Upcoming Events

Children’s Recovery After a Tornado

After a tornado, most families recover over time, particularly with the support of family, friends, and organizations. The length of recovery depends, in part, on how frightened individuals were and the extent of the damage and loss. Some families will be able to return to their normal routine rather quickly, while others will have to contend with repairing damage to their home and possessions, finding medical care, or facing financial hardship. Some families

will have lost a loved one or a pet. Others will need to adjust to school closings or

changes in school schedules.

Children’s functioning will be influenced by how their parents and other caregivers cope during and after the tornado. Children often turn to adults for information, comfort, and help. Children do best when parents and teachers remain (or at least appear) calm, answer children’s questions honestly, and respond as best they can to requests.

Cullman Disaster Relief Local Resources

USDA Approves Disaster Food Assistance for Cullman County

Connecting Cullman–256-595-4002

Compiling list of available resources. Call to report any relief efforts.

Volunteer Reception Center

Anyone needing assistance to do clean up around homes, etc. is asked to register their need with the the Volunteer Reception Center located at Cullman High School parking lot. Anyone wanting to volunteer their assistance should register with the Volunteer Reception Center

Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church: 256-739-0505

1310 St. Joseph Drive NW, Cullman, AL 35055

Crosshaven Baptist Church: 256-734-4140

9131 US Hwy 31 S, Hanceville, AL 35077

Cullman Church of Christ: 256-734-2172

4345 AL Hwy 157, Cullman, AL 35055

Daystar Church: 256-737-0800

200 Daystar Drive, Cullman, AL 35057

*In Need of Volunteers*

Serving 3000 Meals Daily 11:00 am-4:30 pm (Dine-In or Takeout)

Boxes of Groceries and Toiletry Items

Tree Damage Teams

Desperation Church: 256-255-5979

202 Elizabeth Street NE, Cullman, AL 35055

*Accepting Non-Perishable Food Items and Monetary Donations*

People May Pick Up Groceries from 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Chainsaw Teams Available

Licensed Electricians Available

Garden City First Baptist: 256-352-6735

407 3rd Street W, Garden City, AL 35070

Grace Episcopal Church: 256-734-6212

305 Arnold Street NE, Cullman, AL 35055

Infant Supplies, Personal Hygiene, Bottled Water

Northbrook Baptist Church: 256-734-6401

3691 AL HWY 157, Cullman, AL 35055

Meal Delivery to Shut-ins

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church: 256-734-0340

615 Main Avenue SW, Cullman, AL 35055

Serving Hot Meals from 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Staging Area for Volunteers

Cullman Life

Cullman County EMA: 256-739-5410

FEMA: 1-800-621-3362

Those with damaged properties should take photos to help document losses for the insurance company and for FEMA. You must register with FEMA within 60 days of disaster declaration. FEMA representatives will have on FEMA shirts and photo ID badges. They will be going door-to-door and will have a mobile unit set up at WalGreens. You can also call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or visit www.redcross.org/what-we-do/disaster-relief to register for assistance.

Cullman County Red Cross: 1-800-733-2767

Cullman City Board of Education: 256-734-2233

City of Cullman 256-775-7109

City of Cullman Police Dept: 256-775-7160

City of Cullman Dispatch: 256-734-1434

Cullman City Sanitation: 256-737-7560

Cullman City Street Dept: 256-737-7560

Cullman City Water Dept: 256-772-7210

Cullman City Risk Mgr: 256-775-7130

Cullman County Board of Education: 256-734-2933

Cullman County Commission: 256-775-4878

Cullman County Sheriff’s Office: 256-734-0342

Cullman Power Board: 256-734-2343

Cullman Electric Cooperative: 256-734-3200

Cullman Jefferson Gas: 256-734-1911

To report gas leaks: 256-734-0565

What do I do with surplus produce?

What do you do with produce that never makes it to market – the veggies that are too big, too small, slightly bruised, cracked, or oddly shaped?

What happens to your produce when it is handled too much at market and just won’t make it to the next market day?

What happens to your produce when you just have too much of a good thing? Is it plowed back into the soil?

Find out what to do with surplus produce here.

Nut Culture and Pecan Grafting Workshop

We can grow several nut crops in the Cullman area including pecans, Chinese chestnuts, black walnuts and even newly developed American chestnuts. Come hear from Regional Extension Agent, Doug Chapman who will also be demonstrating how to graft pecan trees. Tony Glover, County Agent Coordinator and Cullman Master Gardener, Don Nelson will be giving a short update on the American Chestnut and its reintroduction into our forest and how you can be involved.

Learn more here.

Untangling the New I-9 Form


Filling out I-9 forms is part of the federal immigration law that makes it unlawful for employers to knowingly hire or continue to employ individuals who are not legally authorized to work in the United States.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has stiffened enforcement of I-9 procedure compliance in recent years. This enforcement will be stepped up when the new I-9 form goes into effect May 8.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System; law firm Constangy, Brooks and Smith; and the National Federation of Independent Businesses are offering the training, “Untangling the New Form I-9,” available as a series of online videos.

Ethnic Food Security Network Newsletter Spring 2014

It appears spring is here, the cold and snowy winter is behind us. It is time to start focusing on forage and vegetable production this spring into summer, and marketing vegetables, goats, and sheep all the way into fall. I assume you have submitted and received soil test results from the soil sample you sent off in January or February. And you have already begun sewing clover and crabgrass seed for spring and summer grazing. If you have not done either it is not too late. By now your kids and lambs that were born in December should be weaned or almost weaned and at market weight or almost there. Market prices for goats and sheep have varied these past few months. Prices for goats have been up compared to the past few years, prices for sheep have been very lackluster as of the end of March into April. At Extension we have been busy planning events for late spring into summer. This newsletter will share a variety of relevant information.

Read more here.

November 2014 Newsletter

The newsletter for November 2014 featured the following articles:

America’s White Table:

America has been through many wars. Many men and women have heeded the call of their country during these difficult times. During the Vietnam War, a war that many people considered the most unpopular war of our country’s history, America lost over 58,000 men and women. Those who survived the war came home to a less than friendly nation, a nation that was bitter, for its losses, and for reasons known only to them. Instead of a hero’s welcome, the soldiers came home to discord and mixed emotions. They had not asked to go to war but had answered the call of duty to their country

Read more here.

Date labeling Confusion, Food Safety, and Food Waste:

The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that about 133 billion pounds of food is wasted annually. This loss has an estimated $161.6 billion in retail value. That’s $523 worth of food per person per year!

Read more here.

Ethnic Food Security Network Newsletter Fall 2014

By the time you receive this newsletter August will be halfway behind us and about another 30 days of summer type weather. I hope you have accumulated whatever hay is needed for winter feeding, and forages are being stockpiled for fall into winter grazing. As many of you are probably aware summer prices for prime or selection one slaughter goats and cattle have held around two dollars per pound or higher, and prices for same quality of sheep have hovered around $1.50/lb. Now is the time to plan for establishing forages (grasses & legumes) that will allow for winter and early spring grazing. Winter wheat, rye, turnips, chicory, and etc. are some options, seed prices and practices for establishment are always factors of practicality.

Read more here.


July 2014 Newsletter

The July 2014 newsletter featured the following articles:

Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed

Each morning, most Americans awake to a bounty of food and fiber, never realizing the science, management, labor and cooperation it takes to feed, clothe, shelter and fuel the world.

This year, Ag Day and the Alabama Farm-City Committee celebrate the marvel of farm production with the theme “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.”

Read more here.

Identification and Control of Duckweed and Watermeal

During the summer months, perhaps the most common aquatic weed issue directed towards extension offices throughout the state is the invasive growth of duckweed and watermeal. These two small floating weed species generally become the most problematic weeds during this time and are commonly found growing alongside on another. In many cases, duckweed and watermeal can completely cover the surface of small ponds in just a few weeks. This creates problems not only with common pond uses such as fishing, swimming, irrigation, and aesthetics, but it can also create substantial fish kills by shading out sunlight required for oxygen production. I

Read more here.

Buying Locally Grown Produce Saves Money, the Environment and the Farm Family

You’ve probably been told a million and one times that you should buy locally grown. And, you’ve also probably seen local farmers markets sprout up around your neighborhood everywhere. But why should you buy local? What’s the benefit to you, your community and the environment?

Read more here.

So Many Azaleas to Collect and Plant

Everyone needs a hobby and something to do, right? In no particular order, mine happens to be gardening, hunting, sports, reading, and childrearing. Over the last few years, my gardening interest and plantings have expanded around my house into a very young collection. For more color, I began collecting daffodils and irises, with many being pass-along plants. I have bought and planted a few camellias along the way that have grabbed my attention. But nothing compares to my favorite and ongoing collection – azaleas.

Read more here.