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 still available to serve you via telephone 505-565-3002 and email:

Laura Bittner, County Program Director/FCS Agent: lbittner@nmsu.edu
Newt McCarty, Agricultural Agent: jnewton3@nmsu.edu
Sierra Cain, 4-H Youth Development Agent: sierragh@nmsu.edu
Anne-Marie Wilson, FCS/4-H Agent: awilson@nmsu.edu
Christine Carter, ICAN Educator: cscarter@nmsu.edu
Brenda Velasquez, Administrative Secretary: brvelasq@nmsu.edu
The general county email address: valencia@nsmu.edu

Please feel free to reach out to us at anytime with any questions, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am to 4:30 pm.

  • 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.
Upside-Down Pineapple-Applesauce Cake Recipe
Asian Lettuce Wraps Recipe
Delicious Ham & Potato Soup Recipe
2-Ingredient Nutella Brownies Recipe
Super Delicious Zuppa Toscana Recipe
Snow Peas with Water Chestnuts & Bamboo Shoots Recipe
Hot & Sour Soup Recipe
Beef Strips with Sweet Ginger Sauce Recipe
Caulflower Popcorn Recipe
Easy 7-Can Taco Soup
Easy 7-Can Taco Soup Recipe
Recipe provided by Utah State University CES
  • EANM Program for May 2020
    "Chocolate Therapy" by Laura Bittner
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    9:30 am
    Valencia County CES Office 404 Courthouse Rd. Los Lunas
    Free | No RSVP required to attend
  • Meadowlake Kids Club
    Due to NMSU & CES Directives this program has been
    POSTPONED until further notice.
    Meadowlake Kids Club Tuesdays:
    4:00 - 5:30 pm
    Meadowlake Community Center
    10 Cuerro Lane, Meadowlake, NM
    Free | For youth ages 4-17 and their parents/guardians

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Valencia County Extension Service
404 Courthouse Road
Los Lunas, NM 87031
Phone: 505-565-3002
Fax: 505-565-1316
Email: valencia@nmsu.edu