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County Extension

  • Quicker freezing techniques for vegetables

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

     

    A couple weeks ago I shared instructions for freezing tomatoes. It’s quick and easy and there is no need to blanch or cook the tomatoes first. I heard positive comments about this method of preserving tomatoes. People like quick and easy.

  • Go to back to school or open house

     Back to school season is upon us and you are probably combing the aisles of your favorite retailer for the best deals on No. 2 pencils and lunchboxes. In the midst of the annual rush to get everything on the school supplies list and make sure your child has done his or her summer reading, there are a few other steps you can take to start the school year on a path to success.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    If you’re a flatlander like me, it might be quite a while between your time at home and your visits to the beautiful Alleghany Mountains of West Virginia. I am, in fact, a big fan of eastern West Virginia, a fantastic place in the summer for natural history, and more especially, botany. I fell in love with the dark forests of this part of the country several years ago, led there my inveterate fellow-botanist and banjo champion, Bernie Cyrus.

  • Watermelon with a twist

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

  • Quick-freezing tomatoes

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

     

    I’m not sure you can ever have too many tomatoes, but sometimes you may have more than you can use while they still have good quality. Perhaps there are just a few left on the plants and you don’t have the enough or the time and energy to can them. How about quick-freezing?

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Which plants display the showiest, most flamboyant flowers? Some will insist they are the various orchid species. The orchid family truly is a giant group, easily the largest plant family in the world, in terms of number of different species. Orchids as a family cover the earth — almost. They are indeed known from all but the coldest parts of the planet. Many are epiphytic, or growing on the branches of trees, but quite a large number, too, are terrestrial, at home on the ground. Some are even weeds.

  • Getting the blues

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

     

     

    It’s Blueberry Month. No, I don’t make this stuff up. There actually was a proclamation from the United States Department of Agriculture back in 1999 that made July National Blueberry Month.

  • Learning from family activities

     Katie McKee

    Brunswick County 4-H Agent

    By the middle of the summer, we all start to run out of fresh ideas for activities to help kids get that one hour a day of enrichment to prevent summer slide. The good news is your kids can learn from the things you are already doing. You can turn any activity into a learning moment if you take the time to process what happened. 4-H programs use an experiential learning process to turn hands-on activities into minds-on lessons and families can apply a similar model to their normal activities, as well.

  • Nuts for nutrition

     Long maligned for being too high in fat and calories to fit into a healthy diet, nuts are emerging as the health food of the year. This is thanks in part to research pointing to consumption of nuts being associated with better health, lower weight and decreased risk of early death.

  • Get outside

     Katherine E. McKee, Ph.D

    Brunswick County 4-H Agent