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The Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension Family & Consumer Sciences program offers a host of educational programs in the following focus areas: Local Foods, Food Safety, Farmers Market Outreach, Health and Wellness, Parenting and Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). Our programming is offered at various locations throughout Mecklenburg County and available to any age, culture, class, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental abilities, race, sexual orientation, political beliefs, marital or family status or religious background.



Adult EFNEP   |   Cook Smart, Eat Smart   |  Better Food, Better Health |   Home Food Preservation   |   Sustainable Living Series | Faithful Families | Good Farmers Market Practices | Healthy Relationship & Family Enrichment | NC Safe Plates | Cooking for Crowds | Med Instead of Meds | Color Me Healthy


PowerSpeak Volunteer Training | Extension Master Food Volunteers | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Interactive Training


The Business of Food + Farming | Midday Positivity Mental Wellness Series


In addition to research-based curricula, we also offer a number of research-based workshops. Our workshops are customized to meet the needs of each specific audience. Common groups that request our services include church groups, non-profit organizations, corporations, civic groups, homeowners associations and professional associations for conferences or small group presentations. Previously requested workshop topics include:

FOOD & Nutrition

  • Understanding Our Food System
  • Eating Healthy on a Budget
  • Cooking with Herbs
  • Healthy, Quick, and Easy Meals


  • Starting a Farmers Market or Roadside Stand
  • Safe Handling Practices for Farmers Market Vendors
  • Food Safety for Schoolyard Gardens
  • Green Cleaning


  • Technology and Applications for Expanding Food Businesses
  • Understanding Food Business Regulations


  • Program Development and Evaluation
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Development
  • Working with Diverse Audiences
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Program Development

If you do not see a topic of interest listed, please do not hesitate to contact our Local Food Extension Agent at

For information about our Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) contact our Program Assistant, Augusta Washington at