Monthly Archives: April 2015

It is National Volunteer Week!

And it is time to celebrate the accomplishments of our volunteers and our family and consumer sciences agents.

Take a look at the Virginia Cooperative Extension YouTube video presentation link below.  It showcases all of our Virginia Cooperative Extension volunteer programs, and as noted, our Master Food Volunteers and family and consumer Extension agents provided 61 programs within the last year!

Volunteer Video

Some of the most recent trends in the types of programs our volunteers are involved with include an integrated approach to program delivery with Master Gardeners, 4-H Youth Development, and the Family Nutrition Program.  Some of these great programs include partnerships for community gardens and farmers markets; nutrition education programs; 4-H youth food challenges; the Junior Master Food Volunteer Teen Mentors program; slow cooker family cooking programs; chefs and youth healthy cooks clubs; and food preparation and preservation workshops.  These are just a few examples of the many programs offered throughout the state.

Thank you for all you do to support our Extension programs!MFV Grn Logo



Spring Cleaning in your Spice Cupboard

Check out the Iowa State Spend Smart, Eat Smart blog about spice cupboard spring cleaning.  It has some great tips for checking your dry spices at least once a year and throwing away ones that are more than a year old and provides tips for making a seasoning mix with spices that you can still use in recipes:

What is your favorite spice?

What is your favorite spice?

This blog also has a series of “Spring Cleaning” tips for your kitchen.

Great ideas!