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.
Want to get involved in the greatest youth program happening in your community? Then join 4-H and bring a friend along with you. 4-H is your passport to adventure!
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Having a source of fresh, locally grown produce, is great for consumers and for producers. Blount County Extension office supports local efforts to improve and expand local markets within the county. This includes you-pick operations, roadside stands and our local farmers market.
Extension provides assistance with marketing and production meetings, and assist producers with insect and disease identification and control measures and other IPM tactics. These efforts increase the quality and volume of locally grown produce, thereby increasing sales for producers.
For more information for consumers and farmers on farmers markets, or to locate a farmers market near you, visit the our Farmers Market website.
4-H youth learn about grooming livestock for various types of shows. The 4-H Livestock Camp was a two day event where youth learned about grooming and positioning cattle. They also got to work with hogs and learned to shear lambs for show. Extension agents and local FFA teachers provided training. Fish and Wildlife Camp will be coming up in June 2015.
Reality Check is a financial simulation for youth where they pretend to be young adults with financial responsibilities.
They are assigned a career and a family scenario and visit booths making spending decisions. Some of the comments from participants include: “Appreciate what you have”, “Stay in school and wait about having children”, “Now I know why my mom tells me that we can’t afford things”.
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.
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