Upcoming Events



November 4-H Newsletter

4-H Horse Camp Participants

Check out the November 4-H Newsletter to see what’s coming up for Marion County 4-H’ers: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/11/November-2017-4-H-Newsletter.pdf

Contact the Marion County Extension Office (205)921-3551 or rgd0007@aces.edu for questions.

2017 4-H Sweet Potato Fundraiser

40 lb. box-$20 

Download ORDER Form: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/08/SweetPotatoFlyerHLE.pdf

Pre-orders only. Deadline to order is November 1st, 2017.  Make checks/money orders payable to Alabama 4-H Foundation when you place your order. Checks or money orders preferred. Pick-up from November 16-17 at the Marion County Extension Office 7th Avenue SW, Hamilton, AL 35570.

The 4-Her with the most sales will win a cash prize!

Drop by the Marion County Extension Office to place an order or you may mail your order to the Extension Office (payment in the mail by October 27th).

For more information call or email the 4-H Agent at (205)921-3551 or rgd0007@aces.edu . Office Hours Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm Address: 372 7th Avenue SW Hamilton, AL 35570.

All proceeds go toward educational programming for 4-H in-school clubs and 4-H Events (RiverKids, Shooting Sports, Pet Show, Etc.).  

 

2017 Farm City Poster, Essay, and Multimedia Contest

Marion County Rules: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/08/Combined-Rules-1.pdf

State Rules: http://alabamafarmcity.org/

County Prizes Provided by the Marion County ALFA Farmer’s Federation

1st Place $50.00

2nd Place $25.00

3rd Place $15.00

**ALL submissions must be made to the Marion County Extension Office by October 31st, 2017. The Marion County Farm City Committee will select the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. 1st Place work will be submitted by the Marion County Committee for state submission. **

DUE: October 31st, 2017 to the Marion County Extension Office.

The Alabama Farm-City Committee is excited once again to offer a Multimedia Contest, Poster Contest and Essay Contest to Marion County Youth. The contest is sponsored by Alabama Farmers Cooperative and complements the Farm-City poster and essay contests by providing students another channel to express their creativity. The 2017 theme for all three contests is “Agriculture: Food for Life.” The 2017 National Ag Day and Farm-City Week theme of “Agriculture: Food for Life” captures the essence of farming. No other industry or activity is more connected to “life” than agriculture. Farmers produce the grains, protein, fruit, vegetables, nuts and dairy products that sustain life. The food we eat is literally fuel for our bodies. Without it, life would be unsustainable. But agriculture is intertwined to “life” in other ways, too. Private farms and forestland provide habitat and food for wildlife, and support the lives of all nature’s creatures. Through conservation and environmental stewardship, farmers protect the life-giving water, air and soil on which we all depend. Life, however, is not merely a physical existence. It’s also emotional and spiritual experiences, working together to provide a healthy, well-balanced life for Earth’s inhabitants. Agriculture provides food for the “lifestyles” we enjoy because modern farming and forestry practices allow 99 percent of Americans to pursue other occupations, hobbies and volunteer activities. Without farmers providing “food for life,” our economy and culture would suffer. Food is essential. Out of necessity, people would forego science, art and other pursuits if they were forced to gather or hunt their own food. In this way, agriculture is foundational to civilization. Still, agriculture’s contributions to life continue to expand. Through biotechnology, farming is improving life around the world. Disease- and drought-resistant plants provide “food for life” in some of the poorest regions on the planet. Improved plant and animal breeding addresses nutritional and human health needs. Farms and forests generate alternative energy sources. And agricultural products are utilized every day in not only food, but also pharmaceuticals, textiles and industrial applications. Agriculture touches every aspect of our lives. From the clothes we wear and the food we eat, to the homes where we live and the cars we drive, agriculture and forest products are ever present. Farmers help conserve the resources we need and the nature we enjoy. As we celebrate National Ag Day and Farm-City Week, it’s a great opportunity to remember the diversity of “Agriculture: Food for Life.”

 

Call or email the 4-H Agent with any questions regarding this contest. (205)921-3551 or rgd0007@aces.edu Office Hours 7:30am-12:00pm 12:30pm-4:00pm Monday-Friday

Fall 4-H Horse Camp October 21st

When: Saturday, October 21st, 2017 9:00am-3:00pm

Where: Alexandria Farms 850 Grady Williams Road Hamilton 35570

Ages: 9-18

Cost: $40

What To Wear: Long Pants, Boots/Tennis Shoes (NO open toed shoes)

Payment Due: Tuesday, October 17th by 4:00pm to the Marion County Extension Office 372 7th Avenue SW Hamilton, AL 35570

Forms Completed by a parent/guardian: Friday, November 4th 4:00pm

REQUIRED FORMS: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/08/Horse-Camp-Forms-and-Directions.pdf

Map from Marion County 4-H Office: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2016/10/Map.pdf

                        *Make checks payable to: Allie Trentham *

For more information call or email the Marion County Extension Office 205)921-3551 or rgd0007@aces.edu Open Mon.-Fri. 7:30AM-4:00PM 372 7th Ave. SW Hamilton, AL 35570 For more specific Horse Camp questions you can call Allie Trentham (205)495-2830

 

October 4-H Newsletter

 4-H Youth Council Members from our October Youth Council Meeting

Check out the October 4-H Newsletter to see what’s coming up for Marion County 4-H’ers: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/10/October-2017-4-H-Newsletter.pdf

Contact the Marion County Extension Office (205)921-3551 or rgd0007@aces.edu for questions.

September 4-H Newsletter

Check out the September 4-H Newsletter to see what’s coming up for Marion County 4-H’ers: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/09/September-2017-4-H-Newsletter.pdf

Contact the Marion County Extension Office (205)921-3551 or rgd0007@aces.edu for questions.

4-H RiverKids August 4th-5th!

 

 

WHO: Any Marion County youth ages 9-18 as of 1/16/17 are eligible to participate. (Youth MUST know how to swim to participate/sign up)

WHAT: This program provides the chance for youth to experience Marion County’s abundant water resources while acquiring paddling skills, learning about water safety, and enjoying outdoor recreation.

WHEN: August 4th-5th: Friday, August 4th 9:00am-12:00pm (Upper Bear Creek Reservoir-Twin Park) Saturday, August 5th 9:00am-11:30pm (Float down Bear Creek Canoe Run) Paddling instruction and water safety will be taught before water entry.

WHERE: Specific Float location details will be disclosed at time of registration. Youth must complete all forms and payment by Tuesday, August 1st, in order to participate.

COST: $5 per child-includes instruction, paddling equipment, PFD (personal flotation device), kayak, paddle, snacks, and BCDA permit. Make checks/money order payable to: Alabama 4-H Foundation

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Limit of 10 youth spots are available. They will be filled on a first PAID-first served basis. ($5 even if you bring your own equipment to help cover the costs of lunch/snacks)

REQUIRED FORMS: Completed forms must be filled out by a parent/guardian and returned to the Marion County Extension Office by Tuesday, August 1st. Download Forms: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/05/RiverKids-Form.pdf

SUGGESTED ATTIRE:  Hat, Sunglasses, Bathing Suit underneath quick dry type shorts and shirt, and water Shoes-no flip flops. Bring a dry bag or some type of container for your phone/keys/etc. if you need it!

EQUIPMENT: Marion County 4-H will provide each youth with their own kayak to use, paddle, and PFD (personal flotation devices must be worn at all times on the water-even if you bring your own equipment to use). A shared first aid kit and emergency throw ropes will be used by screened/trained 4-H leaders/volunteers for added safety. If you have your own kayak and paddle feel free to bring it, but please know you can’t participate in RiverKids without wearing a PFD-safety first!

TO REGISTER: ALL Forms and Payment is due to the Marion County Extension Office by Tuesday, August 1st, by 3:30pm. Address: 372 7th Avenue SW Hamilton, AL 35570 (across the street from the Hamilton Recreation Center)

QUESTIONS: Contact the 4-H Agent Rebecca Danley (205)921-3551 or rgd0007@aces.edu                                                                             

2017 Marion County Round-Up

PHOTOS from the 2017 Marion County 4-H Round-Up Event: https://www.facebook.com/pg/marioncountyal4h/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1698085383818391

When? May 16th, 2017 8:00am-1:30pm

Where? Hamilton Recreation Center (317 7th Ave SW Hamilton, AL 35570)

EXAMPLES: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/03/2017-Marion-County-4-H-Round-Up-information-and-examples.pdf

County Round-Up Event Schedule May 16th, 2017

8:00am – 9:00am           Registration

9:00am – 9:15am            General Assembly/Set up Exhibits

9:15am – 11:30pm          Competitions/Outdoor Games

11:40pm-12:40pm          Lunch

1:00pm – 1:30pm             Awards in the Gymnasium (Parents are welcome to attend)

County Round-Up is a reward for active 4-H members! It’s also a celebration of what 4-Her’s have learned and the skills they have developed throughout the 4-H Year! The Marion County 4-H Round-Up is a great place for each Marion County 4-H member to “show off” their talents. Junior winners are selected in each event and will advance to the Regional Competition in June at Bevill State Community College in Sumiton, AL. Senior winners are selected in each event and will advance to State Competitive Events Day in July at the Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana, AL.

Youth attending 4-H Round-Up MUST compete in at least ONE competition, and may compete in up to TWO competitions. Youth MUST sign up for their County Round-Up Competition with their 4-H Teacher/Sponsor/School Secretary by April 10th (they will have the sign up sheet after your scheduled March 4-H Meeting). Spaces will fill up quickly so register ASAP!

All youth are expected to follow the 4-H Rules found below for their selected competition. Please call or email the Extension Office if you would like the rules printed and delivered to your school (205)921-3551 or rgd0007@aces.edu. Please click on the name of the competition below to view the rules.

4-H Competition RULES

DEMONSTRATIONS

SPEECHES

EXHIBITS

Click HERE for a Brief Description of Each Competition

Don’t Forget to bring your CAC Community Service items to County Round-Up on May 16th to help DHR! 

Call the Marion County Extension Office or email your 4-H Agent if you have any questions. The Marion County Extension Office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. (Closed 12:00-12:30 pm daily for lunch) (205)921-3551 or rgd0007@aces.edu

2017 4-H Chick Project

Chicks will be ready for Pick Up May 3rd or May 4th at the Fayette County Extension Office. Marion County 4-H will call/email participants as a reminder! 

Marion County 4-H Chick Project

The 4-H Chick Project teaches young people recommended management practices for growing and raising chickens. Participation will help you do the following develop poultry management skills, learn to produce healthy chickens, develop awareness of business management,  develop record-keeping skills (income and expenses), contribute to your home food supply, realize the pride of accomplishment.

Who Can Participate? Any youth age 9-18 as of January 1, 2017.

How the Project Works: You will receive 10 chicks in the spring 2017. The chicks will be pullets (females) that are 1 or 2 days old. All chicks will come from a reputable hatchery and will be properly vaccinated. You will receive 5 of each of two breeds offered. You will feed and care for these pullets for approximately 20-24 weeks. At this time, you will have the option to enter a chicken into the Poultry Exhibition at the Fayette County Fair in October if you wish. Students will be expected to follow Biosecurity guidelines, complete a 4-H Chick Project Record Book, and complete a home visit with a Marion County 4-H staff member.

Cost of the Project: $35 Non-Refundable fee payable at registration- February 21-23 at the Marion County Extension Office (372 7th Avenue SW Hamilton, AL 35570)

When to Sign Up? Youth/Parents may come by the Marion County Extension Office February 21st-23rd to turn in their registration form and payment.

Registration Form: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/02/CHick-Project-8.5×11.pdf

**Space is limited to the first 10 PAID participants**

Registration Form and Payment is DUE to the Marion County Extension Office by February 23rd no later than 4:00pm. Registration forms will be available via email, distributed at 4-H in-school club meetings, or may be picked up at the Marion County Extension Office.

 

Marion County Extension Office Hours:

Mon.-Fri. 7:30am-12:00pm & 12:30pm-4:00pm

 

Call or Email Rebecca Danley, 4-H Agent,  if you have any questions

(205)921-3551 or rgd0007@aces.edu

 

 

 

 

February 2017 4-H Newsletter

Check out the February 4-H Newsletter to see what’s coming up for Marion County 4-H’ers: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/02/February-2017-4-H-Newsletter.pdf

Contact the Marion County Extension Office (205)921-3551 or rgd0007@aces.edu for questions.