Upcoming Events

Mobile County 2017 Chick Chain Project

Mobile County 4-H is excited to open registration for our 2017 Chick Chain project!

The 4-H Chick Chain project is a wonderful project designed to teach 4-H members management practices for growing and raising chickens. Participation in the 4-H Chick Chain project will help youth …

  • 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

The Mobile County 4-H Chick Chain project is open to all Mobile County youth ages 9-18.  Each child will receive six one day old chicks during the week of May 22, 2017. Participates have many opportunity to learn during the project at monthly learning meetings and additional trainings.  On Saturday, October 28, 2017, 4-H members will bring two chicks to the 4-H Chick Chain Show and Auction at the 2017 Greater Gulf State Fair.  They will keep the remaining 4 chickens.

  • Registration fee is $25 and everyone that participates in the show and sale at the Greater Gulf State Fair will receive a minimum of $25.

All interested youth should…

  • Turn in a completed 2017 Chick Chain Registration Form and fee by April 8, 2017 to the Mobile County 4-H Office.
  • Attend a mandatory informational meeting with an adult  at the Jon Archer Ag Center on May 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

This year’s Mobile County project breeds are Buff Orpington, Ameraucana, and Speckled Sussex.  You can learn more about these breeds here.

For more information, contact Sarah Butterworth, 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent for Mobile County.

2017 Alabama 4-H Summer Camp for Mobile County Youth

Campfire, Canoeing, Rocketry, Archery and the Giant Swing are just a few of the adventures that 9-14 yr. old campers from Mobile county are able to enjoy while at Alabama 4-H Camp from June 21-23, 2017.  The cost for camp and transportation to and from camp is $130 per child. You may pay in full or make a $25 deposit to hold your spot by Feb 24, 2017 with balance due April 24, 2017.

The Mobile County 4-H office is hosting a camp information meeting for interested families who would like to learn more details.  Please join us at the meeting on Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 6pm at the Jon Archer Ag Center (1070 Schillinger Rd N, Mobile 36608) to learn more and reserve your child’s spot.

You can see some of the opportunities Alabama 4-H Camp has to offer on the 4-H Camp brochure or 4-H Camp website.

For more information or to sign your child up for camp please contact Sarah Butterworth, Mobile County 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent.

Mobile County Master Gardener Spring Seminar

Gardening for Serenity: Outdoor Spaces that Rejuvenate, Heal and Ground by Jenny Peterson, owner of J. Peterson Garden Designs, and the author of “The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion: Cultivating Hope, Healing and Joy in the Ground Beneath Your Feet.” 10% of Jenny’s book sales is donated to metastatic breast cancer.

Trialed and Trusted Plants, Distinctly Southern by Robert “Buddy” Lee, Inventor of Encore Azaleas, the world’s best-selling Azaleas, has more than 30 years’ experience in nursery management, breeding, propagation, and new plant development.

Non-refundable advanced reservations are required.  Deadline to register is February 25. Cost:  Master Gardener $20.00 and Non-Master Gardener $30.00.  For more information, please contact 251-574-8445.

Here is a PDF of the 2017 Spring Seminar Flyer

Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Conducting Asian Citrus Psyllid Survey

Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Conducting Asian Citrus Psyllid Survey


Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) will be conducting a citrus survey in Mobile County, June 7-10 and Baldwin County, June 20-24. Plant Protection Inspectors with their ADAI credentials and safety vests will be driving vehicles with State of Alabama signage as they conduct the surveys.

Inspectors will be checking citrus trees in neighborhoods for the Asian citrus psyllid, an insect that transmits a serious citrus disease. Inspectors will not enter backyards without the homeowner’s permission.

The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is a known vector of citrus greening disease, also called Huanglongbing (HLB). The Asian citrus psyllid is present in both Mobile and Baldwin counties. If psyllids are found in nurseries or residences, the insects will be tested for citrus greening.

Officials ask for the public’s help in locating citrus plants. It is vital to collect and test Asian citrus psyllid to determine if citrus greening disease is present in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Alabama is the only citrus-growing state that has not yet detected citrus greening disease, and these surveys help ADAI better prevent the entry and spread of this and other citrus diseases.

For more information about citrus health, visit the USDA website www.SaveOurCitrus.org.

Contact Brittaney Allen, Alabama Department of Agriculture Survey Coordinator at Brittaney.Allen@agi.alabama.gov with any questions concerning the survey.



Amy Belcher

Communications Director

Alabama Dept. of Agriculture & Industries

334/240-7126 office

334/799-5050 cell


The Chicks are Here! 2016 Mobile County 4-H Chick Chain Project Begins

4-H students handling chicks

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 was the day 55 4-H members, their families and the 4-H staff had been looking forward to for months. It was chick arrival day for this year’s Mobile County Chick Chain project. The Chick Chain project provides a fun opportunity for young people ages 9-18 to learn to produce healthy chickens, develop an awareness of business management, develop record keeping skills, contribute to their home food supply, and realize the pride of accomplishment.

These 4-H members will spend the next five months engaged in care and learning about their chickens, responsible flock management, and more. They will share their project with the community on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Greater Gulf State Fair when they participate in the Mobile County 4-H Chick Chain Show. At this show they will bring their best two pullets to show and sale. For more information about the Chick project or other 4-H clubs and activities contact Sarah Butterworth, 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent for Mobile County.

Healthy Tips for 2016

Now is the time to dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle in 2016 with these food, nutrition and physical activity tips.

Eat Breakfast

Start your morning with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Try making a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, low-fat cheese, salsa and a whole wheat tortilla or a parfait with low-fat plain yogurt, fruit and whole grain cereal.
Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits veggies add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber to your plate. Make 2 cups of fruits and 2 ½ cups of vegetables your daily goal. Experiment with different types, including fresh, frozen and canned.

Watch Portions Sizes

Get out the measuring cups and see how close your portions are to the recommended serving of fat-free or low-fat milk or yogurt.

Be Active

Regular physical activity has so many health benefits. Start by doing what exercise you can for at least 10 minutes at a time. Children and teens should get 60 minutes of physical activity per day, and adults should get two hours and 30 minutes per week. You don’t have to hit the gym – take a walk after dinner or play a game of catch or basketball.

Fix Healthy Snacks

Healthy snacks can sustain your energy levels between meals, especially when they include a combination of foods. Choose from two or more of the MyPlate food groups: grain, fruits, vegetables, dairy and protein. Try raw veggies with low-fat cottage cheese, hummus, or a tablespoon or peanut butter with an apple or banana.

Consult an RDN

Whether you want to eat better to lose weight, lower your risk or manage a chronic disease, consult the experts! Registered dietitian nutritionists can help you by providing sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice.

Follow Food Safety Guidelines

Reduce your chances of getting sick by practicing proper food safety. This includes regular hand washing, separating raw protein foods from ready-to-eat foods, cooking foods to the appropriate temperature to slow bacteria growth. www.homesafety.org

Dine Out without Ditching Your Goals

You can eat our and stick to your healthy eating plan! The key is to plan ahead, ask questions and choose foods carefully. Compare nutrition information, if available, and look for healthier options that are grilled, baked, or steamed.

Enact Family Meal Time

Plan to eat as a family at least a few times a week. Set a regular mealtime. Turn off the TV, phones and other electronic devices to encourage mealtime talk. Get kids involved in meal planning and cooking and use this time to teach them about good nutrition.

Banish Brown Bag Boredom

Whether it’s a lunch for work or school, prevent brown bag boredom with easy-to-fix, healthy lunch ideas. Try a whole-wheat pita pocket with veggies soup with whole grain crackers or a salad or mixed greens with low-fat dressing.

Drink More Water

Quench your thirst by drinking water instead of sugary drinks. Stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water if you are active, live or work in hot conditions, or are an older adult.

Explore New Foods and Flavors

Add more nutrition and eating pleasure by expanding your range of food choices. When hopping, make a point of selecting a fruit, vegetable or whole grain that’s new to you and your family. Try different versions of familiar foods like purple asparagus, Honeycrisp apples, broccoflower or quinoa.

Eat Seafood Twice a Week

Seafood-fish and shellfish-contains a range of nutrients including healthy omega-3 fats. Salmon, trout, oysters and sardines are higher in omega’3s and lower in mercury.

Cut Back on Added Sugars

Foods and drinks with added sugars can contribute empty calories and little or no nutrition. Reviewing ingredients on the food label can help you identify sources of added sugar. Visit www.choosemyplate.gov for more information. Source: Eat Right Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Here is a delightful dish that’s easy to prepare and delicious from our Right Bite Diabetic Cooking School. It’s called:

Lemon Chicken

4 – 4 ounce skinless, boneless chicken breasts
½ teaspoon Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper Seasoning
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 green onions, sliced
8 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms
2 tablespoons lemon juice

  1. Sprinkle chicken evenly with lemon pepper.
  2. In medium non-stick skillet, sauté the onion, mushrooms and chicken. Cover and cook 5 minutes.
  3. Turn chicken and add lemon juice.
  4. Cover and reduce heat to low.
  5. Cook 5 minutes longer until chicken is done (internal temperature 170 degrees F.).

Makes 4 Servings

Calories: 174
Carbohydrate: 4 grams
Fat: 5 grams
Protein: 28 grams
Sodium: 79 milligrams
Fiber: 1 gram
Cholesterol: 66 milligrams
Exchanges: 4 very lean meats, 1 vegetable

Mobile County Produce


Buy Fresh, Buy Local is part of a national trend to be more informed about the fruit and vegetables we eat each day. The Mobile County Extension Office provides educational programs and support to both our local fruit and vegetable producers and home garden enthusiasts. Our own Master Gardener Farm to Table events additionally promote eating fresh and buying local in the spirit of a healthier lifestyle for the whole family. “Grow your own” gardening techniques are highlighted by Master Gardeners in the Extension Demonstration Gardens located at the Jon Archer Agricultural Center. Daily home and garden questions can be answered by calling 1-800-252-4769, the Master Gardener Helpline.

Downlaod our tri-fold brochure for information on local farmers markets in the Mobile area, and u-pic operations as well. For more information on farmers markets, for both consumers and farmers, please visit the ACES Farmers Markets website.

Annual Report 2014


As we remember our roots during this year of celebrating 100 years of Cooperative Extension we also look forward as our vision spans far into the future meeting the digital demands of the 21st century. Discover how we balance the latest technological advances with the elegance of the human connection as we make lasting, meaningful changes in people’s lives.

Here in Mobile County join us as we take this opportunity to look back on 2013 in regard to the impact Extension programming has on our local citizens. The core values of Alabama Cooperative Extension – research-based information, relevant programming, and relationships – are changing the way Mobilians live their everyday lives!

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