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Extension Master Food Volunteers conduct a cooking demonstration.

May 22, 2018

Extension Launches Master Food Volunteer Program

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is actively recruiting volunteers to the new Extension Master Food Volunteer (EMFV) program. Once trained, EMFVs will play a much-needed role in supporting family and consumer sciences (FCS) Extension agents as they work in the community to help influence healthy behaviors. 

Grocery store produce section with appleas, cider, plums and more.

Apr 12, 2018

Extending Health Across The State

A grant from NC State Extension’s new Health Matters program allowed two Halifax County churches to build a community garden that now provides produce to over 350 families. It was one of 60 wide-ranging projects by four Health Matters associates and their 110 community partners last year to increase access to healthy food and physical activity. 

A Food Corps volunteer shows a group of children vegetables just pulled from the ground.

Apr 4, 2018

Straight from the Kitchen, Garden and Farm: Homegrown Educates, Connects North Carolinians

Homegrown, a new educational video series from NC State Extension, aims to reconnect people to the food, landscapes and agriculture of North Carolina. 

a garden shed with all the tools of the gardener

Mar 20, 2018

Long-Awaited Extension Gardener Handbook Now Available

A new award-winning gardening handbook published by NC State Extension has arrived on the market. The North Carolina Extension Gardener Handbook offers practical guidelines for bringing the best in research-driven, environmentally responsible gardening practices right to your own garden, lawn or landscape. 

Group shot between two MyPI posters.

Feb 20, 2018

CALS Professor Leads Statewide Youth Disaster Preparedness Initiative

The first NC delegation of trainers for MyPI, a program that prepares youth to become safety leaders in their homes and communities, completed training at NC State last week. 

box of fruits and vegetables at a farmers market

Jan 23, 2018

Connecting N.C. Agriculture, Nutrition Education

What if eating local fruits and vegetables wasn’t just “doctor’s orders” but an actual prescription? Three North Carolina universities, including NC State, are working together to see. 

Three women in a hoop house, inspecting plants.

Dec 18, 2017

A Perfect Pairing

NC State Dining and Agroecology Education Farm work together to bring fresh, local food to the university's dining halls. 

Headshot of CALS grad Jamie Alexander

Dec 8, 2017

Applying Research to Practice: Helping Families and Communities

The term “learning” took on a whole new meaning for NC State College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) alumna Jamie Alexander once she started pursuing her master’s degree online at NC State. 

Representatives of North Carolina 4-H, North Carolina FFA and the Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina gather for a check presentation ceremony.

Nov 22, 2017

‘Pull for Youth’ Events Raise $100k for 4-H, FFA

Through several “Pull for Youth” sporting clays events held across the state, the Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina raised $103,000 for North Carolina 4-H and North Carolina FFA. 

CALS Magazine Christian Gray AgPackStrong

Oct 25, 2017

Christian Gray Is #AgPackStrong

He's trained first-round NBA picks, but when CALS alum Christian Gray has to choose between a business trip and a middle school graduation, he'll cancel the business trip every time. Gray transforms lessons from a challenging childhood into youth mentorship, both on and off the court.