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Blount County 4-H Chick Chain: 2018

4-H Chick Chain Project

 

The 4-H Chick Chain Project teaches young people about raising backyard chickens. Any Blount County Youth, ages 9-18, can participate.

Cost: $50 (includes the price of the chickens and the required vaccination)

How it works:

  • Applying the “learn by doing” aspect of 4-H, each participant will be responsible for raising his/her own flock
  • You can choose up to TWO of the three breeds listed on the Registration Form (Rhode Island Red, Buff Orpington, Black Australorp)
  • There will be a Mandatory Training in April for all participants
  • Each participant will receive 10 baby pullets (females) during the first few weeks of May
  • After about 20 weeks, you will bring your best TWO pullets (of the same breed) to the 4-H Chick Chain Show and Auction where they will be judged and auctioned off (this is held on the Saturday of the Blount Co. Fair)
  • Each participant at the show/auction will receive prize money plus the money from the sale of their chickens
  • Your remaining chicks are yours to keep!

For more information about the project or about the breeds, visit the Alabama 4-H Website.

Registration forms and fees are due to the Blount County Extension office by March 2.

Click below for a registration form.

2018 Registration Form

For more information, contact the office 205-274-2129 or email Sara Smith sbs0003@aces.edu

 

Sign up today for the Pig Squeal Project

Pig Squeal Project announcementWant to grow your own bacon? Sign up today for the Blount County 4-H Pig Squeal Project. Each participant will receive two feeder pigs that you will raise for about four months. Then you will bring your best hog to the Pig Squeal Show and Auction. The cost to sign up is $120. This covers the cost of your two pigs and a project t-shirt.

You can contact the Blount County Extension Office or Jenny Bishop for more information or click on the link below to see the project flyer and registration form.

Forms and fee due November 17. Limited spots available.

Pig Squeal Flyer and Registration Blount County 17

Agri-Tourism in Alabama

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Agri-tourism can take many forms. Roadside stands and farmers’ markets offer farm-fresh produce and interaction with growers. Farms may open to the public for wildlife watching and hunting. Ag tours, on farm bed-and-breakfasts, and dude ranches give tourists the fresh air, open space, and relaxation of country life.

U-pick operations, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, hay mazes, farm-animal petting zoos, wine tasting, ag heritage museums, festivals, and fairs all attract visitors.

Find your Agri-Tourism destination today!

Growing Vegetables Under Plastic

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High tunnel and greenhouse production of vegetable and fruit crops is a topic that producers have shown an interest in recently. Utilizing plastic structures allow producers to extend their season, both in spring and fall, and increase sales. High tunnel production programs have been conducted by Extension Agents in the region, giving producers access to the latest information on production and resources. For more information, contact Michael Reeves.