Upcoming Events



Breadmaking 101

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September 25, 2017
10:00 am—3:00 pm
Cullman County Extension Office
402 Arnold Street NE Suite G-1
Cullman, AL 35055
Fee: $15.00

Learn the basics of making several different varieties of yeast breads, including dinner rolls, sweet rolls, hamburger & hotdog buns, pizza crust, and sandwich bread. Participation is limited to the first 15 people to register and pay for the class.

Workshop Registration Form

Cullman County Grassroots Survey

 

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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System wants your help to plan programs that address county needs.  Each August, we hold our Grassroots meeting and receive feedback from various representatives of our community in order to assist us in planning the programs we offer.  Obviously, not everyone can attend our Grassroots meeting; however, we want as much input from as many members of our community as possible.

Please take a few minutes to complete the following planning questions. You will not be identified unless you give us your contact information at the end of the survey.  Your answers will be combined with other stakeholders’ answers and the results will be used to help create a program plan for the Cullman County Extension office.

Please skip questions that do not apply to you. For instance, if the question is about poultry farming you may not have any idea what their needs are so just skip over that question.  Others are of a more general nature and you should try to give your best opinion for those.

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We certainly appreciate and value your voluntary input.  If you have questions or concerns regarding the survey, please contact our office at (256) 737-9386.

Mayonnaise and Peanut Butter Jars Are not Suitable for Canning – Extension Daily

Many home food preservers ask the question “Can mayonnaise jars made by a company that makes canning jars be used in home food preservation?”  The answer is no.

“Companies making both canning jars and other types of jars caution against using commercial jars for home canning,” said Patti West, a regional food safety agent with Alabama Extension.  Read article……….

If you would like to learn how to safely preserve the bounty from your summer garden, the Cullman County Extension has a three-day course Home Food Preservation Course scheduled for 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Tuesday, July 18th-Thursday, July 20th.  The cost is $40 for the course or $15 per day.  Contact our office at 256-737-9386 for more information.  Space is limited and you must pre-register to attend.

Source: Mayonnaise and Peanut Butter Jars Are not Suitable for Canning – Extension Daily

 

2017 Kids Cope Schedule

Kids Cope logo - a bandaged heart

The Cullman Circuit Court has mandated that all divorcing parents of minor children must attend a KidsCope parenting session. You are required to attend one session that will last approximately two hours.

Topics to be included:

  • Needs of your children during this stressful time
  • Building positive relationships with your child
  • Learning to avoid putting your child in no-win situations
  • Developmental stages of children and their reactions to divorce
  • Parenting together even when divorced

Session Dates and Times:

Saturday, January 7, 2017 9:00 a.m.
Monday, January 23, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, February 13, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, March 13, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, April 24, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, May 22, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, June 19, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, July 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, August 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, September 18, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, October 23, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, November 27, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m.

FEE:

$20 per person if applications and payment are received by the Cullman County Extension Office prior to the session*. A late fee of $5.00 will be charged if you pay at the time of the session.

Sessions will be held at the Cullman County Office Building Conference Room at 402 Arnold Street NE, Cullman, AL 35055.

For more information contact the Cullman County Extension Office at 256-737-9386

*FEE MUST BE PAID BY MONEY ORDER OR CASH ONLY. (NO LARGE BILLS OR CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.)

pdf 2017 Kids Cope Applicationa printable brochure with schedule and application form.

Northwest Alabama Ethnic Food Security Network Newsletter

Northwest Alabama Ethnic Food Security Network Newsletter

sheep and goatIt is hard to believe September is here and fall is around the corner. If you are like me you had a busy summer and the months swept on by like a warm summer breeze. This has been a difficult summer for livestock owners and forage production, many have  experienced a drought for most of the summer and then armyworms invaded many Bermuda grass pastures. Prime sheep and goat prices have hovered around $2/lb. and cattle prices have dropped to their lowest prices in several years. Farming is a
high-risk enterprise, unlike most other ventures, not only is there supply and demand, but there is
the weather.

In this issue you will find:
Points to Ponder – some thoughts based on what I have observed over the summer.
NRCS Deadlines – for those interested in EQIP you need to register for 2017.
Upcoming Events – several good workshops and conferences coming up.
Marketing Tips – instead of including a marketing report I have opted to share a publication that is very informative.

I hope your hay or pasture inventories are in good shape for this fall and winter. Who knows what
conditions will be for the next six months forage production? If all else fails be ready to cull
low-producing animals, and have a plan for over-seeding pastures and planting winter forages.

Robert Spencer,
Urban Regional Extension Specialist
E-mail: rds0002@aces.edu
Office Phone: 256-372-7983
Cell Phone: 256-689-0274

Cullman County 4-H Clubs

4-H is a learn-by-doing youth development program delivered throughout Alabama.  If you are a youth living in Alabama, 4-H has something for you!

October is the beginning of a new year in 4-H!  Jay Conway, 4-H Agent, and Raydonna Sims, Agent Assistant, have begun conducting 4-H club meetings with 4th & 5th graders in our local schools.

Participation in 4-H doesn’t have to end after 5th grade.  4-H is open to all youth ages 9-18 years of age regardless of where you live. Five to eight year olds can join as Cloverbuds to explore the variety of programs available in 4-H while having fun in a non-competitive environment. 4-H has so many amazing opportunities for youth!

You are invited to join us for the first Community Club meeting of the year at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the Cullman County Extension Office, located at 402 Arnold Street NE Suite G-1, Cullman, AL 35055.  The Cullman County Community Club is comprised of former school club members who wish to continue membership past the 5th grade, students attending a school not offering 4-H, and homeschool students.

In addition to our Cullman County Community Club, there are several special interest clubs that meet at different times throughout the year.  For more information, contact our office at 256-737-9386 to speak with Jay or Raydonna about the different opportunities available or email Jay at conwajk@auburn.edu or Raydonna at rbs0005@auburn.edu.

 

Join Alabama 4-H!

Join Alabama 4-H!

Cullman County Commission Recognizes Extension 4-H Staff

The Cullman County Commission recently recognized Alabama Extension professionals for their outstanding service to the county’s 4-H program. The county staff received the Crystal Clover, which recognizes it as a 4-H Centennial Youth Initiative County.

Alabama Extension Associate Director Dr. Paul Brown presented the award and medals of excellence to the 4-H Team.

“We established the Centennial Youth Initiative in 2014,” Brown said. “We asked each county to put together a county 4-H team to develop a plan of work for the future that would get young people engaged as we move forward.”

County Commissioner Garry Marchman presented a proclamation honoring Cullman County 4-H accomplishments.

“On behalf of the Cullman County Commission and as a former 4-H er, I want to express our appreciation for the efforts of the Cullman County Extension team in achieving CYI status.  We deeply appreciate their commitment to the youth of Cullman County and look forward to the continued growth of the 4-H youth program,” he said. More than 1,500 youth were involved in Cullman County programs last year.

In addition to the award of CYI county status, James Conway will be assigned as the full-time 4-H Club Foundation regional agent for Cullman County. The funding for this agent is provided by Alabama Extension and the 4-H Club Foundation.

“This new CYI status is going to allow us to increase our 4-H efforts in the county,” said Tony Glover, county Extension coordinator. “We will be able to expand our 4-H programs to additional schools in the county and reach more youth.”

Cullman County is one of 22 counties in Alabama designated as a CYI county.

The Centennial Youth Initiative (CYI) is committed to developing 4-H programs in Alabama to increase access so that more youth can participate in the program, and to enhance the learning experiences  available to youth. The award is based on the following standards of excellence in Alabama 4-H programming:

  • Forming a unified Alabama 4-H team and program
  • Utilizing consistent research-based curriculum resources
  • Diversifying delivery modes tailored to today’s youth
  • Promoting plan-of-work development and teamwork at all levels
  • Aligning staff and position assignments to support program resources and delivery modes

Drying Herbs at Home

Dried Hers

AUBURN, Ala. –Dried herbs are a great addition to any meal but buying your favorites from the store can add up and be pretty pricey. If you  love to do things at home and already have fresh herbs growing in your garden, it is inexpensive and easy to dry them at home. All you need to get started is twine, scissors, … Read More »