Author Archives: Emily Halstead

Extension raises food insecurity awareness

Sept. 14, 2015 – Editor’s note: On Sept. 16, Extension will host a ‘”tabling event” at the Blacksburg Farmers Market from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for challenge participants. This story was updated to correct the date.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 11, 2015 – In honor of Hunger Action Month, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family Nutrition Program and the Blacksburg Farmers Market have partnered to host the 2015 Farmers Market Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Challenge from Sept. 13 -19.

Typically, the SNAP challenge encourages participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing food insecurity by committing to eating all of their meals on a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant – $32 for seven days, or $4.50 a day per person.

During the Farmers Market SNAP Challenge participants will have the option to budget more money – up to $52 for seven days, or $7.40 a day per person –  if they spend at least $10 at the market twice during the seven-day challenge.

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Energy Masters Program energizes Arlington County

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There are more than 125 trained volunteers in the program.

Written by Emily Halstead, a junior in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and a communications intern for Virginia Cooperative Extension.

The Energy Masters program, funded by the Arlington County Community Development Fund, has made strides in improving energy efficiency for residents in affordable housing units within Arlington County neighborhoods. The program is a collaboration between Virginia Cooperative Extension in Arlington County, and two county non-profits: Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment and Arlington Thrive.

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Virginia Household Water Quality Program has helped improve private water systems for 25 years

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Water quality analysis for the Virginia Household Water Quality Program takes place in the Biological Systems Engineering Water Quality lab on campus.

 Written by Emily Halstead, a junior in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and a communications intern for Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Since 1989, the Virginia Household Water Quality Program has been educating homeowners about their responsibility for and maintenance of private water systems. A collaborative effort among Virginia Cooperative Extension’s family and consumer science agents, agricultural and natural resource agents, and 4-H agents, the program is offered annually in more than 50 counties throughout the state.

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Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging Team wins national contest

Rockingham County 4-H Livestock Judging Team, front row, from left: Tammy Craun, coach; Hannah Craun; and Makalyn Nesselrodt. Back row, David Walker, coach; Bailey Carpenter; and Caley Ellington.

Rockingham County 4-H Livestock Judging Team, front row, from left: Tammy Craun, coach; Hannah Craun; and Makalyn Nesselrodt. Back row, David Walker, coach; Bailey Carpenter; and Caley Ellington.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 17, 2015 – The Rockingham County 4-H Livestock Judging Team took first high team overall among 25 other teams in the National Western Invitational Livestock Judging Contest in Denver, Colorado, last month.

The team placed second in sheep, fifth in swine, and third in beef.

The four-member team included:

  • Caley Ellington of Linville, Virginia;
  • Bailey Carpenter of Mt. Crawford, Virginia;
  • MaKalyn Nesselrodt of Harrisonburg, Virginia; and
  • Hannah Craun of Bridgewater, Virginia.

In the individual competition, Ellington placed third overall and Nesselrodt placed ninth overall.

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Trout in the classroom

4-H Extension Agent Beth Hawse works with students in an activity where they learn the anatomy of trout.

4-H Extension Agent Beth Hawse works with students in an activity where they learn the anatomy of trout.

By Emily Halstead, Virginia Cooperative Extension Communications and Marketing Intern

Fish are playing an active role in helping sixth-graders in several Virginia schools learn more about the natural environment.

The Trout in the Classroom program, created by 4-H Extension Agent Beth Hawse, allowed students to raise trout and monitor their growth as well as to experience the release of the fish at the end of the yearlong curriculum.

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