ServSafe is a nationally recognized food sanitation certification training program developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). It is designed for foodservice managers and educates participants about food hazards and appropriate food handling practices. The course is recognized by the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) and has been verified to meet CFP standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This program is accepted by local, state and federal health departments. The state of Alabama Health Department currently awards extra points on foodservice health inspections to facilities having a manager on duty who is ServSafe certified if all critical standards are met. In 2010 all foodservice establishments were required by Alabama state law to have a manager on duty who has completed and passed the ServSafe course.
The St. Clair County Extension office has scheduled a ServSafe class. It will be held on November 6th and November 13th at the St Clair County Extension Office which is located in the St. Clair County Courthouse in Pell City, basement office 04 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm each day (you must attend both days).
Anyone interested in taking the class to become ServSafe certified may contact Angela Treadaway, Regional Extension Agent, at 205-410-3696 or call the St Clair County Extension Office at 205-338-9416. You can also go online to register. Please visit www.aces.edu/foodsafety/. The registration form is under Food Service. You may register online and pay with a credit card which will allow you to save $5 dollars off of your registration. Registration is $125.00 and includes all materials and the test for certification.
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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.
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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?
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?
It’s summertime—a great time to take advantage of all the fresh delicious produce available this time of year. Don’t forget the St. Clair County Farmers Market is open every Wednesday from 2—5:30 p.m. here in Pell City. If you received farmers market vouchers this year, remember it is an official redemption site…continue reading?
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?