Haywood’s Extension Master Food Volunteer Program Now Accepting Applications

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Do you enjoy cooking, eating, local food work, or just simply – food? If you answered yes to any of these, join the Extension Master Food Volunteer program now!! The 2024 application for the EMFV program is now open to Haywood County citizens! The application deadline is April 15th but sign up early because spots are limited! Online Training will begin April 22, and in-person classes will start on April 29, 2024. Please see the list of all class dates and information listed below!

The EMFV program, similar to the highly recognized Extension Master Gardener Volunteer (EMGV) program, is designed to provide volunteers the opportunity to support Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) agents with food-related programming. Volunteers with the EMFV program will receive a core curriculum of 30 hours of training and will then shadow the FCS agent for 30 hours during their first year.

Volunteers will be able to provide support to the FCS agent’s food-related programming, including assisting with cooking, nutrition education, and food safety classes, and conducting food demonstrations in the community. The cost of the program is $30 but scholarships are available.

An information session will take place on Monday, April 15th at 10 a.m. at N.C. Cooperative Extension in Haywood County for those seeking more information.

To apply for the Extension Master Food Volunteer Program in Haywood County, complete the following application and email, mail or deliver in person to Julie Sawyer, Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences at the Haywood County office.

 NC State Extension Volunteer Application -EMFV

Email:  Julie Sawyer: julie_sawyer@ncsu.edu

Address: 589 Raccoon Rd., Suite 118, Waynesville, NC 28786

Phone: 828-456-3575

In Person Classes will be held on consecutive Mondays & Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 12noon.

Training Dates:

4/22/24 – Orientation – Self Study – The History of Extension, FCS & Risk         Management -Program videos (required)

4/23/24 –Orientation – Self Study – Diversity, Inclusion & Equity

4/29/24 – In-Person Orientation – Program Management

4/30/24 – Teaching Strategies

5/6/24 –   Food Systems & Local Food

5/7/24 –   Food Safety & Preservation

5/13/24 –  Nutrition Basics

5/14/24–  Programs That Work (Evidence Based)

5/20/24 – Cooking Techniques

5/21/24 – Cooking Demonstrations

*All In-person classes will be held at the N.C. Cooperative, Haywood County Center at 589 Raccoon Rd. in Waynesville from 10 a.m. – 12noon.

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