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County Extension

  • Recipes for last-minute holiday treats

    By Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center

  • Winter containers provide interest

    It has finally started to cool down and look and feel more like winter. It is not quite time to throw in the towel though, if you enjoy gardening. Winter containers can be a great challenge, but a rewarding one. Containers can provide year-round interest, depending on the plants you choose.

  • Blueberries are easy to grow in the North Carolina coastal plain

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    We are blessed in North Carolina to have a long growing season and a climate that allows us to grow a lot of small fruit in our home orchards. One of the easiest to grow is blueberries.
    It is not only possible to raise blueberries for their fruit, but it also possible to use blueberries as a landscape plant.

  • Tips for safe shopping

    By Myra Burgess
    Family Nutrition Program Assistant
    Expanded Foods & Nutrition Program
    County Cooperative 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.