Upcoming Events



Everyone is invited to participate in an Alabama Issues Forum on “Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers” on Wednesday, February 24th at the Marion Depot, Perry County Chamber of Commerce beginning at 10 o’clock am. The forum will be facilitated by The David Mathews Center for Civic Life.

During the forum, citizens will have the opportunity to explore multiple approaches to supporting children during their first three years of life.

Supporting Alabama’s infants and toddlers will require us working together as a community. According to Harvard University’s Center for the Developing Child, a strong foundation of health for young children requires positive relationships, safe and stable environments, and good nutrition. While Alabama continues to make strides in improving the wellbeing of our youngest citizens, much remains to be done.

“At this forum, citizens will explore options for supporting our youngest Alabamians, and, hopefully, they will make decisions together,” says Cristin Foster, Acting Executive Director of the David Mathews Center for Civic Life.

The forum is being sponsored by the Perry County Extension Office in collaboration with the Perry County Children’s Policy Council. For more information, contact Katrina Easley, Perry County Extension Coordinator at (334) 683-6888.




The David Mathews Center for Civic Life (DMC) is a nonpartisan facilitator of dialogue and deliberation that assists communities, groups and citizens to make more effective and productive decisions. DMC connects Alabama’s citizens with community leaders, teachers, organizations and institutions to share civic practices and discuss issues that affect communities nationwide. DMC’s wide range of experiential, capacity-building programs and education-focused resources helps citizens and communities make decisions. Through its dynamic public forums and regularly-published issue books, DMC fosters productive learning, civic engagement and stronger communities. DMC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Montevallo, Alabama, with statewide impact.


Food Safety and Preservation


Food Safety and Quality Regional Extension Agent Janice Hall conducts a variety of programs throughout the county relating to food safety and preservation. (Photo was taken at a food preservation workshop held in Perry county.)

A brief listing of programs include:

  • ServSafe – food safety certification for all food permit holders
  • Cottage Food Law Food Safety Training – required Farmer’s Market Food Safety for Farmers
  • Good Agriculture Practices (GAP)
  • General Food Safety for Consumers (power point and games)
  • Food Safety When Cooking for Large Groups
  • Food Preservation Workshop
  • Cake Decorating Classes (must charge fee to cover cost of food and supplies)
  • Food Allergens Awareness and Prevention
  • Food/Cooking Demonstration Classes (must charge fee to cover cost of food)
  • Food Safety for Senior Citizens
  • Exhibits for Health Fairs and Events
  • Cooking with You Pressure Cooker – hearty meals in minute
  • Couponing Class

For more information on this or other related topics, contact information, or a calendar of our upcoming classes and events, please visit the Perry County Extension office’s Family & Health page.