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.

2018 Blount County 4-H Summer Camp — Registration opening soon!

4-H Summer Camp Registration Announcement

 

Blount County 4-Hers will be attending the first session (June 4-6) of summer camp at the Alabama 4-H Center. You can visit the Center’s website for more information about camp.

The website has a link to register online, but you MUST pre-register through the Blount County Extension Office before registering online. If you register online without first contacting the office, your registration will not be approved. We have a limited number of spots available, and they are first come, first served.

The registration deadline to have your pre-registration form turned in, as well as your camp fee is February 22. Once the pre-registration has been turned in, we will provide you with additional camp forms, packing info, etc.

You can find the pre-registration form by clicking the link below.

2018 Camp Pre-Registration Form – Blount County

Alabama 4-H Center Website/Summer Camp Info

For more information, please contact the Blount County Extension Office 205-274-2129

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

Alabama Quilters — Quilting Contest

quilts - Quilting contest announcement

Do you like creating things? Do you know how to sew or want to learn? Then Alabama Quilters may be for you! All in-school 4-H members will have the opportunity to participate in this contest by turning it in at school, on the date that will be announced by your teacher, before or on the day of your January 4-H Club Meeting (unless your specific school/club was instructed otherwise).

Not in a school 4-H Club? You can still participate in our contests at the County Round-Up to be held in April or May. Stay tuned for more details about that event.

Click here for complete rules and more information about Alabama Quilters — quilting contest. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Blount County Extension Office or your 4-H Agent:

Nancy Graves

Sara Smith

Jenny Bishop

The World I Picture — 4-H Photography Contest

Camera - Photography Contest Announcement

Are you interested in photography? What about photo editing? Then “The World I Picture” may be the contest for you. All in-school 4-H members will have the opportunity to participate in this contest by turning it in at school, on the date that will be announced by your teacher, before or on the day of your January 4-H Club Meeting (unless your specific school/club was instructed otherwise)

Not in a school 4-H Club? You can still participate in our contests at the County Round-Up to be held in April or May. Stay tuned for more details about that event.

Click here for complete rules and more information about The World I Picture photography contest. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Blount County Extension Office or your 4-H Agent:

Nancy Graves

Sara Smith

Jenny Bishop

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!