Food & Nutrition for the Home Gardener

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These resources are included in the Master Gardener Volunteer manual for your own personal reference. Please note that Master Gardener Volunteers are not expected to relay nutrition or food safety information to the communities they serve. If there is a need for food and nutrition education in your area, please contact your local UMaine Extension county office.

Bulletins, Fact Sheets, and Other Resources

Each commodity page includes information on nutrition, varieties, storage, preparation as well as recipes.

Videos

Additional Resources

  • http://www.choosemyplate.gov/: MyPlate is the icon that reminds consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times. MyPlate emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein foods, and dairy groups to improve health. The website, ChooseMyPlate.gov provides valuable information and resources to help consumers from age 2 to 100 make healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Recipe Rainbow: Searchable database for low-cost recipes made from ingredients you have on hand (ex: beets and carrots)
  • Food Sense: Resources on how to cook healthy meals on a budget, buy and prepare whole foods, read food labels, practice safety in the kitchen, and much more.
  • Cooking Methods to Preserve Nutrients in Fruits and Vegetables
  • 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans: The Dietary Guidelines is designed for professionals to help all individuals ages 2 years and older and their families consume a healthy, nutritionally adequate diet.