Your food from field to plate

FoodSpan FlyerIf your interests include learning about critical issues in the food system, the brand new FoodSpan curriculum beginning in January should stimulate debate about crucial food system topics related to human health, the environment, equality and animal welfare.

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future developed FoodSpan as a natural outgrowth of the work it does to help build a healthier, more equitable and more resilient food system.

Cooperative Extension Faculty Instructor and Registered Dietitian, Aurora Buffington, will begin offering the FoodSpan curriculum on Jan. 21, 2017.

For more information and to register, visit the website.

Christmas Tree recycle logoHoliday trees are one of the most recognized traditions of the holiday season. They make our homes smell lovely, we can decorate them and they provide a beautiful focal point for gifts. But what happens after the holiday season?

Most people simply throw their holiday tree away, yet when they are chipped into mulch, they become a valuable resource. This mulch is used in public gardens and parks across the valley to help conserve soil moisture and keep plants healthy.

Recycling your holiday tree is a gift that will keep on giving back to the community.

Cooperative Extension has been involved for 12 years with the Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Committee.

Find the nearest drop-off site here!

Winter provides new creative ways to be active outdoors.

Clipart of kids sleddingCheck out these fun winter activities!
• Organize a sledding or skating party with your family or the whole neighborhood.
• Build a snow fort, snow person, or even throw some snowballs!
• When it’s too cold to play outside, take the family to the nearest mall to take a brisk walk and do some window shopping.
• Visit the library. It is a great resource for children and adult fitness videos and books. You can be physically active together – and it is free!

Getting 60 minutes a day of physical activity in any form can help keep kids healthy.

During the winter months, children spend a lot of time indoors.

When picking indoor activities, select those that will offer some type of physical activity. Bowling, skating or walking the mall are more active choices than watching a movie.

Visit Iowa State University January bingo card for more ideas.

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The group then made and tasted cucumber dip!

Beginning in January, Little Books and Little Books will be offering parenting/ nutrition education classes for preschoolers. Classes are offered throughout the valley at various locations.

During the parenting program, children and parents come together to learn about healthy eating and nutrition and to gain positive parent-child interaction skills by reading children’s books about healthy eating/nutrition, cooking and eating together.

Find a class near your location!

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Master Gardener Carolyn Robins conducts garden tour.

Besides  garden tours offered each Friday in Jan. (Jan.6, 13, 20, 27) at 10 a.m. the Master Gardeners will also be available In the Gardens throughout the month to demonstrate pruning and answer questions.

Visitors should be prepared to be outdoors (sun protection, closed toe shoes, drinking water). The gardens surround Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center at 8050 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, Nev. and features 1300 species of desert-adapted plants that are identified by botanical and common names.