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Canning Class- Food Safety Is Important

Regional Extension Agent, Janice Hall, who specializeds in the area of Food Quality and Safety with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System recently held a canning class in Autaugaville.

       

During the June 9th workshop at the Autuaga County Extension Office in Autaugaville, Dozens of participants received information on ways to safely can fruit and vegetables. Hall stressed to participants that being careful when canning is paramount.

“Food safety practices should be followed when canning fruits and vegetables. If the proper methods are NOT followed, someone could possibly become ill or worse. The Autauga County canning workshop was designed to teach people the safe way of preserving a bountiful harvest they may have grown or purchased. A delicious triple berry jam (raspberry, blackberry, and strawberry) was prepared and properly canned during a hands on demonstration. The leftovers were spread over some hot biscuits and sampled by the participants”, Hall said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cake Decorating with Fondant

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On the morning of June 30,2016, Regional Extension Agent Janice Hall meticulously cleaned and lined the tables of the auditorium in preparation for her upcoming class.  Hall was preparing for her Cake Decorating – Learn to Earn Workshop which offered an exciting twist – decorating with Fondant.

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” Fondant is a fun decorating tool for cake design.  It is a thick paste made of sugar and water and often flavored or colored and is used in candy and cake decorations”, Hall said.

During the course on June 30,2016, participants learned what materials and ingredients to use, how to make their own fondant, and how to delicately layer their creations on a cake.

The learning atmosphere was fun and relaxed with Hall walking from table to table encouraging participants.   Autauga County CEC Darrue Sharpe, who decorated her own star-spangled cake, was a part of the fun.                                                                                                              cake decorating 21

“Janice’s class represents what we hope our Autauga County residents will glean from Extension, and that is a sense of accomplishment by learning to create based on research based teaching from our trained Regional Extension Agents.  Plus, this is just plain fun!,” Sharpe said.

One of the participants chose to celebrate her birthday learning to decorate with fondant. The results of the Cake Decorating- Learn to Earn Workshop were wonderful!

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Making Nutrition Easy, Tasty and Affordable is a SNAP!

Contributed by:Agent Assistant, Shonda Wright

The Urban SNAP Education Program provides educational classes focusing on nutrition, exercise, food safety, and hand washing. Participants learn how to make wise choices, plan healthier meals, purchase safe foods, apply food safety skills when purchasing, preparing, cooking, and storing foods. Urban SNAP-Education Program promotes good health, wellness, and fitness  through nutrition education for adults and youth.

Also, food demonstrations provide hands-on learning for healthy meals.

If interested in Urban SNAP-Ed classes, please call Program Assistant Shonda Wright @(334) 505-4324 or email syw0002@auburn.edu

Local Residents Learn the Art of Canning

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Contributed by:  Regional Extension Agent,Janice Hall

(Autaugaville, AL)  The Autauga County Extension Office held a 2 hour workshop on canning on June 21, 2016 at the Autauga County Extension Office.

Residents from around the River Region learned about food safety while canning high-acidic foods (water-bath canning) and canning low-acidic foods (pressure canning).  They also received information on pickling, freezing, and drying foods.

Regional Extension Agent Janice Hall conducted the interactive class and told participants that being careful is key to food preparation.

“Food safety was an important part of the workshop, so proper canning equipment usage was demonstrated.  Participants reported to us that they were once afraid of pressure canning, but after attending our workshops, they felt more at ease with the process”, Hall emphasized.

Participants were shown some of the different products needed for canning, received a demonstration on using the latest canning equipment, received a Food Preservation Cookbook and sampled a product prepared during the class.

If you are interested in learning more about food preservation, please call the Autauga County Extension office at 334-361-7273.

 

 

Relationship Smarts+ Classes

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Contributed by: Regional Extension Agent, Sallie Lide-Hooker

Groups of Autauga County students recently completed a round of classes  aimed at helping teens negotiate relationships.

Regional Extension Agent Sallie Lide-Hooker taught the Relationship Smarts+ curriculum March, April and May of 2016. This is a part of the Alabama Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Incentive, or “AHMREI”.

The project is funded by a three year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Family Assistance. These educational programs for youth are focused on enhancing knowledge and promoting the skills identified in research as key components of healthy relationships and stable marital relationships.

The curriculum embodies an innovative approach that addresses positive youth development, life skills, healthy relationships, dating violence, and pregnancy prevention. It builds assets and strengthens protective factors by appealing to teenagers’ aspirations, rather than merely pointing out what they must avoid. It shares what a healthy relationship is and what it isn’t.

Teens learned that healthy relationships begin with the individual – they were guided to identify their personal strengths and weaknesses and to understand how the past affects the present. They were guided in determining how to select partners wisely. They were also exposed to the “red flags” in relationships. They also learned how to deal with breakups in order to move forward.

For more information about Relationship Smarts, please contact Regional Extension Agent, Sallie Lide-Hooker at the Autauga County Extension Office at 334.361.7273.

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Give to Grow Alabama 4-H Campaign

Give to the Alabama 4-H Foundation

Alabama 4-H grows confident, capable and caring young people with the life skills to thrive in today’s world and succeed in their boldest dreams for tomorrow.

Alabama 4-H many and varied programs provide experience and opportunities that prepare young people to be college and career ready, aspire to learn, stay active and learn to be a leader. Programs offered include science and technology, animals and agriculture, consumer sciences, leadership, citizenship, and environmental and outdoor science.

“Young people have an array of choices in their 4-H experience, individuality is valued, and each person is encouraged to discover his or her own skills, talents and interests,” said Dr. Molly Gregg, assistant director for 4-H programs with Alabama Extension. “4-H also helps young people learn to make good decisions, think critically, build relationships, practice leadership and develop a concern for their community and their world.”

Alabama 4-H’s Give to Grow allows you to support 4-H.

With funding from county, federal and state sources declining and tax dollars only going so far, Alabama 4-H program relies on support from youth, families, Extension specialists and agents, volunteers, partners and donors to succeed.

“Join me in investing in the future of Alabama by making a charitable donation to expand 4-H opportunities to all youth of Alabama; they are our future leaders. The lessons our youth learn today in 4-H will benefit Alabama in the future. Thank you for your generosity and faith in the young people of Alabama,” said Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
Give to Grow 4-H donations help fund clubs, camps, enrichment programs and recognition of outstanding young people and adults who are leaders among their peers. When you give to 4-H you enrich young lives through designated support of a project area, event, scholarship or improved facilities.

Your donation can provide the HOPE! You can

  • Send a young person to camp
  • Help a young person build a rocket
  • Support and build new leaders
  • Help a young person learn stewardship
  • Send a young person outdoors to discover the wonder of nature
  • Prepare a young person to take action for today and tomorrow

There are various ways to give to Alabama 4-H.

“Alabama 4-H opens so many doors for young people,” said Paul Pinyan, chairman of the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc. “By supporting the Give to Grow campaign, you can help expand program opportunities for youth in every part of the state.”

“When you give to grow Alabama 4-H, young people grow in confidence, responsibility, leadership and good citizenship. 4-H affords youth opportunities to learn by doing. Half the globe is under 25 years of age. We need their engagement like never before. There is a world of need out there, but also a world of opportunity. You can make a difference,” Gregg added.

In 2014, more than 138,000 young people –37,591 in 1,863 4-H Clubs and 101,084 in 4-H events and activities, across the state –pledged their heads to clearer thinking, their hearts to greater loyalty, their hands to larger service and their health to better living.

Call the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc., office at (334) 844-5536 with any questions.

4-H is the nation’s largest positive youth development and youth mentoring organization, empowering more than six million young people in the United States. As the youth development program of the Cooperative Extension System and USDA, 4-H serves every county and parish in the United States through a network of 110 universities and more than 3,000 county Extension offices.

Farm City Week 2015

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Hundreds of Prattville Intermediate School 6th graders learned about farming, farm animals, and preserving natural resources in a hands-on event, Farm City Week, held at the R.H. Kirkpatrick Pavilion  in Autaugaville.

Volunteers with the Alabama Power Company Service Organization led students and their teachers to each exhibit where students listened to presentations, asked and answered questions, and learned about the many aspects of forestry, farming, gardening, raising livestock and the intricacies of aquatic science.

Exhibitors included: Laurie Weldon, ACES; Andrew Baril, ACES; Cathy Coleman; the Autauga County Master Gardeners; Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council; Autauga County Forestry; David Cline, Auburn University Fisheries; Clint Smith; the Lowell Strock Family; the David Downey Family; Irene Langford & Linsdey Langford; the Sam Abney Family; Rudy Yates, ACES; and Patrick Cook, ACES.

The 33rd annual Farm City Week was made possible through the support of  the Autauga County Commission, Autauga Forestry and Wildlife Stewardship Council, Alabama Ag Credit ,the Alabama Power Company Service Organization, and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Autauga County office).

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Thank You! Caregivers Conference 2015

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A heartfelt “Thank You” for your contributions to the 2015 Caregivers Conference on Thursday, November 12, 2015.

2015 Sponsors and ContributorsParticipants of the 2015 Caregivers Conference spent a day learning about support opportunities for caregivers, ways to avoid fraud, steps to keeping healthy, and about opportunities for personal growth.   Urban Regional Extension Agent Danielle Rudolph, who specializes in Family & Child Development with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), chaired this event.   Leading sponsors of this event included:  Cigna HealthSpring, Central Alabama Aging Consortium, Ariel Home Medical, Addus Healthcare, South Central Alabama Development Commission, Alabama Lifespan Respite, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

We will have details in the December issue of the Autauga County Extension Newsletter.

 

Autauga County Commission Chairman Carl Johnson greets participants at the beginning of the 2015 Caregivers Conference, November 12, 2015 at First Baptist Church, Prattville, Alabama.

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Participants hear from presenters including:  Danielle Rudloph, ACES; Katrina Mitchell, Interim Autauga County Extension Coordinator;  Dr. Paul Brown, author and family caregiver; Metara Austin, ACES; Bill Hawkins, Alabama AARP;David Rose, ACES Autauga Co.; Rev. David Burns, First Baptist Church of Prattville; Dr. Jatnn Gibson, ACES-Auburn University; Brittany Lively, Alabama Lifespan Respite; and Dawne Summeford, First Baptist Church of Prattville.

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AUM Nursing students provided free medical screenings.

(Below) Fun Time Band provides musical entertainment!

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