Two local women are working in the community to improve life here for us all.
Shannon Bunyon and Falan Goff are Apalachicola born and bred but unlike so many younger locals, they have chosen to stay in their home community and give something back.
Both women are employed as extension agents by Florida A and M University (FAMU).
In honor of March's National Nutrition Month, the pair will host a workshop this Saturday, March 25 at the Battery Park City Community Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The event will feature a workshop on “Entrepreneurship for Beginners;” a health and nutrition workshop “Putting Your Best Fork Forward;” live cooking demonstrations; healthy food samples and more.
Bunyon works with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) a federal extension program that operates through the 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities in every state, the District of Columbia, and the six U.S. territories.
She is a peer educator and delivers hands-on, interactive lessons to program participants. Lessons are tailored to meet the needs of the audience.
Bunyon does demonstrations anywhere there is an audience, including churches, after school programs and even low-income homes or homes where grandparents have custodial care of grandchildren.
She is a graduate of Apalachicola High School but has received extensive training for her EFNEP duties at FAMU. She said training is ongoing.
“Any time something new comes out, we are right on top of it,” she said.
Bunyon is currently sharing office space with Project Impact at the Mayor Van Johnson Recreation and Community Service Complex in Apalachicola.
She said she is looking for more permanent accommodations. Bunyon can be reached at (850) 524-8078.
Goff, also an Apalachicola High School graduate, received her masters of science in agricultural business from FAMU and completed a law degree at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.
She now specializes in rural and economic development and has come to Apalachicola to set up a business incubator to jump start local entrepreneurs. Her program offers mentoring to beginning businesses. She has offices in the Battery Park civic center building.
Goff can be reached at 653-1283 or Falan.Goff@FAMU.edu.