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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.

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Food Safety & COVID-19

The CDC, FDA, and USDA are not aware of reports at this time suggesting COVID-19 can be transmitted by …

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COVID-19-Please Read

As a preventive measure in order to ensure the health and wellbeing of the community, we encourage customers of …

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Happy New Year From FCS!

See the link below for upcoming FCS programs during January and February 2020. Happy New Year from …

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Cooking Matters With WCPC

Free five-week cooking courses! Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., January 6, 13, & 27; February 3 & 10, 2020 Wilkes …

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Thanksgiving Turkey Tips

Thawing No need to wash or rinse the turkey before cooking. Washing the turkey in the sink can splash bacteria …

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Eat Local for Thanksgiving! 

Here in North Carolina and Wilkes County, our farmers grow delicious foods that are a perfect addition to your …

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Fall 2019 FCS Newsletter

Upcoming Programs Pumpkin Patch at WCFM 10/19 Wilkes County Farmers Market is holding its annual pumpkin patch from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. …

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Plants Do That . . . Inside

“When plants are around, students are just smarter and pay more attention,” says Dr. Charles Hall, Ellison Chair, Texas A&M. This information …

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Building Bones for a Lifetime: Diet and Osteoporosis

This booklet will help you determine if you are at risk for osteoporosis, and will …

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A Housing Safety Checklist for Older People

This checklist describes household conditions that can be hazardous to the elderly and recommends ways …

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COVID-19 General Guidance for Retail Food Environments

This factsheet offers guidance for retail establishments during a viral respiratory outbreak, like the coronavirus …

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COVID-19 and Other Viral Respiratory Illnesses: Preventative Measures

This factsheet offers practical guidelines for keeping yourself healthy during a viral respiratory outbreak like …

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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 …

Good Agricultural Practices for the Production and Handling of Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, and Blueberry

Maintaining good sanitation throughout production and handling of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries is important. …

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Thawing Food Safely

This factsheet describes how to safely thaw frozen foods.

2/12/20For Safety's Sake