Family and Community Health program
The Family & Community Health program helps build individual assets and environmental supports that protect and improve health. We work with individuals to develop knowledge and skills that help them make healthy and safe choices. We partner with families, organizations, and communities to create healthy and safe environments where people can live, work, learn, and play every day.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)
The SNAP-Ed program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Oregon SNAP-Ed supports this goal by providing evidence-based educational programming, using Food Hero social marketing, and supporting policy, system, and environmental (PSE) changes that affect the food and activity environments where people live, learn, work and play.
Learn more about SNAP-Ed programming in Clackamas County:
Food Hero’s mission is to help low-income Oregonians improve their health through the increased consumption of fruits and vegetables. Food Hero is a multi-channel social marketing campaign, which aims to meet our goals through work at the direct education level as well as the work at the policy, system and environment levels.
Home Food Preservation and Safety
Food safety and preservation resources and classes, provided through the Oregon State University Extension Family and Community Health, ensures Oregonians have access to the most reliable information available.
Family Emergency Preparedness information
The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) works to reduce the impact of disasters through research-based education and improve delivery of services to citizens affected by disasters and pandemics. This searchable resource directory provides a wealth of information from a collaborative multi-state effort by Extension Services across the country. View more information here.
OSU Extension is committed to keeping our families and our communities safe. Check out our family and community safety resources.
Family and Community Educators
Oregon Association for Family and Community Education is an independent non-profit organization whose history and mission is closely aligned with the OSU Family and Community Health Program. We work collaboratively to develop and deliver community education and service projects addressing important community needs.
The FCE program provides opportunities for people to learn and share information with the community. Each year OSU assists with lessons and background and materials for teachers and participants on topics of community importance. These are available for FCE groups and others who deliver community education through a "train-the-trainer" model. Contact the Clackamas Extension Office to connect with one of our local groups.
Culinary Skill Sheets
Unlike a recipe that provides detailed step-by-step instructions, skill sheets teach folks simple, intuitive, and creative ways to use food items they have on hand; maximizing food choices and decreasing household food waste.
Skill Sheets originated with Zenger Farm who developed six sheets to include in CSA boxes associated with their CSAPartnership4Health program. The Family & Community Health Program volunteers and staff collaborated with Zenger in 2021 to create four new Skill Sheets:
English Skill Sheets
- Cooking Greens on the Stove
- Explore the World with Green Sauces
- Embrace Your (Unusual) Roots
- Grilling Vegetables
- Making Quick Pickles
- Make Your Own Broth & Stock
- Roasting Vegetables
- Stir-frying Vegetables
- Storing Fruit and Vegetables
- Using & Storing Fresh Herbs
Spanish Skill Sheets
- Almacenamiento De Frutas Y Verduras
- Cocinando Hojas Verdes En La Estufa
- Explore el Mundo con Salsas de Hojas Verdes
- Familiarícese con Tubérculos Poco Comunes
- Hago su propio caldo
- Preparando Encurtidos Rápidos
- Uso y Almacenamiento de Hierbas Frescas
- Verduras Asadas
- Verduras Asadas Al Horno
- Verduras Sofritas
We encourage you to share the Skill Sheets with others who may be interested in the information. Please contact us and share your comments and feedback regarding their usefulness.
Learn how to use a weighted gauge on a dial gauge pressure canner
Hi, I'm Buffy Rhoades with Oregon State University Extension Service, Familty and Community Health
Program, in Clackamas County.
In this video, we will demonstrate how to use a weighted gauge regulator to safely can
While dial gauges are more commonly used, they must be tested annually for accuracy
to ensure food safety.
Extension offices will check your dial gauge for free, but not everyone lives in an area
convenient for testing.
Pressure canners with a weighted gauge do not need to be tested for accuracy, because
they cannot go out of calibration.
A weighted gauge pressure canner regulates pressure inside the canner, by allowing some
air to be released from the canner during processing.
It is designed to gently rock when it is maintaining the correct pressure.
Counter Dead Weight
This is the 15 pound counter- or dead-weight that comes with your pressure canner.
This weight allows you to correctly use the dial gauge.
During processing, the weight won't start rocking unless your canner exceeds 15 pounds
This one is a 15-pound weight that disassembles to allow for increments of 5, 10, and 15 pounds
This is a pressure canner with a dial gauge that has already vented steam for 10 minutes.
At this point, we place the adjustable weight on the steam vent, instead of using the counter-
For this example, we're using a 10 pound weight.
Recipes calling for 11 pounds of pressure on a dial gauge will use the 10 pound weighted
Once the weighted gauge starts to rock, the 10 pounds of pressure has been reached.
Ignore the dial.
If you are at a higher altitude, you will need to process at 15 pounds using the weighted
Rocking Too Fast
This is an example of the weighted gauge rocking too fast.
If you run your canner at this speed, you're likely to run the canner dry.
Adjusting Heat Source
If this happens, adjust the heat source so the weighted gauge will slow down, but not
This level of motion is just right.
The rocking may increase slightly if you're using an electric stove, due to it's cycle,
but it should come back to this rhythm.
When the weighted gauge is rocking at this rate, there is no need to add extra water
to the canner, however, if you're running the canner for a long processing time, such
as for tuna, adding an extra quart certainly won't hurt.
It's important not to run the canner dry.
Here are some other important tips to keep in mind:
Set your timer for the recipe appropriate to your product and elevation.
If the weight stops jiggling or moving at any time during processing, the canner must
be brought back to the proper pressure and the processing time must start over from the
In order to ensure your product is safe and of the best quality, always use approved resources,
such as: The National Center for Home Food Preservation,
any state extension publication, and the Ball Blue Book, published after 1987.
We hope this information is helpful in preserving foods at their peak, to be enjoyed all year
To learn more about pressure canning, visit the Clackamas County Extension YouTube channel,
where you will find videos on canning tuna, along with other food preservation methods.
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