Families and Health Classes in Kanawha County
Chop, blend and taste!
Cooking classes are conducted monthly in Extension’s well equipped teaching kitchen. Participants prepare and then taste all the recipes. Basic cooking skills are covered during each class such as knife skills and safety, proper measuring, etc. Each month is a different class topic such as Basic Cooking 101, Appetizers, Pie Baking and Wine-n-Dine On-a-Dime. There is a nominal fee for each class ($15-$25). Check the calendar for topics, dates and times.
Every summer, do your thoughts turn to fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden or farmers market? From a time of plenty to a time of need, learn how to safely preserve that fresh produce for use throughout the year. During this hands-on class, participants learn safe food preservation methods for pressure canners and hot water baths. Current USDA approved guidelines are provided. Check the calendar for dates and times.
Pressure Canner TestingPressure Canner Testing for canner lids with dial gauges is available in the Kanawha County Extension Office. In order to have your canner tested, bring only your canner lids with dial gauges. Free educational materials on food preservation are also available. Call the Extension Office at (304) 720-9573 to schedule a time before you start to can this season.
Child Development Education
Run, jump and play!Raising children is often referred to as the hardest but most rewarding job ever. The more knowledge you have of child development the easier the job and the better the rewards! Various topics include brain development, the stages of block play, literacy, open-ended art, guidance and discipline, etc. All classes are WV STARS accredited for child care providers but can easily be conducted for parent and community groups.
To schedule a class or learn more contact Extension Agent Kerri Wade. (Kerri Wade is an instructor and council member for the Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist. This four semester course is for child care providers and those interested in employment in the field.)
Understanding Poverty WorkshopsCommunity work is a real challenge. Community work in distressed, rural, poor communities is even more of a challenge. This workshop, based upon the work of Dr. Ruby Payne, provides both a theoretical framework to understand poverty as well as practical applications that lesson the challenges of working within poor communities. Some of the topics covered can include hidden rules, the use of language, building relationships, metacognition and mental models. This workshop is appropriate for community based organizations as well as educators. Depending on the amount of material covered, workshops can be half-day, full-day or two-days.
To learn more, contact nationally certified trainer, Extension Agent Kerri Wade.