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Extension offers a wealth of educational programs that help people make healthier, better-informed decisions and grow our economy. Programs cover a variety of areas from local foods and food safety to gardening and environmental efforts.

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Help Feed Hungry People in McDowell

In conjunction with N.C. A&T State University’s Small Farms Week, McDowell County along with other County Centers across the …

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Get Cooking With EFNEP!

Are you looking for easy, quick, healthy recipes for your family? How about nutritious snacks for the kids? Would …

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2021 New Year's Resolutions

The top resolutions for each year are almost always the same, every New Year. People want to lose weight, …

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Maintain, Don't Gain This Holiday Season

The Eat Smart, Move More Holiday Challenge is underway! Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides …

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Health Coverage Enrollment Event

There will be health coverage enrollment assistance available for FREE on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 5 to 7 p.m. …

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The McDowell Mythbusters Minute

It’s 2020! In Extension, we have had to adapt to working in an environment where we have limited face …

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Pumpkin Season Is Here!

Kick off the pumpkin season by making your own pumpkin puree! First, cut open the pumpkin and remove the …

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Enjoy Safe Infused Water 

With the hot summer months still here, a refreshing treat can be getting some infused water to help replenish …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

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Creating Childcare Center Production Gardens

This publication focuses on developing fruit and vegetable production gardens in the Outdoor Learning Environment …

Home Composting with Earthworms

Earthworms can turn food scraps into a soil amendment called vermicompost — worm castings — …

6/30/21
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Clothes Moths and Carpet Beetles: Identifying and Controlling Fabric Pests

This publication describes common fabric pests, their habits, and what to do if you find …

6/15/21Household Pests
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Snacking and Cooking with Warm-Season Produce from Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …

Stirring kale and dressing for a winter salad.

Snacking and Cooking With Cool-Season Produce From Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …

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Growing Cool-Season Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, cool-season vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. This is …

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Growing Warm-Season Fruits and Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, warm-season fruits and vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. …

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Growing and Cooking Fruits and Vegetables at Childcare Centers

This factsheet summarizes the benefits of fruit and vegetable gardening with children. It includes age-appropriate …