Heroes.”
    Day-campers started out at the sheriff’s office, Sgt. Burt Reaves took them on a tour of the sheriff’s office, where they met chief deputy Charlie Miller and deputy Chris Powell with his bloodhound, Bonnie, used for searching for missing people.

  • What’s causing those tiny sawdust piles? Carpenter bees

    By Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician

    Tiny piles of sawdust found in random spots are likely caused by large wood-drilling insects called carpenter bees.
    Carpenter bees are large, black and yellow bees often seen flying around the wooden eaves of houses, wooden decks and wooden fences. They are often mistaken for bumblebees, but unlike bumblebees, they have a black shiny tail section.

  • Fresh, great-tasting local watermelons are available

    If you’re like me, you probably missed the fact July was National Watermelon Month, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy that wonderful summer fruit this month.
    Local watermelons are now available.
    For a long time, we’ve all enjoyed the great taste of this summer-time fruit, but now we’re finding out it is good for us, too.

  • 4-H students take part in Shamrock Chef Challenge

    In the tradition of Food Network’s varying competitions, 4-H youth took part in a three-day camp to train them for the inaugural 4-H Super Shamrock Chef Challenge.
    Planning started in January with a group of Extension staff and volunteers meeting, discussing and planning the camp. Campers were taught cooking techniques, nutritional values, food safety, shopping, budgeting and much more.
    Three teams were compiled, consisting of four youth and one teen. “Learn By Doing” was the motto for the week.

  • Know what to look for: Find the perfect, healthy pecan

    By Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician

  • Nothing is better than fresh Brunswick Catch shrimp

    We’ve all thought it is true, but research by N.C. Sea Grant has proven it. Fresh wild-caught shrimp tastes better than frozen farm-raised shrimp. Now is the time. Nothing is better than fresh Brunswick Catch shrimp.
    Market price of shrimp usually goes according to size. Counts are not always uniform, but generally jumbo shrimp contain 21-25 per pound; large shrimp 31-40; medium 41-50; and small have 51-60 per pound.

  • New Extension book focuses on women in service

    “Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Service” is a new book published by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and the N.C. State Family and Consumer Sciences Foundation.
    This 340-page book reports, records and remembers the 100-year history of Family and Consumer Sciences in North Carolina. It contains many photos and tells the story of how ordinary women helped move their communities forward and continue to serve in each county.

  • Hungry? Head out to the garden for these edible flowers

    By Judy Koehly
    Master Gardner
    You’ve been warned about poisonous plants, but there are also many plants that are not only beautiful, but also edible. There is great fun to be had by combining flowers and food.
    My granddaughters find great joy in picking pansies to toss atop a salad, but, of course, there are some common sense rules to use when considering blooms for food.

  • Have you picked a peck of peppers?

    If you’ve ever picked a peck of peppers, you may be wondering if they can be frozen for later. The National Center for Home Food Preservation recommends most vegetables that are frozen be blanched first.