Upcoming Events

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.


4-H Cadet Trip

“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.

4-H Summer Camp

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 Adult Program


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.

Eating Smart, Being Active


Eating Smart, Being Active focuses on enjoying healthy foods, preparation of healthy snacks and quick meals, eating healthy on a budget and changing eating and physical activity habits to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The six week series promotes gradual changes-one step at a time, and encourages changes the whole family can embrace to become healthier. Moreover, Eating Smart, Being Active has become a favorite program among the Motherly Care participants. Eating smart and being Active participants are eager to learn different healthy cooking styles as well as learning how to make their food dollars stretch.

Today’s Mom


Today’s Mom teaches moms-to-be to have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. In conjunction with diet, physical activity can help them have a more comfortable pregnancy and easier delivery. Today’s Mom aims to improve the dietary and physical activity habits of mom-to be during the series of six lessons.

Diabetes Education


Power to Prevent Diabetes is a program designed to encourage persons at increased risk for diabetes to lose weight and prevent or delay the disease. The program presents nutrition and physical activity health tips and suggests activities that are simple and fun.

The program consists of six weekly sessions. More time may be required for some of the sessions, depending on the participants’ interests. Participants are encouraged to bring family members or friends to the sessions to support healthy lifestyle behaviors for everyone.

Diabetes Support Group Meetings are held each month and involves a time of sharing and problem solving, an educational program, and a recipe sampling of a diabetic friendly dish.