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2015 Sustainable
Living Series now open!

The Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension Sustainable Living Series is a collaboration of Mecklenburg Family and Consumer Sciences and Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners to provide citizens with education to incorporate sustainable practices into their lifestyle. From gardening to canning, the Sustainable Living Series connects families with nature, nutrition and sustainability in a practical and fun way!

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Hands Holding Vegetables

2015 Sustainable
Living Series now open!

The Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension Sustainable Living Series is a collaboration of Mecklenburg Family and Consumer Sciences and Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners to provide citizens with education to incorporate sustainable practices into their lifestyle. From gardening to canning, the Sustainable Living Series connects families with nature, nutrition and sustainability in a practical and fun way!

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Hands Holding Vegetables

2015 Sustainable
Living Series now open!

The Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension Sustainable Living Series is a collaboration of Mecklenburg Family and Consumer Sciences and Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners to provide citizens with education to incorporate sustainable practices into their lifestyle. From gardening to canning, the Sustainable Living Series connects families with nature, nutrition and sustainability in a practical and fun way!

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Food Processing and Manufacturing Initiative

Food Processing and
Manufacturing Initiative

NC food processing and manufacturing initiative feasiblity study released The agricultural resources, industrial capacity and research innovation assets present in North Carolina create opportunities to catalyze development of value-added food processing and manufacturing businesses, according to a joint NC State-NCDA&CS economic feasibity study released Jan. 12. One page summary of the Initiative View the Full Report

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

FCS Supporter
Spotlight: Mary Ann Kerr

The goal of the Family & Consumer Sciences program is to improve the well-being of the family through programs that educate, influence public policy, and help families put research-based knowledge to work in their lives. Since reinstating the program in 2010, the Mecklenburg Family and Consumer Sciences program has worked diligently to positively impact the lives of local citizens.  Kristin Davis (far left), Extension Agent teaches Liz Mixon (center) and Mary Ann Kerr (right) the basics of preserving bread and butter pickles.[/caption] But don't just take our word for it, let's hear from one of our supporters...Mary Ann Kerr! Tell me how you first learned about the Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) program. Many years ago I remember my own mother took multiple food preparation/cooking classes through the Extension program in Guilford County.  Some of the recipes and the techniques were passed on to me for use in my own kitchen.  When I retired from my nursing career in 2013, I checked the Mecklenburg County Extension website and saw the list of courses offered locally. At that poin,t I was "hooked". My children also have been active participants in 4-H Programs which are another significant contribution to our community by Extension. Bread and butter pickles from the Sustainable Living Series experiential canning class.[/caption] What inspired you to become a supporter of the Mecklenburg Extention’s Family & Consumer Sciences programs? I have always been a huge proponent of preparing meals from "scratch" and of using local foods, but I had never had the time or the knowledge to can and freeze larger quantities of food.  I have also grown increasingly more concerned about the additives and modifications to our food sources and the negative implications these practices have on our health. The work of the Family and Consumer Sciences Program offers me ways to acquire knowledge and the tools to address some of these concerns. In your opinion, what is the most important work that FCS does? In my opinion,the most important work of FCS is to provide consumers research-based information and techniques that promote healthy families and lifestyles, all at a very minimal cost.  The "hands-on" classes and the supplementary materials clearly provide a "step by step" approach that meets the needs of all consumers, from the beginner to the most advanced. How has programming provided by FCS impacted you or your family’s life? The impact of FCS on me and my family has been significant.  In addition to now preparing jams and jellies, I have overcome my fear of the pressure canner.  I recently have taken the juices and the herb class, and I am awaiting the summer harvest so I can re-stock the pantry with my own products.  Each year I am able to share the salsas, jams and jellies as gifts for friends and relatives. Recently,  I have begun to identify recipes from the National Center for Home Food Preservation that will capture the essence of my family's heirloom recipes, while at the same time meeting contemporary standards for safety. They will become part of the family cookbook I'm writing for my children. What would you say to someone who is considering attending an FCS program or getting involved in other ways, such as volunteering? To anyone who may consider attending an FCS program or getting involved, I would just say that all my interactions with FCS have been hugely rewarding and just plain fun.  Kristin Davis is extremely knowledgeable and professional in her demonstrations and her class delivery.  Finally, I would say the Mecklenburg Extension Service, and specifically the Family and Consumer Sciences Program,  is truly a hidden "gem" within our government system, and our community is ever more enriched by the services it brings. Interested in learning more about Mecklenburg Family and Consumer Sciences? Visit our webpage here.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Weekend Project:
Pickling

By Leah Hughes, Charlotte Home & Garden Magazine This time of year, backyard gardens are pumping out produce. And it's hard to resist leaving the farmers market without bagfuls of fresh fruits and vegetables. Pickling is a great way to make use of summertime staples and extend their stay in the kitchen. "If I were working with someone who wanted to get into canning, I would recommend pickling," says Kristin Davis, an extension agent with Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension. Davis's role focuses on local foods. Read more

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Ginkgo Leaves

Tree Talk: Meet the Ginkgo Tree

The Ginkgo tree is an ancient species that has much to offer in your landscape —especially their brilliant, but short lived fall color.  But you have to be a little… sexist… when you MORE » – from   Gardening

cuc chips

The Potato Chip Alternative Right in your Garden!

A common staple in any summer garden is the refreshing cucumber. Common preservation methods include quick process pickling and fermenting. Cucumbers are great candidates for dehydrating, as they absorb the flavor of spices well MORE »

4-H Summer Forensics Program Makes News!

A cross-county 4-H summer fun program makes Mooresville Tribune news article. Please view article below to learn more about the program and it’s success! News Article Forensics Front Page News Article Forensics Page MORE »

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Meet FCS Supporter Mary Ann Kerr!

The goal of the Family & Consumer Sciences program is to improve the well-being of the family through programs that educate, influence public policy, and help families put research-based knowledge to work in MORE »

Prudential Spirit of the Community

Mecklenburg County 4-H is a proud supporter of the Prudential Spirit of the Community Awards Being involved in your local 4-H program is a great way to be a positive force of change MORE »

4-H Youth Volunteer Leader Training

Are you a  teen interested in building your resume? Would you like to give back to your community while gaining real skills that can be used to get a job? Well you should MORE »

Seen and heard: Listeria in Blue Bell ice cream

By Ben Chapman, NCSU Food Safety Specialist, Author of BarfBlog As the coverage of the 10 case/3 death listeriosis outbreak focuses on the expansion of the recall many are looking at the fallout and environmental and MORE »

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Bird Conservation in the Face of Future Climate Change WebinarThu Sep 10, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where:
http://www.sustainableforestswebinars.net/
— 1 week away
Health & Wellness ECA MeetingThu Sep 17, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension, 1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte, NC 28204, United States
— 2 weeks away
Sustainable Living Series | Landscape Design Basics for Beautiful, Low-Impact YardsWed Sep 23, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Where:
Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension, 1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte, NC 28204, United States
— 3 weeks away
Sustainable Living Series | Cooking with HerbsWed Oct 7, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Where:
Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension, 1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte, NC 28204, United States
— 1 month away
Sustainable Living Series | Backyard Ecology: Garden Like a MasterWed Oct 28, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Where:
Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension, 1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte, NC 28204, United States
— 2 months away
Sustainable Living Series | Bringing Nature Inside for the HolidaysMon Nov 16, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Where:
Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension, 1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte, NC 28204, United States
— 3 months away
Health & Wellness ECA Meeting: Adopt-a-FamilyThu Nov 19, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension, 1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte, NC 28204, United States
— 3 months away
Health & Wellness ECA Annual Planning MeetingThu Dec 10, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension, 1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte, NC 28204, United States
— 3 months away
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