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Health & Nutrition

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.

Home canned jars of green beans, peaches, and other foods with fresh tomatoes in foreground.

Beware Unsafe Canning Practices

In a previous article, I shared information about preparing for the canning season by gathering all the proper equipment …

Canning Supplies

Plan Ahead for Home Canning

If you are thinking about canning food at home this summer, the first place to start is with equipment …

Snack Attack

Have your eating patterns changed during the past few months? If so, it isn’t surprising. Eating habits, meal times, …

Grilled asparagus

10 Ways to Enjoy Asparagus

You may love asparagus and if you do, you’ll find some delicious recipes to try in this publication (see …

Cover photo for Planting Calendar for WNC

Planting Calendar for WNC

With so many of us changing our daily routines and general practices, many of us are thinking about what …

Cover photo for 4-H Small Fruit Sale-CANCELED

4-H Small Fruit Sale-CANCELED

Where: N.C. Cooperative Extension of Rutherford County office Taking orders now, come by the office or call 828-287-6010. Pick Up Dates: March 25, …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

Helping Children Cope With Stress

This publication describes how children cope with stress and summarizes practices that parents can use …

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Raised beds with a crop of kale (left) and mustard greens (rt).

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 …

Raised beds with a mix of warm-season fruits and vegetables.

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. …

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 …

Searching for ripe tomatoes.

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 …

Harvesting beans from a vine-covered teepee.

Creating Childcare Center Production Gardens

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

Photo: Little fingers loosening roots before planting.

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 …