Upcoming Events



Food Myths Seminar

Food Myths Seminar

Fact or Fiction? Come find out the truth about GMOs and other food myths.

GMO. Genetically Engineered, Bio Technology-What Does It All Mean?

Come join Alabama Extension professionals, researchers, and specialists from Auburn University and Alabama A&M University as we uncover the truth with non-biased & research-based information.

The Food Myths Seminar will be held on November 7 at 6:00 p.m. Registration is required by calling the Baldwin County Extension Office at 251-937-7176 or emailing Kelly Palmer at ridleka@auburn.edu. The cost is $5 per person. Cash or check accepted. Dinner Provided. This program will be held at the Gulf Coast Research & Extension Center, 8300 Hwy 104, Fairhope, AL  36532.

 

 

 

Vegetable IPM Training

VEGETABLE IPM TRAINING

Insect Monitoring and Scouting Practices

JUNE 22, 2017 – 5:30-7:30 pm

Gulf Coast Regional Research & Extension Center

8300 Hwy 104

Fairhope AL, 36532

Participants will receive a FREE HAND LENS! Call the Baldwin County Extension Office at 251-937-7176 by June 12 to register.


The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University), is an equal opportunity educator and employer.  Everyone is welcome! Baldwin County Extension programs are supported by the Baldwin County Commission.

Volunteers Needed for the 2017-2018 School Year!

Volunteers Needed for the 2017-2018 School Year!

Volunteer educators present environmental lessons to Baldwin County students 2nd – 6th grade.  The training is August 17 from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. CALL us at 251-937-7176 to register and for more information about this free training. Registration is required to attend.

 Training and materials provided!

  • Recycling
  • water cycle
  • groundwater pollution
  • energy
  • aquatic nuisance species
  • nonpoint source pollution
  •  invasive plant species
  • backyard wildlife habitat

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University), is an equal opportunity educator and employer.  Everyone is welcome! Baldwin County Extension programs are supported by the Baldwin County Commission.

Healthy Holidays

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Stay healthy during the holiday season with more attention to food safety.   This is the season of sharing food with family and friends.  Whether you plan to take your favorite dish to a party or host an event at your home, it is important to follow some basic rules to keep everyone safe from bacteria and food borne illness.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety offers entertainment serving tips on the website, www.fda.gov  or with a toll free telephone line (1-888-SAFEFOOD).  The FDA recommends multiple steps to safe handling of food.  The first step in the process is cleaning.  Washing hands, sanitizing surfaces and utensils, are important in avoiding contamination and in limiting the spread of germs.  What is the best way to clean?  The answer is simple, hot soapy water.   The second food safety tip is to avoid cross-contamination.  Keep knives, trays and cutting boards separate, if you use them in preparing raw meat.  Clean thoroughly before transitioning from cutting raw meat, to cutting vegetables or other food products.    The third step in food safety is proper cooking temperature.  Use a food thermometer to be sure that foods reach a safe temperature.   Visit the website: www.aces.edu and search the publication tab for a printable article, “There’s No Place Like Home for Food Safety.”   This download provides recommended cooking temperatures for various products as well as a guide to warming leftovers.   The final step to consider in keeping food safe is refrigeration.   Avoid leaving food at room temperature for more than two hours.  Chilling is important for such foods as dips, cheese, and other dairy products.

Serve your holiday meals and maintain buffets at the appropriate and safe temperature of 140F for hot foods.  Cold foods should be kept at 40F or colder.  Holding cold foods in the refrigerator until the last possible moment before serving, helps assure safer food.   When it is time to add more food to your buffet or party area, bring a fresh portion in a clean dish.  Remove the previous serving dish and clean it.   Generally, it is up to the host or hostess to monitor the temperature of the foods in your home and the length of time your food selections are left at room temperature.  Build a habit of watchfulness so that your family, friends, and guests enjoy the freshest and safest holiday offerings.