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News By Department: MSU Extension- Hinds County

A man and a woman help a child plant seeds in a small pot of soil.
July 17, 2023 - Filed Under: Leadership, Community, Master Gardener, Lawn and Garden

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Six years ago, John Malanchak combined his love of science, passion for teaching and a call to serve others into a project he named Dominic’s Garden. The project, which serves people with disabilities in the Jackson metro area, was recognized in June with an award at the International Master Gardener Conference in Overland Park, Kansas.

People stand in a garden.
August 13, 2021 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Community, Food and Health, Food, Vegetable Gardens

When members of the Jackson chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority brainstormed ways to serve their community, they decided to start a gardening project. Their plan was twofold: grow fresh produce for members of the community who could not get to the grocery store on a regular basis; and get community members involved and teach them how to grow produce. But they soon discovered they were going to need some guidance.

Three bags of frozen food sit on a counter.
April 1, 2020 - Filed Under: Food, Coronavirus, Nutrition

If your income has been affected by the new coronavirus situation, you may be looking at ways to stretch your budget. 


Cooking at home can help.

Three bags of frozen vegetables sit on a counter.
March 31, 2020 - Filed Under: Food, Health, Coronavirus

RAYMOND, Miss. -- As workplaces implement social distancing measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19, some Mississippians face the frightening reality of lost or reduced income.

Many families will need to stretch their budgets a little more, and cooking at home can help.

A close-up of a dish of Quick Taco-Mac.
March 19, 2020 - Filed Under: Food, Food Safety, Coronavirus, Nutrition

As cases of COVID-19 grow around the country, many families are practicing social distancing to protect themselves and others.

This likely means people will be making fewer trips to the grocery store, cooking at home and using their freezers.

Cooked noodles, vegetables, and beef.
October 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

I’m always looking for recipes that cook up fast and reheat well. This Asian Beef and Noodles recipe gives me a delicious dinner and fabulous leftovers for my lunch.

Three small sandwiches made with whole wheat slider buns, shredded chicken, and barbecue sauce on a white plate.
February 19, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

Y’all know I love a good slow cooker recipe. This one is fast and easy, and, depending on your barbecue sauce, can also be healthy. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish / Cindy Callahan)

April 27, 2018 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Livestock

RAYMOND, Miss. -- The 4-H Livestock Club in Hinds County has deep roots. And now that history is on display for all to see at the Multi-Purpose Livestock Building on the Hinds Community College campus.
Agents of the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Hinds County found hundreds of documents, photos and other memorabilia related to the club when they were moving their office from Jackson to Raymond a few years ago.
“We found two filing cabinets full of things dating back to the club’s beginning in the 1930s,” said Extension agent Theresa Hand. “We didn’t even know one of those cabinets was there.”

A group of teenagers pose for a photo celebrating their induction as 4-H Leadership team members.
December 15, 2017 - Filed Under: Collegiate 4-H

Members of the Hinds County 4-H Leadership team for 2017-2018 were recently selected. The team consists of 4-H’ers in both the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H program and the Alcorn State University Extension 4-H program. Team members are selected based on performance in and commitment to the 4-H program and participation in leadership roles in their 4-H clubs, schools and communities. Selected team members will learn about and practice leadership, citizenship and communication skills through various projects.

Representatives of the Early Years Network and UnitedHealthcare take part in a check presentation ceremony during the grand opening of the Hinds County Resource and Referral Center at 350 West Woodrow Wilson Avenue in Jackson, Mississippi on June 25, 2015. Celebrating their newly formed partnership are Kenisha Potter, left, pediatric health care coordinator for UnitedHealthcare; Louise E. Davis, professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and director of the Early Years Network; Connie
July 17, 2015 - Filed Under: Children and Parenting

JACKSON, Miss. – The Early Years Network celebrated the grand opening of the new Hinds County Resource and Referral Center and was recognized as a community partner on June 25.

The new resource and referral center is located at 350 West Woodrow Wilson Avenue in the Jackson Medical Mall. The center provides special-needs materials, learning toys, teaching resources, books and equipment for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children available for check out to families and providers in the state free of charge.

June 12, 2015 - Filed Under: Youth Projects, Children and Parenting

JACKSON, Miss. -- The Early Years Network is hosting a grand opening for the new Hinds County Resource and Referral Center on June 25.

The event will begin at 350 West Woodrow Wilson Ave. in Jackson Medical Mall Suite 480 at 2 p.m. with a brief ceremony to introduce staff and Early Years Network personnel. At that time, the network will accept a donation from United Health Care that will help extend network support to Mississippi’s children. The center will be open to the public to meet the staff and review available resources.

March 19, 2014 - Filed Under: Natural Resources

JACKSON -- Twenty-five people interested in environmental science and natural history can take eight weeks of classes as part of the process of becoming Master Naturalists.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is partnering with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science to offer the training. Classes will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Tuesday from May 6 to June 24 in the museum at 2148 Riverside Drive in Jackson.

Wingfield High School football team members learn about gardening on Sept. 22, 2013, at Foot Print Farms in Jackson. Eric Hunter Jr., a strong safety, assists Mississippi State University research professor and 4-H volunteer Bill Evans as they string tomato plants. Hinds County 4-H agent Rocheryl Ware discusses the club project with Dwight Henry, a defensive tackle, while Antonio Wilks Jr., defensive end, observes. (Photo by Clarion-Ledger/Joe Ellis)
December 11, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Lawn and Garden

JACKSON -- Tomatoes, watermelons and young men have been growing in an urban garden that is much more than an agricultural project.

Hinds County 4-H agent Rocheryl Ware has known football coach Jeff Gibson as a 4-H volunteer leader since 2004. So when he made an unannounced visit to her office last year, she was not surprised he was ready to start a club at his new school, Wingfield High School.

October 14, 2010 - Filed Under: 4-H, Family

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Ag Communications

JACKSON – More than 500 students paired science and entertainment at the third annual 4-H National Youth Science Day on Oct. 6 at Oak Forest Elementary School in Jackson.

“This event encouraged kids to value their education and realize science is fun,” said Rocheryl Ware, Mississippi State University Extension 4-H agent in Hinds County. “They were learning while enjoying themselves. We wanted it to be hands-on for the kids so they could understand school can actually be interesting. The kids had a blast.”

September 1, 1997 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Community, Vegetable Gardens

RAYMOND -- Seeds are the only things breaking out from prison plots in one Mississippi facility, but the prisoners are still happy with the results.

Inmates at the Hinds County Penal Farm are eating better and costing taxpayers less money, thanks to a gardening program at the facility.

Bill Maily, Hinds County extension agent, helps run the Mississippi Vegetable Demonstration Project at the prison. Meal costs dropped from $1.68 to about 43 cents, saving more than $20,000 a month. The farm feeds the about 200 inmates, and supplements meals at the two Hinds County jails.