Welcome to the
Marion County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service
We are part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service’s statewide network and the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture. Our mission is to provide research-based information through non-formal education to help all Arkansans improve their economic well-being and the quality of their lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Marion County Extension Office is at your service!
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Mediterranean Cooking Classes
Is eating healthier one of your New Year’s Resolutions? The Mediterranean diet is a lifestyle approach to healthy eating that includes a balanced variety of foods and daily exercise. The diet is based on the foods and drinks traditionally consumed by people living in countries along the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean diet includes an abundance of seasonally fresh fruits and vegetables; legumes and nuts; whole grains; and fish; with small amounts of poultry and meats.
The list of health benefits associated with the Mediterranean diet is endless, and includes reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. The Mediterranean diet has also been shown to shrink waistlines and improve mental function. This approach is considered the “gold standard” of lifelong good health.
The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture is providing a unique opportunity to learn to cook delicious and healthy Mediterranean dishes that your whole family will love. The hands-on cooking classes feature recipes from Italy, Spain, France, Morocco, Greece, Lebanon and Egypt, using ingredients you can find in most supermarkets or super centers in Arkansas.
Learn to cook dishes from both Eastern and Western Mediterranean countries. The cost is $30 per person per class. Classes are hands-on, so wear your comfortable shoes and bring your appetite! The Western Mediterranean Cuisine class will be held Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Christ by the Lake Lutheran Church 1304 CS Woods Blvd in Bull Shoals from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Eastern Mediterranean Cuisine class will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the same time and location as above. Space is limited to eight participants per class. Registration will close on February 3. For more information contact Renee Myers, County Extension Agent for Marion County at 870-449-6349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mediterranean Cooking Class PDF Flyer.
Photo: Mediterranean Food Dish
Youth Learning to Lead
According to local leaders, community organizations are experiencing a decline in membership collection of funds needed to operate their organizations. This reduction in membership has reduced the number of people who are willing and able to step into leadership roles. Many will not step into leadership roles without some prior experience or training.
In response to the request of local leaders, an advisory board was formed and funds were raised to kick-off a youth leadership program for ninth grade students in Marion County. This program has been working steadily for 15 years to teach leadership skills to students who wish to improve their lives through leadership training.
Over 260 youth have been involved in monthly sessions that focus on communication and teamwork, leadership development, personal development and self-management. Youth have also planned and conducted service projects in their schools and/or communities. The "hands-on" program prepares the students to step into leadership roles and take action in their community.
Leadership training results will not be fully realized until these youth have moved on into their adulthood. However, there are immediate results that are already being seen as students take on leadership roles in their school organizations. Graduates of the program have served as President of FBLA, Cheer Captain, Secretary of Interact, Class Secretary, Vice President of Interact, Student Council Junior Class Representative and Student Body President, Senior Class President, Foreign Language Club Treasurer, Editor of school paper, and many more. As these students move into adult world, they will continue to use the skills that they have learned and practiced.
Photo: Youth Leaders at Youth Leadership Graduation
What is 4-H County Council?
The Marion County 4-H program is made up of several different 4-H clubs that meet in different locations throughout Marion County. Once a month each club sends a club adult leader and youth to represent their club at the County Council meeting. The representatives are appointed or elected by their club. All 4-H members and leaders are encouraged to join us! The Council plans county wide activities such as fund raisers, community service projects, educational programs and recruitment activities. Once a year the Council holds an election to elect Council officers. Offices are president, vice president, secretary and reporter. The youth elected to these offices are responsible for conducting the county council meeting. The Council is advised by the county extension agents and the adult leaders. At each Council meeting a business meeting is conducted according to Robert's Rules of order using parliamentary procedure. Fun team building activities are incorporated into the meeting to help build leadership and team work amongst the Council.
If you are interested in joining 4-H please contact the Marion County Extension Office for more information.
Photo: 2016 4-H County Council Members.