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February Quick Bites serve up free tips on groceries, pruning


Jan Swoope



Mississippi State University Extension Service Quick Bites program in February include Grocery Shopping 101 and Basic Pruning. The free interactive video sessions are offered from noon to 1 p.m. at county Extension offices, by reservation. 


Are you confused, overwhelmed, frustrated and just plain worn out with grocery shopping? If so, on Thursday, Feb. 8, Taylor VanDyk, a health and wellness educator with the Longest Student Health Center at MSU, shares information on shopping skills, reading labels, planning healthy options and more for every food shopping excursion.  


On Thursday, Feb. 22, Jeff Wilson, regional Extension specialist for the Northeast Region, tackles a timely topic in "Just the Facts, M'am (or Sir)." Listen and learn why, when and how to prune ornamental shrubs and trees including fruiting plants.  


Those interested in attending the free video sessions should contact their county's Extension office to sign up. (In Lowndes County, 662-328-2111; Oktibbeha County, 662-323-5916; Clay County, 662-494-5371.) 


County offices can sign up for the programs at using the online county sign up system. From the Distance Education dropdown menu, click on the County Schedule Signup. Or, counties may email [email protected]  


Quick Bites are informative programs held over interactive video conferencing. Specialists and experts in the state prepare one-hour programs on topics such as gardening, horticulture, insect management, health, cooking and more. Past sessions have covered subjects ranging from Japanese floral design and fall party ideas to growing great tomatoes and controlling fire ants.


Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.


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