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Food Friday: Cheese Straws

The upcoming fall season holds events of every kind for families and friends. Fall is a popular time for family gatherings, parties, football tailgates and showers for new babies and new couples. What is on your menu? Fruits, punch, nuts and sweets are delicious, but every shower needs a platter of homemade cheese straws! If there isn’t a recipe you ... Read More »

Alabama Farmers Growing Sesame

Growing Sesame seeds

Producers across Alabama are trying their hand growing sesame, a crop that first hit the fields in the sixties. Sesame is a non-traditional crop growers have begun incorporating into seasonal rotations. History Alabama Extension specialists experimented with a sesame variety that posed a harvest problem as a rotation in the 1960s. Because of the difficulty harvesting and keeping seed in ... Read More »

Steer Clear of Touch-Me-Nots

Auburn, AL –Southern summers are the annual itchy time for many folks that enjoy the outdoors. Good outdoorsmen know what to do if a snake is spotted and have plans in place for contact with an unhappy wild animal, but wildlife is only part of the issue to consider when spending time in the great outdoors. Poison ivy and poison oak ... Read More »

Alabama Team Earns Third Place at National 4-H Forestry Invitational

2015 National Forestry Invitational

AUBURN, Alabama—The Alabama 4-H Forestry Judging team placed third among 14 state teams at the 36th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational held recently. Ginny Grace Gibbs, Mollie Watkins, Lydia Abernathy and Amber Watkins from Pickens County earned the right to represent Alabama at the national contest by winning the State 4-H Forestry Contest in June. The Invitational was held at Jackson’s ... Read More »

Food Friday: School Lunches

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School is back in full swing! There’s nothing better than starting the school year with a lunch you can be proud of, packed with delicious foods the kids will love. One way to help ensure an active mind is to eat a healthy meal packed with proteins and other essential vitamins and minerals. Check out these easy-to-make, packable lunches, or ... Read More »

Gregg Takes Reins of Alabama 4-H

AUBURN, Alabama—Dr. Molly Gregg has been named Alabama Extension’s new assistant director for 4-H programs. Gregg, who brings more than 15 years of experience with Alabama 4-H, assumed the leadership of the state’s largest youth organization on August 1. Dr. Gary Lemme, Alabama Extension director, said Gregg steps into the 4-H leadership role at a critical time for the organization. ... Read More »

Food Friday: Cookies

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With an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits in the summer time, it’s easy to forget about the tastier things in life! Cookies are a favorite of all sweets-lovers. There is a size and a taste to please every tastebud. Try these recipes from Alabama Extension’s Auburn Cookbook. Which one is your favorite? Oatmeal Cookies 1 cup corn-oil margarine 1 ... Read More »

Food Friday: Pickles

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Cucumbers are a summertime favorite! Use the yummy green veggie to garnish a salad, make cucumber salsa or mix into a delicious summer side dish. Does your family have a favorite pickle recipe? How about pickling some cucumbers with the help of the Auburn Cookbook, an Alabama Extension publication. Quick Fresh-Pack Dill Pickles 18 pounds pickling cucumbers 1/2 cup pickling ... Read More »

Cucumbers to Pickles: Pickling Basics 101

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Are cucumber plants weighing you down? If salads and sandwiches have you all cucumbered out, try making some delicious pickles to can and save for later. To pickle vegetables, it is important to know canning basics. Here are some tips and tricks, tried and true, from the Alabama Extension Home Food Preservation Cookbook. Cucumbers aren’t the only vegetables used to make ... Read More »

Managing Soil Pests in the Garden

Even the most experienced gardeners have issues with pests in the garden. Alabama Extension Entomologist Ayanava Majumdar said if you plan to put in a fall garden, now is the time to take steps to reduce soil pests. Many home gardens are planted in areas previously covered in grass or turf. Tilling the garden area 30 days prior to planting ... Read More »