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Stay Active – Summer/Fall 2018 Lawrence County Office Newsletter

Volunteer Opportunities in 4-H

Do you have time to give to the Youth of Lawrence County? Your time and knowledge are needed to get youth ready to work and live. Do you have a skill you would like to share – from knitting to auto mechanics? A one-time class to a year-long commitment are possible.

Volunteers have to register online and go through a background check. Visit https://www.4honline.com/ and register. Contact the office for more information.

AG & Natural Resources

Susan Hill, Regional Food Safety Agent is planning a Canning Class September 6 at 5:00 pm at Town Creek Community Center. Contact the office for more information or to register at 256-974-2464. No fee.

Spenser Bradley, Regional Forestry & Wildlife Agent is having a Lunch & Learn meeting Tuesday September 18th. Contact the office for more information.

Families and Communities

Elaine Softley is offering a diabetes education program,  Right Bite at Town Creek Library starting September 6, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm and continuing for 4 weeks. Contact the office for more information. No fee.

Did you know signs will be going up at the park in Moulton reminding you to eat your veggies and move more. Part of a SNAP-Ed initiative coordinated by Jennifer Palmer.

 

Home & Grounds

Allyson Shabel, Regional Urban Agent is offering a class August 23 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm on Water Wise Gardening and Rainwater Harvesting.

Taylor Reeder, Regional Agent Home & Grounds is offering a class August 29th on Native Pollinators from 10:00 am to 2:00pm

Both classes are offered in the Conference Room of the Agriculture Center at 13075 Hwy 157, Moulton. The classes are $5 each.

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

          John Muir

Head over to the Farmers Market

Lawrence County is lucky enough to have a couple of Farmers Markets – in Moulton and Town Creek.

If you have Senior Farmers Market vouchers you have until mid-November to use them. But don’t wait. Lots on the Market in August & September – from tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers – and more!

If you have grandkids – take them to the Market to see that not all food comes from the supermarket.

The ACES office is coordinating a Power of Produce (POP) program, and if you are lucky we will be at the Market with POP Market Bucks to give to youth 1 to 15 who try a fruit or veggies we are offering. They spend the Market Bucks at the Market on fruits and veggies. Local sponsors made program possible.

Livestock Barn Update

The Moulton Lions Club developed plans for a Livestock Barn. They are accepting bids through August 15th. It is hoped the facility will have multi-use opportunities.

We will keep you informed on its development, but are hopeful that it will be completed before the end of 2018 if funding is secured.

General Update

Planning for the Pizza Farm has begun. The event is tentatively scheduled for November 1st and 2nd.

 A USFS forestry education grant was awarded to Lawrence County ACES. If a high school student wants to learn about nature and careers in it – participating in the program should be on their list of goals for 2018-2019.

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My Generation – Summer Fall 2018 Lawrence County Office Newsletter

Thoughtful Moments

Break free from routine eating habits by examining the thoughts, feelings and internal pressures that affect how and why you eat (or don’t eat).

  1. Shift out of autopilot eating
  2. Take mindful bites
  3. Attentive eating
  4. Mindfully check-in
  5. Thinking mindfully
  6. Mindful speech
  7. Mindful eating support (Adapted from Mindful eating tips, Suzanne Pish, MSU Extension)


Safety

I am afraid I’ll need something right after I get rid of it.

 Put the item(s) in a box. Seal the box with tape, and write a date on it for six months from now. Put the box someplace out of the way. When you come across the box and the date has passed, toss it out without opening it.

From Barriers to Getting Organized, And How To Deal With Them, Illinois Extension


Be Active

Improve Your Endurance

Endurance, or aerobic, activities increase your breathing and heart rate. These activities help keep you healthy, improve your fitness, and help you do the tasks you need to do every day. Endurance exercises improve the health of your heart, lungs, and circulatory system. They also delay or prevent many diseases that are common in older adults such as diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

Be sure to try all four types of exercise

— ENDURANCE, STRENGTH, BALANCE, and FLEXIBILITY. via go4life.nia.nih.gov


Freezing Summer Squash

 

Blanching – Summer squash, like most vegetables, must be blanched before they can be frozen.

Wash and cut summer squash into 1/2-inch slices, or grate flesh for baking use. Add no more than 1 pound of squash (4-6 cups) to the boiling water. If the water does not return to a boil within 30 seconds to 1 minute, then you added too much. Once the water returns to a boil, blanch squash for 3 minutes (4 minutes at elevations greater than 3,500 feet). After 3 minutes, remove the squash, using the basket or colander, and plunge pieces into cold water or ice water. Thequicker the slices or grated squash cool, the more crispness they will retain.

Freezing – Fill pint- or quart-size freezer bags close to full. Squeeze out the excess air. Or, tightly pack rigid freezer containers leaving a ½ – 1 inch headspace. For all containers: seal, label and freeze. To freeze squash slices so that they do not stick together, place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze solid. Once the slices are solid, place them into freezer bags or rigid freezer containers. Via National Center for Home Food Preservation


Head over to the Farmers Market

Lawrence County is lucky enough to have a couple of Farmers Markets – in Moulton and Town Creek.

If you have Senior Farmers Market vouchers you have until mid-November to use them. But don’t wait. Lots on the Market in August & September – from tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers – and more!

The ACES office is coordinating a Power of Produce (POP) program, and if you are lucky we will be at the Market with POP Market Bucks for youth 1 to 15 to spend at the Market when they try a new food. Local sponsors made program possible.

Houseplant Health

Plants should not be watered on a schedule, but watered when they need it. Factors that influence plant watering include differences in potting media, humidity, and temperature

 

General Update

This is our inaugural My Generation Newsletter – enjoy. We want a short newsletter to give you ideas on how to spend your time at home.

Lawrence County ACES, 13075 Hwy 157, Suite 6, Moulton, AL, 256-974-2464

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What’s Up – August and September in Lawrence Co

4-H & Youth Programming

Marsha Terry, 4-H Program Assistant, will be going into area schools soon. Also, Horse Club planning the Fall Rodeo.

We are happy to report that Robert Norwood is a new 4-H volunteer. He will be volunteering in the Shooting Sports area.

Did you know a 4-H Club has to meet only 5 times per year to be considered a club? Don’t you have the time to help our Lawrence County youth?

Volunteers have to register online and go through a background check. Visit https://www.4honline.com/ and register. Contact the office or Kenneth Gamble for more information.

Fishing Derby September 15th, Oakville Mounds – in partnership with Oakville Mounds and Lawrence County Schools

AG & Natural Resources

Irrigation research continues at the Posey Farm in Lawrence County. Farmers have been invited to focus group meeting August 31st in Town Creek.

Susan Hill, Regional Food Safety Agent is planning a Canning Class September 6 at 5:00 pm at Town Creek Community Center. Contact the office for more information at 256-974-2464. No fee.

Spenser Bradley, Regional Forestry & Wildlife Agent is having a Lunch & Learn meeting Tuesday September 18th. Contact the office for more information.

Families and Communities

SNAP-ED educator Jennifer Palmer will be going into the classrooms in Hazelwood this fall. Palmer will be out after the end of September on maternity leave.

Elaine Softley is offering a diabetes education program -Right Bite – at Town Creek Library starting September 6, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm and continuing for 4 weeks. Contact the office for more information. No fee.

Home & Grounds

Allyson Shabel, Regional Urban Agent is offering a class August 23 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm on Water Wise Gardening and Rainwater Harvesting.

Taylor Reeder, Regional Agent Home & Grounds is offering a class August 29th on Native Pollinators from 10:00 am to 2:00pm

Both classes are offered in the Conference Room of the Agriculture Center at 13075 Hwy 157, Moulton. The classes are $5 each.

A 4-part series on Environmental Health is a being offered to schools in the area. Allyson Shabel, Regional Urban Agent, offers the class to 4th graders. Contact Allyson for more information.

Beef Excellence

Paul Vining, Mitchell Henry, Adam Daniels, Bill Rutherford, and Donna Shanklin are working together to organize a Beef Excellence Program for youth in Lawrence County.

Plans are to have a meeting in November that will be the first class, with additional classes in the Spring. The series of classes will offer youth hands-on opportunities to learn about handling cattle, providing healthy nutrition to their cattle through feed and forage; and how to manage their cattle’s health through vaccinations and other methods.

Registrations forms will be available soon!

General Update

Planning for the Pizza Farm has begun. The event is tentatively scheduled for November 1st and 2nd.

A USFS forestry education grant was awarded to Lawrence County ACES. If a high school student wants to learn about nature and careers in it –  participating in the program should be on their list of goals for 2018-2019.

Livestock Barn Update

The Moulton Lions Club developed plans for a Livestock Barn. They are accepting bids through August 15th.

We will keep you informed on its development, but are hopeful that it will be completed before the end of 2018 if funding is secured.

 

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