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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

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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 »

Body Quest Text Messaging Helps Parents Make Better Food and Drink Choices for Their Families

AUBURN, ALA—Year after year, thousands of third graders across Alabama take charge of their health while participating in Extension Nutrition Education Program’s obesity prevention initiative Body Quest. The innovative and effective youth initiative brings technology and healthy snacks into low-income schools as part of a 15-week intervention that empowers youth to make better food and drink choices and be more ... Read More »

Family Gardening: Growing Together

AUBURN, Ala. — Many people look to gardening for the produce, stress relief or profit, but why not make it a family learning project.  Incorporating children into a gardening project offers several benefits including life lessons, practical knowledge about vegetables and closer families. Learning Children learn responsibility when the family plants a garden. They will have to water and check the ... Read More »

7 Foods Pregnant Women Should Eat

Auburn, Alabama— Most moms-to-be try and eat as healthy as they can, but how do you know if you’re eating enough of what your baby needs? What you eat directly affects your baby’s growth and development. Eating healthy foods can prevent some birth defects, aid in a baby’s development and keep the mother healthy through the pregnancy. Dr. Onikia Brown, ... Read More »