Family and Consumer Sciences

Better Living through Learning

Here you learn about the programs and information we can provide about Family and Consumer Sciences in Santa Fe County.

What is Kitchen Creations?

Kitchen Creations is a series of classes on nutrition and cooking for adults with diabetes. If you have diabetes, making healthy meals can be a real challenge. Kitchen Creations can help!

How do I sign up? Please call Santa Fe County Extension Office at 505-471-4711.

What would I learn? How to plan and prepare meals that manage carbs and promote heart health.

What would I need to bring? Yourself! We provide a workbook, diabetes cookbooks, and other resources to help you succeed in the classes and at home.

How much does it cost? It is free to participants through funding from the New Mexico Department of Health, Public Health Division, Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service. Many organizations throughout New Mexico also sponsor Kitchen Creations cooking schools in their communities.

Is it offered in English only? Kitchen Creations is offered in English and Spanish. We can also offer the program featuring Soul Food upon request.

Master Food Preservers Series

What is the Master Food Preserver Program?

The NMSU Cooperative Extension Master Food Preservation program trains individuals to become food preservation educators for their communities. The course uses researched-based methods and information along with hands-on experience to train participants on proper food preservation techniques.

If you are interested in enrolling please send me your mailing address and I will send you a packet of information. The cost to attend the full program and become certified is $150. You will receive books, as well as hands-on classes and be required to provide volunteer hours. Your certification will last for three years.

For more information and when the next series will be scheduled please contact Cydney Martin at: 471-4711 or

Classes are held at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds, 3229 Rodeo Rd, Santa Fe, NM

Aging in Place

What does being older mean? What is known about the aging process? Knowledge and beliefs about aging shape how we age, where we should live as we age and how we treat others who are older.

Below is a link to more information and video on what an Aging in Place specialist does and how to choose one.