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County Extension

  • 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.

  • 4-H’ers learn lamb care by doing

    On Saturday, June 16, Oak Island 4-H youth Bobbi Jane Lawrence traveled to Edgecombe County to participate in her first lamb clinic, “Learn By Doing.” She had never even touched a lamb before arriving at the Edgecombe County Cooperative Extension to take part in the annual lamb clinic, where approximately 35 youth ages 7-19 took part.

  • Super Heroes in Training discover Health Rocks program

    Brunswick County 4-H’s summer fun programs kicked off on June 18 with the theme, Super Heroes in Training, chosen by the 4-H Teen Council and TiLT (Teens in Leadership Training) teens.
    On Monday, TiLT teens led Clover Buds, ages 5-8, in discovering what super hero strength they had. They designed capes, competed in super hero Olympics and got messy with super hero slime.

  • Catch these seafood resources

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about our local Brunswick Catch program. While researching local seafood, I found a great resource I’d like to share with you.