Family and Consumer Sciences agent Pam Outen (right) helps a Cabarrus County participant in the a 2013 tomato canning class. The county Extension food preservation classes have continued to grow each summer and have featured topics such as home pickling, basics of home canning, and freezing and dehydrating. (Robbie Furr photo)
Cooperative Extension's food safety and preservation programs have their roots in early efforts to help girls, like this 1940s 4-H'er, earn additional farm income and have a safe, nutritious and adequate supply of food at home. Since then, they've proven invaluable in helping families through depressions, recessions and wartime and in helping North Carolinians launch food-based businesses.