Family and Consumer Sciences

The goal of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) professionals is to improve the quality of life for adults, children and families by utilizing research-based data to educate specifically in the areas food safety (which encompasses food preservation), healthy lifestyles, and financial management. University of Idaho Extension is a reliable resource of information, which uses research-based information to educate clientele. Classes are offered on a variety of topics and additional ones can be provided upon request.

Food Safety

Whether meals are prepared fully in the home, or purchased partially or fully prepared, Idaho consumers need reliable, up-to-date information on how to keep their food safe during selecting, preparation and storage. Safe resources for food preservation are also heavily needed, especially with a large agricultural base of options available in the county.

UI Extension educators provide food safety training and information to consumers through classes, face-to-face, and telephone consultations. The goal of food safety and food preservation education is to maintain the health of Idaho residents by preventing outbreaks of food borne illness.

Some classes include:

Preservation Basics

Hands-On High Acid Canning

Safe Gifts from the Kitchen

Germ City – a hand washing unit for youth

Health & Nutrition

There is a growing concern about the number of people facing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer and obesity nationwide. With the increasing demand for ways to live healthier lives, multiple classes are offered:

Healthy Diabetes Plate

Cook Once: Eat for a Week

Healthy Living – Straight from the Garden

Financial Resource Management

To improve the financial literacy and money management practices of Idahoans, UI Extension has the opportunity to provide an assortment of classes and workshops.

In August, 2015, a devastating fire in Owyhee County, the Soda Fire, ravaged over 280,000 acres of land. This horrendous situation created a relevant need for Emergency Preparedness of financial information. A class is now available to groups or information available individually, upon request.  This workshop is titled “Financial Records Organization: Preparing for Emergencies and Disasters.”



Surine Greenway, UI Extension Educator

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 400
Marsing, ID 83639

238 Eighth Avenue West
Marsing, ID 83639

Phone: 208-896-4104

Fax: 208-896-4105