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Attention Seniors! Apply Now for Farmers Market Vouchers!

ATTENTION SENIORS!

APPLY NOW FOR THE 2019 FARMER’S MARKET VOUCHERS

Seniors age 60 or older are encouraged to apply for a benefit administered by the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries, Farmers Market Authority Section to provide coupons to low income seniors. Each senior will receive five $6 vouchers (total of $30) that can be used to purchase eligible foods (fruits, vegetables, honey, and fresh-cut herbs) from farmers that grow them and are selling them directly to you at local farmers markets and roadside stands. The St. Clair County Farmers Market in Pell City is an approved market where seniors can spend their vouchers. Eligibility is based on income.

If you do not have access to the internet, the form is also available on all three Extension Kiosks located at the Moody and Springville Public Libraries or in the St. Clair County Courthouse (lower level) in Pell City. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact us at the St. Clair County Extension office at (205) 338-9416.

Click here to apply: http://fma.alabama.gov/seniornutrition/

Seasonal Color Training Series

Seasonal Color Workshop

 

If you’re interested in learning how to have more seasonal color in your landscape, check out this interesting training series being offered in our neighboring county. For more information, please contact Bethany O’Rear, Regional Extension Agent, at 205-612-9524.

Click here for more information: https://www.smore.com/gaz54-seasonal-color-training-series?fbclid=IwAR0T-BWv0-f_fcoviKGGn1FKFhkGsYDOmwO2jgPBGlHoabYzUaiYdaQLgt0

 

Scale Back AL Weigh-In Week of January 22nd

Scale Back AL

The St. Clair County Extension Office is an official weigh-in site for the Scale Back Alabama program again this year & our official weigh-in day is Tuesday, January 22nd from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (If you cannot make it on the 22nd, please call our office at 205-338-9416 to make an appointment anytime the week of Jan 21st-25th)

Registration is NOW OPEN & you MUST register your team of two at scalebackalabama.com/join/ or on the Scale Back Alabama app, which you can download for free from the Apple Store or Google Play PRIOR to weighing in.

Take the first step toward a healthier you – register today! #ItsALifestyle #Drop10

Cottage Food Law Food Safety Course

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COTTAGE FOOD LAW FOOD SAFETY COURSE

When: Monday, February 4th, 2019
Time: 3:00—4:00 p.m. AND 6:00—7:00 p.m.
Place: Pell City Municipal Complex Building Training Room, 100 Bruce Etheridge Parkway, Pell City, AL 

Cost: $25.00 (pre-register online atwww.aces.edu/foodsafety/ )

Certificate will be presented upon passing test.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 30th

The Alabama Cottage Food Law went into effect in 2014 and provides guidance and information for cottage food entrepreneurs. The law states that individuals can produce certain nonhazardous foods in their homes. Cottage food cannot be sold to restaurants, novelty shops, grocery stores, or over the Internet. The person operating a food business under the Cottage Food Law must attend and pass a food safety course approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health every 5 years. You cannot exceed $20,000 in gross sales of the food described under the Alabama Cottage Food Law.

This law states that individuals who obtain a Cottage Food Law certificate CAN sell the following food directly to the consumer: candies, jams and jellies, dried herbs, dried herb mixes, and baked goods including cakes, cookies, pastries, doughnuts, and breads. Foods that CANNOT be sold directly to the consumer include: baked goods with a component that requires refrigeration (custard pies, danish with cream filling, and cakes with a whipped topping), juices from fruits and vegetables, milk products, soft or hard cheeses, pickles, relishes, barbecue sauces, canned fruits and vegetables, garlic in oil mixtures, meats in any form, fried pies, fruit butters, candied or roasted pecans, candied or caramel apples, and popcorn (candied, coated, or flavored).

For more information about this course please contact Angela Treadaway at (205) 410-3696 or call the St. Clair County Extension Office at (205) 338-9416. You may also download publication FCS-2058, Cottage Food Law: Basic Rules and Regulations available online athttp://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/F/FCS-2058/FCS-2058.pdf. Certificate will be presented upon passing test.

 — at Pell City Municipal Complex.

Serv Safe Class Offered

REGISTER NOW FOR OUR NEXT SERVSAFE CLASS

A ServSafe class is being offered on February 22nd & March 1st, 2019 at the St. Clair County Extension Office in Pell City, AL, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day. (you must attend both days)

Anyone interested may contact Angela Treadaway, Regional Extension Agent, at: 205-410-3696 or by calling the St Clair County Extension Office at 205-338-9416.

You may also go online to www.aces.edu/foodsafety/and look to the left hand side of the web page, click on Food Service and register online and pay with a credit card, which will allow you to save $5. Registration is $125.00 and includes all materials and test for certification.

Aquaponics Class Draws Large Crowd in St. Clair County

Dr. Jeremy PickenIF YOU MISSED IT, DON’T DESPAIR!

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Dr. Jeremey Pickens, Alabama Extension Specialist, conducted a workshop on July 12th in Pell City on aquaponics which combines the practice of raising aquatic animals in tanks with the cultivation of plants in water without soil. An aquaponics system utilizes waste to nourish the plants, while the plants, in turn, help clean the water.

Over 60 people registered to attend, coming from as far as Huntsville, Thorsby, Montevallo, and Pickens County, to hear more about one of the hottest topics in agriculture right now.

Dr. Pickens is an Alabama Extension Specialist in nursery greenhouse horticulture. He did a great job & we greatly appreciate him coming to St. Clair County to share his knowledge with us about aquaponics! Also, a special thanks to Commercial Horticulture Regional Extension Agent, Gary Gray, for all his help with this program too!

For more information about what’s going on at the St. Clair County Extension Office please visit our Facebook page, St. Clair County, Alabama Extension Office or one of our Extension Kiosks located at the Moody & Springville libraries & in the Courthouse in Pell City.

Stay Informed with the Extension Newsletter

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The Extension Newsletter is published bi-monthly. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email Lee Ann Clark, County Extension Coordinator, or call our the St. Clair County Extension Office at (205) 338-9416.

Current Issues

January/February, 2019 Extension Newsletter

 

2018 Past Issues

November/December, 2018 Extension Newsletter

September/October, 2018 Extension Newsletter

July/August, 2018 Extension Newsletter

May/June, 2018 Extension Newsletter

March/April, 2018 Extension Newsletter

January/February, 2018 Extension Newsletter

 

2017 Past Issues

November/December, 2017 Extension Newsletter

September/October, 2017 Extension Newsletter

July/August, 2017 Extension Newsletter

May/June, 2017 Extension Newsletter

March/April, 2017 Extension Newsletter

January/February, 2017 Extension Newsletter

2016 Past Issues

November/December, 2016 Extension Newsletter

September/October, 2016 Extension Newsletter

July/August, 2016 Extension Newsletter

May/June, 2016 Extension Newsletter

March/April, 2016 Extension Newsletter

January/February, 2016 Extension Newsletter

Newsletter November, December 2014

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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

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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?