Cooperative Extension Service Valencia County

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During this time of uncertainty regarding the national health pandemic, the NMSU and the Valencia County County Extension Office is doing it's due diligence to honor the recommended social distancing protocols stated by state government. We are available to serve you! Telephone 505-565-3002 and email:

Interim County Program Director/Agricultural Agent: Lynda Garvin
4-H Youth Development Agent: Sierra Cain
Administrative Secretary: Brenda Velasquez
The general county email address: Valencia County

Please feel free to reach out to us at anytime with any questions,
Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (we do close for lunch daily and observe all county holidays).

Upcoming Programs

  • Pesticide Applicator Workshop
    Monday, November 23, 2020 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    & Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 9:00 - 11:00 am
    Presented by Socorro County CES Online via Zoom
    5 CEU's available | Pre-registration is required (see flyer for link)
  • 4-H Scarecrow Workshop via Zoom
    For Cloverbud & Novice 4-H Members
    Wednesday, November 25, 2020
    11:00 am

    Register by calling the Extension Office
    Supplies provided | Supply pick up Nov. 24th at the Extension Office
  • 4-H Tri-County Supply Drive
    November 1-December 15, 2020
    Supply Items accepted at the Valencia County Extension Office during normal business hours

    Valencia County is collecting: toilet paper, nitrile gloves in small and medium sizes, laundry soap (HE), masks (PPE), paper plates, NEW underwear for boys and girls of all ages See attached flyer for more information
  • Covid Stinks: Let's Talk About It
    4 Part Series to Address Mental & Emotional Health for Teens Age 14-18
    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from 7:00-7:30 pm
    Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 7:00-7:30 pm
    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 7:00-7:30 pm
    Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 7:00-7:30 pm
    Presented by NMSU CES Online via Zoom
    Space is Limited | Pre-registration is required (see flyer for link)
  • Sierra County Pesticide Applicators Workshop
    Live & Virtual Options
    Thursday, December 3, 2020
    8:30 - 2:00 pm

    Presented by Sierra County CESs
    See attached brochure for registration informatuion
    Registration Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020
  • Agricultural Community QPR for Farmers & Farm Families
    1 of 4 Training Dates Available:
    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 6:30 pm CST
    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 9:00 am CST
    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm CST
    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm CST
    Presented via Zoom
    See flyer for more information
  • Ready, Set, Grow! Free Webinar Gardening Series
    Hybrid Grapes, Harwood Cuttings, & Holiday Wine Pairings
    Wednesday, December 16, 2020
    3:00 pm

    Presented by Dr. Gil Giese of NMSU Extension Plant Sciences
    Register online (see flyer for more information)


  • PSA Safe Grocery Shopping in COVID-19 Pandemic
    EDIT from Dr. Sonja Koukel Professor/Extension Health Specialist Interim Associate Department Head: The following is expert information from food scientists who discount some of the recommendations in the video. Key points: 1. Using soapy water to clean food products could lead to health problems, such as mild gastrointestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. That’s because produce is porous, so it can absorb soap. 2. According to the USDA: Consumers should not wash fruits and vegetables with detergent or soap. These products are not approved or labeled by the FDA for use on food. 3. Other unscientific advice floating around the Internet include using a dilute bleach solution, lemon juice or vinegar to wash produce. There is no scientific evidence that any of these work to kill the COVID-19 virus. And, ingesting bleach is dangerous. 4. The practice of quarantining and then sanitizing food containers before putting them in the refrigerator or pantry isn’t necessary. There is no evidence that food or food packaging are transmission vehicles for Coronavirus. 5. Best practice: Wash your hands after handling packaged foods. What to do: 1. Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables with running cold water. That may remove 90 to 99% of what’s on the outer skin. 2. Limit your time in the grocery store. 3. Wash your hands after putting away groceries, before preparing a meal, and before you eat.
  • NEAFCS Covid-19 Resources
    The National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences is keenly aware of the professional challenges that our members are facing relative to the COVID-19 pandemic. NEAFCS has a created an ever growing list of focused resource links to help members with questions on a variety of issues and ready our Extension educators to help address concerns within the communities we serve.


  • Video: ICAN Lesson, Portion Control Part 3 of 3
    Christine our ICAN Educator informs us on better food recommendations regarding portion control in part 3 of this 3 part series of videos. This lesson is entitled: "Chop once and eat twice or thrice!"
  • ICAN Pasta Recipe
    Try this easy, delicious homemade Pasta Sauce recipe that is low in calories and sugars! This recipe is being shared as part of the first video in a three part series of videos by our Valencia County CES ICAN Program Nutrition Educator, Christine Carter, on Portion Control!


  • Video: Drink Your Water!
    Anne-Marie Wilson, Valencia County FCS Agent shares some tips on drinking water in this informative video!

Recipes of the Week

  • Recipes
    Here you will find all previously shared recipes!


  • Cloud Dough Slime!
    This one is super simple! Just corn starch and conditioner! You can make different consistencies if you play around with the amounts of each!
  • Today's Weather Report!
    What type of weather are you having?
    Here is a fun activity sheet! Here is a link to the world of weather:
    The world of weather.
  • Oobleck!
    This slime is a fun learning activity in that the oobleck is a solid and liquid at the same time!
  • Video: Slime!
    1/2 cup white or clear school glue
    1/2 cup water
    1/2 cup liquid starch
    Glitter, toys, food coloring as desired
    Pour glue and water into a bowl and mix well.
    Add glitter, toys, food coloring and mix.
    Add liquid starch. Start stirring with a spoon.
    It will eventually form a ball. Let rest for 30 seconds. Play away! 🍀
  • Scented Play Dough!
    This recipe is easy and worked very well., you use half of everything for a “smaller” portion, but this makes a lot of fun play dough!
    Playdough Recipe:
    Combine 3 cups flour
    1.5 cup salt 6 tablespoons baby oil
    3 teaspoons cream of tarter in a bowl

    Mix thoroughly, then add 3 cups of water.
    Once combined, put in saucepan at medium heat and stir constantly. This should start to turn into a “mashed potato” consistency.
    When hot, add food coloring of choice. I did green for 4H🍀.
    Stir until everything lumps together then remove from heat (don’t over cook!). Put on cutting board (CAUTION it can be hot) and knead while warm.
    Cut into fun shapes and store in a ziplock baggie or container!
    (Recipe from Sarah Joy Blog)

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Valencia County Extension Service
404 Courthouse Road
Los Lunas, NM 87031
Phone: 505-565-3002
Fax: 505-565-1316