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Vivian Smallwood: Honored for 35 years of service

Jun 6th, 2017 | Category: News

MOUNT VERNON – A “35 Years of Service” Celebration was held in honor of Vivian Smallwood on May 23 at the WSU Skagit County vivian smallwood webExtension. Smallwood,  a WSU Skagit County Food Safety and Preservation Advisor, joined the Master Food Preserver team back in 1982 as a volunteer, then a few years later became a WSU staff member. According to the WSU Extension, “She’s been teaching ever since, offering classes and workshops in canning, freezing and fermentation. Her kraut-making skills and salsa recipes are legendary. She answers questions during her food demonstrations and returns calls that come in on the WSU Food Safety advice line. Vivian is a treasure and a talent! Her classes fill quickly and attendees are inspired, entertained and trained in best practice in safe food handling and successful food preservation techniques. She has a wealth of knowledge that she gladly shares and is an engaging presenter—a joy for those who attend her classes. One attendee stated “learning from Vivian reminds me of being with my grandma in the kitchen—warm and inviting…I learned so much in such a short time.”

To learn about upcoming classes this summer, call (360) 428-4270, ext 239 or visit the Extension website at


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