Family & Consumer Sciences

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family & Consumer Sciences

FCS Extension programs aim to improve the quality of individual and family life through education, research, and outreach.

What is Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS)?

FCS stands for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension. FCS programming focus on building assets of individuals and families to address problems faced across the lifespan. Family and Consumer Sciences Extension emphasizes well-being with a focus on human development, parenting, resource management, nutrition, health and leadership development.

At the community level, FCS Extension prepares individuals for community and economic development and activity. Professionals in Family and Consumer Sciences Extension provide the tools to help individuals and families to develop resources for strengthening families and building community for an ever changing society.

Taylor County Extension Homemakers

Who are Taylor County Extension Homemakers? 

The primary object of the Taylor County Homemakers Association is to carry out an informal educational program.  Homemakers are your friends, relatives and neighbors.  We keep up-to-date on what’s happening in our community, our county, our nation and our world.    Membership dues of $10 are dispersed as follows:  $4.00 goes to the state; $4.00 stays in the county; $1.00 goes to the area; and $1.00 goes to Ovarian Cancer Research.

Homemaker Clubs and Meeting Times
Circle of Friends Club - meets 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. - Sharon Wood, President

Harmony Club - meets 2nd Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. - Joanetta Hadley, President

Mannsville Club - meets 3rd Thursday at 6:00 p.m. - Janet Bradley, President

Mastering Skills Club - meets 2nd Monday at 12:30 p.m. - Becky Gaddie, President

Modern Day Club - meets 2nd Monday at 6:30 p.m. - Kris Fixari, President

Saloma Road Club - meets 2nd Thursday at 10:00 a.m. - Jean Sallee, President

Homemaker Officers

2020-2023 Officers

President:  Sharon Wood
Vice President:  Jackie Thomas
Secretary:  Joyce Johnson
Treasurer:  Kris Fixari

Council Members

Educational Chairs of Programs of Work
Debbie Wilcoxson, Cultural Arts and Heritage Skills
Ann Beard, Environment, Housing and Energy
Carolyn Morris, Family and Individual Development
Doris Shofner, Food and Nutrition
Debbie Wentworth, International & Community
Christie Goodhue, Leadership Development
Cindy Williams, Safety & Management
Kim Corbin, 4-H Youth Development 

Club Presidents
Sharon Wood, Circle of Friends
Joanetta Hadley, Harmony
Janet Bradley, Mannsville
Becky Gaddie, Mastering Skills
Kris Fixari, Modern Day
Jean Sallee, Saloma Road

Committee Chairs
Jackie Thomas, Scholarship
Cyndy Humble, Soup Luncheon

The Council meets monthly on fourth Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Taylor County Extension Office.

2022-2023 Homemaker Lessons

September:  Saving Savvy with Grocery Lists & Coupon Apps
Training Date - August 25 at 10:00 a.m. 

October: Elements & Principles of Art/Autumn Home Decor
Training Date - September 29 at 10:00 a.m.

November:  Creative Containers/Managing Stress Eating
Training Date - October 27 at 10:00 a.m. 

December:  Club Choice 

January:  Club Choice 

February:  Brazil Culture & Cuisine
Training Date - January 26 at 10:00 a.m.

March:  Savor the Flavor - Cooking With Oils & Vinegars 
Training Date -  February 23 at 10:00 a.m.

 April:  Making the Most of Meals While Traveling
Training Date -  March 30 at 10:00 a.m.

 May:  Healthy Outdoor Cooking
Training Date -  April 27 at 10:00 a.m.

Plate It Up

Plate it Up Kentucky Proud is a partnership project between the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences. This project provides healthy, great tasting recipes using Kentucky Proud products for the people of Kentucky.

Students cooking

Check out the Kentucky Nutrition Education Program


Troopons - Coupons for Troops

Taylor County Extension Homemakers Guidelines

Troopons® -- Coupons for Troops

The Support Our Troops® Troopons® program enhances the well-being of overseas and domestic military families by sending them food, non-food, baby, and pet manufacturer coupons to make their hard-earned dollars go farther.

What are Troopons? Troopons® are what you can do with coupons you don't use!  Send them to the troops overseas! It's an easy way to make a big difference in their lives.

How can Homemakers help?  Your unused and even expired or soon to expire coupons donated to Taylor County Homemakers will be mailed for distribution to the military installations for use.

If you would like to help:

  1. Cut out the coupons.
  2. Sort coupons into two piles by status:
  • Expired.  Not expired more than 2 months. (e.g. if today’s date is 3/1/2018, coupons expiration date that is not older than 1/1/2018.) 
  • Unexpired.  At least two months of life left. 

    3. Sort each of those two piles into four piles by type:

  • Food items
  • Non-food items
  • Baby food/items
  • Pet items (like dog food)

     4. Stuff them into plastic baggies or clip them together.    

     5. Write the status (Expired or Unexpired) and the type (food, non-food, baby, or pet) on them.

     6. Turn these into the Extension Office

Good Coupons

  • Only "Manufacturer's Coupons" can be used.
  • They can be from the newspaper, dispensers in grocery stores, tear-pads, and elsewhere as long as they state "Manufacturer's Coupon" on them.

Bad Coupons

  • No assistance vouchers
  • No food stamps
  • No store coupons (i.e. Krogers, Walmart)
  • No restaurant coupons
  • No Internet coupons

Thank you for helping our US military families.

Ann Beard, Chair
Family & Individual Development
Taylor County Extension Homemakers

Homebased Processing and Microprocessing

The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and Kentucky Food Safety Branch are partnering to support farm friendly legislation.   New Farmers Market Legislation allows Kentucky residents to process some non-potentially hazardous foods and value-added products in their home kitchens.  There are two categories of processing: homebased processors and homebased microprocessors.

Know the Difference in Homebased Processors and Homebased Microprocessors

Homebased Processors

Homebased processors live in Kentucky but are not necessarily farmers.  They are allowed to make a variety of low risk products that do not require refrigeration.  Homebased processors do not have to grow anything in the products they make.  Products can be sold directly to consumers within this state including from the processor’s home by pick-up or delivery, a farmer’s market, a roadside stand, fairs, festivals, community events or online.  Products included in this category are listed below.

  • Dried or freeze dried fruits and vegetables
  • Mixed greens
  • Fruit jams, jellies, and preserves (this does not include low and/or no sugar varieties and pepper jellies)
  • Fruit butters
  • Sweet sorghum syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Bread
  • Cookies
  • Cakes
  • Candy (no alcohol)
  • Fruit pies
  • Pecan pies
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Dried grains
  • Nuts
  • Granola
  • Trail or snack mix
  • Popcorn with or without added seasonings

Homebased processors cannot have a gross annual income over 60,000 (sixty thousand dollars) from the sale of their products.  Homebased processors cannot sell products to restaurants, grocery stores, wholesale distributors, or any retail outlet for further sale.  Homebased processors are required to fill out an application and register with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Food Safety Branch.  There is a $50.00 fee for this registration each year. No training or workshop required.  Questions should be directed to Lewis Ramsey at 502-564-7181 or

Labeling Requirements for Homebased Processors

Homebased Microprocessors

Homebased microprocessors are farmers who grow and harvest produce to use in their value-added products.  Homebased microprocessors are required to grow a predominant ingredient in the products they make.  Homebased microprocessors are allowed to make higher risk products such as canned tomatoes, pickled fruits and vegetables, salsa, barbecue sauce, pepper or herb jellies, vinegars, low or no sugar jams and jellies, and pressure canned vegetables.   The first step to becoming certified as a homebased microprocessor is to attend a Homebased Microprocessor (HBM) workshop presented by the University of Kentucky.  The cost of the workshop is $50.00.  Next, recipes for all products to be sold under the program must be submitted to the University of Kentucky for approval, at a fee of $5.00 per recipe.  Proof of workshop completion, approved recipes, draft labels for all products, and verification of an approved water source are then attached to the application for HBM certification and sent to the Department for Public Health Food Safety Branch.  There is a $50.00 fee for this certification each year. 

Homebased microprocessors cannot have a gross annual income over 60,000 (sixty thousand dollars) from the sale of their products.  Homebased microprocessed products can only be sold from three locations within Kentucky: the processor’s farm, a Kentucky Registered farmer’s market, or a certified roadside stand.  Questions should be directed to Annhall Norris at 859-257-1812 or

HBM Workshop Registration
Labeling Requirements for Homebased Microprocessors
Step-by-Step Towards HBM Certification
Printable HBM Recipe Form
Submit HBM Recipe Online
Homebased Microprocessor Certification Application

Commercial Food Manufacturing Permit

If a homebased processor wants to make products not listed under the homebased processing category or if a microprocessor wants to sell products from additional locations such as grocery stores, gift shops, across state lines or over the internet, a commercial food manufacturing permit is required.  Products manufactured under this permit must be made in a permitted or certified kitchen that meets commercial food manufacturing requirements.  A home kitchen cannot be used.  For more information on obtaining a Commercial Food Manufacturing Permit, visit the Kentucky Food Safety Branch website or contact the Food Safety Branch, 502-564-7181.

Master Volunteer in Clothing Construction

Active Taylor County Master Clothing Volunteers

Ann Beard
Kris Fixari
Marcia Potts

If you are interested in becoming a Master Clothing Volunteer, click on the link below for more information or feel free to contact the Taylor County Extension Office at (270) 465-4511.

Master Clothing Volunteer Program

Quilts of Honor

Our Mission

"The mission of Quilts of Honor is to bestow a universal symbol and token of thanks, solace, and remembrance to those whose serve in harm's way to protect and defend our lives and freedoms. Quilts of Honor are made by loving hands of countless volunteers who wish to thank those who have served and to honor their service and sacrifice.

Join Us!

We hope you will join us to honor members of our active military and veterans by showing them how much we appreciate their sacrifice and service with our "Quilted Hugs of Gratitude." Our hope is that these quilts will provide comfort, love and healing to those who have given so much. 

For more information, please contact Christie Goodhue at (270) 403-0510 or
Please see the Promotional Brochure at the link below for more information.

Angela A. Freeman

FCS Program Assistant, Family and Consumer Science, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education

(270) 465-4511 Taylor County Extension Office 1143 South Columbia Ave. Campbellsville, Kentucky 42718-2456

Contact Information

1143 South Columbia Ave Campbellsville, KY 42718-2456

(270) 465-4511