One of the stories in my project is about my mother's job as an educator for the University of Minnesota's Extension Service in the early 1980s. She used to teach poor single mothers about food and healthy eating, about choosing vegetables and cooking them. I used to tag along with her as she visited these women's homes, telling them about the virtues of dried beans and the benefits of wheat germ. Today the Extension Service continues to work toward healthy lifestyles for poor families as detailed in this story from MPR: Cooking Class for Low-Income Minnesotans. The stories of brown rice and canola oil brought the memories flooding back.