Assistant Professor and Public Health Nutrition Specialist, Aurora Buffington, received her Doctoral Degree in Public Health form University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Buffington’s dissertation is titled Are vending machine selections healthier? Trends in dietary quality of vending machine food and beverage selections among NHANES participants age 6-19 years between 2003-2012.

Working for the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Southern Area, Buffington focuses on the promotion of healthy people and sustainable, resilient and healthy food systems.

Buffington earned her Masters of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Jars of pickled itemsCooperative Extension is offering free Food Preservation classes beginning in August. Through hands-on classroom training, the basics of canning, drying and freezing fresh fruits and vegetables will be taught.

The Food Preservation classes teach the fundamentals of home food preservation in six sections: canning, drying, freezing, pressure canning, pickles, relishes, jams, and jellies.

The course uses researched-based methods to train participants on proper food preservation techniques following USDA guidelines. More information can be found on the website.


LavenderSince gardening is a year-round activity in Las Vegas, the Master Gardener Program is offering a free evening speaker series—Growing under the Stars—beginning in July.

Each month the speaker and topic will change depending on the gardening issue for that month.

The gardening series begins on July 26 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Find all the details here!