Skip to main content

Logo for N.C. Cooperative Extension N.C. Cooperative Extension Homepage

Local Foods

The Union County Center Local Foods contact is Aaron Moore.

Cloves and Bulbs of the Garlic

Vegetable Spotlight: Garlic

December is time for cold weather, and the end of a growing season for many crops. However, there is …

Kale

Vegetable Spotlight: Kale

What’s leafy, looks bumpy, and green all over? I believe that would be Kale! Which just so happens to …

Black berries on a bush

Are You Getting Enough Fiber?

Fiber is a very important nutrient that benefits the body in many ways, from weight management to maintaining a …

Beets

Vegetable Spotlight: Beets

Today, we are putting the spotlight on a nutritious and delicious vegetable, which one of its most popular varieties …

Pumpkins

Vegetable Spotlight: Pumpkins

Fall is soon upon us, and what better way to celebrate the cooler weather than celebrating the harvest of …

OKra

Vegetable Spotlight: Okra

Today we are putting the spotlight on a classic southern vegetable, the okra! According to NC State Extension, Okra …

Brussel Sprouts

Fall Gardens

I know its August and we are still feeling the heat of summer but right now is the ideal …

Sweet Bell Peppers

Vegetable Spotlight: Peppers

Hello everyone, this is Marcus McFarland, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension in Union County. This …

Canned Vegetables

Summer Can Jam Series in July!

Are you interested in learning how to preserve your own food at home through canning? Or maybe you just …

Growing Great Tomatoes

With the last days of frost around the corner many people are getting ready to plant summer gardens and …

Radishes

Vegetable Spotlight: Radishes

Today we’re doing a highlight on a delicious cold-weather crop, the almighty Radish! According to the University of Illinois …

Late Blight of Tomato

Hello, this is Andrew Baucom, county director here at the Union County Agricultural Center. Even though it is only …

Small Farms-AgriShop Series & Academy

Don’t miss out on a great opportunity! The AgriShop Series and Academy will include workshops covering Heirloom Tomatoes, Ginger, …

Recent Publications related to Local Foods

Fresh Market Tomato Production Piedmont and Coastal Plain of North Carolina

The tomato is a warm season crop. With special production practices you can produce your …

Growing Tomatoes in the Home Garden

Much success in growing tomatoes can be attributed to use of a few proven techniques. …

Figure 1. Farm to University pathways.

Farm to University: Guide for Extension Agents

This guide provides information to Extension educators on Farm to University programming so farmers can …

2 weeks agoLocal Foods
Photo of brewer checking fermentation tank lines

Creating the Perfect Blend: Community Resources Needed to Support a Sustainable Craft Beverage Industry

The growing craft beverage industry is generating tourism in Wake County. This publication discusses the …

2 weeks ago

Herbicide Carryover in Hay, Manure, Compost, and Grass Clippings

Many farmers and home gardeners have reported damage to vegetable and flower crops after applying …

12/18/19
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. …

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 …