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.
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.
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.
“The Wonders of Washington, DC” June 24-29, 2018
Spend six days and five nights discovering your nation’s capital as we journey to Washington, DC. We will tour The White House, The Tomb of the Unknown Solider, The Smithsonian Museum, Fredrick Douglas’ Washington home, The Holocaust Museum, the War Memorials and much, much more. We are also planning time for shopping and lots of FUN! We have three packages to chose from for this exciting trip. To register or for more information contact the Dallas County Extension Office at 334-875-3200.
Summer Camp 2018 registration has begun. Enjoy three days and two nights of camping fun and education (June 18-20) at Alabama 4-H Youth Development Center in Columbiana, Alabama. The cost is $110. To register or for more information, contact the Dallas County Extension Office at 334-875-3200.
SNAP-ED ADULTS PROGRAM in Dallas and Perry Counties focus on Health and Wellness, teaching families how to make healthy food choices, food safety, how to be a smart food shopper, and saving their food dollars. Nutrition Education Program (NEP) educators use approved recipes from the Federal Food Guidance, currently MYPLATE. SNAP-ED’s primary target audience is food assistance recipients. The goal of the NEP program is to promote healthy dietary patterns and regular physical activity among individuals, families, and communities.
For more information, please contact Gladys Blythe, in the Dallas County Extension office.