Home Economics

Our county's Extension home economics program is committed to providing information to help families deal with the complex issues of today.

Our programs focus on: * Improving consumer and family skills * Building leadership skills

We teach through: * Local programs * Community projects * Group training sessions

Learn more about Extension programs and resources:

Upcoming Workshops

ServSafe Trainings

Food Handler Certification Training

The Environment Department has extended the deadline, but don't wait too long. Not everyone passes on the first try. Employees of food service establishments, nursing homes, childcare centers, and school cafeterias need this certification.

Volunteers named the Person in Charge of concessions and food activities running under a temporary food permit must have this training. This includes prepared food that you are giving away or selling.

The gray area is for volunteers working in kitchens that are certified under a yearly permit. The rules only have an exemption for soup kitchens feeding homeless. By code, all volunteers working in these kitchens, which includes concessions run from school cafeterias, need the training. It is a good idea to have all of your key food preparers and cooks trained.

If you are volunteering where food is being served to the public, whether paid for or not, it makes sense that those preparing the food have some food safety training. After all, a case of food borne illness would not be good for your organization and having trained people may reduce your liability.

Cost of the class is $17.00 with a book or $12.00 without a book. (There will be a $2.00 discount for members of the Extension Association.) There will be a paper exam during the training that you must pass to get your handlers card. These classes will be taught by Brenda. Please RSVP by calling 461-0562 so there will be enough materials for you.

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Upcoming Programs There are not any programs scheduled for the month of March. If you have a group in need of training, contact the Extension Office.

Family Consumer Sciences Monthly Newsletter

Quay County Extension Clubs

The Quay County Extension Clubs are an active and vital part of the County Extension Home Economics programs. There are currently only 2 clubs in Quay County. Each month the clubs have an educational program provided by the Extension Home Economist. The Extension clubs assist with many projects in their communities. The council meets 6 times a year and holds 3 special county wide activities. Membership is open to anyone who is interested. To visit a club near you, call 461-0562 or email Brenda and we will link you up.

Conchas Extension Club Meets on the Second Thursday at the Baptist Mission. President is Helen Karns.

Forrest Everybody's Club Meets on the Third Thursday at the Forrest Fire Station. President is Diana Rush March's Program is "Eating Mindfully" April's Program is "Spices of India" May's Program is " Homemade Skin Care" June's Program is "Say NO to Disease"

Quay County is Affiliated with the Extension Association of New Mexico. Visit EANM.

Quay County Cares Bags

This wonderful community service project gets the whole community involved. Those with needlework and sewing talents help by making bags, hats, and scarves. Others are making beautiful cards and writing a short note. Others are gathering items to put in the bags. Several churches have made this project their bible school mission project and have gathered items for bags. Others purchase items and donate to the cause. Some organizations even donate funds.

The bags will be stuffed in September and then delivered to the Chemotherapy and Dialysis Treatment Centers in Clovis, Albuquerque, and Amarillo. The goal for this year is 100 bags. We will be making men, women and children's bags.

Items that go into the bags are: scarves, hats, gloves, socks, hard candy, puzzle books, note pads, pens and pencils, lotions, lip balms and drink mixes. We will be filing these bags in November

During the Spring we put together backpacks for foster kids. The backpacks will go to children recently removed from their homes and being placed into temporary care. We will be including toys, blankets, and personal care items. These backpacks are delivered to our local CYFD office for children removed from homes in Quay County. Join us for the great community service project. Donations accepted to help defer the cost of items purchased for the backpacks.

Become a Mail Box Member

Do you want to be a part of a group that is making a difference in the community, but you do not want to be tied down to a monthly club meeting? Do you want to support the activities of the Extension Club and Extension Service, but you can not commit to being an active member? Consider joining as an At-large Member. County membership is $5.00 per year and you will receive a monthly newsletter, handouts from yearly educational programs, and be able to participate in county and district activities. State membership is only $13.50 and you will be eligible to attend the state meeting, participate in the state cultural arts show, receive the state newsletter, and be apart of a state organization that is making a difference.

To join call the Extension Office and we will get you the paperwork.

Food Preservation Workshops

The Quay County Extension Service offers free pressure canner gauge testing. Just call 461-0562 and make sure someone is available to test, then bring your canner lid with dial gauge in. You do not need the bottom of the canner. Testing takes just a few minutes. Remember to adjust all pressure canning recipes to 13 pounds for our altitude. The Extension office also has how to publications on food preservation.

NMSU has publications available for preserving fruits and vegetables including the latest research on preserving green chile. Visit How To Publications.

The Quay County Extension Office is offering a hand-on pressure canning workshop. Learn how to can vegetables safely. The workshop will be August 8th. It will be offered at two times, 1:30 and 5:30 pm. Cost is $5.00/person. Call 461-0562 to reserve your spot!

Programming for People With Diabetes

Living Well With Diabetes Newsletters

If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive this newsletter in the mail, contact Bev at the Quay County Extension Office. 575 461-0562.

Strong Seniors Stay Young

The Quay County Extension Service and Mesalands Community College will be offering the Strong Seniors Stay Young Program, an exercise program for middle-aged and older men and women in Tucumcari. Current Session Began in August at Mesalands Community College and co-led by Tom Morris, MCC Director of Career Services and Brenda Bishop, Extension FCS Agent.

The Strong Seniors Program will use the Strong Women Program curriculum which was developed by Miriam Nelson, PhD with Tufts University. The program is based upon years of research on how strength training and proper nutrition improve the health of women of all ages. Strength is a critical factor in living healthier, more active lives. Research shows that a program of strength training not only improves bone density but reduces falls, improves arthritis symptoms, and increases flexibility and strength. All needed equipment will be provided by the Extension Service. Added to the program will be some balance exercises and exercises to improve your walking ability.

To enroll, an information packet must be picked up from the Extension Office. The forms must be filled out and a doctor's release obtained before the start of class. The cost for the series of classes will be $20.00 per person and must be paid on the first day of class. Persons, who have taken the class previously, do not need a doctor's release, but must call the Extension Office and reserve a spot. Class is limited to 30 people. Next session of classes begins January 23.

For more information contact the Quay County Extension Office at 461-0562.

Quay County Health Council

Quay County Health Council is at Work in Quay County. The council addresses many health issues in the county through volunteer committee work. The council meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 11:30 at various locations. Call 461-4218 for information.

The Extension Service Collaborates with the Council on a variety of projects including the Community Wellness Fair, Signs of Suicide Program, underage drinking, immunizations, home visit program, and DAWN and on improving Nutrition and Fitness in the community.

The council is assisting with the Home Visiting Program and is looking has formed committees to work on prenatal care and Teen Pregnancy.

Baby Connections

Soon-to-be and new parents often have many questions about what to expect. New moms may feel isolated as they are learning to care for their new baby. Tucumcari currently does not have prenatal classes available for expectant moms. For these reasons, the Early Childhood Coalition with the Quay County Health Council are offering monthly get-togethers for new and expecting parents. During this party atmosphere, participants will be introduced to community resources for them and their babies and have an opportunity to share with each other. There will be a meal and door prizes.
Helping a Sick Child will be the program topic. Our guest speaker will share tips for traveling with a baby and we will have information on low-cost car seats. We have fun shower games and activities. During these monthly parties, we will be sharing local resources that will help you care for your baby. There will be food, prizes and child care for your older children. Bring your spouse too. The parties are free. The party will be February 13 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Center Street United Methodist Church, 406 E Center Street in Tucumcari.

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