March Quick Bites: gardens, bugs and eating right


Jan Swoope



The transitional month of March brings with it a new menu of free Quick Bites programs for communities to participate in at their county Extension offices. Offered from noon to 1 p.m. on designated Thursdays, Quick Bites are interactive video sessions presented by the Mississippi State University Extension Service on a wide variety of topics. Sign up for the programs through local Extension offices, or catch them in Bost 409 on the MSU campus.


March programs include:


  • March 5 -- In "Making Plans for Spring and Summer Gardens," Lynette McDougald of Plant and Soil Sciences talks about plants to add to gardens to enhance floral designs.



  • March 12 -- "Summer Fun: Bug and Plant Camp" brings John Guyton, associate Extension professor, to talk about MSU Extension's first residential bug camp hosting campers from across the country. The immersion camp includes early risings and packed days, night collecting and more. 4-H agents serve on the camp staff.


  • March 26 -- Registered dietitian and Extension instructor in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion Juaqula Madkin presents "Eat Right Bite by Bite: 20 Nutrition and Health Tips for 2020." Good nutrition doesn't have to be restrictive or overwhelming. Small goals and changes can have a cumulative healthful effect.


    Those interested in attending any free video session 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]



  • Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.


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