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Upcoming FCS Programs

Food Preservation

We are offering food preservation classes at…

  • Halifax Cooperative Extension Kitchen— July 9, 2024, Water Bath Canning from 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Register Here
  • Halifax Cooperative Extension Kitchen— July 16, 2024, Pressure Canning Meat From 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Register Here

These classes explains everything you need to know about canning and food preservation from making jams and jellies to pickling cucumbers to canning meats and poultry. These classes and resources are a trusted, go-to resource for safely making high-quality canned products.

Pressure Canner Testing…

Are you ready to start canning your final summer harvests? It is recommended to test your pressure gauge annually.

It is recommended to test your gauge annually if you pressure can with a dial gauge. This can be done right in the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Halifax  County Center for FREE! All you need to do is contact Sara Pike to schedule a gauge testing appointment. No need to haul in your whole canner, just bring in your lid with dial gauge. Our master dial gauge will test the accuracy of your National, Magic Seal, Maid of Honor, and Presto Pressure Canner dial gauges. It is not for All American canners.

Food Safety

We are offering Safe Plates Trainings at…

  • Halifax County Cooperative Extension Auditorium, 3- Day training: August 12-14, 2024 from 8:00 – 12:00 Exam: August 15, 2024 @ 9:00 a.m.  Register Here
  • Northampton County Cooperative Extension Office, 2- Day training: November 18-19, 2024 from 9:00 – 4:00 (Lunch on your own) Exam: November 20, 2024 @ 9:00 a.m. Register Here

What is Safe Plates?

Safe Plates is NC State Extension’s family of evidence-based food safety programming and resources for retail, community and home-based food safety.

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The Safe Plates Training and Educational Programs branch primarily serves to provide consistent, evidence-based programs targeted to specific audiences. Programs are designed incorporating the best available science in food safety and presented considering adult education and behavior theories

Cooking Programs

We are offering cooking classes at…

  • Halifax Cooperative Extension Kitchen — Cook Smart, Eat Smart, Thursdays in August Starting August 8th Dates: August 8, 15, 22, 29 from 1:00-3:00. Register Here
  • Halifax Cooperative Extension Kitchen— 4-H Cooking Club, Third Thursday of the month Starting September 19th from 4:00-5:30

A brand new 4-H Cooking Club will launch in Halifax County this year!

Youth ages 5-18 can join and learn how to cook and bake a variety of new dishes! Youth will also have to opportunity to create a cooking team that can compete in next years Dinah Gore Cooking Challenge.

More information to come!

LIFT Fitness Classes

We are offering LIFT at…

  • Halifax at the Halifax County Ag Auditorium — Monday and Thursdays— 5:15-6:15
  • Halifax United Methodist church – Tuesdays – 5:30-6:30

What is LIFT

  • LIFT is an in-person, group- based strength training program that lasts 8 weeks.
  • Participants meet 2x/ week for 1-hour sessions.
  • The classes help improve your strength and mobility, learn healthy food options, and most importantly help form a community.

If you and your site would like to offer LIFT, please reach out to Sara Pike,

Steps To Health Programs

We are offering Steps to Health Programing at…

  • Jo Story Senior Center in Roanoke Rapids —Take Control — Thursdays starting June 6th from 2-3 p.m.

Take Control is an 8 session chronic disease prevention program that provides strategies to help adults manage their health. It informs, empowers, and motivates participants to change their eating and physical activity patterns. The program provides opportunities for participants to track their goals and progress toward healthy eating and physical activity behaviors. Each 1-hour session contains a basic cooking demonstration of a healthy recipe. The recipes and nutrition handouts are provided to program participants.

Color Me Healthy is a program developed to reach children ages four and five with fun, interactive learning opportunities on physical activity and healthy eating.

It is designed to stimulate all of the senses of young children: touch, smell, sight, sound, and, of course, taste. Through the use of color, music, and exploration of the senses, Color Me Healthy teaches children that healthy food and physical activity are fun.

We are looking for sites and schools to offer Color Me Healthy to Pre-K and. We are always looking for groups to offer other programs with Steps to Health. Reach out to Sara Pike if you are interested in hosting an FCS program in your community.

Faithful Families:

Looking for sites to offer Faithful Families.

What is Faithful families Our Vision: Faithful Families believes that communities of faith are important health advocates, particularly in communities affected by health disparities or lacking access to crucial resources. That’s why we are here to empower faith communities as they become change makers in helping their communities thrive—physically, mentally, and spiritually. 

Sewing Programs

We are offering Sewing Programs at…

  • Halifax at the Halifax County Ag Auditorium —Sewing Group — Tuesdays — 3:30-5:00 p.m. Sign up here
  • Halifax at the Halifax County Ag Auditorium— Sewing Guide for Beginners Wednesday June 5th, from 11:00-3:00 Register Here 

Sign Up Here

5 Health Benefits of sewing

  1. Relieves stress
  2. Promotes Brain Growth
  3. Happiness
  4. Fights dementia
  5. Improve your hand/eye coordination


Other Program Offerings

We are offering other programs at…

  • Halifax County Public Library— Story Time– Fridays in July from 10-11 a.m.
  • Eastern Carolina Livestock Arena—- Wild Game Cook off — October 4th at 7 p.m.
  • Halifax Rural Life Center — Harvest Days—- October 18-19th
  • Health Extension for Diabetes, date, location and time TBD