Extension Service Events Cover Gardening, Cooking & Seedlings

Getting Ready for Canning Season

March 9, 2016 @ 9am-12pm

Open workshop, free to the public. Come and learn what you need in order to prepare for a successful season of canning. Bring your dial gauge pressure canner in for testing.
There is plenty of free information as well as Ball Blue Book Canning books for sale, $5.

At the Wilson County Cooperative Extension Kitchen. The extension offices are at 1806 SW Goldsboro Street, in Wilson NC.

Wilson County Center website: wilson.ces.ncsu.edu.

Spice it Up!

March 17, 2016 @ 6-7:30pm

Are you trying to cut back on salt? Learn what spices to combine with foods to make flavors pop! We will make six different spices mixes that you can take home. Light refreshments made with the mixes will be served!

At the Nash County Co-Op Ext, 1006 Eastern Ave, Nashville NC. (Joint event by Edgecombe and Nash County extensions)

Edgecombe County Center website: edgecombe.ces.ncsu.edu.

Nash County Center Website: nash.ces.ncsu.edu.


Annual Tree Give Away

March 19, 2016 @ 8:30-9:30am

Selected seedlings for free, at the Franklin County Farmers’ Market, Bickett Blvd., in Louisburg NC.

Franklin County Center Website: franklin.ces.ncsu.edu.


Arbor Day Celebration

March 19, 2016 @ 10am-2pm

Free seedlings, plus Smokey Bear, Big-Boy-Toys, and educational nature exhibits. Also giveaways, music and games, all sponsored by the NC State University Extension Forestry, NC Forest Services, Society of American Foresters with other organizations.

At the State Farmers Market Restaurant, 1240 Farmers Market Drive, in Raleigh NC.

Wake County Center website: wake.ces.ncsu.edu.


Building, Modifying, Growing a Box Garden

April 18, 2016 @ 3-4pm

Presented by Julia Newton, this event teaches how to grow plants in an enclosed garden.

At the Wilson County Ag. Center, 1806 SW Goldsboro Street, in Wilson NC.

Wilson County Center website: wilson.ces.ncsu.edu.


“Safe Plates” Course for Food Handlers

Written By Jayne McBurney

Nash and Edgecombe County Cooperative Extension offers Safe Plates for all those who work in the food service industry. The course helps food establishments meet the requirement of having at least one supervisor certified as a food protection manager, a mandate of the NC Food Code. There will be instruction in personal hygiene, purchasing from reputable suppliers, eliminating cross-contamination, and correct temperatures for storing, preparing, and holding foods. North Carolina food service managers seeking Certified Food Safety Manager certification in order to meet the NC Food Code requirement component of the food establishment’s inspection can register for the upcoming class.  NC Safe Platesparticipants who pass the end of course ANSI Exam will receive a certificate required for inspections.

Upcoming classes April 19-21, 2016, at these hours:

  • 9am-4pm, including snacks and lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • 9am-12pm on exam day, Thursday, April 21st.

The fee for the course is $125. Registration deadline is April 6, 2016.

Held at the Edgecombe Cooperative Extension, 201 St Andrew Street, Tarboro NC. For more information or to register, call 252.459.1405 or email Jayne McBurney.


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