Upcoming Events

Right Bite Diabetes Cooking School

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Do you want to learn how to prepare delicious meals and snacks to control or prevent diabetes, high blood pressure, and other diseases? The Alabama Cooperative Extension System along with co-sponsored AGAPE Ministry is offering a four class series that focuses on Diabetes Cooking. You will learn how to: 1) choose healthier food, 2) prepare recipes lower in fat, cholesterol, sugar, and sodium, 3) portion control, 4) label reading, 5) use various sweeteners, 6) choose carbohydrates, and 7) choose the right fats. The focus is on citizens 40 years of age and older. The classes will be taught by Christina LaVert, Regional Extension Agent and Registered Dietitian. For more information or to pre-register call 334-875-3200. See downloadable PDF event flyer Right Bite poster Dallas 8-2018.

Dallas County Citizen Input Needed

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The Alabama Cooperative Extension is seeking your input as we plan our programming efforts for the 2019 programming year. We value your input. Your role in this process is to assist us in determining programming needs and bring a perspective from the people in your area of the county/program area.

In order to reach as many citizens as possible we have designed and placed a survey on our website at www.aces.edu/Dallas; once on our website the survey can be reached by clicking on “Dallas County Citizens Input” located on the left hand side of the page. Your input will become a part of our recommendations and programming efforts. Also, feel free to share the survey with co-workers, family and friends.

Master Gardener Program

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Would you like to become a Master Gardener? Do you have a love for gardening or a desire to learn how? The Dallas County Extension office is now accepting applications for its 2018 Fall Master Gardener’s classes. These classes will be held weekly on Thursday’s beginning September 6-November 15 (10 weekly sessions) 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Central Alabama Farmers Co-op, Hwy 80 W in Selma, Alabama.

The cost is $150.00 per person which covers cost of background check and all materials. All participants much complete and pass a background screening before being admitted to the class. For more information and an application contact the Dallas County Extension Office at 334-875-3200 or come by the office at 429 Lauderdale Street Selma, Alabama. See downloadable PDF of event flyer Master Gardener’s Flyer 18.pdf

Canning Workshop

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Join us for a canning workshop to be held Friday, June 29, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Westwood Baptist Church.  We will discuss water bath canning and other canning methods as well as  have a live demonstration, and samples will be given.  Registration fee is $5.00 (payable with check or money order- cash cannot be accepted) and includes a Food Preservation Cookbook and more! Please call the Dallas County Extension office at 334-875-3200 to register or for more information. See downloadable PDF of Event Flyer Canning Workshop Dallas 2018.

Baby Chicks Arrival

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The baby chicks have arrived and the 2018 4-H Chick Chain project is underway. The 4-H Chick Chain is a program designed to help youth learn how to raise pullets (female baby chicks) into mature production hens.  This program not only teaches youth responsibility, but also about ethical treatment of animals, biosecurity, record keeping and communication skills.

Farmers Market Season

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The Dallas County Farmers’ Market will officially open for its 2018 session beginning on Saturday, June 2. The market will be open every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday beginning June 2 – November 3 from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 pm or until the last vendor sells out. The market is located at Bloch Park on Dallas Avenue in Selma. For more information or if you have questions, please contact the market manager at 334-366-4575.

Making the Older Years Golden

Come celebrate Older Americans Day in honor of “Making the Older Years Golden” on May 22, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The event will take place at the Carl Morgan Convention Center 211 Washington Street, Selma, Alabama. Individuals 60 years and older is FREE. There is a $5.00 fee for individuals 59 years and younger. Contact our office with any questions or concerns.  See the downloadable registration form Older Americans Day

Farming 101: Introduction to Beekeeping

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The Alabama Cooperative Extension invites you to an introduction to beekeeping. The goal of this workshop is to provide basic beekeeping information and practices along with the opportunity to connect with other want-to-be beekeepers, beekeeping for a profit, and experienced apiarists. To request a registration form or for more information contact the Dallas County Cooperative Extension Office at 334-875-3200. Downloadable PDF of Event Flyer Beekeeping flyer

Food Entrepreneur Conference

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Local Food Entrepreneur Conference

Aspiring entrepreneurs, small farmers, and business owners are invited to attend the sixth installment of the Food Entrepreneur Conference on March 21-22, 2018. The conference will be held at the Center for Advanced Science, Innovation, and Commerce (CASIC) building in the Auburn Research Park.

Keynote speakers include:

Stacy Brown, founder of Chicken Salad Chick

Robert Armstrong, owner of G Momma’s “Southern-style bite size cookies”

Jimmy Wright of Wright’s Market

Ellie Taylor of the Alabama Grocer’s Association.

Experts from Auburn University, Alabama Department of Public Health, and Alabama Cooperative Extension System, (ACES) will cover topics such as selling to a big box store, labeling and testing regulations, food safety, finances, and marketing.

Cost to attend is $150 before March 14th and $200 afterwards. For more information, agenda, and registration contact Regina Crapps at 334-844-7456. The Food Entrepreneur Conference Facebook page provides the most recent details as well.


Gardening Lunch & Learn 2018

Dallas County Master Gardeners Association will be hosting free gardening classes at the Selma Public Library from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. The dates and topics for each class are as follows:

3/14- Tips for Gardening Success- what to plant, how to maintain it, knowing your soil & pest management

4/18- Vegetable Gardening- vegetable varieties & weed, disease, and insect control

5/9- Backyard Fruits- fruit types and varieties for central Alabama & insect control, fertility, watering, and more

All programs will be taught by Mallory Kelley Horticulturist & Regional Extension Agent with Alabama Cooperative Extension System. For more information, please contact the Dallas County Extension Office at 334-875-3200.