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

  • 2-day Online Soil Health Workshop
    Tuesday, September 22 & Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    9:00 am - 3:00pm
    Workshop sponsored by the Healthy Soil Program Initiative coordinated by the NMDA
    For Agenda & Zoom Link:
  • Sleep Challenges Webinar
    Sleep: The Why, What & How!
    Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    11:00 am

    Webinar presented by NMSU CES
    Register for the free Zoom Event:
  • Gopher Control Webinar
    Thursday, September 24, 2020
    6:00 - 7:00 pm
    Presented by Lea County CES & Wildlife Specialist Dr. Smallidge
    See attached flyer for Zoom link information
  • Emotion, Commotion, & Promotion Workshop
    Monday, September 28, 2020
    6:00 - 7:00 pm
    Valencia County CES Office | 404 Courthouse Rd. | Los Lunas
    Space is limited to 8 youth ages 11-18 years old
    Registration is required by Friday, September 25th
    See flyer for more information
  • 2-day Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training & Certification
    Tuesday, September 29 & Wednesday, September 30, 2020
    8:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Presented by the Produce Safety Alliance and NMSU SW Border Food Protection & Emergency Preparedness Center
    Deadline to register is Friday, September 18 by 5:00 pm
    Registration Fees: $45 for NM residents or $90 for out-of-state residents
  • Virtual Dog Gone Dog Job 5k Run, Walk, Hike
    The 4-H Dog School committee is holding their fundraiser virtual this year!
    Everyone is welcome to participate.
    Visit:…/dog-gone-dog-jog-…/2020/register to enter the race for the month of September.
    You can participate by walking, running, biking or hiking.
    Take pictures and post them to your social media!
    Post pictures and send us your time and length of exercise to:
  • 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


  • 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