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Water Wheels: Outdoor Water Conservation Laboratory
The Home Grounds Water Wheels: Outdoor Water Conservation Laboratory is a 36-foot mobile water conservation laboratory. This mobile lab is available to travel all over Alabama bringing c…

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Urban Green

Urban Green
The Home Grounds Urban Green component introduces sustainable landscaping management practices, including green space development, by revitalizing downtown areas and improving the utilization of urban spaces for community aest…

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Junior Master Gardener

The Alabama Junior Master Gardener program is committed to helping young people become gardeners and contributing citizens. The curriculum provides a hands-on approach to learning horticulture, environmental science, leadership, and life s…

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Social-Emotional Competence Begins At Home

 

Family life brings many joys and, for parents, many responsibilities. Whether it’s preparing children to learn and do well in school or teaching them how to treat others with respect, parents are the first and most important tea…

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4-H Yoga

Practicing yoga can help improve flexibility, strengthen muscles and improve balance as well as help youth develop life-long healthy habits that we hope will be sustained long-term. Yoga is noncompetitive and individually focused with no pe…

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Bobwhite Quail Management

The Bobwhite quail was once the most popular game bird in the South. When most agricultural crops were grown in small patches, quail thrived throughout the state. High densities of bobwhites, largely a by-product of land-use pattern…

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Ticks & Tick-borne Illnesses in Alabama

What is a tick, why do ticks bite, and why does it matter?

Ticks are very small external parasites that feed by sucking blood from animals (hosts), including mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Most ticks go throu…

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Controlling Damage from Moles and Voles

Damage to your property may be caused by moles or voles. Knowing the difference between the two animals is essential to controlling the problem.

Moles and voles, while both tunnel makers, are distinct in behavior and in the…

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Cereal Leaf Beetle: A Pest of Small Grains

The cereal leaf beetle, Olema melanopus, was introduced from Europe into Michigan in the 1950s and is slowly spreading southward. It is now well established throughout the northern half of Alabama and Georgia and is partially establishe…

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Sugarcane Aphid: A New Sorghum Pest of North America

The sugarcane aphid is a serious economic problem on grain sorghum in Mexico and the Caribbean, the southern states along the U.S. Gulf Coast, and in more northern locations after the aphids migrate from the south.
Distribution
The sugarc…

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Food Facts

Food Facts
The Home Grounds Food Facts component provides researched-based information on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), modern agricultural practices, food development, and testing to help communities make wise food choices based …

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VIP: Volunteer in Urban Programs

Volunteer. Give Back. Make a difference.
We need your help as we work to:

Build strong families & communities
Promote healthy eating, exercise, and food safety
Reduce bullying and enhance leadership skills
Promote hom…

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High Tunnel Crop Production Handbook

Farmers, especially vegetable and fruit producers, are always looking for ways to boost production and extend their growing seasons. High tunnel production is a method with growing popularity. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has …

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