Family and Consumer Sciences


The Wakulla County Family and Consumer Sciences program focuses on providing timely, relevant, and reliable information on topics such as nutrition, health and wellness, and family resource management through a variety of classes, workshops, and community events. Family and Consumer Sciences educational programming provides people with the knowledge and skills they need to improve their quality of life and that of their family. Samantha Kennedy is the Family and Consumer Sciences agent in Wakulla County. She specializes in healthy cooking, food safety, food preservation, health and wellness, and financial management.


Strategies for Reducing Food Waste

By Samantha Kennedy, UF/IFAS Extension Wakulla County Americans waste a lot of food. Each year in the United States, it is estimated nearly 50 percent of all produce is either thrown away or left to rot in the field. This loss equates to 60 million tons with an approximate value of $160 billion. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency states food waste is the single biggest occupant in American landfills,


Free Tax Prep Assistance Available

Tax season has officially begun, and the UF/IFAS Extension Service is offering free tax prep assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program beginning this month in Wakulla and Franklin Counties. There are five tax preparation days available through UF/IFAS Extension this tax season. In Wakulla County, tax prep assistance is available on the following dates: February 14, 9:00am to 4:00pm March


Get Your (Healthy) Snack On!

Snacks are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet.  But not all snacks are created equal.  All too often, we reach for the salty, sugary, prepackaged snacks like chips, cookies, and other sweets because they’re convenient and easy to grab and go.  But be careful!  Even if the portion size is small, these types of snacks can contain a lot of unnecessary calories.  Even snacks marketed as healthy, such as trail mix, granola bars,