Upcoming Events

Alabama Cottage Food Law: Food Safety Training Course

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Would you like to supplement your income by baking and selling baked goods and other food treats?

The Alabama Cottage Food Law training is scheduled for Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the Central Alabama Farmer’s Co-op, 2519 US Hwy 80 W, Selma, Alabama. There is no cost to attend the course, but there is a $25 fee for the certification which is good for 5 years. To register and pay contact the Dallas County Extension Office, located at 429 Lauderdale Street, Selma or you can register and pay online at www.aces.edu/foodsafety. For more information contact the office at 334-875-3200.

Body & Soul Interest Meeting

The Dallas County Extension office received funding from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to implement its new program Southwest Alabama Health Improvement Initiative. The funding allows our office to promote and encourage healthy communities by working with faith-based communities in the county. Parishioners will gain knowledge on healthy eating, nutrition, and physical activity. To learn more, an interest meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 4 at 5:00 at the Dallas County Extension Office. For more information and to register call our office at 334-875-3200. Downloadable PDF flyer of event Body and Soul Interest Meeting Flyer2018 (004).

Farming Basics Online Course

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On September 10, Alabama Extension launched a free Farming Basics online course. The course will cover the following topics:

  1. Farm Management and Marketing
  2. Pesticide Safety
  3. Food Safety
  4. Basic Crop Production
  5. Pest Management

There will be video presentations and additional resources to enhance the course content. The course will take about two hours to complete. There is a short quiz at the end of each chapter.  Upon completion participants will receive a certificate. For more information contact the Dallas County Extension office at 334-875-3200, or Katie Nichols at 334-412-7328 or email klw0028@auburn.edu. The course can be found at https://aces.catalog.auburn.edu. See downloadable PDF of Event Flyer Farming Basics Online Course.


Food Myths Seminar

Pictures of brown eggs in a basket with a red liner, green and purple veggies, and steakJoin Alabama Extension professionals, researchers, and specialists from Auburn and Alabama A & M University on October 25, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Alabama Farmer’s Co-op, 2519 US Hwy 80 W, Selma, Alabama as they uncover the truth about GMOs and other food myths.  For more information and to register please call 334-875-3200 or come by 429 Lauderdale Street, Selma, Alabama.  The cost is $10 per person payable in cash or check. Dinner will be provided. See downloadable PDF flyer Food Myths Seminar Flyer

Diabetes Support Group

The September Diabetes Support Group meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 24, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. It will be held at the Dallas County Health Department, Community Room, 100 Samuel L. Moseley Drive, Selma, Alabama. “Conquering the Grocery Store/Understanding Food Label” will be the topic for this month’s meeting. Mrs. Callie N. Nelson, County Extension Coordinator will be the presenter. The support group is open to all who are living with diabetes, caregivers, family, and friends. For more information and to register call the Dallas County Extension office at 334-875-3200. Downloadable PDF flyer Diabetes Support Group .

4-H Day at Auburn University


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Are you ready for some Auburn Tigers Football? Come and join 4-H at Auburn University for their homecoming game against Southern Mississippi on September 29, 2018. 4-H members and volunteers cost is $20 and all other guests including non-members, 4-H volunteers, and parents costs is $50. To register for this event, complete the attached PDF form and return it along with your payment to Mrs. Callie Nelson, County Extension Coordinator, P.O. Box 40, Selma, AL 36702. Make check payable to Dallas County 4-H. Space is limited to 40 students and 8 adults. Deadline to return form is Friday, September 14, 2018. Downloadable PDF event flyer 4H Football Day 2018 (002)

Diabetes Support Group Meeting

The August Diabetes Support Group meeting will be held on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at the Dallas County Health Department, 100 Samuel L. Moseley Drive, Selma, Alabama. “Foot Care for the Diabetic” will be the topic and will be presented by Callie N. Nelson, County Extension Coordinator. She will discuss why it’s important to care for your feet and how to prevent foot problems. For more information and to register call the Dallas County Extension Office at 334-875-3200. Downloadable PDF flyer Support Group Meeting -82718

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