Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) has many different topic areas and strive to improve the lives and well-being of individuals, families and communities. Montana State University Extension offers and provides educational resources in the areas of community health resources, family economics, family and human development, food and nutrition and, housing and environmental health.


Food Safety Classes

ServSafe Food Safety is offered through the MSU Cascade County Extension Office we provide the following classes:

  • ServSafe Food Manger Exam Proctoring
    • Please contact Katrin Finch for details on the next proctoring session
  • ServSafe Food Handler Class (4 hour class)
  • ServSafe Food Manager Class (8 hours class)

Food Preservation Classes

You Can! Canning Class Series- Learn the basics of water bath, pressure canning, and so much more. Classes will include jam/jelly, pickles, salsa, canning vegetables, and canning meats. Classes begin January 16!
Click here for more information, schedule of classes, and registration.


Cooking for One or Two - Join us on January 23, 2018 for a hands-on cooking class to learn about the wonders of downsizing meals. In this class you will learn to reduce recipes, equip your kitchen, stock your pantry, food safety, and healthy cooking methods.

Click here for more information and to register. Please submit registration and payment NO LATER than January 16.

Remember - SPACE IS LIMITED!!! Register early!


(These guides can be found on the MontGuide Index under the Food and Nutrition section, subsection Food Preservation)


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group

Today in Montana, there are over 6,600 grandparents raising grandchildren without parental support. This group was formed to provide support and education for the grandparents raising grandchildren right here in Cascade County. The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Project was established in 2002 and has taken many form across the state, for more information at the state level visit or email For more information about the GRG Support Group in Cascade County please contact the MSU Cascade County Extension Office at 406-454-6980 or email

Homemakers Clubs

2017-2018 Newsletters

If you have any questions about the homemakers clubs or newsletter please do not hesitate to contact Katrin Finch at the extension office at 406-454-6980.

Cooking Classes

  • A Piece of Pie
    • This class discusses the tricks behind the ever so desired perfect pie crust! During this class you will sample pie crust made with a variety of ingredients and you choose which is the "flakiest" crust of all. Go home with tools, tips and tricks to pie crust and an individual pie.
  • Cooking with Pulse Crops
    • What is a pulse crop? Why should I use a pulse crop? What does a pulse crop taste like? Chances are you have had some sort of a pulse crop in a meal or two but, you had no idea what benefits were packed into that little tiny dried bean! Try something new and join us to get a pulse on your menu!
  • Freezer Meal Frenzy
    • In today's world of busy lives and no time to make a home cooked meal find the secret to success with freezer meals. In this class you will learn about meal planning, the financial impact of meal planning and much more! Add less frenzy to your life and join us to make dinner time on a busy night something enjoyable.
  • Cooking Across Cultures (March 8, April 5 , May 3, and June 7, 2018)
    • Join us for a one of a kind cooking experience. Learn how to incorporate MyPlate into meals across the world in this monthly series. You will learn how to cook recipes found in specific cultures, history of cooking, and other kitchen topics including knife skills, food safety and more! Register Here!

Family Economics/Financial Management Classes

  • SolidFinances
    • Solid Finances is series of free financial education webinars. The webinars are designed to empower you to take control of your finances by improving your knowledge of personal finance topics. 
  • Marlin the Monkey
  • Who Wants to be a Credit Score Millionaire

Health and Human Development Classes

  • DEEP (Diabetes Education Empowerment Program)
  • Walking With Ease
  • Assistive Devices

Other Information and MSU MontGuides

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For MontGuides in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences click here