Savannah Valley District

Homemaker’s Column: Microwave Cooking

HOMEMAKER’S COLUMN BY: CHRISTINE PATRICK COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT MICROWAVE COOKING Microwave ovens can cook unevenly and leave “cold spots” where harmful bacteria can survive. For this reason, it is important to use the following safe microwaving tips to prevent foodborne illness when cooking or reheating meat. · Debone large pieces of meat. Bone can shield […]

Roadway Safety For Farm Equipment Operators

Roadway Safety For Farm Equipment Operators Marion Barnes, Senior County Extension Agent Clemson University Spring and summer are some of the busier times of the year for farmers. Planting, cultivating, and tending crops and livestock, and making hay are just a few farm activities that usually mean increased travel time on roadways for agricultural equipment […]

Homemaker’s Column: Asparagus

HOMEMAKER’S COLUMN BY: CHRISTINE PATRICK COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT ASPARAGUS! South Carolina-grown asparagus appears each spring. The best spears are un-withered and have tightly closed tips. Look for green stalks that are 4 to 6 inches long. Stalks should also be at least ½ inch thick with tight, closed tips. Store fresh asparagus 3-4 days in the […]

Research to Help Corn Growers Across the State

“Agricultural Agent Jonathan Croft serves Orangeburg, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties. Last week, as part of a Clemson Extension team setting up Corn Variety Test Plots, he helped get the Orangeburg plot started. Located across the state, these Corn Variety Test Plots will be evaluated throughout the growing season. Extension Agents will use results from the […]

Around the Countryside : Bee Swarms

Around the Countryside Marion Barnes, Senior County Extension Agent Clemson University There are several sure signs that spring has arrived in the Low Country. All your vehicles have turned yellow overnight (pollen), more people wearing camo clothing (turkey season), yards & pastures begin to green-up (weeds emerging) and swarming honey bees. Few things will grab […]

Healthy Tip of the Week – Natural Easter Egg Dye

Did you know? Nature provides dyes for Easter Eggs. Purple = 1½ cup shredded red beets Rust = 7 yellow onion skins Yellow = 3 tablespoons ground turmeric or cumin Orange = 3 tablespoons chili powder Sky Blue = 1½ cups shredded red cabbage (yes, really, red cabbage) Green = 2 cups spinach How to […]

Alta Mae Marvin – Agribusiness Agent – Savannah Valley District

Alta Mae started working with Clemson in 2000 as part of the SC National Heritage Corridor grant; in 2003 she joined Clemson’s Institute for Economic & Community Development as a full-time employee. Currently, Alta Mae is part of Clemson’s Agribusiness Team. A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BA in Mass Communication, […]

Have Your Purple Martins Arrived Yet?

Around the Countryside Have Your Purple Martins Arrived Yet? Marion Barnes – Senior County Extension Agent Clemson University The Purple Martin may be America’s most wanted bird. Homeowners and birding enthusiasts spend a lot of time and resources to attract this beautiful song bird, which is also the most prominent member of the swallow family. […]

Around the Countryside – Attracting Hummingbirds

Around the Countryside Attracting Hummingbirds Marion Barnes – Senior County Extension Agent Clemson University   As spring approaches, it’s time to get out those hummingbird feeders and get ready for the arrival of those tiny visitors who bring so much color to our yards. The spring migration of the ruby-throated hummingbird is a much-anticipated event […]