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 Cullman Extension office 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 read a nutrition food label based on your health concerns

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: January 16, 23, 30, and February 6 at 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

Contact the Cullman County ACES Office (256) 737-9386 to Register or Donna Shanklin at drs0009@auburn.edu  or 256-200-2997



Hydroponic Vegetable Growing

Thursday, April 19, 2018

6:00—8:00 p.m

North Alabama Agriplex
1714 Tally Ho Street SW
Cullman, AL 35055

Are you interested in learning about advanced methods to grow produce?  If so, Dr. Jeremy Pickens, Auburn Universities Greenhouse Specialist, will provide an introduction to hydroponics along with methods on how to adopt these technologies to fit small scale production.

Topics will include:
Overview of the hydroponic industry
Hydroponic cropping systems
Understanding fertilizers.
Small-scale hydroponic production.
The Greenhouse environment

Pre-registration is required on or before Monday, April 16th with a $10 registration fee due prior to the class.  Make checks payable to:  Cullman County Extension Office.

Seating is limited to the first 40 paid registrants.

Complete & mail registration form to:
Cullman County Extension Office
402 Arnold Street NE Suite G-1
Cullman, AL 35055

For more information contact our office at 256-737-9386 or email cullmancounty@auburn.edu

2018 Kids Cope Schedule

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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 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, January 29, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, March 19, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, April 30, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, May 21, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 9, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, June 25, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, July 30, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, August 27, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, September 24, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, October 29, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, November 26, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m.


$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


pdf 2018 Kids Cope Application – a printable brochure with schedule and application form.

Specialty Crops Newsletter

In this issue of the SCP Newsletter, we are excited to highlight some hot topics important to the specialty crops industry.  We’ll present details on USDA Harmonized GAP Audits, as we align our standards with the requirements of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and pursue Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognition of the USDA standard.  You’ll also get a perspective of how a Marketing Order & Agreements (MOAD) Marketing Specialist strives to support a commodity program covered by the Specialty Crops Program.

Source: Specialty Crops Newsletter

Breadmaking 101


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.


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