Upcoming Events



Marshall County Tomato Taste-Off

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2nd Annual Marshall County Tomato Taste-Off

Summer time means one thing to many people- FRESH TOMATOES! Come join the Marshall County Extension Staff for a fun filled day of learning, tasting and competition at the inaugural Marshall County Tomato Taste-Off. Topics including tomato pests, general requirements and tomato varieties will be covered in addition to a tomato tasting.

Do you think that you can grow the BEST tomatoes in town? Put your home grown tomatoes and home-made salsa in one of our tomato tasting contests where you are the judge! Contests including Biggest Tomato, Best Cherry Tomato, and Best Taste Overall will be held throughout the event.

After the event, stick around for a BLT lunch featuring locally grown tomatoes!

When-

Tuesday, August 8th at 10AM

Where-

The Church of the Epiphany

1101 Sunset Dr, Guntersville, AL 35976

Cost- $5.00 for workshop and lunch

Contact the Marshall County Extension Office for more information at (256) 582-2009

Marshall County Tomato Taste Off

Small Acreage Poultry Production in North Alabama

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Whether you are thinking about raising a few chickens, are a novice or a hobbyist, or want to improve your production practices this workshop is for you!

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 10th, Arab Public Library 6:00-8:00 PM (Registration 5:30-6:00)

Location: Arab Public Library 325 Second Street NW Arab, AL 35016

Are you interested in starting a backyard poultry flock? Are you interesting in small-scale meat or egg production? If so, this program is for you! This program will cover the fundamentals of small-scale poultry production, including breed selection, health and nutrition, bio-security and much more!

Preregistration is required. This event is free and limited to the first 15 registrants.

Registration can be handled over the phone, email or in person through the Marshall County Extension Office or by contacting Hunter McBrayer at (256) 582-2009 or by email at rhm0015@aces.edu

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If you have any special needs, please let us know five days prior to the event. ACES is an equal opportunity employer and educator. Everyone is welcome!

Small- Scale Poultry Harvesting Workshop

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Come and learn how to humanely and safely process poultry for personal consumption and resale.

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 4 2016, Marshall County 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (registration 1:30-2:00 pm)

Location: TBA at registration

Pastured Poultry is a growing industry in Alabama. As individuals make the step from consumer to producer, it is paramount they understand the proper techniques for processing poultry. This workshop will discuss and demonstrate best management practices and food safety for farmers interested in processing their own birds.  The goal of this event is for producers to become more self-sufficient and/or market a food-safety meat product at local farmers market to generate additional farm income. This is a hands-on demonstration where all interested participants will have a chance to utilize state of the art equipment.

Preregistration and payment are required for participation.  Registration is limited to the first 15 people, registration fee is $20.  Registration can be handled over the phone, email or in person through the Marshall County Extension Office or by contacting Hunter McBrayer @ (256) 582-2009

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2015 Farm City Farm Tours

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The Marshall County Extension Office is pleased to announce an exciting agricultural experience to local residents. In cooperation with the Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Extension is sponsoring a day of agricultural learning in Marshall County on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

For this year’s Farm Tours, we have arranged to visit two farms, Sumner Farm and Maggie Valley Berry Patch and Gardens. Sumner Farm, located in the Boaz/Kilpatrick area, is a 162 acre beef cattle and poultry operation, specializing in South Poll Grass Feed Beef Cattle, a hardy grass fed breed. Maggie Valley Berry Patch and Gardens, located in Grant is a commercial horticulture operation with 6 acres of strawberries (70,000 plants), 1 acre of peaches and ¼ acre of blueberries. Both of these farm visits promise to be both educational and pleasing.

In addition to the farm visits, a number of local agricultural leaders will be present to discuss the importance of the agricultural industry in Marshall County and the state of Alabama. At the second visit, lunch will be provided by the Marshall County Master Gardeners. A bus will be available for transportation to and from the farms, but each attendee may drive his/her own vehicle if desired.

The event is open to the general public and is FREE of charge. Please RSVP by calling the Marshall County Extension Office at (256) 582-2009.

For questions or concerns contact Hunter McBrayer at (256) 302-0510 or by email at: rhm0015@aces.edu.

Please review attached flyer for more information:

Farm City Week Farm Tours Flyer-15