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County Extension

  • Allergens are focus of National Food Safety Month

    If you or a family member has a food allergy, you probably worry a little when eating at restaurants. This is a concern for restaurant staff, too. They don’t want to serve anything that may cause someone to get sick. To help restaurants learn more about allergies and how to help customers, allergens and preventing a reaction is the theme of this year’s National Food Safety Month.

  • Freezer problems and solutions

    Although it doesn’t happen often, the loss of power or a broken appliance can cause problems keeping food safe in your freezer. Here are a few tips on what you can do to help prevent a food borne illness or the loss of food caused by a freezer that isn’t working.
    Refreezing thawed foods

  • 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.