Upcoming Events

Right Bite Cooking Class Offers Healthier Options

Are you taking the right bites out of your food choices?

We all want to make healthier food choices, but sometimes the information can be hard to understand and there are competing opinions as to what is the healthier food choice.

Attend the Right Bite Cooking Class at the Blount County Extension Office (Frank J. Green Building, 415 Fifth Avenue East, Suite A, Oneonta) and maybe some of those food choice decisions will be easier – once you learn to navigate through the food aisles. The four classes include ideas on:

  • Portion Control
  • Reading the Nutrition Label
  • Choosing the Right Fat: Controlling Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
  • Carbohydrate and Fiber: Friend or Foe?
  • Seven Ways to Control Your Blood Pressure

Learn how to create healthy meals in your kitchen

Throughout the four classes, we will incorporate some ways to look at food related information and how to make the best decision for you and your family –  based on your health concerns and lifestyle. There will be some food preparation and food tasting.

The dates for the Tuesday classes are: March 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

Contact the Blount County ACES Office (205) 274-2129 to Register or Human Sciences Extension Agent Donna Shanklin at drs0009@auburn.edu  or 256-200-2997.

4-H Football Day Scheduled for September 16, 2017

football ticket announcing 4-H football day on September 16, 2017


Alabama 4-H is partnering with the AU College of Ag in conjunction with the  Auburn Ag Round-up at Ag Heritage Park to host 4-H Football Day. The event will be held September 16, 2017 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Registration is open now to the first 500 people and closes September 8th. The cost will be $15 for 4-H members and volunteers and $40 for guests (non members and parents) and includes a game ticket, tee shirt and entry into Ag Round-Up.  Register here: http://www.aces.edu/4-H-youth/AL4-H/events.php


Agri-Tourism in Alabama

zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, rhubarb, beans in the foreground, people buying and selling under umbrellas in soft focus in the background

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!

Alabama Master Naturalist Program

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The Alabama Master Naturalist program is a new statewide program whose goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world among Alabama’s citizens and visitors. In addition, the AMN program will also develop a statewide corps of well-informed volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

Learn more about how you can participate today!