Upcoming Events

The Master Gardener Helpline IS OPEN!

If you have questions on a garden related topic, the Master Gardener Helpline is open!

Call 1-877-ALA (252)-GROW (4769)

March through August the Alabama Cooperative Extension System offers a Gardening Helpline for the public each Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This helpline is operated by Master Gardener Volunteers who use research-based information to best answer all of your gardening questions.

Montgomery County Master Gardener Program Announcement

Do you love to grow fruit or vegetables or maybe flowers and herbs?  If so, we would like for you to consider the Master Gardener course this coming spring.  The Montgomery County Extension Office is offering the Master Gardener Volunteer Program, but space is limited!

Classes will be held every thursday starting February 16th through May 4th from 9:00am-2:00pm at the Montgomery County Extension Office on Atlanta Highway (the old probate office) and applications will be accepted through Friday, January 27th.

The Master Gardener Program is a nationwide Extension Education Program designed for non-professionals with interest in increasing their gardening skills and helping others with the knowledge they have gained.

The program will consist of in-class training for 12 consecutive weeks.  After completing the courses, the Master Gardener interns will be expected to give 10 hours of service to the Master Gardener Helpline and 40 hours of volunteer service to Extension and/or their community in horticulture education.

Examples of volunteer efforts include: Talking to Garden Clubs, community garden projects, outdoor school projects and educational workshops just to name a few.

The courses on gardening will be taught by specialist, county agents, and veteran Master Gardeners on subjects such as:  Soils and Plant Nutrition, Plant Physiology, Plant Propagation, Care of Landscape Plants, Landscape Design, Lawn Care, Weed Identification, Vegetable Gardening, Herbs, Composting, and many more.

The fee associated with this class is $150 and that includes all course materials and your lunch is provided by the Capital City Master Gardeners each week.

For an application please contact the Montgomery County Extension Office at (334) 270-4133 or online at: http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-1155/ANR-1155.pdf

Mallory Kelley
Regional Extension Agent
Home Grounds, Gardens, Home Pests

Holiday Open House


Please Join Us

The Montgomery County Extension invites you to attend a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 9, 2016.  The Open House will give partners, individuals we serve and other community stakeholders an opportunity to talk with staff to learn more about the programs and services the organization Offers.

Holiday Open House
Friday, December 9, 2016
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
5340 Atlanta Hwy., Montgomery, AL 36106
“A Taste of Extension”

2016 Natural Resources Tour


The 2016 Annual Natural Resources Tour – Thursday, October 20, 2016, at the Moss Hammock Property. This year’s tour will emphasize wildlife management. Topics will include: deer herd management, food plot techniques, managing pines for wildlife, nuisance animal control, and raised bed gardens. The Pugh’s have worked hard to develop the property and have shown that they are excellent stewards of the land. Directional signs will be posted along the roadways to help direct you along. The physical address for the property is 18182 Woodley Road.

Registration will begin at noon followed by the welcome ceremonies and the tour wagons will depart at 1:30 p.m.

Registration is $10.00 per person which will help cover the cost of serving a meal. Please pre-register by Friday, October 14, 2016, so we can have a delicious meal ready for you. We will have several exhibitors this year and there will be plenty of opportunities to visit with them to see and learn about their products or services. If you have any questions, please call 334-270-4133.

You are encouraged to bring a neighbor/adjoining landowner

Paid registration is required for a chance for a CHAIN SAW, grand door prize

You must be present to win.

2016 NR-Tour-Registration-Form

If you don’t know about Master Gardeners, here is an overview….


Who we are and what we do: Women and men interested in gardening and have the time and the desire to learn, to teach positive horticultural practices to homeowners and students, and to help our community.

How to become a Master Gardener: Submit an application to the Montgomery County Extension Office, pay the required fee, attend the class in the spring, and contribute 50 hours of your time towards horticulture education.

Why become a Master Gardener: To do what we love to do (grow plants and learn more about plants and horticultural practices) while helping our local community.

Class info-
Deadline to apply: January 25, 2016
Fee: $150.00
Class Meeting Dates: Every Thursday, Feb. 18-May 5 Time: 9:00am -2:00pm

Mallory Kelley
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Regional Extension Agent, Home HorticultureMallory

Cottage Food Law

Food Cottage Law Training

Do you bake or make wonderful jams and jellies and wondered how you could sell these goodies? Or maybe you already make and sell products at local festivals, flea markets, etc. Well the Alabama Cottage Food Law went into effect on June 1, 2014 which allows you to make certain products and sell them directly to the consumer. However, there are certain requirements that must be met to ensure you are in compliance with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).

A two-hour training, scheduled for September 22, 2015 beginning at 5 pm, has been set up by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. This training meets the ADPH requirements. Upon completion of the approved food safety course and passage of the approved exam, clients will receive certification which last for five years. To continue operation, clients must maintain certification.   Contact Janet Johnson at 334-703-2237 or 334-270-4133 for registration information or more information about the course. The meeting will be held at the Montgomery County Extension Office, 5340 Atlanta Hwy., Montgomery, AL.

Importance of Cotton


Cotton was grown, spun and woven into cloth 3,000 years BC in Pakistan. When Columbus discovered America in 1492, he found cotton growing in the Bahama Islands. Cotton was first spun by machinery in England in 1730. Eli Whitney secured a patent on the cotton gin in 1793. The gin made it possible to supply large quantities of fiber to the textile industry. Within 10 years, the value of the U.S. cotton crop rose from $150,000 to more than $8 million.

All parts of the cotton plant are useful. The fiber or lint is used to make clothing. Linters (the short fuzz on the seed) provide cellulose for making plastics and explosives. Linters are also used in high quality paper products, furniture and automobile cushions. The cottonseed is crushed for oil. The meal and hulls that remain are used as livestock, poultry and fish feed.

In 2014, Alabama produced 653,000 bales of cotton on 350,000 acres. The value of this crop was $192.61 million dollars. We need more textile industries in the US to help support our farmers and cotton industry.

Christy Hicks, Regional Extension Agent
Agronomic Crops

(Information taken from cotton.org)

Economic Development

Extension plays a leading role in revitalizing Alabama communities, through Extension programs we focus on community and leadership development, environmental quality, community health, and public policy.

Impact of Extension on Communities

  • 116 members of the Capital City Master Gardeners contributed 14,134 volunteer hours equaling $254,412 to the residents of Montgomery County and educating 67,221 people.
  • More than 300 eighth graders from public schools participated in the Reality Check financial literacy simulation program providing hands-on experience in budgeting and money management.

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For more information on these or related topics, for agent contact information, or to view our calendar of upcoming seminars and events, please visit the Montgomery County Extension office’s Economic Development page.