Savannah Valley District

More Broccoli. Please!

Christine Patrick Parents and children seem to have more struggles over vegetables than any other kind of food. Vegetables should be offered in the same matter-of-fact way that all other foods are offered Start vegetables in infancy. Talk to your doctor or WIC program about how and when to begin solid foods. Some nutritionists recommend […]

Home Maker’s Column: The “Germiest” Items in the Kitchen

Christine Patrick We all know that cleanliness in the kitchen is crucial for the prevention of foodborne illness. Constant cleaning and sanitation of counters, appliances, and utensils is a requirement. While most of us are good at keeping the obvious kitchen items clean, there may be germs lurking in places that you haven’t thought about. […]

Be Well Informed Program

Be Well Informed is a program developed by a team of Water Resources agents that provides information to well owners about best management practices for maintaining their well and protecting the water source. Approximately 20% of South Carolina residents rely on wells to provide drinking water in their homes. The water that supplies the well […]

Trentepohlia (green algae) on Pine Trees

Pine Tree with Green Algae

Forestry agent Janet Steele recently looked at a stand of planted loblolly pine in Orangeburg County.  The landowner called because many of his trees were covered in orange growth.  Janet had never seen anything like it before and sent it to the plant diagnostic lab.  It is a green algae, Trentepohlia.  It has an orange color […]

Homemaker’s Column: It’s Easy to Be Nuts About Plain OL’ Pecans

Christine Patrick IT’S EASY TO BE NUTS ABOUT PLAIN OL’ PECANS Who isn’t nuts about pecans? Straight out of the shell raw, buttered and toasted, made into butter pecan ice cream or baked into that sweet Southern delicacy known as pecan pie Pecans are powerfully palette pleasing. European settlers were introduced to the pecan by […]

Homemaker’s Column: Saving Money on Groceries

Christine Patrick SAVING MONEY ON GROCERIES There are two ways to save money on your groceries: buy less or pay less. “Buying less” always sounds like you have to diminish your lifestyle. And “spending less” sounds like you have to go into the supermarket with a bag full of coupons. True, these are ways to […]

What goes in a three-day Emergency Food Supply?

CLEMSON EXTENSION SERVICE BY: CHRISTINE PATRICK COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT WHAT GOES IN A THREE-DAY EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLY? Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes – ice storms, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes. Each can leave you dependent on supplies you have at home for a short time. A three-day emergency preparedness kit will be useful for most […]

In the Blink of an Eye – Farm Safety Newsletter – Summer 2021 Vol. II

“In the Blink of an Eye” Farm Safety Newsletter Summer 2021 Vol. II Marion Barnes, Senior County Extension Agent Clemson University   Harvest Season Can Be a Dangerous Time For Farmers Harvest season is a busy time for most farm operations. In today’s agriculture, time means money regarding yields, production schedules, and operating costs. However, […]

Homemaker’s Column: The Sunshine Vitamin

HOMEMAKER’S COLUMN BY: CHRISTINE PATRICK COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN The summertime’s most prolific nutrient is found above. Vitamin D, also known as “the sunshine vitamin,” is unique in the fact that its predominant source is not food, but sunlight. As opposed to water-soluble vitamins that should be consumed daily, vitamin D is a […]

Homemaker’s Column: Fluid Needs

HOMEMAKER’S COLUMN BY: CHRISTINE PATRICK COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT   FLUID NEEDS Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated when outdoor temperatures and humidity levels are extremely high. Dehydration is a health risk, especially for young children and the elderly. To avoid dehydration and keep your body working normally during the summer months, replace water lost […]