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Program Contact: Tricia Heimer
360-639-6063 •


In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, WSU Extension Island County SNAP-Ed has suspended all recipe demonstrations and gardening activities with volunteers. We will reschedule these programs at a later date.

What is SNAP-Ed?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is a federally funded program authorized through the Farm Bill and administered by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

SNAP-Ed supports provides nutrition education and encourages physically active lifestyles through both direct education and policy, systems and environmental approaches  where community members with limited-incomes eat, learn, live, play and shop.

  • SNAP-Ed provides hands-on, culturally sensitive nutrition education at schools where 50% or more of the students receive free or reduced-price meals.
  • SNAP-Ed collaborates with partners to support access and distribution of healthy emergency food options.
  • SNAP-Ed teaches youth and adults to develop skills and behaviors to select, prepare and consume healthy meals.

Youth Programming

The WSU Island County SNAP-Ed School Program utilizes school gardens to integrate nutrition education into the classroom and support a healthy school environment. Students spend time in the garden often and have the opportunity to grow, harvest, and eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. At the same time, they learn about the benefits of these foods and of being active.

The Youth program teaches students how to make healthy choices that will have a positive impact on every aspect of their lives: educational, social, and recreational. Leadership is encouraged through sharing what they’re learning with their families.

Adult Programming

The Island County SNAP-ED Adult Program provides cooking demonstrations and tastings at parent/student afterschool programs and on the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island base. We offer easy, nutritious recipe demonstrations utilizing fresh fruits and vegetables that can be grown at home. We demonstrate gardening practices as a fun, easy way to increase physical activity and to provide healthy foods.

Meet the WSU Ext Island County SNAP-Ed Staff:

Region 3 Implementing Agency Lead– Jen Moss

Island County SNAP-Ed Coordinator – Tricia Heimer

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Contact with additional questions at 360-639-6063

This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP.

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Recycled plastic food containers

make great plant starters

Gardening doesn’t have to be expensive: Here is a great way to recycle left over plastic containers that salad greens, mushrooms, and other vegetables are sold in.  I put holes in one, filled it with soil and put a second one underneath to catch water. I found a chopstick is a great container gardening tool. The skinny end can help separate roots as I pry them apart and the fatter end can gently place them into the bottom of the planting hole. Water them and give them light but don’t put them in a warm spot lettuces want to stay cool.