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Kira Sims.

May 13, 2021

Kira Sims: Cultivating Balance in Online Courses

Kira Sims chose to pursue a doctoral degree in horticultural science from NC State because the program allowed her the flexibility to work full time, take online classes, and maintain in-person collaboration. 

Three bags of dried apples

Apr 9, 2021

Grants Support Farm Innovation

For family farmers wanting to increase their profits and sustain their farms, an NC State Extension grant gives them a boost. 

Hands holding a small plant

Mar 18, 2021

NC State Extension Releases Annual Report

While 2020 presented extraordinary challenges, NC State Extension never stopped delivering on its promise. Discover the work and impact across the state in the NC State Extension Annual Report. 

The Kidds on their farm

Dec 7, 2020

Doris and Donald Kidd Develop Niche Markets

Turning to farming in retirement, Doris and Donald Kidd decided to grow elephant garlic, a specialty crop buyers are willing to pay more for. 

4-h youth members

Jul 3, 2020

Cherokee Culture Factors Strongly in EBCI 4-H Programs

With limited internet and cell service, North Carolina Extension Agent Sally Dixon created unique virtual 4-H programs that gets youth away from their screens. 

White female outside a school holding a magazine and grocery bags

May 4, 2020

Strategic Plan Makes Pandemic Food Response Easier

The closing of schools across North Carolina has left many economically disadvantaged parents concerned about how to feed their families. But through strong partnerships and dedicated staff, N.C. Cooperative Extension is working to change that. 

Red, white and purple radishes

Mar 30, 2020

Helping Farmers Find New Ways to Sell

During a time of social distancing, Debbie Roos, N.C. Cooperative Extension agent in Chatham County, is helping farmers create online stores for their farms. 

Girl with painted rocks

Mar 17, 2020

Boredom Busters

Spending unexpected time at home with the kids? NC State Extension's Liz Driscoll outlines five fun indoor projects to help keep everyone’s minds active and hands busy. 

Two bottles of infused oils

Dec 5, 2019

Making Hand-crafted Gifts Safer

Hand-crafted gifts of infused oils, honeys, vinegars and liquors seem to be increasingly popular. But many of these artisanal concoctions could pose significant health risks. 

tables of fresh produce

Jan 16, 2019

Calling All Foodies

Interest in cooking and food – local food, especially – is growing. The Extension Master Food Volunteer program engages North Carolinians in food and nutrition programming and trains volunteers to help share research-based information.