Home Economics programs at Santa Fe county


Home Economics

Our county's Extension home economics program is committed to providing information to help families deal with the complex issues of today.

Santa Fe County families are faced with many choices every day about money, time, child rearing, nutrition and health. To make the best choices, residents need practical, research based, unbiased and accurate information. Our Home Economics unit covers programming in:

Our programs focus on:

  • Improving consumer and family skills
  • Building leadership skills
  • Diabetes Education/Kitchen Creations
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Family Health and Wellness
  • Family Life and Child Development
  • Family Resource Management
  • Food Preparation
  • Food Safety
  • Nutrition
  • Food Preservation

We teach through:

  • Local programs
  • Community projects
  • Group training sessions

Learn more about Extension programs and resources:

Parenting and Child Development

The New Mexico Selected Health Statistics Report presents that the county birth rate equals 13.3 births per 1,000 population. The births to single mothers decreased by 1% while births to teen mothers increased by 1%. The reports also indicate that low birth weights births increased by 15% from last year. Santa Fe County is also below the state level for prenatal care. Past program evaluations reflect the valuing of and need for educational resources for providing quality childcare by county childcare providers. The Children , Youth And Family Department, Nutrition Bureau reports an estimated 7,100 childcare providers in Santa Fe County. Of those 3, 378 are licensed providers enrolled in the food program and 881 are registered home providers. Program evaluations also show a need for educational services for adult daycare providers and participants. The mentioned are indicators for strengthening the program needs of young families, single parents, childcare providers and adult daycare program providers and participants. All needing information on components of nutrition, safety , personal development and child development.

Consumer Information and Education

The Bureau of Business And Economic Research indicates that average wages and salary earnings (1996) for Santa Fe County equals $23,407 and Per Capita Personal Income (1996) totals $24,781. The U.S. Department of Labor also estimates and unemployment rate or 4.2%. The State Support Council cited lack of affordable housing and family financial management in the top 20 list of most important needs of families in the Northern District to include Santa Fe County. Santa Fe County real estate reports indicate that the average home ownership cost equals $160,000 making home ownership difficult for the consumer living on a limited budget. Market studies also indicate that food and clothing costs are comparably higher in Santa Fe County than in other areas of the state. Realizing the increasing cost of living in Santa Fe County makes it difficult for consumers on a limited and reduced income. Given the county situation it becomes necessary for the County Extension Service to provide educational assistance to serve as a vehicle for county participants and families to improve their financial status and assist in the establishment and attainability of financial goals.

Food & Nutrition Resources

 Food and Nutrition Publications

Upcoming Cooking Classes with Cydney 2017

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MASTER FOOD PRESERVER'S PROGRAM 2017

Greetings! If you are like me, your new calendar is already getting full. Here are a few dates for classes this year. There will be more than this, but it’s a start. They fill up fast, so here is your “heads up”.

All of these classes will be conducted at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds, 3229 Rodeo Rd, in the kitchen and classroom. The times are 8:30am - 12:00pm. People enrolled in the Master Food Preservers program get first dibs. Enrollment is limited so don’t delay! If you are interested in being a Master Food Preserver, send me your mailing address and I will send you a packet. The cost for one class (regular enrollment) is $15.00.

  • April 6th, “Freezing and Drying”
  • April 13th, “Jams, Jellies and Spreads”
  • April 20th, “Fruits and Tomatoes”
  • April 27th, “Pressure Canning”
  • May 4th, “Pickles and Salsas”
  • May 11th, test and finish

Other classes to be offered, but not scheduled: • Fermenting Foods • Colcha Embroidery • Basic Sewing Skills series • Crochet 101

I welcome any feedback and ideas you may have! My clientele, my Extension Homemaker’s and coworkers are what make my job wonderful! Thanks to everyone. Cydney 471-4711, cydneym@nmsu.edu

Kitchen Creations

  • A cooking school for people with diabetes

Have fun as you learn how to enjoy your favorite foods in a healthy way and prepare new recipes from the 4-Ingredient Diabetes Cookbook and New Mexico Recipes cookbook. Classes are free, but you must pre-register at 505-471-4711. This school is for individuals who are diabetic, pre-diabetic or care for someone who is diabetic. Spaces are limited and accepted on a first come, first served basis. You must be able to attend both classes.

  • Thursday, July 7th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Thursday, July 14th, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Class Registration Information

You must pre-register for these classes by calling: 505-471-4711 or emailing me at cydneym@nmsu.edu. Spaces are limited.

2016 Newsletters

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2015 Newsletters

  • November 2015 Newsletter
    - Information on the Holiday Fair Craft Sale, November 21st. - Packed full of turkey tips and other helpful Thanksgiving information!

Extension Association of New Mexico

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The Santa Fe County Extension Homemakers (EANM - Extension Association of New Mexico) are based in Santa Fe, NM. We are a community service based organization participating in projects that assist in improving lives of others. Members receive monthly research-based educational programs relating to money management, clothing, family development, food and nutrition, diabetes education and community development.

Following is a schedule of upcoming activities and events:

  • March 16 Cloth coasters
  • April 6 Cultural Arts competition and T-shirt necklace and zipper bracelet
  • April 20 Cydney Martin, Home Economist and Staff presenting I CAN
  • April 23 Santa Fe County Extension Flea Market
  • May 4 Microwave bowl potholders
  • May 18 Container Gardening with Tom Dominguez, Agricultural Agent
  • June 1 No Sew Fleece Quilts
  • June 15 Xeriscaping with Tom Dominguez, Agricultural Agent
  • June 29 Toiletries bag and Walker Pockets
  • July 6 Field trip - off site
  • July 20 Christmas in July - off site
  • August 1-6 County Fair
  • September 7 Toothbrush rug
  • September 21 Take a Seat - Furniture Refinishing with Cydney
  • October 5 Tiramisu
  • October 19 Cydney TBD
  • November 2 Doily Trees
  • November 19 Holiday Fair
  • December 7 Cookie Exchange - off site

Listings are subject to change.

EANM meets the first and third Wednesday of each month, except August. If you are interested in joining please call Maggie Rubino at: 505-982-3770.

EANM College Scholarships

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Santa Fe County Extension Homemakers has $1,000 available to Santa Fe County high school seniors, and students who are currently enrolled in a New Mexico college or university and are still Santa Fe County residents.

Applicants must major in agriculture, consumer, or environmental science programs such as:

  • Family & Consumer Sciences, Clothing, Textiles, & Fashion Merchandising

  • Family & Child Science, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, Human Nutrition & Food Services

  • Animal & Range Sciences, Animal production, marketing, and range management

  • Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism Management including culinary arts

  • Agricultural & Environmental Science - Plant Pathology, Entomology, Farm/Ranch Business Management, Horticulture, Extension Education/Service, Veterinary Medicine, etc.

Follow link above for more information and application.

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