Preserve Foods Safely!

Did you know that pressure canning is the only recommended method for canning meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetables? The bacterium Clostridium botulinum is destroyed in low-acid foods when they are processed at the correct time and pressure in pressure canners. Using boiling water canners for these foods poses a real risk of botulism poisoning.

Home canning has changed greatly in the 180 years since it was introduced as a way to preserve food. Scientists have found ways to produce safer, higher quality products. Research is continually being conducted in areas that affect food preservation recommendations. Make sure your food preservation information is always current with up-to-date tested guidelines.

For up-to-date information or questions related to home food preservation, contact the WVU Monongalia County Extension Service at 304-291-7201 or visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation

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Office Information

WVU Extension Service
Monongalia County Office
34 Commerce Drive Suite 106
Morgantown, WV 26501

Phone: 304-291-7201
Fax: 304-291-7202
Hours 8:30-4:30 Mon-Fri
Driving Directions

Families & Health

Home is where the heart is and family and home issues are at the heart of Extension personal health programming. Under this heading are the areas of Community Educational Outreach Service (or CEOS which includes CEOS Clubs); Dining with Diabetes; and the Family Nutrition Program (or FNP).

Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS)

The primary purpose of CEOS is education.
The basis for its existence is the desire of people to improve the quality of their living, to find and live the “good life”, to inspire families and individual citizens to make life-long learning a great adventure as they advance toward enriched living in the home and in the enlarged community. Other purposes are to further strengthen, develop, coordinate, and extend adult education and to improve the quality of life in cooperation with the Extension Service and to increase mutual knowledge and understanding. The person who continues education and who seeks ever-broadening horizons is best satisfied and fulfilled in serving the family and community. More information about Monongalia County CEOS

Healthy Families/Healthy Children

The Mission of the West Virginia Healthy Families/Healthy Children Initiative is to promote activities that support and enhance the well-being of West Virginia families and children through the development and maintenance of marriage and family skills education. For more information about the initiative and to find out when activities are being held in Monongalia County, visit the Healthy Families/Healthy Children website

Family Nutrition Program (FNP)

The West Virginia Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is a statewide outreach program Family Nutrition Programs logo which focuses on nutrition, food, and physical activity through multiple projects, community-based initiatives and key partnerships. FNP prioritizes accountability and documents its impact on related behaviors of West Virginia’s limited resource families. As a visible and critical part of WVU and WVU Extension Service, we maintain a strong research base and experiential, facilitative approach to delivering information to our focus audience. More information about adult family nutrition program

In addition, the Family Nutrition Program (FNP) serves youth audiences in 31 West Virginia counties. Youth target audiences are 3rd, 4th and 5th graders ages 9-12 from limited resource families. More information about FNP for youth in Monongalia County