ACES Publications
ACES Shelby County December Newsletter

December 2016

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We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Poinsettia

Our most favorite holiday flower: The Poinsettia   Read More


Moving Forward After the Storm

Recent severe weather in northeast Alabama took lives and damaged property. For those beginning clean up and recovery efforts, Alabama Extension professionals have some tips to share. Dealing with Stress After a Storm Restoring homes and property after storm can be emotionally taxing and stressful. Be patient. This applies […]   Read More


Meet Me Under the Mistletoe

The holiday season is before us and soon men and women across the globe will be asked to meet their special someone “under the mistletoe.” However, many of those individuals do not know the science or history behind the long tradition and romantic symbol of mistletoe. Mistletoes […]   Read More


Farm City Day Connects Students To Agricultural Roots

AUTAUGAVILLE, Ala.—For more than sixty years, counties throughout Alabama have celebrated Farm City Week. Different events designed to bring rural and urban communities together happen throughout the state during the month of November. The 2016 Farm City Week theme is “Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet.” […]   Read More


Mama Jewels Fruitcake Cookies

These are the BEST fruitcake cookies!! Hope you enjoy. Mama Jewels Fruitcake Cookies: Ingredients 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup butter, at room temperature 1 cup packed brown sugar 3 eggs 2 tsps vanilla extract 1/2 cup milk […]   Read More


Fruitcake – Will it Last Forever?

Fruitcake – Will it Last Forever? I’ve always thought that, in the event of a nuclear apocalypse, the Earth will be populated solely by cockroaches, those Styrofoam hamburger containers that fast-food joints used in the 1980s, and fruitcakes. Since this is the season for loved ones to […]   Read More


Family Gardening: Growing Together

Many people look to gardening for the produce, stress relief or profit, but why not make it a family learning project. Incorporating children into a gardening project offers several benefits including life lessons, practical knowledge about vegetables and closer families. Learning Children learn responsibility when the family […]   Read More


Water Conservation Still Vital

Farmers and residents alike welcomed rains across Alabama, but an Alabama Extension water resource expert says one rain does not break a drought. Dr. Eve Brantley says the drought will persist and water conservation is necessary. Will 2-3 Inches Make a Dent? While two to 3 inches of […]   Read More








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