Lisa Daniel Jordan
Lisa D. Jordan's job as a Chatham County Extension agent is so filled with learning and new experiences that she says it doesn't really feel like work.
With degrees in both home economics education and adult education, Jordan is perfectly suited for Extension work. As a family and consumer sciences agent, she focused her programs on food, nutrition and health and child development and parenting.
She began her career in Liberty County and later transferred to Chatham County to become the area agent for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.
"EFNEP is a federally-funded program that provides a series of free nutrition sessions to limited resource families. Healthy eating on a budget is delivered through the Food Talk curriculum developed by Georgia Extension," she said.
Her EFNEP responsibilities were a new challenge, but she quickly embraced them.
Working in Chatham County gives Jordan the opportunity to expand programs to more urban areas while continuing her efforts in rural communities.
"I have supervised staff serving up to 13 counties in southeast Georgia. No matter what size county you are serving, many of the needs are the same. Saving money on food, preparing quick and healthy meals and ensure your family's food is safe are concerns for both rural and urban counties," she said.
As an EFNEP agent, Jordan's passion and drive for her work truly make a difference. Her knowledge of sustainable nutrition helps keep the residents in her communities safe, fed and healthy.
"Food and nutrition affects everyone from farmers to families to individuals. Regardless of your age, we need food to sustain us. The area of nutrition works hand-in-hand with agriculture. The food has to be grown for us to teach consumers about selection, storage, preparation [and] preservation. With Extension people know they can find research-based information and distinguish between the facts and fiction. This is an area that affects daily life from simple food preparation to how to preserve food. Consumers need to know they have a resource they can depend on for correct information," Jordan said.
As a co-author and -creator of Farm Fresh and Fast Publications, Jordan helps promote locally sourced fruits and vegetables and incorporates these Georgia commodities into schools through the Farm to School program.
Through her work as an EFNEP and FACS agent, Jordan has touched the lives of many Georgians and sees first-hand how important UGA Extension is to people.
"Each time I attend an EFNEP event I learn about the many ways we are touching lives with the program. ...An FACS agent touches lives from cradle to grave, in all socio economic groups in five main focus areas. I feel we provide real information for real people. Teaching adults and youth in areas that influence family, food, health, home and money. We teach life skills that are pertinent to everyday life and issues that are pressing at the moment. To me being an FACS agent means you make a difference in people's lives and often influence the rest of their life."
Visit the UGA Extension Chatham County website for more information about local programs.
Published November 10, 2014
Lisa D. Jordan
Family and Consumer Sciences
"An FACS agent touches lives from cradle to grave, in all socio economic groups in five main focus areas. I feel we provide real information for real people. Teaching adults and youth in areas that influence family, food, health, home and money. We teach life skills that are pertinent to everyday life and issues that are pressing at the moment. To me being an FACS agent means you make a difference in people's lives and often influence the rest of their life."
- Lisa Daniel Jordan, Chatham County FACS Agent