County Extension

  • 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.

  • Don’t give up on ground pearls

    By Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician

  • ‘A Civil War Story’ plays at Maritime Museum

    The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will showcase authentic North Carolina culture and heritage on Saturday, July 14, in the second installment of the popular three-part summer program Second Saturdays.

  • During summer, container plants may need water daily

    Growing plants in containers is one of my favorite ways to garden and it can bring instant rewards. When the temperatures increase, plants seem to go into a growing frenzy. If they do not have access to water and nutrients, they become stressed and unhealthy looking. Watering is a bit of a balancing act. Trying to determine how much and how often can be quite a challenge.
    My strategy is to water containers thoroughly when the soil surface becomes dry to the touch. This can become tricky, depending on the soil used in the container.