DURHAM COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION THE DIRECTOR OF THE DURHAM COUNTY CENTER OF THE NORTH CAROLINA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION EXPLAINS ITS MISSION AND HOW IT ALIGNS WITH HEALTHY DURHAM 20/20 Photography courtesy of Durham County Cooperative Extension
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he North Carolina Cooperative Extension partners with land-grant universities – N.C. State and N.C. A&T State University – and the United States Department of Agriculture to create solutions through science for North Carolinians via programs and Donna Rewalt partnerships focused on agriculture and food, health and nutrition, and 4-H (head, heart, hands and health) youth development. The Durham County Cooperative Extension, the Bull City’s branch, provides research-based education and other services through workshops and trainings. In her role as the county extension director, Donna Rewalt connects Durham residents with the center’s resources in agriculture, food and nutrition, early childhood development and more. Here, she discusses the extension’s alignment with Healthy Durham 20/20 and their part in creating a healthier Durham: The mission of the NC Cooperative Extension is to “partner with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of North Carolinians.” How does this vision contribute to the mission of Healthy Durham 20/20? [Healthy Durham 20/20] is focused on the social determinants of health. A lot of those are directly related to North Carolina Cooperative
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Extension’s mission and our mission in Durham. We provide business support to farmers growing food. But we also [teach] entrepreneurship to young people, help [all Durham residents] grow healthy food [as opposed to solely farmers] and reach people who may not normally have access to the appropriate [resources]. Our programming also deals with a lot of the educational determinants as well. The Durham County Cooperative Extension provides a variety of programs for Durham residents. How have these initiatives contributed to Healthy Durham 20/20’s focus on food and nutrition? Our programming is so aligned with [Healthy Durham 20/20]. We’re interested in helping Durham be more food secure and also helping people understand how to cook and prepare healthy foods. We have a large-scale demonstration community garden on Briggs Avenue that is an opportunity for families to own [garden] plots and cook and grow their own food. We also grow food for the Durham Technical Community College [Campus Harvest] food pantry that helps feed students. One of our entrepreneurial health programs is a babysitting camp. Kids can learn how to make some money by being an appropriate babysitter, but also learn how to care for someone else’s health.
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