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.
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.
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.
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.
Snakes are one of those animals that get a bad rap! There are not many animals that strike fear into people more than snakes, unfortunately most of that fear is unnecessary and unwarranted. Snakes are very beneficial to humans in that they are very efficient at controlling rodents. Some of the most harmless snakes actually will feed on other snakes including the venomous species.
The only good snakes is a dead snake statement could not be more wrong and it is a shame that many people think this to be true. Although some snakes can present a danger to humans, if left alone most snake encounters occur without incident.
It is important to be able to distinguish between the venomous and non-venomous snakes. There are 42 different species of snakes that call Alabama home, six of which are venomous. Tune in to the September All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar for tips on identifying them.
The webinar is scheduled for Friday, September 3rd at 12:00pm
For more information and how to participate, click here
Bees as well as other pollinators help to produce over $19 billion a year in agricultural crops through pollination. It is important that we do our part through conservation efforts to help our pollinators thrive.
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.
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.