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Idaho’s Food Stamp Nutrition Education ProgramMeet the University of Idaho Extension’s Nutrition Program, Eat Smart Idaho. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The Eat Smart Idaho program is a UI Extension education program designed to help limited-resource adults learn how to stretch their food dollars to provide tasty, low-cost, healthy meals for their families. Eat Smart Idaho teaches nutrition and consumer-related skills that lead to individual change. Eat Smart Idaho helps families in Idaho move toward increased self-sufficiency. It helps those who are transitioning from welfare to work.
Why is nutrition education critical for the health and well-being of children and their families?
Malnutrition, along with environmental factors associated with poverty, can permanently retard physical growth, brain development and cognitive functioning. The longer a child’s nutritional, emotional and educational needs are not met, the greater the likelihood of cognitive impairments.
The goal of Eat Smart Idaho is to increase the self-sufficiency of food stamp individuals and families through community-based, informal experiential education that builds basic living skills and decision-making capabilities, and instills the value of life-long learning.
Canyon County Nutrition Advisors
Micki Schuetz – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole MacKinnon - email@example.com
Yvonne Armenta - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridget Morrisroe-Aman – email@example.com
ClassesUniversity of Idaho Extension offers a variety of classes to improve the standard of living among county citizens; all classes are open to the public. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- Please check back for 2014 classes
- “After the Harvest” Home Food Preservation; 3-workshop series, Nampa
-Harvest Food Preservation classes, Boise
ResourcesIn this section you will find many food safety and preservation resources and publications. Most of these are available for either viewing/downloading at no charge, or available for purchase in our office. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning:
|Introduction||4- Vegetable & Vegetable Products|
|1- Principles of Home Canning||5- Poultry, Red Meats, Seafoods|
|2- Fruits & Fruit Products||6- Fermented Foods & Pickled Vegetables|
|3- Tomatoes & Tomato Products||7- Jams & Jellies|
National Center for Home Food Preservation:
|- Canning||- Fermenting|
|- Jams & Jellies||- Pickling|
|- Freezing||- Storing Foods|
University of Idaho and Pacific Northwest Publications (listed by title)
|Canning Fruits – PNW||Canning Meat, Poultry & Game – PNW|
|Canning Vegetables – PNW||Canning Seafood – PNW|
|Canning Tomatoes & Tomato Products – PNW||Home Canning Smoked Fish – PNW|
|Salsa Recipes for Home Canning – PNW||Using & Caring for Your Pressure Canner – PNW|
|Pickling Vegetables – PNW||Pickling Fish & Other Aquatic Foods… – PNW|
|Drying Fruits & Vegetables – PNW||Making Jerky at Home Safely – PNW|
|Freezing Fruits & Vegetables – PNW||Freezing Convenience Foods – PNW|
|Home Freezing of Seafood – PNW|
Pesticide Safety Education, CertificationCanyon County is one of the largest agricultural counties in Idaho. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Pesticide Safety Education Course (Pre-License)
This is a 3-day biennial (every-other year) program delivered by UI Extension and the Idaho State Department of Agriculture. Participants in the class include farmers and farm workers, agricultural and landscape industry workers, and government workers. Topics in the curriculum for the training include the following:
|Pesticide Formulations, Labels & Safety||Pesticide Fate in the Environment|
|Weeds & Their Control||Pesticide Use & Record Keeping|
|Insect Pests & Their Control||Pesticide Storage & Spill Management|
|Groundwater Quality Issues||Spray Equipment Calibration|
The curriculum is delivered the first two days of the class, with a half day review period followed by examinations.
The next course is being held on March 18, 19, 20, 21, 2014 at the University of Idaho Complex at 1902 E Chicago St in Caldwell.
View the 2014 brochure for more information and for details about how to register.
Spanish Pesticide Safety Re-Certification Training
This course is similar to the annual Pesticide Safety Re-certification Training Course, except this course is conducted entirely in Spanish.
|Chemical Registration||Personal Protective Equipment|
|Pest Management||Noxious Weeds|
This course will be held February 25, 2014 at the University of Idaho Complex at 1902 E Chicago St in Caldwell.
View the 2014 Flyer for further details.
Annual Pesticide Safety Re-Certification Training Course
Every fall, UI Extension and ISDA personnel host a one day pesticide applicator re-certification training class in Caldwell, Idaho. Participants receive six Idaho pesticide re-certification credits at the end of the training. Topics vary from year to year, but classes generally cover the following:
|Chemical Registration||Personal Protective Equipment|
|Pest Management||Noxious Weeds|
Treasure Valley Irrigation Conference
UI Extension and Oregon State University host this annual conference. In 2013, the TV Irrigation Conference was held in Ontario, Oregon. Topics typically include:
|Treasure Valley Irrigation Issues||Irrigation System Transformations|
|Update on Idaho Power Irrigation Programs||2014 Water Supply Outlook|
|Cost Sharing Opportunities for Irrigators|
Small Acreage Education ProgramsDraw on Extension expertise to help expand market opportunities, sustain profitability, and enhance animal care and welfare in your operations. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Living on the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages
The Living on the Land class series is aimed at providing current and future land owners with practical information and resources about small acreage management. Participants develop a plan for their property, and share ideas with a team of expert instructors and other participants. The next class will be held in January of 2015*.
View the 2014 class brochure.
Contact our office to get on the interest list for the 2015 class, and you will be sent more specific class details, including how to sign up, as soon as it becomes available (usually a couple of months before the next class).
This six-week course is designed especially for farm women to help them develop management and decision-making skills for their farms. Sessions include brief presentations, discussions focused on the participant’s
questions, and computer training to use spreadsheets. Annie’s Project gives farm women the opportunity to learn from female agricultural professionals and network with other women in similar situations. View the 2013 flyer and 2013 brochure. A 2014 class is currently being planned. You may contact our office to get on the interest list for the 2014 class and you will be contacted with more specific class details, including how to sign up, when it becomes available.
The Cultivating Success™ program offers a series of courses that provide beginning and existing farmers with the planning and decision-making tools, production skills and support to develop a sustainable small acreage farm. Online and in-person courses are available.
Check out the upcoming class offerings on the statewide course calendar on the Cultivating Success website.
Lost Rivers Grazing Academy
An introduction to Management Intensive Grazing with a combination of presentations and practical field exercises, this boots-on-the-ground workshop is for livestock operators who want to increase their forage production, stocking rates, animal performance, and net income by letting their livestock harvest the sun’s energy through their feed. The Lost Rivers Grazing Academy is held in September each year at Eagle Valley Ranch in Salmon, Idaho. The 2014 class will be held September 9-12. Visit the Owyhee County Extension website or the University of Idaho Extension website for further details.
Additional ResourcesCheck out the following resources below- __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Cattlemen’s Corner (Beef Newsletter)
Keep up with new programs, current issues and events in the beef industry with the Owyhee County Cattlemen’s Corner Beef newsletter that is published five times per year. A special youth section highlights events and opportunities for kids and young adults.
Additional Resources, University of Idaho Extension
*dates subject to change
Growing in Canyon CountyTurn to Extension for Classes, Workshops and Answers. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Gardening, landscaping or tending a small acreage in Southwest Idaho? Turn to us for classes, information, expertise & unbiased advice. We are committed to helping individuals and communities grow; our areas of expertise in horticulture include home and community food production, sustainable lawns and landscapes and gardening with youth.
Idaho Master Gardener
Extension’s premier horticulture volunteer development program is active, and making a difference, in Canyon County. Could you be a future Master Gardener Volunteer?
Idaho Victory Garden
Get started on saving money by producing more of your own food at home, including vegetables, fruit, eggs and more.
From Community Education classes and our award-winning free newsletter, to a comprehensive online library, find information you need, when you need it.
The Next Generation
Through 4-H Junior Master Gardener outreach and our Master Gardener School Garden Mentor program, we’re teaching tomorrow’s green thumbs about science and healthy living through horticulture.
New to 4-H?If you are new to 4-H and want to learn what it is about, keep reading– __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
What is 4-H?
The Nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization reaches more than 7 million youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards, and rural farming communities.
4-H assists youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.
Fueled by University-backed curriculum and research-based programming, the 4-H program allows youth to get the hands-on, real world experience they need to become leaders.
Who can belong to 4-H?
Today’s 4-H is for all youth between the ages of 8 and 18 years. Kids between the ages of 5 and 7 can participate in Cloverbuds, a non-competitive version of 4-H.
What projects are available?
Canyon County 4-H members can choose from over 200 projects. These projects can be found in many different areas such as livestock, small animals, family & consumer sciences, art and science. Check out the 2014 Idaho 4-H Today publication that gives a description of every project available in Idaho!
4-H projects can create more interest in daily tasks, strengthen family and community ties, develop leadership skills, and explore vocational opportunities.
To Learn More-
Already a Canyon County 4-H member?Find all of our Canyon County 4-H resources at our 4-H Resources page– _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Visit our 4-H Resources page for important documents such as event and program flyers and brochures, registration forms and applications, general record books, various Canyon County 4-H Council meeting minutes and more.
View our 4-H Calendar for an extensive listing of 4-H events in Canyon County.
4-H Enrollment Online (4HOnline)
For returning youth or volunteer members, or members that have already been assigned a club, enrollment for the 2014 year is online at https://idaho.4honline.com. Look here 4HOnline Help Sheet for step-by-step enrollment instructions.
New members need to create a new profile… however, returning members should NOT create a new profile (even if enrolled in a different county previously or if there was a time lapse in membership). Please call or email our office if you need assistance (firstname.lastname@example.org).
General 4-H Documents
Canyon County 4-H Newsletter
Award Applications, Sponsorship Forms
Additional Club Resources
Canyon County 4-H Leaders’ Council