Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

February 10, 2021

 
FREE! In cooperation with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host the Farmers Market Nutrition Program webinar training for new and returning farmers market vendors March 25 or April 21.  This viewing option is provided as a service to individuals without access to a computer or limited internet service.
The Iowa Farmers Market Nutrition Program consists of the Women, Infants and Children FMNP and the Senior FMNP. The FMNPs are Congressionally-authorized programs that provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from farmers markets and farm stands to nutritionally at-risk women, infants, children and low-income seniors.
The Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship does not limit the number of vendors who may become certified under FMNP. For more information and eligibility, visit IDALS Marketing, Horticulture and Farmers Markets.
Watch at HOME:
Thursday, March 25, 2021 10:30-11:30 AM (Central Time)
Use this link to register for the webinar: Registration URL:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4629555693885627660
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 10:30-11:30 am (Central Time).
Use this link to register for the webinar: Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4548869132592931596
OR
Watch at Black Hawk County Extension on dates listed: Please call to attend, 319-234-6811 or Contact Shelly Smith shellys@iastate.edu
Black Hawk County Extension: Waterloo, 3420 University Ave. Suite B., Waterloo

November 13, 2020

Thank You Food Corps Members, Clarissa Klostermann and Cadence Moon for sharing your 7 Tools Video! And a special thanks to DaQuan Campbell for sharing his knowledge about these tools!

November 13, 2020

Thank You Food Corps Members, Clarissa Klostermann and Cadence Moon for sharing your Apple Video! And special thanks to Abby Rippe for sharing her info and orchard with us!

August 27, 2020

Stop by the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach office in Waterloo at 3420 University Avenue, Suite B to pick up free gardening seeds perfect to sow and grow yet this year. The office is open Monday – Friday 8:00am -4:30pm. Call 319-234-6811

August 19, 2020

Thank You to Jill Weber, Human Sciences Specialist, for teaching Extension, Food Corps and NFNEP staff the safe and correct way to can salsa! And for sharing her home for the class. For questions you can contact Jill at: jrweber@iastate.edu

It is important to use a tested or researched based recipe when canning homemade salsa.

The reason being, the ratio of low acid vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, onion and garlic) to acid (lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar) has not been tested in a non-research based recipe. Recipes that have been tested will have enough acid to prevent the growth of the botulism bacteria and provide a safe product that everyone can enjoy straight from the canning jar. View the TEST Salsa Recipe here: Recipe from National Center for Home Food Preservation https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_salsa/chile_salsa.html 
Another great resource: Iowa StateExtension and Outreach Brochure, Preserve the Taste of Summer - Canning and Freezing: Tomatoes PM638 https://store.extension.iastate.edu/product/3990            See more instructions here:

Statewide Resources

  • Participate in these classes for child care providers focused on healthy, affordable food choices and physical activities for children. Department of Human Services-approved credit is available for those attending.

  • EFNEP and SNAP-Ed are free programs that help parents provide nutritious food for their families, leading to healthy children and strong families

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    Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • Answer Line

    Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, or Facebook for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home, equipment, nutrition, and laundry. 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • Keep your family or your customers safe by following these food safety tips for foodservice operators, consumers, and educators.

  • Interested in canning, freezing, and dehydrating foods? Join our hands-on workshops to learn and practice safe food preservation techniques.

  • Spend Smart. Eat Smart.

    Spending less on food often means investing time and effort in planning, shopping and preparing food.  Check out our blog, website, and Facebook page to learn skills and adopt habits to feed your family nutritious meals for less money.

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