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The Union County Center Local Foods contact is Aaron Moore.

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FCS@Home: It's Strawberry Season!

This season, North Carolina is in for an abundance of yummy strawberries. Strawberries are a delicious warm-weather fruit, that …

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 …

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This publication provides production protocol guidelines developed by North Carolina State University and Amazing Grazing …

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In eastern North Carolina, almost any type of vegetable or fruit can be successfully grown …

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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 …

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Farm to University: Guide for Extension Agents

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

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

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

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