Upcoming Events

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.
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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.


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.