Cooperative Extension Service Valencia County
Provides the people of New Mexico with practical, research-based knowledge and programs to improve their quality of life.
We specialize in:
- Nutrition & Diabetes Education
- Small-Scale Mixed Vegetable Production
- Forage Production
- Emergency Preparedness & Food Safety
- Foot in the Door: Workforce Readiness & Preparation
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: email@example.com Newt McCarty, Agricultural Agent: firstname.lastname@example.org Sierra Cain, 4-H Youth Development Agent: email@example.com Anne-Marie Wilson, FCS/4-H Agent: firstname.lastname@example.org Christine Carter, ICAN Educator: email@example.com Brenda Velasquez, Administrative Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org The general county email address: email@example.com
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 PandemicEDIT 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 ResourcesThe 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.
LIVE ONLINE Beef Cattle Reproduction Anatomy & Endocrinology Workshop
Online Workshop via Zoom Tuesday, April 7, 2020 6:00 - 8:00 pm https://nmsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/upEoceyuqD0qZzDLuh9SrJI85zX9TxQDEw Free | No RSVP required to attend | 2 BQA CEU's available
LIVE ONLINE Beef Cattle Reproduction Technologies, EPD's & Sire Selection Workshop
Online Workshop via Zoom Tuesday, April 14, 2020 6:00 - 8:00 pm https://nmsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/uZQtceGhqzgu0_fkdxP86AIip5OCQZ7M-Q Free | No RSVP required to attend | 2 BQA CEU's available
Gardening Survival Series: Garden Insects
Bosque Farms Public Library Saturday, May 16, 2020 10:00 - 11:30 am 1455 W. Bosque Loop, Bosque Farms, NM Free | No RSVP required to attend
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