Upcoming Events

Winston County 4-H Round Up Information and Guidelines

Winston County 4-H Round Up is Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the Double Springs Municipal Building. This year’s Round Up is during the school day. This is a chance for school club winners to compete with each other to determine our county winners. Contests the 4-H’ers could do this year included: Alabama Quilters, Cookies, Blocks Rock!, Extreme Birdhouse, Photography, $15 Challenge, Chef, Have I Got a Story, and Freestyle Demonstration. Local citizens will be the judges for the events. Winners will be eligible to compete at 4-H Regional Congress this summer at Bevill State.

4-H Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Winston County will take part in the Alabama 4-H Center Session 1 Summer Camp. Summer Camp is for boys and girls ages 9-13. It will be a fun filled summer adventure from May 31-June 2, 2017. Three days and two nights of activities including, swimming, canoeing, paddle boarding, archery, rock wall, giant swing, and comradery. Camp fees are $106. Space is limited and is on a first come, first served basis. You can register by coming by the Winston County Extension Office. Call 205.489.5376 for more information. _SummerCampParentPacket-110216

Winston County 4-H Chick Chain


The 4-H Chick Chain project teaches young people recommended management practices for growing and
raising backyard chickens.
 learn to produce healthy chickens
 develop awareness of business management
 develop record-keeping skills (income and expenses)
 realize the pride of accomplishment
 meet new friends
 develop awareness of agricultural careers

Any child, age 9-18 can participate in Chick Chain!



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Free State 4-H Horse Club Kick Off

Despite cold temperatures, on Monday, December 19, Winston County youth got a chance to learn about horses. This was the first meeting of the Free State 4-H Horse Club which is meeting in Arley at Amory Arabians owned by Greg and Amy Ackley. Amory Arabians is very gracious to offer their facilities for the horse club. They are an Arabian farm with plenty of beautiful Arabian horses, but they also have ponies and donkeys and board a few other breeds too. It is a horse lovers paradise. The club is being led by Kerri Roberts, a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) horseback riding instructor and also happens to be the 4-H Foundation Agent for Winston County. Mrs. Roberts is being assisted with the club by Amy Ackley and Kaylene Prather, both experienced horsewomen.
The Free State 4-H Horse Club offers hands on learning to let youth learn more about the care, handling, and riding of horses. Members do not have to own a horse to participate, but those that do will be able to bring their horses to meetings in the future. Mrs. Roberts, said “The Free State 4-H Horse Club is brand new. We are starting out with basic beginner information and plan to progress to more advanced topics. This club will help those who do own horses to have more knowledge and be safer around their horses and it will give those who dream of owning a horse a glimpse into what that is all about. At the first meeting they groomed and saddled horses while learning conformation parts and safety. They also got to muck stalls. That’s part of it and they need to know that!”
The Free State 4-H Horse Club plans to meet monthly to increase their knowledge. One goal is to have the kids attend the State 4-H Horse Show in Montgomery this summer. The show offers riding classes in just about every event imaginable and also has educational contests including public speaking, horse judging, quiz bowl, art, and photography. “Even if these members aren’t ready to show their horse this year, it would be a great experience to go to the state show and compete in some educational classes and see what the show is all about,” said Roberts.
For more information on the Free State Horse Club and other Winston County 4-H Clubs contact Kerri Roberts at the Winston County Extension Office (205) 489-5376. 4-H is for youth ages 9-18.

Estate Planning Seminar

estateAlabama Cooperative Extension System is currently offering free seminars on estate planning. Many people may not know what estate planning is or why it is important. Estate planning is important for individuals who wish to have some control over transferring property before and after his/her death. With proper planning, families can avoid many of the problems associated with dividing a family member’s assets.

If you are interested in learning more about 1) How to Make an Informed Decision by Avoiding Investment Fraud; 2) Alabama’s Plan for Your Estate, 3) Documents in An Estate Plan, and 4) Should I make a Will or Trust. Please plan to attend this free seminar on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Traders and Farmers Bank Bernice Hilton Walker Building, upstairs room, located at 64 Main Street, in Double Springs.

Dr. Robert Tufts, Estate Planning Attorney and Auburn University Professor, will present information and answer questions relating to estate planning topics. Call the Winston County Extension Office at (205) 489-5376 to pre-register for this free seminar no later than noon on October 31st, due to limited seating. Refreshments will be provided for all participants. This program is being sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Traders and Farmers Bank. For more information, contact Pat W. Smith, Regional Extension Agent at 256-710-7706 or e-mail: smithp7@auburn.edu


Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers Forum to be held in Double Springs

Parents attend educational event.
Parenting Forum

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) is sponsoring an educational forum titled “Minding Our Future:  Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers” on Tuesday, December 15, at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the Double Springs Municipal Building.  The municipal building is located at 23415 Hwy 195, about 1.7 miles south of the County Courthouse.

Anyone interested in the well-being of babies and toddlers from prenatal to three years old are invited to participate in this Alabama Issues Forum.  The forum will be facilitated by the David Mathews Center for Civic Life located in Montevallo.  The information will benefit parents, child care providers, Head Start, Pre-K, Family & Consumer Science teachers, health teachers, social workers, family service agencies, medical personnel, and public leaders.

Certificate of attendance will be provided.  It has been approved for two contact hours of education for social workers and child care providers as well as 0.2 CEUs of general elective continuing education credit for all professionals including nurses.  During the forum citizens will have the opportunity to discuss several approaches to supporting children during their first three years of life.  The educational booklet that all will receive was written by Dr. Ellen Abell, Child Development Extension Specialist at Auburn University.

Supporting Alabama’s infants and toddlers will require us working together as a community.  According to Harvard University’s Center for the Developing Child, a strong foundation of health for young children requires positive relationships, safe and stable environments, and good nutrition.  While Alabama continues to make strides in improving the wellbeing of our youngest citizens, much remains to be done.

“At this forum citizens will explore options for supporting our youngest Alabamians, and hopefully, they will make decisions together,” says Cristin Foster, Executive Director of the David Mathews Center.  A meal will be provided during the forum for those who pre-register, and the program is free to the public.  To pre-register please contact Winston County Extension Office at 205-489-5376.

Shortleaf Pine Field Day


Shortleaf pine is one of the southern yellow pines. It is fairly common in Winston County, though not as common as loblolly and Virginia pine. Shortleaf pine has the largest range of any of the southern yellow pines, ranging from New York to northern Florida, and west to Kansas and Texas. While its range is large, the tree is becoming less common, and there has been a 53% decline in shortleaf forest acreage since 1980.

Interest in this tree has been growing, and some landowners want to learn how to establish this tree on their property. Several organizations partnered to hold a shortleaf pine field day here in Winston County. It was held in the Houston area at Phil and Djuna Wilson’s Farm.

After a welcome and introduction about shortleaf pine, the field day participants traveled by vans to four sites to view shortleaf pines growing on U. S. Forest Service property. Experts at each site spoke on shortleaf pine restoration, prescribed burning, wildlife associated with shortleaf pine, and shortleaf pine restoration assistance programs.

After returning to the Wilson Farm, a lunch was served by the sponsors. Thanks to generous sponsors and volunteers, there was no charge for the field day or the lunch.

For more information on upcoming field days and workshops call the Winston County Extension Office at (205) 489-5376 or Andy Baril, Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resource Regional Extension Agent, at (205) 221-3392.

Haleyville Farmers Market


Experts recommend at least five servings of fruit and vegetables per day for good health.  Why not buy the vegetables that you need from local growers and support our farmers?  The Haleyville Farmers Market gives us a good place to do just that.

The Haleyville Farmers Market opens on the first Tuesday in June.  The market is located at the Rocky Ravine Park and will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, during the summer.  The Rocky Ravine Park is an excellent place for the market.  This location provides a safe, comfortable environment including shade, restrooms, and fresh water.

The City of Haleyville sponsors this market, providing the property, the shelter, and maintenance of the facility.  Without the city’s support the market would not be possible.  Farmers that sell at this market must have a growers permit from the County Extension Office where they reside.  This permit is available free of charge and is valid for one year.

Most farmers that sell at the Haleyville Market live in Winston or Marion Counties.  Some of the farmers also accept the Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers that are available to some seniors.

Also, “like” the Haleyville Farmers Market on Facebook, that way you can get updates on what’s available and events that are happening at the market.

If you have any questions about the Haleyville Farmers Market, call the Winston County Extension Office at (205) 489-5376.

Fore more information on farmers markets for both consumers and farmers, visit the ACES Farmers Markets website.

Parenting Resource Fair


A Parenting Resource Fair was held recently in Haleyville at the 21st Street Gym.  This event was a great place for parents, grandparents, relatives, foster parents, and guardians wanting to learn more about raising children.  This Parenting Resource Fair was organized by Head Start, Winston County Extension Office, and the City of Haleyville.

Participants viewed displays and talked with representatives of over 30 organizations that help children and their parents.  Many of these exhibitors had free publications, discounts on services, and even promotional items for parents to pick up.  The Parenting Resource Fair was well attended and we hope to increase the numbers next year.  Health care providers, dentists, banks and financial companies, education and government services, Community Action, are just a few of the categories of exhibitors.  Pre-registration is not required and this event was free of charge.

For information on the Parenting Resource Fair, call the Winston County Extension Office at (205) 489-5376.