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Spring Fever, Have you Gotten it Yet?

Posted by Beth Allhands - Gardening

Spring Fever, have you gotten it yet? February's combination of inclement weather, fragrant bouquets around stores for Valentine's Day, and a 70 minute gain of sunlight from the first of the month to the last are major triggers of this malady. Don't suffer in silence. There are ways to combat even the severest of cases. First, attend nearby garden workshops. On February 25 Macon County...

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Freezer Meals - Made at Home

Have you noticed more hands-on food programming in UI Extension? I have been working to developing programs that involve participants in their learning in a new way. While several hands-on programs have been active, the freezer meal class was a new one. Thanks to our participants who made a freezer meal to take home. If you are familiar with freezer meals, think of taking out a frozen e...

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Winter Food - Activity Spectrum

Posted by Caitlin Huth - Nutrition

Happy New Year! In the spirit of the new year and the winter season, look to try one of these winter food activities this January. 1. Food Pantry Experience. There are so many volunteer opportunities related to food insecurity in your communities: volunteer at a local soup kitchen serving food or helping clean-up, help with a mobile food pantry event, or work with a regional f...

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Pumpkin Overload

Posted by Caitlin Huth - Nutrition

If you are on pumpkin overload, I give you permission to skip this blog post. I do hope you continue reading though. Whether you are growing pumpkins in your garden, picking them up from someone else's, or would prefer to grab a can or pie pumpkin at the store, try these tips to save the pumpkin you have for a time when you want pumpkin again. Making Pumpkin Puree – the...

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National School Lunch Week October 10-14, 2016

Give a big hat's off to school foodservice. They are the front line of a wave of students crashing into a cafeteria or classroom looking for food. They are the ones serving food as quick as possible. They are the ones encouraging food choices. During October 10-14 this year, it is National School Lunch Week. As parents and guardians, this is a great time to talk with your kids and your...

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Bacterial Leaf Scorch found in Moultrie County

Posted by Beth Allhands - Gardening

Photo: American Phytopathological Society   A high number of pin and other oak trees in Moultrie County have been diagnosed with Bacterial Leaf Scorch. Given the close proximity to us, we like to pay attention to what is happening to our neighbors. Bacterial leaf scorch is caused by the bacterium Xylella fastidosa and is spread by xylem-feeding leafhop...

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Drying Apples

This summer has been focused on freezing and dehydration programs, as part of our line of food preservation classes from UI Extension. The National Center for Home Food Preservation is a great resource for information on freezing and drying foods. If you still have summer crops giving their last, consider drying those for use in recipe...

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