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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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Smokies Fall 2019 Skiwalking School

If you’ve seen people swinging ski poles from September to October across Jackson and Swain counties, then you’ve witnessed …

Cover photo for 2019 Swain County Agricultural Fair

2019 Swain County Agricultural Fair

A County Fair-style festival, complete with judging of vegetables, eggs, and flowers; agricultural demos; craft vendors; food vendors and …

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Strengthening Communities Through Dance

Dee Decker, N.C. Cooperative Extension of Swain County Agent Family Consumer Science & Community Rural Development Community development simply brings people …

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Unhand the Germs!

Flu season is here. Research indicates that there are several preventative measures you can take to reduce spreading germs. …

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2019 Growing in the Mountains Series

This series features educational agriculture programs that will aid farmers and landowners in varying levels to make the most of their land …

Cover photo for Swain County 2018 Agricultural Fair

Swain County 2018 Agricultural Fair

A County Fair style festival, complete with judging of vegetables, eggs and flowers; agricultural demos; craft vendors; food vendors …

Cover photo for Smokies Spring Ski Walking School

Smokies Spring Ski Walking School

The roots of Nordic Walking go back to Scandinavia in the 1930s/40s when competitive cross-country skiers began experimenting with ways of staying …

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Just Add Music

Are you off to a good start with your fitness goals for 2018? Fitness should be a lifetime commitment …

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March is Living Well Month

As spring is arriving and March is “Living Well” month, keep in mind the good practices of “Raising Kids, …

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The Merry Cranberry

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, cranberries are often found in stuffing, dressing, relishes, and of course, cranberry sauce. …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

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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 …

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Growing and Cooking Fruits and Vegetables at Childcare Centers

This factsheet summarizes the benefits of fruit and vegetable gardening with children. It includes age-appropriate …

Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa L.)

Black cohosh is a member of the Ranunculaceae family. It is a native medicinal plant …

Mold Testing

This publication discusses the pros and cons of mold testing in a home.

10/1/19

Brief Instructions for Freezing Fruit

This publication covers best freezing practices for a variety of fruits.

9/26/19

Insect Repellent Products

This document is presented to answer some commonly asked questions about repellents and mechanical devices …

Raised beds with a crop of kale (left) and mustard greens (rt).

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 …