AgriLife agent lends an ear to community

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
London Jones, the new Burnet County AgriLife Extension agent for Family and Community Health, started bringing her knowledge to the community on Wednesday, May 15, succeeding retired agent Linda Wells.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

London Jones graduated from Tarleton State University on Saturday, May 11, and by Wednesday, May 15, she had moved down to Burnet to begin her new job as the Burnet County AgriLife Extension Agent for Family and Community Health. Jones succeeded agent Linda Wells, who retired last year.

A native of Dublin, Texas, Jones grew up on a dairy farm, showing dairy cattle, and participating in six different sports, then moved on to run for the track team in college.

She graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Food Nutrition, and is now bringing her knowledge and ideas to the table for the benefit of the county.

“In school, I learned a lot of different things about nutrition,” Jones said. “I learned how to preserve foods, how cooking is around the world for different ethnicities, the life cycle, consumer production – there was a lot to learn.”
Jones said her job consists of working with different people, and the way she interacts with her community is important.

“It is a lot about what you say and how you make people feel,” Jones said.

Jones and other agents at the extension office educate citizens in low-income housing, senior centers, Meals on Wheels organizations, and other individuals about the importance of nutrition.

“The AgriLife Extension Office is like a teacher without a classroom,” Jones said. “We go around the community educating everyone.”

The chaos of graduating college, moving to a new town, and starting a new job in the course of a few days is likely exhausting, but Jones is ready to bring her services to the county.

“I want to bring a positive attitude and give people someone to talk to when they need it,” Jones said.

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