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Care and Planting of Ginseng Seed and Roots

By: Jeanine Davis Horticulture Information Leaflets

This factsheet covers propagating (by seed and by transplant) ginseng, which requires a period of stratification before germination.

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis L.)

By: Jeanine Davis, Jackie Greenfield Horticulture Information Leaflets

This publication discusses growing and harvesting bloodroot, a spring wildflower used to produce natural red, orange, and pink dyes, in North Carolina. It can grow in full sun, but is more often found in semi-shaded, light-wooded areas with moist, acidic soil. The root, consisting of a thickened rhizome covered with fibrous roots, is known for its reddish-orange color.

Growing and Cooking Fruits and Vegetables at Childcare Centers

By: Carol Mitchell, Robin Moore, Nilda Cosco Local Foods: Childcare Center Production Gardens

This factsheet summarizes the benefits of fruit and vegetable gardening with children. It includes age-appropriate activities for childcare providers to engage young children using fresh produce from the garden for cooking and eating.

Cost Analysis for Improving Park Facilities to Promote Park-based Physical Activity

By: Myron Floyd, Luis J. Suau, Robby Layton, Jay E. Maddock, Karly Bitsura-Meszaros

As public parks and recreation facilities are increasingly positioned as health resources, greater demands for providing and using parks are expected. Park improvement projects with the stated purpose of encouraging activity need to be supported by data on the financial costs associated with making such improvements. This publication provide realistic and objective estimates of costs of providing park facilities that can increase physical activity.

Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa L.)

By: Jeanine Davis, Jackie Greenfield, Karin Cousineau Horticulture Information Leaflets

Black cohosh is a member of the Ranunculaceae family. It is a native medicinal plant found in rich woodlands from as far north as Maine and Ontario, south to Georgia, and west to Missouri and Indiana. In North Carolina it can be found at elevations up to 4,000 feet and is most common in the western part of the state. It is an herbaceous perennial reaching a mature height of over four feet tall and can grow 18 to 22 inches per month during the growing season.

Identifying and Responding to Factors That Can Affect Egg Quality and Appearance

By: Ken Anderson, Darrin Karcher, Deanna Jones

This publication is a useful resource that shell egg producers can use to identify egg defects and possible factors contributing to egg quality issues. It also provides corrective measures for each defect so that producers can incorporate these solutions into their production systems.

Commercial Goldenseal Cultivation

By: Jeanine Davis, Joe-Ann McCoy Horticulture Information Leaflets

This factsheet covers commercial goldenseal production in North Carolina, a highly valued medicinal herb which has been collected from the forests in North America for hundreds of years. The historical range for goldenseal in the United States was very broad, ranging from as far north as Vermont and Wisconsin, south to Alabama and Georgia, and west to Kansas. It can still be found growing in patches in moist, rich, hardwood forests in much of this area.

Helping Children Cope with Stress

By: Karen DeBord

This publication describes how children cope with stress and summarizes practices that parents can use to help a child deal with stress.

Barriers and Strategies to Connecting Urban Audiences to Wildlife and Nature: Results from a Multi-Method Research Project

By: Myron Floyd, Danielle Ross-Winslow, Eric Thompson, Natalie Sexton, Alia Dietsch, Katharine Conlon

This publication summarizes the findings of a research project aimed at understanding urban audiences, identifying barriers to engagement in wildlife-dependent recreation, and identifying strategies that the Service can implement to overcome these barriers.

Home Composting with Earthworms

By: Rhonda Sherman

Worms can turn food scraps into a soil amendment called vermicompost — worm castings — which increases plant growth and reduces attacks by plant diseases and pests. Vermicomposting is easy, involves little work and can be done indoors or outdoors. All you need is a container, bedding, worms and worm food.

Insect Repellent Products

By: Michael Waldvogel, Charles Apperson Biting and Stinging Pests

This document is presented to answer some commonly asked questions about repellents and mechanical devices that allegedly repel insects and ticks.

Appendix H. Community Gardening Resources

By: Mary Jac Brennan, Susan Jakes

This appendix is part of the Extension Gardener Handbook and gives users to the tools to implement a youth, community, or therapeutic garden.

Direct to Food Bank and Food Pantry Donations

By: Dara Bloom, Emily Gamble Local Foods

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses food donations given directly to food banks and food pantries in North Carolina.

When the Power Is Out - When to Save Refrigerated Food and When to Throw It Out

By: Benjamin Chapman Disaster Recovery

This factsheet offers information on which refrigerated foods to discard when the power is out for an extended period.

Growing Warm-Season Fruits and Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

By: Mary Archer, Joanna Lelekacs, Liz Driscoll Local Foods: Childcare Center Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, warm-season fruits and vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. This is the third of eight publications about childcare center production gardens.

Best Practices for Utilizing Local Food in Nutrition Education and Cooking Classes

By: Dara Bloom, Margie Mansure, Zandra Alford Local Foods

This publication provides practical tips on how to promote health eating by incorporating fresh, local foods into nutrition education and cooking classes. Topics include getting started, knowing what's in season, and where to buy local foods.

Ginseng Disease Control - Phytophthora and Alternaria

By: Jeanine Davis, Paul Shoemaker Horticulture Information Leaflets

Phytophthora leaf blight and root rot is a devastating disease which causes a leaf blight and root rot on ginseng. The disease is caused by a fungus, Phytophthora cactorum, which produces spores that are spread by wind, rain, splashing water, and surface water runoff. Root rot is the most serious form of the disease. Therefore, if foliar symptoms are present, preventing spread of the disease from foliage to roots is essential.

Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide for North Carolina Cooperative Extension

By: Dara Bloom, Emily Gamble Local Foods

This publication provides information and success stories related to food banks, food pantries, food donation programs, and other resources for addressing food insecurity.

Creating Childcare Center Production Gardens

By: Robin Moore, Nilda Cosco, Sarah Konradi, Mary Archer Local Foods: Childcare Center Production Gardens

This publication focuses on developing fruit and vegetable production gardens in the Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE) of childcare centers. Included are basic garden design and layout to help childcare centers get started in year-round gardening activities. This is the second of eight publications about childcare center production gardens.

Local Food Systems: Clarifying Current Research

By: Dara Bloom, Joanna Lelekacs, Rebecca Dunning Local Foods

This publication discusses the environmental, economic, health, and community benefits that local food systems provide to communities.

4-H Chicken Donation: Embryology to Harvesting

By: Dara Bloom, Emily Gamble Local Foods

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses 4-H projects that raise and harvest chickens for local food pantries in North Carolina.

Venison Donation Programs

By: Dara Bloom, Emily Gamble Local Foods

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses venison donation programs in North Carolina.

Eat Smart Move More North Carolina: Growing Communities Through Gardens

By: Lucy Bradley, Keith Baldwin, Diane Beth

Gardens bring communities together. Not only are community gardens a good way to get more fresh fruits and vegetables in our diets, they also allow us to be active outdoors and build a strong community.

Sources of Goldenseal Seeds, Plants or Roots

By: Jeanine Davis Horticulture Information Leaflets

This publication offers a list of companies and nurseries that carry goldenseal seeds or plants for cultivation.

Farmers' Market Tours: A Guide for Nutrition Educators

By: Annie Hardison-Moody, Dara Bloom, Lorelei Jones

A Farmers’ Market Tour is a great way to introduce your program participants to an abundant source of local fruits and vegetables. It can also reinforce messaging about healthy eating and local foods. This guide was designed to be used as part of a regular series of nutrition education classes, such as SNAP-Ed, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More, or other community nutrition education programs.

Mold Testing

By: Sarah Kirby

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

Gleaning

By: Dara Bloom, Emily Gamble Local Foods

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses the process of gleaning in North Carolina.

Control Asthma in Your Home Environment

By: Sarah Kirby

The publication addresses ways to control asthma and allergies in the home environment.

Growing Cool-Season Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

By: Sarah Konradi, Mary Archer, Joanna Lelekacs, Liz Driscoll Local Foods: Childcare Center Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, cool-season vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. This is the fourth of eight publications about childcare center production gardens.

Snacking and Cooking with Warm-Season Produce from Childcare Production Gardens

By: Carol Mitchell Local Foods: Childcare Center Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage children in snacking and cooking with fresh warm-season fruits and vegetables from on-site production gardens and elsewhere. This is the fifth of eight publications about childcare center production gardens.

A Housing Safety Checklist for Older People

By: Sarah Kirby

This checklist describes household conditions that can be hazardous to the elderly and recommends ways to improve home safety for older people.

Master Gardener Volunteers and Community / Home Gardens

By: Dara Bloom, Emily Gamble Local Foods

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses using community and home gardens to supplement food for food banks and pantries in North Carolina.

Food Pantry Produce Markets

By: Dara Bloom, Emily Gamble Local Foods

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses setting up a market or farm stand at a food pantry in North Carolina.

Seed and Plant Sources for Medicinal Herbs and Botanicals

By: Jeanine Davis Horticulture Information Leaflets

This publication lists some of the companies that supply medicinal herbs and botanicals by mail order in the United States.

Snacking and Cooking with Cool-Season Produce from Childcare Production Gardens

By: Carol Mitchell Local Foods: Childcare Center Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage children in snacking and cooking with fresh cool-season fruits and vegetables from on-site production gardens and elsewhere. This is the sixth of eight publications about childcare center production gardens.

HACCP in Your School

By: Angie Fraser, Benjamin Chapman, Audrey Kreske, Michael Waldvogel, Patricia Alder

This manual covers Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), a food safety plan for schools to reduce the likelihood of foodborne illness by handling food safely from the time it is received until the time it is served.

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

By: Dennis Osborne, Douglas Sanders, Donn Ward

Maintaining good sanitation throughout production and handling of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries is important. It is vital that growers and, in turn, their employees understand just how critical any food poisoning outbreak could be to their livelihoods. Pathogens harmful to humans can be transmitted by direct contact (infected employees or animals) or through contaminated water or soil. Once a fruit is infected, pathogens are difficult or impossible to remove. Only thorough cooking (or other similar treatment, such as pasteurization) will reliably neutralize pathogens. Fruits that are field-packed without washing have a higher likelihood of reaching consumers with field contamination. This document focuses on how to best reduce contamination.

Suppliers of Culinary and Ornamental Herb Seeds and/or Plants

By: Jeanine Davis Horticulture Information Leaflets

This publication lists some of the companies that supply herb seeds and/or plants by mail order in the United States.

Protecting Young Children in the Home

By: Sarah Kirby, Wilma Hammett

This publication helps parents protect young children from accidents and injuries in the home.

Gleaned Sweetpotatoes: Storage, Recipes, and Quick Facts

By: Zandra Alford, Dara Bloom, Devan Conley, Faircloth Blake, Jessica Simmons-Josilevich, Keeya Turner, Chanel Wilson, Jackie Helton

Do you have sweetpotatoes that have been gleaned that you plan on using or donating? This resource provides storage information along with family friendly recipes and quick tips about preparation. Great resource for food pantries or anyone who might be receiving gleaned sweetpotatoes that haven't been cured.

At Your Door Step: A Family Factsheet on Outdoor Play and Learning

By: Karen DeBord, Liz Driscoll, Lucy Bradley

Right at your doorstep may be many of the answers to the social, educational, and health challenges faced by children, parents, and teachers in the United States. Tips for encouraging outdoor activities with children are included, along with strategies for setting a standard to be outdoors, care for the environment, and spend time with family.

Building Bones for a Lifetime: Diet and Osteoporosis

By: Jacquelyn McClelland

This booklet will help you determine if you are at risk for osteoporosis, and will explain dietary changes that can decrease that risk.

Heat Stress Disorders

Disaster Recovery

This publication offers safety tips and first aid procedures to prevent and treat heat stress disorders that may occur during clean-up after a hurricane or other disaster.