Upcoming Events



Chattahoochee RiverKids

Summer on the Water

Come join Barbour and Russell County 4-H for our Chattahoochee RiverKids Club. We’ll spend every Saturday in June (except the 23rd) kayaking, fishing, and environmental education!!! This year we are adding an optional overnight trip!
Paddles: June 2, 9, 16, overnight camp June 29-30
Registration is open NOW AND WILL CLOSE APRIL 30!!!
***Limited to only 15 participants***

Age: 12-18 year olds
Cost: $30
Optional Trip- $25 Terrapin Outdoor Center, Piedmont, AL
First 15 participants to sign up and pay their money will be given a spot. After spots are full, we will start a waiting list.
Welcome meeting for participants and parents will be May 22nd @ Backyard Orchard on Hwy 431 @ 4 pm cst. This is a mandatory meeting for all club members! To register, please stop by the county office to fill out registration and pay. Call 334-687-5688 for more information.

What’s Next Barbour?

“What’s Next, Alabama?” Forums to Improve Barbour County

Have you ever noticed something that could improve our quality of life in Barbour County?  Well, here’s your opportunity!  Barbour County Extension and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life (DMC) are hosting a “What’s Next, Barbour?” series of forums in which participants can gather and discuss their community’s economic past, present, and future.

All forums will be held at Eufaula Barbour Chamber of Commerce, starting at 7:30 A.M. and the Louisville Fire Department, starting at 5:30 P.M.  The first forum April 12, 2018 asks, “Where are we now?  What assets do we have in our community?  What is working and what isn’t working?”  There is no cost to attend.  Please RSVP to Merri Robinson no later than April 4, 2018 so we can plan the first forum meeting space.  RSVP Merri at 334-687-5688.

The second forum April 19, 2018 asks, “Where do we want to go? What do we want to change about our community?  What do we want to preserve?”  The third forum, April 26, 2018 asks, “How do we get there? How can we move from talk to action?”  We will have separate announcements and RSVPs for the second and third forums.

To help us prepare for the first forum and ensure all inputs are considered, please complete the short, anonymous survey at https://auburn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3egU8l3cvEWzvsp.

While the forum series is centered loosely on topics of economic and workforce development, each community is able to define the topic in ways that make it relevant for them locally.  Any issue that affects a community’s quality of life is fair game for discussion.  “What’s Next, Barbour” encourages us to reflect on the assets we already have in order to leverage these assets to address local challenges, before making a plan for action.

The forums were first held in 2016 in Cullman County. The forums helped Cullman County residents identify and address salient community issues.  Out of 67 Alabama Counties, Barbour County was selected to hold the next series of forums – this is a great opportunity to improve our Barbour County quality of life!!!  Please RSVP, take the short Survey, and join your neighbors at the first forum April 12th.

As a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening civic life in Alabama, the DMC will facilitate and moderate the three deliberative forums designed to give Barbour County residents the opportunity to have productive and respectful conversations about local issues.  Adults and youth of all ages are welcome.

If you have any questions, please call the Barbour County Extension office at (334) 687-5688.  Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University) is an equal opportunity educator and employer.  Everyone is welcome!

Farmers Market Marketing and Planning Workshop

Planning Workshop Scheduled

Get ready for the 2018 growing season. Learn to market your farm with tips from Alabama Extension,bthe Farmers Market Authority, and USDA SNAP.bFile to accept SNAP vouchers for 2018 by bringing your Social Security card and another form of identification. All participants signed up through a local Extension office will receive a promotional item to take to market.
Topics include:
FARMERS MARKETS
MARKET DISPLAYS
SOCIAL MEDIA
FOOD SAFETY
BUSINESS MARKETING
Meeting is in conjunction with the Farmers Market Planning Meeting for Barbour County Farmers Markets.Thursday, March 22, 4 p.m.–8:30 p.m. with dinner included. To register, call Barbour County Extension Office, (334) 687-5688 or email corcoja@aces.edu, 525 School Street, Eufaula, AL 36027.

All participants will receive a promotional item to take to market.

Meal served but registration required:
phone: (334) 687-5688
email: corcoja@aces.edu

Cottage Food Law Training

Training Offered March 15

Do you bake or make wonderful jams and jellies and wondered how you could sell these goodies?  The Alabama Cottage Food Law went into effect on June 1, 2014 and allows you to make certain products and sell them directly to the consumer. However, there are certain requirements that must be met to ensure you are in compliance with the Alabama Department of Public Health.

A two-hour training will be held March 15, 2018 at the Barbour County Extension Office, 525 School Street in Eufaula.  The training set up by Alabama Extension will begin at 5 P.M. CDT.  This training meets the ADPH requirements.  Upon completion of the approved food safety course and passage of the approved exam, clients will receive certification which last for five years.  To continue operation, clients must maintain certification.   The fee for the training is $25.00.  To register and for more information contact Janet Johnson at 334-703-2237.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program seeks Volunteers in Barbour County

Take an active role in your community and become a tax volunteer — a chance to touch many lives

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity in your community?  Here is your chance to lend a helping hand. You can learn to prepare taxes and make a difference at the same time by becoming a volunteer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

You will receive quality training to provide free tax help for low-to-moderate-income families who need assistance preparing their tax returns.  Every filing season, tax volunteers make a huge difference in their communities by helping prepare millions of tax returns at thousands of free tax prep sites nationwide.  Although over 3.5 million returns were prepared last year, with your help, many more free returns can be completed.

As a tax volunteer, you will be assigned to work with a sponsoring organization. Once you complete your training, you will begin volunteering at a location in your community.  Tax sites are generally open various days, nights and weekends, and the hours are flexible. You will surely find a volunteer site close to you.

Interested?

For additional information and next steps, submit your inquiry now using the Volunteer Sign Up form and you will be one step closer to becoming a VITA or TCE tax volunteer and giving back to your community.  Additionally, you can contact Allie Corcoran, County Extension Coordinator at (334) 687-5688 or corcoja@aces.edu.

As a volunteer, you will get all the specialized training you need, so there is no need to worry if you have limited knowledge of tax law. You can also choose a volunteer role that does not require tax law certification.

There is something for everyone. Here are some of the volunteer roles needed at free tax preparation sites:

Greeter/Screener — as a greeter/screener, you will greet everyone visiting the site. This role is perfect for those who have no interest in preparing tax returns but love socializing and talking to people. You will screen taxpayers to determine the type of assistance they need and confirm they brought all the necessary documents to have their tax returns completed. Tax law certification is not required for this position.

Tax Preparer — after successfully completing your tax law certification, as a volunteer tax preparer, you will provide free tax return preparation for eligible taxpayers using electronic filing software. Tax law certification is required for this volunteer role.