Upcoming Events

Canning Workshop

canned peaches, green beans, jelly, tomatoes

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

Childs arm in chick warming oven

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

Green and yellow vegetables

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

Bees on comb

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.

Healthy Homes Dallas County

A grant was awarded to the Dallas County Extension Office from the Environmental Protection Agency-Healthy Homes Dallas County. This project will address the need for education to homeowners and renters in Dallas County. The goal is to promote healthy homes and address issues related to lead poisoning, asthma, other chronic lung diseases, and allergies (dust, cockroach,vermin).

The project will feature a two-day education/training for participants. The recruitment and training of Home Assessors will work under the supervision of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System-Dallas County Office to assess and maximize the impact of education and small low-cost remediation projects for those who participate.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Callie Nelson, County Extension Coordinator.

Selma Dallas County Farmer’s Market

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Dallas County Spring Farmer’s Market Meeting and Training

The Dallas County Farmer’s Market Meeting and Training is scheduled for Monday, March 5, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Central Alabama Farmer’s Co-op., Hwy 80, Selma, AL. This meeting will focus on items that need to be decided before opening the market in 2018.

The training session will cover “Selling at the Farmer’s Market and Pest Management Update on Vegetable Production” and will be presented by James Miles, Regional Extension Agent. Additionally, we will review the steps needed for you to be able to accept and receive reimbursement for the Nutrition Vouchers as well as other resources that can be used at the market.

Please feel free to contact Callie Nelson, County Extension Coordinator, at 429 Lauderdale Street, Selma, AL 36702 or 334-875-3200 with any questions.

Farming 101


The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is offering a course for new and transitioning farmers titled “Farming 101”. Interested participants will receive valuable information on a variety of topics and other resources. The cost of the entire session is $80 or select session(s) of your choice for $10 each. Materials and refreshments are included. Classes are held every other Tuesday at the Central Alabama Farmer’s Co-op in Selma from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Listed below are the dates, topics, and speakers:

2/27- Livestock Management– small scale beef production, sheep & goats, poultry & rabbits- Ken Kelly & Joe Hess

3/13- Farm Management– land value & leasing, taxes, farm financial planning- Ken Kelly, Perry Woodruff, and John Wilburn

3/27- Fruit Productions– strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, citrus, persimmons, figs, pomegranates- James Miles

4/10- Beekeeping– Jack Rowe

4/24- Protected Production– greenhouse, high tunnels, hydroponics- Jeremy Pickens

5/15- Vegetable Production- James Miles

5/29- Certifications, Regulations, Resources, Restrictions– GAP/Produce Safety, pesticide licenses, grower permits, organics- James Miles

6/12- Value Added Products– baked goods/cottage food law, jams/jellies- Janice Hall

To register or for more information please contact the Dallas County Extension Office at 334-875-3200.