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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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Henderson County Food Pantries

We have so many wonderful food pantries around Henderson County available to receive from and donate to. Whether a …

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National Trail Mix Day

August 31 is National Trail Mix Day – and with all the wonderful walking and hiking routes around Henderson …

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More Herbs, Less Salt

This week, we celebrated More Herbs, Less Salt Day and what a wonderfully delicious day to celebrate! Consuming excess …

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Let's Celebrate Potato Day!

August 19 is Potato Day! Potatoes are great sources of potassium and fiber. Potassium promotes nerve, muscle, and heart health. …

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Grilling Tips

Summertime and grilling are almost synonymous terms – they go together like peanut butter and jelly…which would also be …

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National Zucchini Day!

August 8th is National Zucchini Day! Zucchini is fat-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie, and contains high amounts of vitamin C. Diets …

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Celebrate National Mustard Day!

The first Saturday of August is National Mustard Day! The spicy, tangy condiment compliments everything from hot dogs and …

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National Watermelon Day

August 3rd is National Watermelon Day! A summer classic, melons are not only delicious, but very good for us. Melons …

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It's National Lasagna Day!

July 29th is the day that we celebrate a true comfort food : Lasagna. Noodles layered with meat, cheese, …

Thank you to Pressley Farms for these blueberries!

Blueberry Jam Recipe

This past Tuesday we kicked off our summer food preservation series with a blueberry jam canning class. We made …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

Farm to Early Care and Education Local Food Purchasing Guide

There are many different ways to buy local food, and this guide provides information that …

4/3/24Local Foods
4-H students hold chickens.

4-H Chicken Donation: Embryology to Harvesting

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses 4-H projects that …

4/3/24Local Foods
People work in a community food garden.

Master Gardener Volunteers and Community / Home Gardens

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses using community and …

4/3/24Local Foods

Food Pantry Produce Markets

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses setting up a …

4/3/24Local Foods
A food bank warehouse with boxes of produce.

Direct to Food Bank and Food Pantry Donations

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses food donations given …

4/3/24Local Foods
Hunters donate venison.

Venison Donation Programs

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses venison donation programs …

4/3/24Local Foods
4-H volunteers gleaning sweet potatoes.

Gleaning

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses the process of …

4/3/24Local Foods
Volunteers sort food at a food bank.

Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide for North Carolina Cooperative Extension

This publication provides information and success stories related to food banks, food pantries, food donation …

4/3/24Local Foods