Upcoming Events



Vegetable Gardening Lunch and Learn Program

Lunch and Learn - VegetablesThe Bibb County Extension Office and the Brent-Centreville Public Library are hosting a free Vegetable Gardening Lunch & Learn Program at the Brent-Centreville Public Library on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This program will take place in the basement of the Library, which is located at 20 Library St., at the corner of Library Street and Walnut Street in Centreville, near McDonald’s Restaurant.

The program is for anyone that wants to grow vegetables.  The program will cover soil PH, vegetable production, lime Recommendation, fertilization, and pest management.

There is no charge to attend the program, but please call the Bibb County Extension System Office to pre-register at 205-926-4310, or to receive more information about the program.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University), is an equal opportunity educator and employer.  Everyone is welcome!

Welcome Christina LeVert to the Bibb County Extension Office

Christina LeVert

Christina Whatley LeVert, a Registered Dietitian and Regional Extension Agent, is now based out of our Bibb County Extension Office. Christina covers programs in the areas of human nutrition, diet and health.

Christina is a Bibb County native and currently resides in Brent with her husband, Heath. They have two children, Maddox and Ellie.

Christina has a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Alabama. She can be reached by calling 205.926.4310 or by email at Christina.Levert@auburn.edu.

$10 Bibb County 4-H Fundraiser

Backyard Chickens

$10 Bibb County 4-H Fundraiser—Bibb County Extension and 4-H seeks to provide educational hands-on experiences for all youth.  Examples are Alabama 4-H Summer Camp, Bibb County Youth Leadership, 4-H Animal Sciences Quiz Bowl/Skillathon and many others.  Those programs require registration fees that families cannot always afford.  Also, even for 4-H programs that do not require a registration fee, meals, transportation, educational presentations and facility usage often require funds.  Therefore, we humbly ask you who are able and willing to donate $10, payable to the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, to support Bibb County 4-H programs for our youth!  Tax-deductible donations are accepted by check, cash, and online at https://4-h.aces.edu/donations/foundation/ .  As always, additional donation amounts are welcome!  Through the online option, you can use a drop-down window to route your donation specifically to Bibb County 4-H.   Checks payable to the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation should be mailed or taken to the Bibb County Extension Office, 183 S.W. Davidson Drive, Centreville, AL 35042.  Will you please consider a small donation for Bibb County youth?

Want to become a Master Gardener?

Master Gardener

Want to become an Extension Master Gardener?  We are trying to put together another Bibb County Master Gardener class in 2018, following our first-ever class in 2017.  We need at least 15 participants to offer another class, and we hope you will help make that happen!  Please click this link https://auburn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cLVB2kFBSNYI8Sh and complete the brief survey by Wednesday, February 28 to help us determine the level of interest.  Feel free also to send the survey link to others that may be interested.   The final survey question asks for contact information, so that we may follow up with individuals who are interested.  Survey responses will be kept confidential, yet anyone who prefers to indicate their interest by calling 205-926-4310 or emailing us may do so.

www.aces.edu

 

ALProHealth

ALProHealth

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) ALProHEALTH grant to Alabama Extension seeks to reduce the state’s high obesity rate and improve health through healthier nutrition and physical activity.  This grant has brought over $100,000 in grant funds to Bibb County, which is one of only 14 Alabama counties receiving these grant funds.  The funds have been used by the Bibb County Extension Office during the past three years to purchase playground and exercise equipment, provide information and promotional signage for parks and walking tracks, offer educational programs and walking events emphasizing exercise and healthy nutrition, and healthy food display shelving and containers for local retail outlets.

As the grant enters a fourth and final year focusing on a physical activity guide, healthy food guide, technical assistance for food banks and other sustainable projects, this slideshow takes a look at some of the environmental improvements during Years 1-3 that have improved access to physical activity and healthier nutrition in Bibb County.  If you do not see a particular improvement—and there are others not featured here—please contact us so we can take a photo and include it on our website, social media, and in another edition of our e-newsletter.

4-H Livestock National Quizbowl Team

national quizbowl team

Congratulations!!!!

Left to right:  Tim Lambert (Bibb County); Heather Gladney (Tuscaloosa County); Allison Purser (Lauderdale County); Josie Chance (Bibb County) and Coach Simon Carbone (Bibb County 4-H Regional Agent)  Not pictured; Coach Johnny Gladney (Tuscaloosa County Regional Agent-Animal Science and Forages)

Bibb County 4-H was well-represented on the Alabama 4-H Livestock Quizbowl team that placed fifth recently at the AKSARBEN 4-H Invitational Quizbowl Competition.

A composite team of youth from Bibb, Lauderdale and Tuscaloosa counties represented Alabama at the Grand Island, NE. contest.  In addition, Bibb County 4-H club member Josie Chance was the second-high individual for the contest.

aces.edu

 

Career Countdown – Centreville Middle School

 Bibb County Extension Coordinator Matt Hartzell worked with Economic and Community Development Regional Extension Agent Cynthia Whittaker to deliver the Career Countdown workforce and financial education program to 115 7th graders at Centreville Middle School (CMS) on November 6 and 7.  The program was hosted by 7th CMS Social Sciences Teacher Kalee Vernon.  On Day 1, the students chose a profession to practice for the day. Once they chose their career, students managed a monthly take-home salary in a simulation where they paid bills and grocery shopped using their assigned net salary.  On Day 2, students completed a career and educational plan activity where they identified areas of interest, then career clusters and associated educational options.  The idea is to help students learn about real life expenses, as well as explore career options well in advance of graduation from high school.

2017 Bibb County F.A.W.N.

Forestry Awareness Week Now Bibb County Forestry Awareness Week Now (F.A.W.N.) hosted the Bibb County 5th-6th graders at the

Brierfield State Park on October 19, 2017

 

2017 4-H Chick Chain Awards Banquet

Bibb County 4-H Chick Chain program was a great success thanks to our participants.