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June 18, 2019

Two women hold a tray of microgreens.

There’s always something new happening in the world of Extension. This time, the spotlight is on a new workshop: “From Micro to Macro: Growing Ag Literacy.”

Before we get into the specifics, you might be asking, “what is ag literacy and why is it important?” (Photo by Kevin 

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A grilled burrito topped with salsa and a green salad with tomato served on a multicolored plate.

The Food Factor: Vegetable Burritos

June 13, 2019

With all of the delicious, fresh vegetables available this time of year at great prices, vegetable burritos are a fast, farmers market-friendly meal you can whip up in no time. While Southwest-inspired recipes can hide a lot of calories, a few substitutions can keep you from breaking the calorie bank. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

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Refrigerate This!

June 10, 2019

Ketchup and maple syrup often sit on the table at your favorite local restaurant. But at home, these items – and many others you might not think about – really belong in the refrigerator.

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A young woman with dark hair extends her palm forward with the Healthy Homes Initiative logo on her palm.

A High Five for a Healthy Home

June 4, 2019

Maintaining a healthy home can be challenging, but it IS possible. Use the “right hand rule” to make your home a healthy one.

Thumb: Temperature and Moisture Control

First Finger: Fire and Environmental Safety

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Yellow squash in a paper bowl sitting on a red and white checkered tablecloth.

Making the Most of In-Season Produce

June 4, 2019

When you visit your community farmers market, you know you're purchasing local produce in its peak season. Fruits and vegetables have more flavor and are typically less expensive when they’re in season. So, when you go to the farmers market, how do you make the most out of in-season produce? (Photo by Michaela Parker)

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Tiny brown insects scattered across the underside of a green eggplant leaf.

Gardening: It’s a Risky Business

May 31, 2019

No matter how you slice it, gardening is a risky business.

We have no control over the weather, waves of pestilence, the threat of plant diseases. It’s a wonder we don’t all just chuck our gardening tools and say, “See you at the farmers market.”

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Multiple clusters of blueberries in varying stages of ripeness adorn a branch covered with green leaves.

Mississippi Medallion Plants: Fruit & Vegetable Edition

May 28, 2019

If edibles are on your list for the landscape or garden this year, check out the list of Mississippi Medallion winners. They are proven performers when it comes to our Mississippi climate.

Our horticulture experts help select several plants, including fruits and vegetables, each year that make the cut. 

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An African-American child wearing a blue helmet and neon yellow shirt extends his left hand to demonstrate a hand signal while riding a bicycle.

Bike Safety Tips

May 24, 2019

Warmer weather and summer vacation means many kids are pulling out their bikes and hitting the roads.  It’s a fun pastime and a great way to exercise!

Here are three tips to keep in mind to help avoid injuries and accidents while cycling:

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Two red and orange marigolds in focus with several yellow, red and orange marigolds out of focus in the background.

What To Do in Your Garden in June

May 21, 2019

I love riding around town looking at everyone’s front yard landscapes. I know how much work goes into making it look top-notch! A lot has been done, but there’s plenty more to do in your yard and garden.

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A 10-month-old baby eats homemade baby food.

Homemade Baby Food

May 17, 2019

Making your own baby food can be a great way to save money and capture fresh fruits and vegetables at their peak flavor. This means top nutrition and exciting new food experiences for your baby. (Besides, you know some of those baby food flavor combinations gross you out. When you make your own, you have full control!)

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A farmers market vendor holds a bag for a customer shopping for fresh salad greens.

Farmers Market Tips

May 13, 2019

Visiting the local farmers market is one of my favorite summertime activities. I love getting to visit with vendors, sample homemade goods, and buy locally grown produce. My favorite items to buy are peaches, corn, tomatoes, and cucumbers. My local farmers market has a flower stand, so I always leave with a bouquet!

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