Family and Consumer Sciences

The Extension Family and Consumer Sciences program in Otero County is committed to providing resources to assist families and individuals with today's complex issues.


Do you or someone you know have concerns about maintaining balance? Many older adults experience concerns about falling and begin restricting their activities.

A MATTER OF BALANCE ~ is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. This program will teach you how to view falls as controllable and how to set goals for increasing your activity over time. You will also be shown ways to makes changes that will reduce your fall risks around your home and examples of how you can exercise to increase your strength and balance.

Who should attend?

  • anyone concerned about falls
  • anyone interested in improving flexibility and strength
  • anyone who has fallen in the past
  • anyone who has restricted their activities due to falling concerns

Free Program

Dates: October 12, 2021 - November 5, 2021
Time: Every Tuesday & Friday 09:00 - 11:00 am


Otero County Extension Service
401 Fairgrounds Road
Alamogordo NM, 88310

Classes will be held twice a week for a month, with each class lasting two hours.

For more information please contact

Kelly @ 575-437-0231
Maureen @ 575-437-9340 ext. 5

Home Food Preservation

Canning Pickles and Sauerkraut

Want to learn more about pickling foods? Both fresh-pack and fermented? Then attend this educational workshop on how to safely pickle (fresh-pack and fermented) foods. Topics to be covered include ingredients and equipment needed for home canning.

The in-person workshop (hands-on, $5 supply fee) will be held at:
Otero County Extension Office (401 Fairgrounds Rd, Alamogordo)
September 13, 2021, 1:30pm-3:30pm

Space is limited for the in-person workshop, sign up today!
To pre-register REQUIRED, contact:
Kelly Knight via email or call 575-437-0231

Virtual workshop (free!) will be held via Zoom meeting.
September 14, 2021, 1:30pm-3:00pm

View the online flyer by clicking here.

Current research-based information is available for individuals who want to learn about methods for preserving food for their own use. Methods include freezing, dehydration, water bath canning, and pressure canning. We provide workshops, fact sheets, and answers to questions on how to preserve the freshness of homegrown or locally purchased foods.

Current fact sheets and recipes can be downloaded from the NMSU ACES website. For more information or questions regarding food preservation, call 575-437-0231 or send an email to:

Mayhill Extension Association Club

The Extension Association of New Mexico was formed in 1941 as Extension Homemakers, in cooperation with the Extension Service at New Mexico State University. EANM helps extend adult education throughout New Mexico.

The mission of the Extension Association of New Mexico is to strengthen individuals, families and communities through:

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Action

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