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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.