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County Extension

  • Holiday food safety quiz

    By Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE STAFF
    NC COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
    BRUNSWICK COUNTY CENTER
    The holiday season can put people at risk for foodborne illnesses. Refrigerators and dining rooms are full, parties and celebrations are plentiful and some of the foods we only prepare once a year, challenging even the most experienced cook.
    Test your food safety knowledge by answering the following true or false questions.

  • New Master Gardener class begins Jan. 10

    The Brunswick County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will offer the popular Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program beginning Jan. 10, 2012. The program is designed to teach home gardeners the basics of horticulture for coastal North Carolina.
    Classes will meet from 9 a.m.-noon each Tuesday from Jan. 10 through May 1, 2012, at the Brunswick County Extension Center in the Government Complex in Bolivia.

  • The ever-pleasing poinsettia

    It’s that time of year again to celebrate and consume a great deal of food. Time to hang those lights, decorate those Christmas trees and shop till we drop. Work in the garden has started to wind down. Some days of winter can be dreary and cold.

  • How to wash fruits and vegetables properly

    Tom Woods
    Master Gardener

    Recent reports of illness caused by fresh produce have raised awareness of the need to wash before eating. Each of the basic rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is “equally important,” says Robert Buchwald, environmental health supervisor with a branch of the Virginia Department of Health.

  • Don’t throw out those old recipes; rethink them

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center
    Holidays are the time for traditions, with foods being some of the favorite traditions of all. This may be the only time of year that some favorite family recipes are prepared. Although we love to use grandma or great-grandma’s recipes, it may be time to rethink and update some of the ingredients.

  • Dream becomes reality with hard work

    4-H has always prided itself for imparting knowledge to youth that helps them develop life skills and become productive members of society.
    In 2006, Elizabeth Mintz participated in the N.C. State Fair Youth Market Turkey Program through the help of her local 4-H office. In May of that year, she received four turkey poults that were less than two days old. She raised them until the state fair rolled into town and presented her best bird for competition, where she placed 14th in her class.

  • Interesting edibles for the garden

    There are plenty of vegetables you can grow in your garden, and not all of them are annuals. Imagine growing vegetables that require just about the same amount of care as the flowers in your perennial beds and borders­—no annual tilling and planting. They thrive and produce abundant and nutritious crops throughout the season.
    It sounds too good to be true, but there are underappreciated plants that could be used for this purpose. Perennial vegetables are perfect as part of an edible landscape plan or permaculture garden.

  • 4-H trains leaders in county

    Ten Brunswick County residents took part in 4-H Club leader training at Bethel AME Church in Leland on Friday, Nov. 10.
    Debra Knox, media coordinator at Lincoln Elementary, started recruiting a 4-H youth leader team in July. In October, she turned in eight volunteer applications and set up training with the 4-H staff.

  • Separate your foods

    Myra Burgess
    Family Nutrition Program Assistant
    Expanded Foods & Nutrition Program
    Brunswick County Cooperative Extension

  • Teen TiLT volunteers needed

    Are you a teen between the ages of 13-18? Do you enjoy leading and teaching children 5-12 years of age? Do you take pride in your county and want to find ways to help? Do you enjoy being involved with other peers that have the same common goal: to grow in leadership, citizenship, learn new life skills and share what you learn with others? Are you interested in growing your volunteer hours for college, job searches and scholarship opportunities?
    If you have answered yes to one or more of these questions, TiLT might be for you.