Consumer Information & 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.

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