Upcoming Events



2017 Limestone County Grassroots Survey

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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the primary outreach organization for the land-grant mission of Alabama A&M University and Auburn University, delivers research-based educational programs that enable people to improve their quality of life and economic well-being.  During our annual Grassroots meeting, our stakeholders have the opportunity to influence the coming years plan of work.

Please take a few moments and complete our online GRASSROOTS SURVEY.  Your involvement in the grassroots process is very important and will help Limestone County Extension better serve our stakeholders.  As always, the community can rely on Extension to deliver researched based educational opportunities in a multitude of different program areas.


“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.” 

Dr. Seuss


Planting for Pollinators

Zebra Longwing butterfly
Zebra Longwing butterfly

The importance of pollinators can not be overstated.  Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce.

Some scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies and moths, birds and bats, and beetles and other insects.

It is everyone’s responsibility to help protect our pollinators.  Join Taylor Reeder, our Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests Agent at our upcoming workshop and learn what you can add to your garden for pollinators.

Time/Date:  May 4th, 2017, 6 pm – 7 pm

Location:  Limestone County Extension Office

There is no charge for this workshop, pre-register for this workshop by calling our office @ 256-232-5510.

Workshop Flyer

Getting Dirty at the Library

seedlings emerging


Do you enjoy gardening?

If so, then bring a sack lunch and enjoy Getting Dirty at the Library!

The Limestone County Extension Office is excited to be partnering with the Athens-Limestone Public Library to offer the Getting Dirty at the Library gardening series.  Starting in March and going through July on the 2nd Tuesday of each month we will discuss a different topic.

 

Click here for the schedule and topics.

 

The Athens-Limestone Public Library is a great community partner so check out all they have to offer.

 

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Athens Library

2017 Limestone County 4-H Roundup

Lucky Four Leaf Clover


The Limestone County Round-Up is an event for 4-H members to present their winning projects and compete against other 4-H members from the County, City and Special Interest Clubs.


County Round Up this year is scheduled for Friday, March 31st, 2017 at the Limestone County Event Center.

Deadline to register for Round Up is Friday, March 10th, 2017.

If you placed 1st or 2nd in a club event you may choose to compete in ONE of those events OR choose from one of the many open events listed below:

Please contact us with any questions, 256-232-5510.


Open Event Rules:

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2017 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar series

butterfly on coneflower

First Friday of the Month 1:00 pm

Join us for the 2017 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar series

Please join us for this webinar series for information you can use about good and bad insects.  We used your feedback to bring topics that you suggested.  We will discuss troublesome insects such as invasive ants, landscape pests, vegetable pests, and house dwellers as well as arachnids too.  Not all insects are bad, though, come and meet some of our native pollinators!

This year, topics will include:

  • Don’t Let Tramp Ants Take Over Your Home, February 3.
  • Protect Your Veggie Harvest From Hungry Insects, March 3.
  • Mosquitoes and Insect Borne Diseases, April 7.
  • Ticks, May 5.
  • Aphids, Scales and Whiteflies, June 2. 
  • Drain Flies, House Flies, and Fungus Gnats, August 4.
  • Meet Our Native Pollinators, September 1.
  • New Invasive Ants to Know About, October 6.
  • Pantry Pests, Carpet Beetles, and Clothes Moths, November 3.
  • Don’t Let Bed Bugs Hamper Your Vacation Plans, December 1.

Each webinar is recorded and archived so you may watch at your convenience.  Recorded webinars can be found below.

The 2017 Webinars are brought to you by the Ant Pests and Urban IPM eXtension Communities of Practice; and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the University of Georgia Extension, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Clemson Cooperative Extension.  Series Coordinators: Dani Carroll and Kathy Flanders, Auburn University.  Marketing: Amanda Tedrow, University of Georgia Extension.  Webinar Text Chat Moderators: Tim Davis, University of Georgia Extension, and Vicky Bertagnolli-Heller, Clemson Cooperative Extension.

 

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Alabama 4-H Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Learning, Laughing, Leading…

An Awesome Way to Spend the Summer!

Registration is now open!!!

Welcome to 4-H Summer Camp!

At 4-H Summer Camp, we encourage you to make new friends. In addition to making new friends, you will have the opportunity to try new things and be challenged to be the best you can be! Like all 4-H Programs, 4-H Summer Camp strives to instill the values of Head, Heart, Hands and Health through belonging, independence, generosity, and mastery in the lives of all who come to camp.

Just a few of the amazing activities at 4-H Summer Camp include:

  • Camp Events
  • Water Adventures
  • Sports & Outdoors
  • Exploration

Check out the summer camp flyer for more information on these awesome activities!

Summer Camp dates for Limestone County are June 14 – 16, 2017.  Limestone County is limited to 15 campers and spots will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.  We will keep a waiting list in case of cancellations or being awarded extra spots.

Alabama 4-H Summer Camp is open to children ages 9 to 14.  The cost for summer camp is $110 per person, this does not include transportation to camp, parents are responsible for transportation.

Camp rate includes:

  • 3 days/2 nights lodging
  • Six meals
  • 5 snacks
  • Summer camp t-shirt
  • Fun-filled learning opportunities

Contact your county or regional 4-H agent for registration and any additional questions.

Parents please take a look at the 2017 Parent Packet for detailed information about camp.

There is a $25 processing fee included in the total cost that is not refundable under any circumstances. No refunds will be issued after May 1, 2017, under any circumstances.

 

 

 

Rain Barrel Workshop

Rain Harvesting

The Drought is not over!

Currently most of North Alabama is experiencing severe drought conditions.  Being able to collect and save rain water is extremely helpful during drought.  Attend this upcoming rain barrel/harvesting workshop to learn how to maximize your rain water collection and use.

When:  February 7, 2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: $50.00 for each completed rain barrel

Location: 1109 W. Market Street, Athens, AL 35611

Space is limited, so please register by January 31st by calling the 256-232-5510.

 

 

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D.I.Y. Crafting 4-H Day Camp

Crafts


Come join us on June 6th at the Limestone County Extension Office for our 1st Summer Fun Workshop of 2016! We will be doing a variety of D.I.Y. crafts. Crafts include: Mason Bee House, DIY Magic Paper, Coke Bottle Planters, DIY Glitter, DIY, Tic-Tac-Toe, & PVC Frames. Fruit smoothies and lunch will be provided. The workshop is open to any child between the ages of 9-14 and will last from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. To register call the Limestone County Extension Office at 256-232-5510. It’s going to be a 4-H fun filled day!

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2016 Alabama 4-H Mud Run

Mud run


..I pledge my health to better living..

Come support the Alabama 4-H Program and healthy living by participating in the first ever 4-H Mud Run.  Part of the    4-H pledge states “I pledge my health to better living”, what better way to commit to healthy living than by getting muddy, having fun and exercising!  All proceeds from this event will directly support 4-H programming throughout the state. Click here for the 4-H events page.

The 4-H Mud Run will be a 5-K (3.1 miles) obstacle course race at the Stony Lonesome OHV Park located in Cullman, AL. There will even be a 1 mile fun run and mud pit for the younger participants.   Stony Lonesome is the first public OHV park of its kind in the state. Open year-round, the 1456+ acre park features trails for ATVs, rock crawlers, dirt bikes, mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers, pedestrians, and much more.   To REGISTER for the event, click here.  Please contact the Limestone County Extension Office for more information.

Mud run

 

Cottage Food Law Class – Athens

Farmers Market

Are you familiar with the Alabama Cottage Food Law?

As of June 1, 2014, the Alabama Cottage Food Law took effect.  This law regulates the sale of edible products from a person’s home.  The Cottage Food Law allows individuals to sell non-hazardous food products at state sanctioned farmer’s markets.  The law regulates several aspects of selling home made food products including what can and can not be sold, where it can be sold, the total annual sales, labeling and more.

If you are interested in selling your products you will need to be certified.  Come to our Alabama Cottage Food Law class June 6th and learn all you need to about the law to protect yourself and others.

When: June 6, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Limestone County Extension Office, 1109 W. Market Street, Athens, AL 35611

This is certification class, so there is a $25.00 charge. 

For specifics on the class and the Cottage Food Law, contact Christy Mendoza, Regional Extension Agent for Food Safety & Quality.

Please register for the class by calling the Limestone County office at 256-232-5510.

 

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