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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Food Safety & Nutrition

Program Contact: Zena Edwards, Food & Nutrition Faculty
(360) 397-6060 Ext.5700 •


The Snap- Ed Program teaches youth and adults with limited incomes to develop skills and behaviors to eat healthy. Families learn nutrition basics and smart shopping strategies to help them make healthy choices and sustain their food supply throughout the month.

Elizabeth Stratton is the Snap- Ed Program Manger for Cowlitz County and can be reached at 360-577-3014 ext. 7 or via email at

children in a classroom at there desks learning

Person in Charge (PIC) Food Safety Class

PIC training is a 4-hour workshop to help shift leaders, managers, supervisors, and owners meet Washington state food safety regulations. Training topics include:

-Foodborne illnesses
-Employee Health
-Temperature Control
-Cross Contamination
-Bare Hand Contact &
Hand Washing
-Cleaning & Sanitizing
-Responsibilities of a PIC


Due to the COVID-19, this is a virtual training using Zoom.


It requires a laptop or tablet with stable internet connection, speakers and microphone, and a webcam.


If you do not have a Zoom account, you will need to register for one (free) at Zoom account:


The Zoom link, password and class materials will be emailed to you the day before the class.


Link for June 16th 12:30-4:30

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Link for July 15th 8:30-12:30

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Preserve the Taste of Summer

WSU has designed a new program called PRESERVE THE TASTE OF SUMMER, a series of eight online lessons for the in-home consumer who wants to learn about food preservation and food safety. Designed for beginning canners and also veteran canners who want to update their knowledge and skills, the lessons provide the most current USDA approved food preservation recommendations.  The cost is $25.00.


To register, visit

23 jars of canned green beans