The Farm-City program brings the city and the country together by fostering relationships between rural farmers and urban workers. This year, the week before Thanksgiving has been designated as Farm-City Week. This years theme is “Agriculture: Food for Life”, and captures the essence of farming.
No other industry or activity is more connected to “life” than agriculture. Farmers produce the grains, protein, fruit, vegetables, nuts and dairy products that sustain life.
The Calhoun County Farmer’s Federation Women’s Leadership Committee hosted their annual banquet on Tuesday, November 14th, at the Farmers Federation Building in Jacksonville. Guest speaker was Jeff Helms, Director of Public Relations and Communications for Alabama Farmers Federation and ALFA Insurance. 4-H Students who participated in the Farm-City Poster and Essay Contests were recognized.
The Anniston Kiwanis Club invited area farmers, educators, and other community leaders to join them at their meeting on Thursday, November 16th, at the Anniston Country Club. Guest speaker was Wayne Greene, Ph.D., PAS, Diplomate ACAS Professor and Head, Department of Animal Sciences Auburn University. The students’ winning posters and essays were on display.
The Calhoun County Beautification Board is now accepting nominations for it’s annual awards. Please take this opportunity to recognize those who have contributed to the beauty of Calhoun County. Two (2) awards, one in each category will be given for each Commission District. Deadline for entry is May 31, 2018. Winners will be announced in mid-June.
COMMERCIAL/CIVIC: Churches, motels, schools, restaurants, etc.
RESIDENTIAL: Single family, multiple family (apartments/condos).
DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS MAY 31, 2018.
You must provide at least 2 recent photos of the nominated site, taken within the last 12 months.
Judging will be based on appearance (well groomed, distinctive looking, harmonious, unified); landscape design (plantings relate to buildings in size & shape, creative use of terrain, blending of plants).
Applications may be downloaded here, or you may pick one up at the Calhoun County Extension Office, 1702 Noble Street, Suite 108, Anniston.
BE PROACTIVE. The best way to protect your home and family is by preparing ahead of time with the EMERGENCY HANDBOOK.
Earth Day 2017 was held at Cane Creek Community Gardens at McClellan on April 17th and 18th. Over 800 4th graders from around the County visited the Gardens over the 2 day period. They spent their day of learning about environmental issues that affect their lives.
Many thanks to our sponsors, staff and volunteers for their help.
To reserve your spot, call Anniston Museum of Natural History at 256. 237-6766. Reservations are required. Cost is $5.00 per person or free to members. Payment is to be made at the time of registration and may be made by cash, check (made payable to Longleaf Botanical Gardens and earmarked for educational programs) or charge card in person or by phone).
For information on upcoming “Third Thursday” programs, as well as other Longleaf events, check out LONGLEAF BOTANICAL GARDENS on Facebook.
The Original Downtown Farmers Market, Wednesdays & Saturdays, 7am-noon
Behind the County Administration Building, 1702 Noble Street, Anniston
If you need to renew your Growers Permit, fill out the form below.
2018 Growers Permit
(Please remember, a copy of your growers permit must be on file with the Extension Office in order to be valid.
Questions? call 256-237-1621.
Current and future farmers market vendors,
The Etowah County Extension Office is providing 2 opportunities for training this spring. The intent of this training is to provide all farmers market sellers with information and training related to new and emerging topics such as, but not limited to: senior voucher programs, nutrition education and marketing programs, growers permits, and cottage food law safety requirements and pest management. The first half of the training is geared toward farmers market managers. Feel free to join us for any of the day’s activities that you care to attend.
It is our hope that you will take the opportunity to join us, as well as helping us to market the training to other producers in your area. Please also note that the deadline to sign up for this FREE training is Thursday, March 8th. You may register by calling the Etowah County Extension Office at 256.547.7936.
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!
We’ve got answers! Call the Master Gardener Helpline (toll free) 1-877-252-GROW (4769)
Check out the County’s oldest Farmers Market The Original Downtown Market behind the County Administration Building at 1702 Noble Street. You’ll also find fresh produce each Saturday at THE Downtown Market, located behind City Hall in Anniston, and at the Jacksonville Farmers Market on The Square. Oxford hosts “Downtown after Sundown” on Thursdays from 5-8pm in historic Downtown Oxford.
Check out other Farmers Markets around Alabama www.fma.alabama.gov/markettrail/