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Author: Simon Gonzalez

apples being sliced by a machine

Feb 14, 2023

Extension Food Safety Experts Help an Apple Farm Expand Its Business

Personal attention and expertise from NC State Extension food safety experts helped a North Carolina apple farm safely expand its business into providing sliced apples for healthy school lunches. 

Marlena Chieffo standing in a greenhouse wearing a shirt that says "Support your local farmers"

Nov 11, 2022

NC State Apprenticeship Programs Introduce Veterans to Farming

NC State Extension is connecting veterans, like Darius McKoy and Marlena Chieffo, to agriculture and farming through multiple apprenticeship programs. 

pumpkins and other fall squash and gourds

Nov 5, 2022

Go Beyond Fall Flavors by Cooking With Pumpkins

There are a few sure-fire signs of fall, one being pumpkin-flavored everything. But is it good for us? NC State Extension's Catherine Hill suggests cooking with real pumpkin to get your healthy, fall flavor fix. 

a wild venus flytrap

Sep 27, 2022

The Venus Flytrap: A North Carolina Native

Discover how — and why — the Venus flytrap snares its prey, efforts to ensure the health of this vulnerable species, and why it's never OK to dig one up in the wild. 

Flooded agricultural fields after Hurricane Matthew

Aug 22, 2022

Extension is There When Disaster Strikes

North Carolina has miles of coastline, major rivers, mountains, foothills and plains. While those features make the state a beautiful place to live, they also make it a near certainty that we all will be impacted by severe weather at some point. 

Corn field with silos in the background

Aug 10, 2022

Keeping Workers Safe on the Farm

The Farmworker Health and Safety Education Program provides educational opportunities and resources that benefit workers and the farms that employ them. 

Vacationer Supported Agriculture (VSA) connects farmers to tourist through NC State Extension agitourism.

Jul 22, 2022

From Farm to Vacation Rental Table

In several counties around the state, out-of-town visitors can participate in a farm-to-stovetop program called Vacationer Supported Agriculture. 

NC State Extension blueberries

Jun 21, 2022

The Meteoric Rise of North Carolina Blueberries

The past, present and future of North Carolina's blueberry crop. 

a hand holding a pint of blueberries

Jun 16, 2022

Picking Blueberries for a Good Cause

Hundreds of pounds of blueberries gleaned from the Horticultural Research Center in Castle Hayne are donated to a local food bank. 

NC State Extension honey bee health

May 20, 2022

Bee the Solution

The NC State apiculture program works through Extension to help North Carolina beekeepers with hive health.