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Produce Safety Alliance Training Workshops Continue

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will continue conducting Produce Safety Alliance training workshops in October and November. A new produce safety rule focusing on setting the first-ever federal regulatory standards for production, harvest and handling of fruits and vegetables will subject growers to inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. The ... Read More »

Selecting and Serving Fresh Produce Safely

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AUBURN, Ala. – Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Local markets carry a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are both nutritious and delicious. However, harmful bacteria that may be in the soil or water where produce grows may come in contact with fruits and vegetables and contaminate them. “Fresh produce may also become ... Read More »

Too Much Sugar Means Too Many Calories

 AUBURN, Alabama — Think you’re doing yourself a favor by indulging in fat-free cookies, nonfat yogurt and low-fat cakes and pies? Depending on how many sweets you’re eating, you may be contributing to unwanted pounds with every bite of that fat-free chocolate chip cookie. Karen Softley, a regional nutrition agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says popular low-fat and ... Read More »

Grow Vegetables in Container Gardens

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AUBURN, Ala. – Two problems young people face are eating a balanced diet and having access to fresh vegetables.  Excuses for this range from too broke, too busy to eat anything that’s not a cup-of-noodles for on-the-go, or too lazy to go grocery. Simple Solution A simple solution to these issues is growing your own vegetables in container gardens.  It’s easier than most think, cheap and can ... Read More »

Body Quest Encourages Better Food and Drink Choices, Increase Physical Activity

Body Quest

AUBURN, Ala.— A group of anime characters, the Body Quest Warriors, are leading the fight to prevent childhood obesity. For the past seven years, thousands of third graders across Alabama have taken charge of their health by participating in Alabama Extension’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education (SNAP-Ed) obesity prevention initiative Body Quest: Food of the Warrior. The innovative youth initiative brings technology ... Read More »

Ready, Set, Grow: Heirloom Tomatoes

heirloom tomatoes

AUBURN, Ala.— Whether consumers choose to purchase their food or grow it themselves, many are interested in moving away from mass-produced items—including commercial tomato varieties. Alabama Extension Regional Agent, Hunter McBrayer said the trend brings consumers looking for more natural and sustainable foods. “Many believe heirloom tomatoes are more ‘natural’ and sustainable,” McBrayer said. “While you can save seed from ... Read More »

Going Beyond: Additional Markets for Fruit and Vegetable Producers

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AUBURN, Alabama–With another growing season under way, Alabama’s fruit and vegetable producers should consider less well-known marketing options to sell their harvest.  Kevin Burkett, an agribusiness management specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said while farmers markets, grocery stores, roadside stands and wholesale distribution are good options, they are not the only marketing outlets available to farmers. “Producers may ... Read More »

Salads: nutritious and delicious

Auburn, Alabama—Salads are one of the best ways to pack many vegetables and nutrients into one meal, but all salads are not equally nutritious. A big bowl of lettuce with creamy dressing probably will not provide the health benefits you are looking for. A nutrient-dense salad depends on how you bulk it up with a variety of greens and toppings. ... Read More »

Aquaponics Workshop Set for April 11

AUBURN, Ala. – If you are looking for an interesting new business venture or hobby, consider attending the aquaponics workshop by Alabama Extension. One of the hottest topics in agriculture right now is aquaponics. Aquaponics is a form of farming that integrates aquaculture and hydroponics (growing plants without soil) to provide homegrown fish and vegetables that you control. The workshop ... Read More »

Include Vegetables In Your Diet

AUBURN, Alabama — March is National Nutrition Month. The month is meant to spotlight the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Including vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke. These recipes are great ways to include vegetables into your diet. ... Read More »