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Agri-Tourism in Alabama

zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, rhubarb, beans in the foreground, people buying and selling under umbrellas in soft focus in the background

Agri-tourism can take many forms. Roadside stands and farmers’ markets offer farm-fresh produce and interaction with growers. Farms may open to the public for wildlife watching and hunting. Ag tours, on farm bed-and-breakfasts, and dude ranches give tourists the fresh air, open space, and relaxation of country life.

U-pick operations, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, hay mazes, farm-animal petting zoos, wine tasting, ag heritage museums, festivals, and fairs all attract visitors.

Find your Agri-Tourism destination today!

Alabama Master Naturalist Program

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The Alabama Master Naturalist program is a new statewide program whose goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world among Alabama’s citizens and visitors. In addition, the AMN program will also develop a statewide corps of well-informed volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

Learn more about how you can participate today!

Newsletter November, December 2014


With Christmas right around the corner, it is the perfect time to begin thinking about that perfect tree. Come learn more about them, from their trunk to the tinsel at a workshop being conducted by Regional Extension Agents, Bethany O’Rear and Sallie Lee at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. (see page 9) And, if developing an estate plan has been on your to-do list for quite some time, we can help. Ruth Brock, Regional Extension Agent, has planned a workshop to help you do just that…continue reading?

Newsletter September, October 2014


I am thrilled to share that the Nutrition Education Program (NEP) has returned to St. Clair County and is now very high tech! Many of you may remember that I served as the NEP Agent here in St. Clair County for 5 years. I thoroughly enjoyed working with and teaching lots of students during that time about good nutrition using puppets, games and other activities. Well, the program now utilizes technology to teach nutrition. Aisha    Martin, our new NEP Agent Assistant, will conduct these classes with 3rd grade students across the county utilizing a mobile iPad laboratory. How cool is that? Be sure to check out the article about this new program on page 4…continue reading?

Newsletter May, June 2014


May 8th is a special day for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System! One hundred years ago, on that day, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation that extended the land-grant university concept beyond university campuses to reach into communities across the United States. That legislation created the Cooperative Extension System (CES) as a partnership between the federal, state and county governments. The Smith-Lever Act created a nation-wide Extension system and directed the nation’s land grant universities to oversee its work. This resulted in an Extension office in virtually every county in the United States. I am so honored to be a part of an organization that is 100 years old now and still going strong!…continue reading?