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Old 10-13-2016, 07:47 AM   #26551
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Ooops GG, I had forgotten your post in the shuffle of posts by LP, Munky, and dragn. Can't miss out, though, on saying "congratulations"! What a wonderful gift, too. You've got yourself one honey of a beekeeping hubby.
Thank you so much! I had a great time in the class, learned some new things and I'm ready to start volunteering with the Family and Consumer Sciences extension agent.

And yes, my honey is a keeper
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Congrats GG, it makes learning so much easier when it is interesting and fun!

But now could you explain just exactly what the class was for? What did it entail? Family and Consumer Sciences? How to shop wisely?

We don't have those 'extension service' offices here, or if we do I don't know what the service is called.
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:58 AM   #26553
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Family and Consumer Sciences is a branch of the Cooperative Extension Service. The others are agriculture & gardening and 4-H. FCS agents, with their volunteers, educate the public on nutrition, healthy eating, movement and exercise, and personal finance. How to shop wisely and on a budget is part of it. Volunteers can get additional training on preserving food (which is my particular interest), financial counseling, exercise and some other areas. The more I learn about it, the more fascinating I find it.

As far as I know, the United States is the only country with a federally sponsored program like this.
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Thank you!

So often I see comments (not only on DC but other places) where they say - 'Check with your local Extension Office'. I've never fully understood what they were.
I know in agriculture I often will ask at my co-op a question about something and they check with an agent of some sort (usually an inspector for grains, etc).
When the reference was for something to do with cooking, which it often was, for eg. pressure cooking standards, I can't think of where we would go for info.

So, I will sleep wiser tonight. Thank you.
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Family and Consumer Sciences is a branch of the Cooperative Extension Service. The others are agriculture & gardening and 4-H. FCS agents, with their volunteers, educate the public on nutrition, healthy eating, movement and exercise, and personal finance. How to shop wisely and on a budget is part of it. Volunteers can get additional training on preserving food (which is my particular interest), financial counseling, exercise and some other areas. The more I learn about it, the more fascinating I find it.

As far as I know, the United States is the only country with a federally sponsored program like this.
How fun and Congratulations! I lived at the County Extension office while I was in 4-H. Have stopped off to ask questions about gardening here in Goshen County. Nice folks!
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Old 10-13-2016, 10:41 AM   #26556
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Thank you, PF! Our agents are so knowledgeable and great fun to work with.

If anyone is interested in the history of Cooperative Extension, Wikipedia has a good article on it: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coop...ension_Service

Each Cooperative Extension office is overseen by the state's land-grant university: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land-grant_university
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Family and Consumer Sciences is a branch of the Cooperative Extension Service. The others are agriculture & gardening and 4-H. FCS agents, with their volunteers, educate the public on nutrition, healthy eating, movement and exercise, and personal finance. How to shop wisely and on a budget is part of it. Volunteers can get additional training on preserving food (which is my particular interest), financial counseling, exercise and some other areas. The more I learn about it, the more fascinating I find it.
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This program sounds remarkably like the EFNEP program I used to work for; The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program administered through the Cooperative Extension Service. I worked in the homes of low income folks teaching nutrition, gardening, menu planning, grocery shopping and food preservation. I believe this program is still in existence. It is a paid position, if anyone is interested in checking it out for a rewarding job opportunity.
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This program sounds remarkably like the EFNEP program I used to work for; The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program administered through the Cooperative Extension Service. I worked in the homes of low income folks teaching nutrition, gardening, menu planning, grocery shopping and food preservation. I believe this program is still in existence. It is a paid position, if anyone is interested in checking it out for a rewarding job opportunity.
This varies from state to state. Funding from the USDA is supplemented by funding from states and sometimes localities. As far as I know, in Virginia, the only paid education positions are the Cooperative Extension agents.
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Made sure the truck has plenty of gas and 2 drivers.Just in case one gets tired.

Today's the day.Were leaving now.

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