Upcoming Events



AL Beekeepers Association: Dedicated to Helping Alabama’s Honeybees

St. Clair County Beekeepers LogoIf you are interested in the art of beekeeping and have 100 hives of bees or just one, the St. Clair County Beekeepers Association invites you to come and be a part of their association. Dues are only $10/person and are used to fund local activities such as special speakers and other various community events open to the public.

 

The St. Clair County Beekeepers Association was founded on October 12, 2012 to educate and organize local beekeepers all the way from hobbyist to the professional level. They meet at 7 p.m. on the 4th Thursday of the month at the St. Clair county Farmers Federation (ALFA) building located at 32775 US Hwy 231, Ashville, Alabama.

 

For more information about joining this association, please contact Ragina Swindeall at (205) 368-9112 or email stclairbeekeeping@gmail.com. Also, be sure to visit www.alabamabeekeepers.com.

 

 

 

 

Backyard Berries Lunch and Learn

A Backyard Berries Lunch and Learn will be held on Tuesday, June 26th from 12-1 p.m. at the Pell City 19th Street Recreation Hall. Admission is FREE! We will be discussing blueberries, blackberries, pruning, management, etc…

Bring a lunch and bring a friend! Soft drinks will be provided. To adequately prepare, please contact the St. Clair County Extension Office at 205-338-9416 to register or for more information.

Aquaponics and Hydroponics Workshop

Hydroponics

Interested in learning more about aquaponics or hydroponics? We have just the workshop for you!

 

Make plans now to join us on Thursday, July 12th from 1-3 p.m. at the St. Clair County Extension Office for an introduction into the practice of growing plants in a soil free environment. We will be covering the basics of soil-less culture and hydroponic techniques as well as an introduction into growing plants with the help of fish. This workshop is intended for hobbyists but the information can easily be transferred to commercial production. Topics to be discussed include: hydroponic systems; recirculating fish production; combining fish with plant production; the ends and outs of greenhouses; and where do I begin?

 

Space is limited! You must pre-register to attend by calling the St. Clair County Extension Office at (205) 338-9416 no later than Thursday, July 5th. Materials and refreshments provided.

 

Freezing and Dehydrating 101 Workshop

Dried Fruits

 

Freezing and dehydrating are great alternatives to canning fruits and vegetables. During this workshop, which will be held on Thursday, June 14th from 1-4 p.m. at the St. Clair County Extension Office, you will learn how to safely freeze and dry your summer bounty. It’s a great class for those wanting to eat clean and healthy without additives, preservatives, spoilage, or waste. These two methods can make meal planning much easier and quicker.

 

During this hands-on workshop, you will be preparing soup and various snacks that you can take home. You will also learn how to prepare crockpot meals, healthy recipes, and possibly dips and seasonings. A how-to on freezing fruits and vegetables easily in the summer will also be covered.

 

Class size is limited! Please call the St. Clair County Extension Office at (205) 338-9416 no later than June 7th to attend.

 

 

 

Become a Master Gardener This Year

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Have you always wanted to become a Master Gardener? Well, now’s your chance! Don’t miss out on our upcoming class which will be held every Wednesday at the Extension Office beginning August 29th—November 14th from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. We are only able to offer this course once every 2 years.

 

You must complete & submit an application to be considered for the class. This form can be accessed online at http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-1155/ANR-1155.pdf or we will be glad to email or mail you a copy. For more information, please contact the St. Clair County Extension Office at 205-338-9416.

 

Registration fee is $125 but is not required until closer to class time! Happy Gardening!

 

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

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

Outreach Support for St. Clair County Veteran Community

St. Clair County Extension Veterans Outreach Agent Assistant
St. Clair County Extension Veterans Outreach Agent Assistant, Wayne Johnson

Outreach Support for St. Clair County Veteran Community

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s St. Clair County office has received continued funding to support a grassroots outreach program for the county’s veterans.

Lee Ann Clark, St. Clair County Extension coordinator, says the funding, which was secured through the St. Clair County Commission, has enabled her office to continue providing outreach support to the veteran community.

“For more than a century, Cooperative Extension has been about providing effective, face-to-face outreach to people where they live and work,” Clark says. “And for this reason, we think we are especially well-suited to serve our county’s veterans, especially those in critical need of assistance.”

Clark’s sentiments are shared by St. Clair County Commission Chairman Paul Manning, a strong supporter of the program.

The effort has also earned the full support of Alabama Extension Director Gary Lemme.

“The partnership between St. Clair County, the state of Alabama, and Alabama Extension, which is directed to assisting active military, National Guard and veteran families, reflects our combined commitment to those who provided our nation’s defense,” Lemme said. “Helping the families of these heroes access Veterans Affairs benefits that they have earned and providing resources to help them cope with the unique stresses of deployment and returning to home life will benefit not only those directly involved but also the entire community.

Veterans Outreach for St. Clair County will be the duties of Wayne Johnson, newly hired to lead these efforts.

“There is a critical need to connect veterans within communities, especially in small communities, to resources that can improve their financial well-being and their employment prospects. In many cases, it can be as simple as putting money in their pockets to tie them over as they make their transition back to civilian life,” Johnson said.

The challenges of transitioning to civilian life often prove even more daunting, if not insurmountable, for those veterans suffering from serious combat-related conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Among those veterans, timely effective outreach can mean the difference between successful transition to civilian life and one plagued by chronic unemployment, debt and, in many cases, substance abuse.

One of the main goals of the St. Clair Extension outreach effort is to reach these veterans with critical assistance before these patterns of behavior become self-destructive.

“My vision is to get out into the community and find veterans and widows of veterans that we don’t know about. I want to make them aware of the benefits that are available to them and hopes to make all veterans more aware of the numerous services and benefits available to them,” Johnson said.

“I plan to visit all the nursing homes,” he said. “Also, I not only want to talk to the elderly and middle-age veterans, but I also want to reach out to younger veterans.”

Considering the number of veterans in St. Clair County alone — some 7300 — an outreach program that presents veterans with viable treatment options potentially could save hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This unclaimed assistance not only would benefit the returning veterans but also the local economies where they live and work.

Any questions concerning this program or if you are a Veteran in need of assistance, please contact Wayne Johnson, Veterans Outreach Agent Assistant. He can be reached at the St. Clair County Extension Office by calling (205) 338-9416 or email wjj0006@auburn.edu.

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!