New county extension specialist in nutrition and health education hired

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Barry County Extension has welcomed a new member to the University of Missouri Extension faulty.

Eden Stewart has joined the Barry County Extension office as of April 1. Stewart has worked within McDonald County as a Nutrition Program Associate for the past four years as she earned her master’s degree.

“I had to pleasure to teach kids and adults basic nutrition information, however I wanted to make a make a broader impact by expanding basic nutrition which I could not do in my former position,” she said.

Stewart is looking forward to teaching classes within her three counties of responsibilities (Barry, McDonald, and Newton) and teaching healthy life skills to all. She expressed excitement as she spoke of possible classes in the future such as, managing chronic diseases, cooking matters grocery store tours, along with canning and food preservation.

Furthermore, she expressed a passion for fresh foods by speaking of a link to gardening and growing food.

“I just love fresh produce and think once people have an understanding in ways to grow, use, and to preserve it, they too will have a passion for it,” she said.

From starting a farmers market in Manito, Ill., to working with students in school gardens in Fayetteville, Ark., her passion bloomed. She looks forward to helping her communities to grow and become healthier

“We all want the same things in life to have healthy, happy families and communities,” she said.

Eden Stewart is housed in the University of Missouri-Extension Barry County Office in Cassville. For questions, or to schedule classes, please visit the University of Missouri-Extension of Barry Co office at 700 Main, Suite 4 or call 417-847-3161.