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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
..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.
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.
Does your yard look more like a wildflower pasture than a manicured lawn? Come and learn what you can do to improve the look and health of your turfgrass.
Extension Horticulturists will cover many topics related to turfgrass including:
- Cutting height
- Weed control
- Types of turfgrass
- Soil testing
When: May 26, 2016, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Limestone County Extension Office
Cost: There is a $7.00 charge for the class
To register please contact the Limestone County Extension Office
Intel: Veterans returning to the United States from active duty face many challenges, and the U.S. Department of Labor reports that as of May 2010, over 20 percent of young veterans are unemployed. Moreover, recent data shows that 45 percent of armed service members are from rural America, which positions the agricultural industry as a logical solution to fill the economic gap veterans face. (http://www.outreach.usda.gov/veterans.htm).
Mission:It is the intent of Operation Grow is to introduce and educate veterans in the various areas of small scale agriculture as well as explore related business and job opportunities. While there are many agricultural sectors, the Nursery and Horticulture Industry alone contributes 2.9 billion dollars, including 44,000 jobs, to Alabama’s economy annually. Additionally, more than 65 percent of Alabama’s farms produce vegetables crops grown on less than 5 acres. The success and popularity of local farmer markets are increasing and offer another avenue for veterans to get involved in agriculture. The Nursery and Horticulture Industry as well as commercial fruit and/or vegetable production are logical, viable, profitable and realistic options for veterans. Operation Grow’s definition of a veteran is any member of the U.S. Armed Forces, current or honorably discharged, including members of the National Guard, Reserves or Coast Guard.
Contact Chris Becker with any questions.
For more information related to the classes click here.
To register for Operation Grow click here. Registration