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Home Food Preservation Workshops scheduled for July and August.  Visit this link for brochure and registration information: http://s.uconn.edu/foodpres

Food and Food Safety‚Ä®

A healthy, wholesome and safe food supply is essential to the well-being of Connecticut citizens. Research based information about how food is produced, labeled and distributed can help consumers to make good food choices. Working with farmers, processors, retailers, community groups, and consumers, food safety education and training programs inform about food borne illness, safe food production, sanitation, and safe food handling. Contact Diane Hirsch at diane.hirsch@uconn.edu or 203-407-3163 for food and food safety education and information resources.


Managing Family Money and Other Resources

Making decisions about how to best use your family's resources, such as money, time, skills and knowledge, can be challenging. Our family economics and resource management program provides a variety of workshops: financial literacy for youth and adults, personal finance, sustainable living and balancing work and family. Training for and collaboration with professionals, staff, volunteers youth and community groups and organizations are an important emphasis. Contact Faye Griffiths-Smith at 203.407.3160 or faye.griffiths-smith@uconn.edu.


Expanded Food and Nutrition Program

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) is a UConn Extension outreach program for low income, limited resource families with children. EFNEP community educators are specially trained in nutrition education for low-income families and use the most up-to-date, science-based lessons. Participants gain the knowledge and skills they need to control and manage their food and nutrition practices in their homes or in small group settings in community agencies, schools or libraries. Some topics include healthy eating, basic food preparation, food safety, food shopping, and cooking skills, in addition to advocating family fitness through exercise. Visit UConn's EFNEP website at http://s.uconn.edu/efnep.

Master Gardeners

Since 1978, the UConn Extension Master Gardener Program has provided training in horticultural and environmental science to adults, who then pass on their knowledge to Connecticut residents. These enthusiastic volunteers staff the Master Gardener offices in Extension centers and participate in community projects throughout the state. Among their many activities, Master Gardeners volunteer in school and community gardens, work with land trusts and parks, and give talks on gardening and related topics to community groups. The nine-month program begins in early January each year. There will be a Master Gardener class in New Haven County in 2016. The application for the 2016 course will be posted at http://www.mastergardener.uconn.edu in September 2015. For information, call Extension Master Gardener Coordinator Jude Hsiang at 203-407-3167 or email her at judith.hsiang@uconn.edu.