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4-H Sweet Potato Fundraiser

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Tuscaloosa County 4-H Sweet Potato Fundraiser

40 lb. box—$20

Pre-orders only. Deadline to order and receive payment is November 3, 2017. Make checks payable to Alabama 4-H Foundation when you place your order . Pick-up from November 15-17  at the Tuscaloosa County Extension Office, 2513 7th Street, Tuscaloosa.

Call the Tuscaloosa County Extension Office at 205-349-4630 for more information.

All proceeds go toward educational programming for 4-H in-school and project clubs.




Sipsey Valley High School 4-H ServSafe Club Report


The Sipsey Valley High School 4-H ServSafe Club would like to give you some important information about food-borne illness.

Food-borne illness is a disease transmitted to people by food.  Everybody can get sick but the high risk populations are the very old, the very young, and those with a compromised immune system.  You can prevent food-borne illnesses from bacteria by cooking food to the correct temperatures.  You can prevent viruses by having good personal hygiene.  You should prepare your food like high risk populations will be coming in a restaurant.  The most common illnesses are called, “The Big Six”.  They are Ecoli, Shigella, Salmonella Thyphi, NTS, Hepatitis A, and Norovirus.  The first four are bacteria.  Hepatitis A and Norovirus are viruses.

Lexi Templeton – 4H ServSafe Reporter


If you would like more information on this or any of our Tuscaloosa County 4-H Clubs, contact Denise Shirley or Kellee Lassiter at 205-349-4630 or visit our website.


2016 West Alabama Chick Chain

The 4-H Chick Chain project is designed to teach 4-H members recommended management practices for growing and raising chickens. Your participation in the 4-H Chick Chain project will help you….

  • Develop poultry management skills
  • Learn to produce healthy chickens
  • Develop an awareness for business management
  • Develop record keeping skills (income and expenses)
  • Realize the pride of accomplishment

Both youth and a parent must attend a mandatory training on May 5th @ 6:00 P.M. at the Tuscaloosa County Extension Office.

During the month of May you will receive 18 chicks that are 1-2 days old and are all pullets (females). You will receive 6 individual chicks from each of the 3 breeds you choose. They will all come from a reputable hatchery and will be properly vaccinated. You will care for these pullets for approximately 20 weeks. After this time, you will bring the 3 best pullets to the West Alabama 4-H Chick-Chain Show and Auction on October 8, 2016 at the Marengo Co. Extension Office.

If you bring your 3 pullets to the show and auction, you will receive the auction profits from your birds, prize money for top winners and ribbons. If you have successfully raised all 18 pullets, you will have 15 left. These pullets belong to you.

Registration forms and check must be received at your local Extension Office by Friday, February 26, 2016.

For more information and registration form, click here.


Chick Chain


This is the second year that Tuscaloosa County 4-H has offered the West Alabama 4- H Chick Chain program to local youth. Chick Chain teaches participants (ages 9 to 19) the recommended management practices for raising chickens. Traditional livestock programs can cost a considerable amount and often require space for the animals to live and grow. Chick Chain is still a livestock program, but it is fairly inexpensive and the program only last a few months.

In the winter, students can sign up for Chick Chain with a $50 registration fee. This fee reserves their pullets that will arrive in May and helps us know exactly how many birds to order. The youth will receive 18 two-day old pullets, which will consist of three different breeds. Before receiving their 18 birds, the youth must also attend a Mandatory Meeting at their local Extension office where they will learn everything they need to know about caring for their chickens. Over the summer, students manage their small operation by feeding, watering, cleaning, and protecting their chickens from predators. Participants will keep records of what they were doing to keep their operations running smoothly. During the summer, the 4-H agent will conduct a Home Visit where they will check on the chickens and answer any questions the youth or parents may have.

On October 17, 2015, each participant will enter a pen of their best chickens (a pen is 3 chickens of the same breed) for the show and auction. The chickens will be judged on their egg-laying ability, appearance, and bone & muscle structure. A judge will choose a grand champion bird, reserve champion bird, grand champion pen, and reserve champion pen.

For the showmanship category, a judge will have each participant remove a bird from a cage and judge them on how well they handle their bird. The judge will also interview each participant on how much feed the used, their living environment, and why these particular birds were selected to compete. The auction will begin right after the show with the grand champion pen being sold first, followed by the grand champion bird. The rest of the birds will be sold by breed.

The 4-Her’s remaining 15 birds will be for them to keep. Their birds are at the age that they should start laying, so the 4-Her’s can look forward to an abundance of eggs to eat or sale for profit. Chick Chain has proven to be an excellent program to teach 4-H members responsibility and give them exposure to livestock management.

Body Quest, Food of the Warrior


bodyquest-studentsThird graders at Southview Elementary, Skyland Elementary and Central Elementary are engaged in the 17-weekly Body Quest classes with SNAP-Ed & 4-H educators using a battery of interactive, colorful and anime’-style materials. To promote fruits and vegetables, youth participate in weekly Warrior Tastings where they taste a variety of crunchy fresh produce. Youth are surprised that these foods, especially vegetables, taste good.

To make physical activity jazzy, Warrior Workouts are taught with a fruit and vegetable twist. Sleep hygiene and family engagement also are promoted. It can be as simple as avoiding certain foods before bedtime and taking a walk with your family.

bodyquest-students-2The Battle Is On!

A group of animated characters, the Body Quest Warriors, are leading the fight to prevent childhood obesity. Created by Alabama Cooperative Extension System professionals, the animé-style warriors do battle in a state-of-the-art campaign employing the latest technology, the Apple iPad app. The warriors challenge elementary youth to develop healthy behaviors (eating, physical activity, sleep hygiene, and family involvement) through this novel technology.