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Today's Features

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Higher education in America was once a luxury for the privileged. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln changed that when he signed the Morrill Act, which established the nation’s land-grant universities and opened doors of higher education to more Americans.
    The act directed funding to agriculture, engineering and mechanical arts education, helping build the infrastructure that has kept us strong and helps feed the world today.

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

    •Begin with clean hands. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after preparing fresh produce.
    •Cut away any damaged or bruised areas on fresh fruits and vegetables. Produce that looks rotten should be discarded.
    •All produce should be thoroughly washed before eating. Wash fruits and vegetables under running water just before eating, cutting or cooking.

  • Most gardeners are familiar with the U.S. Hardiness Zone Map. Typically when consumers purchase plant material, the zones are listed on the tag of the plant.
    The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is used to provide the gardener and grower with a guide for determining if a plant is likely to survive the winter in a garden or field. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree zones. The lower the number on the map, the colder the zone.

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

  • The Spanish gave Creole food its spices, and also paella, which was the forefather of Louisiana’s jambalaya. Cajun cuisine is characterized by the use of wild game, seafood, wild vegetation and herbs.
    Bouillabaisse, a soup that came from the Provence region of France in and around Marseilles, played a part in the creation of gumbo.

  • Laser music shows at planetarium in March
    Music lovers won’t want to miss these laser music shows at Ingram Planetarium on March 16-17:

  • Thursday, March 15
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Christa Johnson and Andrew Thompson. The bride-elect is the daughter Mr. and Mrs. James K. Johnson Jr. of Bolivia. The prospective groom is the son of Dr. Sharon Thompson and Randy Thompson of Sunset Beach. An April wedding is planned in Wilmington.
     

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    A lot of gardeners grow hydrangeas and this time of year they begin to ask questions about how and when to prune these plants.
    First, we need to consider the different species of hydrangea that are available in this area. If you have a Hydrangea mycrophylla, Big Leaf or French Hydrangea as they are commonly called, these plants flower largely on old wood or stems that were produced last season. Consequently, when we have a spring freeze in April like in 2007, these plants won’t flower.

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

    You know the old saying, “My eyes are bigger than my stomach.” This may certainly apply to what some folks are calling “portion distortion.” What I’m talking is about is one of the biggest nutrition problems in America. It’s not what we eat, but how much we eat.