Cottage Food Law Food Safety Course Offered The new law, which went into effect June of 2014 allows anyone to sell nonhazardous foods made in the home directly to consumers. Nonhazardous foods specified by the new law include cakes, cookies, dried herbs, jams and jellies. This food safety course, which will be held on Tuesday, April 14th from 4-6 p.m. at the St. Clair County Extension Office, is required by the new Cottage Food Law & teaches basic food safety steps with the goal of ensuring that the food sold to friends and neighbors is as safe as possible. The food safety training course will be tailored to help cottage food entrepreneurs comply with this act. If you are interested in attending please either email Regional Extension Agent, Angela Treadaway, or contact her at the St. Clair County Extension Office at 205-338-9416. Cost is $25 and you must pre-register online to attend by visiting www.aces.edu/foodsafety.
Our 10th annual summer workshop series, the St. Clair County 4-H Clover Classroom, will be held throughout the month of July. All youth, ages 9-14, are eligible to participate. Participants are not required to be a 4-H member or live in St. Clair County to participate. The fee for each class is $5, except for the road trip which is $10. You must pre-register your child to attend. All classes have a limited number of spots available. Participants will receive a 4-H Clover Classroom t-shirt. Click here to see brochure with more information about workshops offered. Click here to print a registration form and here for the required Youth Consent Form. For more information, please contact Libby Perry, 4-H Agent Assistant, or Lee Ann Clark, County Extension Coordinator at (205) 338-9416.
Summer Master Gardener Short Course Offered
Over the last couple of years, several folks, including many teachers, have inquired about the possibility of having a summer Master Gardener class. Typically, the spring class is held once per week for 14 weeks. To accommodate schedules, a summer class will be held twice a week for seven weeks at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Classes will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m., beginning on Tuesday, June 9th and ending on Thursday, July 31st.
For more information, please contact Regional Extension Agent, Bethany O’Rear by phone at (205) 879-6964 x15. Please note that a minimum of 10 applicants is required in order to offer the course. The maximum class size is 40.
St. Clair County Veterans Outreach
Through a partnership with the St. Clair County Commission, the St. Clair County Extension office now has a Veterans Outreach program. It is led by Michael Wright, Agent Assistant. More than 7,300 veterans live in St. Clair County and the majority do not receive all of the benefits available to them. The goal of this outreach program is to meet the veterans and inform them of the benefits they are eligible for. If you are a veteran or know of a veteran in need of assistance, please contact us at the St. Clair County Extension office at (205) 338-9416. Also, please be sure to click on the link in the bulleted list above, Veteran's Information, for more information about this new program and resources available.
If you are 45 years old or older and want to learn how
to use the computer and navigate the internet, please call peer coach, Njoni Roberson, at the St. Clair County Extension office at (205)
338-9416. The program is FREE.This program is made possible
through a continued partnership with the Middle Alabama Area Agency on
Aging and is a national community service initiative which is intended
to reduce the digital divide among older adults.
(Click on the AL EDEN logo to visit the Extension Disaster Education Network)
Home Gardening Information Available
Free Soil Sample Boxes available at the St. Clair County Extension Office. Cost to have analyzed is $7/per sample.
Master Gardener/Horticulture Hotline #1-877-252-4769 Call toll-free, choose menu #5 for our area. Available Monday-Thursday, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Contact an Expert. Regional Extension Agents Charles Pinkston and Sallie Lee are available to answer your home horticulture, home garden, and home
pest management questions. They can be reached by phone at (205)
338-9416 or by email.
Free publications available at the St. Clair
County Extension office, located on the lower level of the St. Clair
County Courthouse in Pell City, and on this website. Just click the Publications link at the top of this page and type in what you are searching for.
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About St. Clair County
St. Clair County was created in November of 1818 by the Alabama
Territorial Legislature. It was named for General Arthur St. Clair who
came to America from Scotland as an ensign in the British Navy. The
county seat was incorporated and given the name Ashville, to honor John
Ash. In 1836, a portion of St. Clair County was divided to establish
Cherokee and DeKalb counties. After the Civil War in 1866, a northeast
section of the county was used to create Etowah County.
Current population is 83,593 with 88.2 percent white, 8.6 percent black, and 2.1 percent
hispanic and other. The county has twenty-five educational outlets
which include eleven elementary schools, seven middle schools, seven
high schools, and one community college.
Beef cattle, hay, tomatoes, poultry and sod are major agricultural
crops. Major industries include Avondale Mills and Chandler Mountain