County Extension

  • Get on the right track with weight loss program

    The kids have gone back to school. Summer visitors are long gone. The days are getting a little cooler and shorter. We’re all getting back into a normal schedule, but before you go back to all your old habits, why not start a new routine that includes eating smarter, moving more and ultimately weighing less?

  • Freezing sandwiches make packing lunches easier

    Sandwiches continue to be a popular food today because of their versatility and convenience. Freezing sandwiches offers several additional benefits. Save money by making your own “fast food” sandwiches for a sack lunch or meal at home. Save time by making several sandwiches at once. Use leftovers or cook extra at a meal for use in tasty and different ways at future meals. Control the type of bread (such as choosing a whole grain bread), type of filling and spread (amount, salt, fat and so forth) by being in charge of the ingredients.

  • It’s National Sandwich Month

    Everyone seems to love sandwiches. August is National Sandwich Month and with just a few days left in the month, we can still recognize this quick, easy and nutritious favorite. With kids and teachers heading back to school, it’s also a great time to think about redesigning this lunch mainstay. Perhaps try a different type of sandwich or have fun inventing a new sandwich in celebration!
    Ideas for making your
    sandwich more nutritious

  • Wildflowers in the landscape

    By Shirley Waggoner-Eisenman
    Master Gardener Volunteer

  • Back to school: It’s a good time to get a free soil test

    By Sam Marshall
    Horticulture Extension Agent

  • More on refrigerator and freezer food storage

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the “4 Day Throw Away” policy for leftovers in the refrigerator. This week, I’d like to talk more about storage in that refrigerator and freezer. Every home has one or two of these appliances, but how much do you know about keeping foods safe in them?

  • All you wanted to know about butterflies: Part III

    By Shirley Waggoner-Eisenman
    Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer
    Some of the public gardens to visit in North Carolina that have butterfly gardens or habitats include North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro; Magic Wings Museum of Life and Science in Durham; and Roper Mountain Science Center’s Butterfly Garden in Greenville.
    I hope you enjoy your butterfly garden. A good website for more information is http://butterflywebsite.com.
    Top 10 butterflies
    and host plants

  • The right way to water your lawn

    By Sam Marshall
    Extension Agent, Agriculture-Horticulture
    Water is a key component of any beautiful lawn or garden, but not all plants are the same. Different plants have different watering needs and the amount of water your yard needs will depend on what is growing there, your soil type, and recent weather conditions.

  • Pressured to use the right method

    There are times when working in the kitchen can be creative. Then there are times when creativity or trial-and-error is risky and dangerous. Canning is the latter. When canning food, it is important to follow the instructions and recipes closely. Don’t guess. People frequently ask me for processing times and I always tell them that I’ll need to look it up. I don’t try to remember, because I may remember wrong.

  • Four-day throw away

    There’s this odd odor coming from your refrigerator. You dig around and find something green and moldy. You’re not quite sure what it used to be, but now it’s a perfect science fair project. In addition to causing a cleaning problem, this could be costing you money.