Upcoming Events

2018 River Region Successful Aging Initiative

The 2018 event is fast approaching and we invite you to receive education and resources at the upcoming River Region Successful Aging Initiative on Thursday, September 20th at Multiplex @ Cramton Bowl. 

9:00 a.m. -– 2:00 p.m.

Please fill out the below registration form and mail to – 5340 Atlanta Hwy., Montgomery AL 36109. If you need more information, contact us at 334.270.4133 or email bixlekr@aces.edu

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GMO Fact or Fiction?

Genetically modified organisms concept with an organic pears and a genetically modified pear.

Fact or Fiction?

The truth behind GMO’s and other food myths

GMO, Genetically Engineered, Bio Technology-What Does It All Mean?

Come join Alabama Extension professionals, researchers, and specialists from Auburn University and Alabama A&M University as we uncover the truth with non-based & research-based information.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
9:00am – until
Montgomery County Extension Office
Eastmont Shopping Plaza
5340 Atlanta Hwy.
Montgomery AL 36109

This is a free program, but you have to register by May 15th

Contact 334-270-4133 for more information

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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.

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”

Setting Your Child Up for Success: Sleep

Photo of a Young Teen sleeping in front of a laptop computer and on a bed

For students everywhere summer vacation is coming to an end. Soon, if not already, children, parents, and caregivers will be readying themselves for the first day of school.  The transition from the lax summer days to early school bells is difficult for many of us.  The school days begin to fill with homework and activities. In order to fit it all in, it’s easy to let bedtime slide. This is the time of year when many parents and caregivers ask themselves, “Is my child getting enough sleep?”.

Experts with The National Sleep Foundation report that children aged 6-13 need nine to eleven hours of sleep per night. With so many distractions, it’s important to implement and follow a bedtime routine. Here are some more suggestions to increase the quality and quantity of sleep for your child.

  • Create a cool, dark, and quiet space for sleep.
  • Keep computers and televisions out of the bedroom.
  • Reduce screen time before bed—it can cause issues falling and staying asleep.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Continue to teach your child about the importance of healthy sleep routines.

Studies have shown that a lack of quality sleep can lead to mood swings, behavioral issues, and problems with learning. When children do not get enough sleep their ability to ‘download’ information and skills learned during the day into their developing neural systems can be negatively affected. Implementing the tips listed and an earlier bedtime can ensure your child is getting the proper amount of sleep. This is one of many ways parents can set their child up for academic, behavioral, and social success.

Sheila Weber
Regional Extension Agent
Family & Child Development

Sheila Weber

Montgomery Extension Office To Participate in Scale Back Alabama

ScaleThe Montgomery County Extension Office will serve as a Weigh-In Site for the Scale Back Alabama program.

The goal of Scale Back Alabama is to encourage people to lose at least 10 or more pounds over a 10-week period.  To participate as a team, there must be at least two or more people per team.  You may also participate as an individual.

You may register online at www.scalebackalabama.com or register at the Montgomery County Extension Office, Eastmont Shopping Plaza, 5340 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, Alabama 36109. Your weigh-in start the week of January 25-29.

Days for weekly weigh-in starting February 1st – Monday thru Friday from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Contact the Montgomery County Extension Office at 334-270-4133 to obtain a registration form.

Scale Back Alabama (SBA) is a free statewide weight-loss program designed to encourage Alabamians to get healthy and to have fun while doing it. Since the first competition in 2007, Alabamians have lost more than one million pounds! (Scale Back Alabama is designed to address the state’s challenge with obesity; however, we caution individuals to check with their health care provider before beginning a new exercise or diet regimen.)

More information: PDF Scale Back Alabama

Motherly Care – A Career Readiness Training Program

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Jennifer Pinkard, EFNEP Educator, teaching her clientele the importance of being engaged in hands on cooking experiences, physical activities, proper food safety, and food budgeting.

There has been an unlimited of importance of developing nutrition education interventions that are most effective to the under-served limited resource diverse populations. However, In Montgomery County of Alabama Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) has worked tirelessly to combat obesity, increase physical activity knowledge, and to modify poor eating behavior into a positive healthy life style among low-income adults and their families. In addition to increasing self-efficacy and general well-being by improving limited resource populations’ familiarity of nutritional choices to optimize individual behavior change.

In one particular organization such as Motherly Care, a career readiness training program that helps Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) through Montgomery County Department of Human Resources (DHR). They aid 88% of DHR’s disproportionate low-income families who receive government assistance transition from welfare to work. Moreover, this work site provides opportunities for behavior changes, physical and environmental change to be self-sufficient. Collaboratively, EFNEP and Motherly Care has partnered for the 2014-2015 programing year to empower clientele to adapt to healthy behavior change through Eating Smart Being Active program (ESBA).

Furthermore, ESBA program was taught to 90 Motherly Care participants over the course of 2014-2015 programing year. The ESBA curriculum educated individuals on proper daily intake of fruits, vegetable intake that might possibly lower blood pressure and reduce risk of heart disease. Furthermore, clients were engaged in hands on cooking experiences, physical activities, proper food safety, and food budgeting with Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dollars as well as adequately reading food labels. As a result, Motherly Care participants are implementing a healthier lifestyle for their family because they must be a good example to children.

Also, some participants have resulted to becoming coupons fanatics to save more food dollars to insure food sufficiency and increased more physical activity with their children. In addition to introducing their families to a broad range of fruits and vegetables.

In the same, EFNEP program ESBA has increased Motherly Care empowerment mission statement of enhancing individual’s way of living to become better providers for their families by living a healthy lifestyle. Consequently at Motherly Care there has been an increase of job placements, better turnout rates, better eating practices, as well as a demand for the EFNEP nutrition program.

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