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Home Economics

Creativity with Paints, Pallets & More Workshop

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW... This time of year we all get to thinking about change. A new year gives us a chance to make changes. Many times those changes include our homes, furniture, and accessories. Instead of throwing out the old, why not Upcycle or repurpose those old items into something new. Connie Moyers, Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist and Glenda Belcher, Curry County Extension Home Economist will be sharing ideas and techniques for upcycling items such as wood pallets, old furniture, picture frames, windows and other items. This fun and creative demonstration was held during the New Mexico Ag Expo on Tuesday, February 18th in Portales.

Bring Your Own Chair Workshop
Refinished furniture using a variety of painting techniqes
Image of Chalk paint and aging wax created beautiful new "old" pieces.
Chalk paint and aging wax created beautiful new "old" pieces.

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Somewhat Homemade Cooking School

Image of Connie Moyers demonstrates a recipe at Somewhat Homemade Cooking School
Connie Moyers demonstrates a recipe at Somewhat Homemade Cooking School
Image of Carol Calderon assists Connie Moyers in making One Pot Basil Pasta recipe
Carol Calderon assists Connie Moyers in making One Pot Basil Pasta recipe

Home cooked meals? No time to cook? For many people, cooking seems like a serious chore. It seems much easier to just order some takeout food, stop at a restaurant, or pop a ready-made meal into the microwave. It’s not so much a matter of laziness, but of time. A lot of people have overstuffed schedules and often feel there is no time to devote to food preparation

Connie Moyers, Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist shared techniques for combining fresh ingredients with specially selected store bought items or convenience foods in her “Somewhat-Homemade” Cooking School. Whether you call it semi-homemade, shortcut cooking or almost homemade the results--mouthwatering meals and desserts, prepared in minutes that taste like they were made from scratch. Connie shared tips and hints for quick “Somewhat Homemade” meals prepared in minutes which taste like they were made from scratch. As a bonus, attendees were able to taste the recipes prepared and take home a recipe booklet to assist them in putting these recipes and tips into practice for family and friends.

This cooking school was held during the New Mexico Ag Expo on Wednesday, February 19 in Portales.

Image of Learning how to make Bierknots at the Somewhat Homemade Cooking School
Learning how to make Bierknots at the Somewhat Homemade Cooking School

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Home Economics Programming Focus

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:

Food & Nutrition Education

The New Mexico poverty rate is mirrored in Roosevelt County. The residents of this county recognize that the low income populations face numerous problems associated with inadequate nutrition. They share the state concerns that these individuals often make poor food choices, which can lead to chronic disease problems such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. There is a need to educate low income families and individuals to maximize their resources to improve their nutritional status. The youth of Roosevelt County also fall into the above category. Roosevelt County residents share the concern that these youth should learn healthy eating and food management practices early in life for optimal health and disease prevention.

Roosevelt County residents recognize that five of the 10 leading causes of death are associated with diet: coronary heart disease, several types of cancer, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure. They also share the national concern as outlined in the State Situation about nutrition, diet and human health. Obesity, a risk factor in all leading causes of death, affects 30% of women, 15% of men, and 25 % of adolescents, with the highest rates observed among low-income and minority groups. There is a need to provide education to show an interrelationship between nutrition and health.

Consumer Education

As in the past, education is the key to the dilemma of making the family's income stretch to meet needs. Extension educational programs, which address budgeting, financial management, saving, investment and preparation for retirement can help families gain skills in managing their resources to better meet their current needs. Extension programs which help them achieve success now will stand them in good stead for the future.