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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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Homesteading, Canning Near Me, How to Can, Canning Courses, Canning Vegetables, How to Can Vegetables, How to Can Fruits, How to Make Jam, How to Make Jelly,

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Union County Great Trees

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Sweet Spread Canning Short Course

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Vegetables

Happy National Nutrition Month!

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Heart Health and Gardening

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Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

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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
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Venison Donation Programs

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

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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 …

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