Agrilife Extension Service
Events from the Parker County Agrilife Extension Service
Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:00am
Making Salsas and Drying Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs will be held Friday, July 18. The class will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will cost $20. The registration will include recipes, canning supplies, ingredients and handouts. Participants should bring a sack lunch. The workshop will be held at the Parker County Agricultural Service Center, 604 North Main Street in Weatherford.
The workshop will cover the basics of making salsas and the principles of drying/dehydrating foods. Participants will have the opportunity to make several kinds of salsas and practice dehydrating foods.
Participants who have water bath canners and/or dehydrators are asked to bring them in case they are needed for the workshop.
This workshop is limited to 15 participants. Registration is requested by Wednesday, July 16 by calling 817-598-6168.
Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:00am
Basic Food Preservation will be held Friday, June 27. The class will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will cost $20. The registration will include recipes, canning supplies for the workshop, and handouts. Participants should bring a sack lunch. The workshop will be held at the Couts United Methodist Church, 802 North Elm Street, in the gym kitchen.
Participants will learn how to safely preserve food using the pressure canner and the water bath canner. The workshop will be helpful for beginners and those who need a refresher course in food preservation. Participants will learn how to safely can foods. They will also have the opportunity to can vegetables.
Participants who have pressure canners or water bath canners are asked to bring their canners in case they are needed for the workshop. Canner gauge testing will be available for those who need theirs tested as well.
This workshop will be limited to 15 participants. Registration is requested by Wednesday, June 25 by calling 817-598-6168.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Parker County will offer a Safe Sitter course Monday, March 10 at the Parker County Agricultural Service Center in Weatherford from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $50 for materials and lunch.
Safe Sitter teaches boys and girls 11 to 16 how to handle crises, how to keep children secure and how to nurture and guide young children. In the process, these participants will emerge as more confident, responsible and compassionate teens and adults.
The training will cover babysitting as a business; how to care for a choking infant or child; CPR; Injury prevention; how to care for children including diapering, feeding, holding and entertaining; and behavioral management.
Class space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To register for Safe Sitter, call the Parker County Extension office at 817-598-6168.
Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will offer parenting classes March 19 and 20 at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center. The classes will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day and will include lunch. The cost to attend the class is $10 per person for the two-day class. Scholarships are available.
The parenting classes will use the curriculum “Screamfree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool,” a series by Dr. Hal Edward Runkel.
Lessons will focus on how to become the parent your kids need and about keeping your cool. Also covered in the classes will be a presentation on Feeding Your Children, Food Safety and Shopping Strategies for Healthy Eating.
Pre-registration is requested by March 17. For information or to register call the Parker County Extension office at 817-598-6168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will host a Twogether in Texas Marriage Education class Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class will be held at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center and will be free of charge.
After completing the class, couples will receive a certificate that can be taken to the county clerk to save $60 on a marriage license. Couples will not have to wait 72 hours to be married. The waiting period is waived for couples who complete the course.
The class focuses on helping couples develop communication and conflict resolution skills and other tools for building strong relationships.
Pre-registration is required. To register call 817-598-6168 or email: email@example.com.
Parker County will conduct a two-hour personal financial management class, “Managing Your Money,” Thursday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center, 604 North Main Street in Weatherford.
The class is for anyone interested in how to better manage their money, but it also for people who are in bankruptcy Chapter 7 and/or 13.
The intent of the course is to increase financial knowledge and skills, topics everyone filing for bankruptcy needs to know. The topics covered will include Developing a Spending Plan, Money Management, Wise Use of Credit and Consumer information.
There is a $10 charge to attend the class. For more information or to register call (817) 598-6168.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will offer parenting classes from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 22 and 23, 2014 at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center. The classes will be $10 per person for the two day class and will include lunch.
The parenting classes will use the curriculum “Becoming A Love and Logic Parent” by Jim Fay and Charles Fay. The curriculum will cover, Raising Responsible Kids, The Love and Logic Formula, C Stands for Control, Ownership of the Problem, Thinking and Decision Making, Consequences. Also covered in the classes will be Keeping Children Healthy, Food Safety and Shopping Strategies for Healthy Eating.
Pre-registration is requested by Jan. 17. For information or to register, call the Parker County Extension office at 817-598-6168.
Come learn all about what it takes to “Grow Your Own Parker County Peaches” at an informative program to be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Parker County Agricultural Services Center meeting room, 604 North Main in Weatherford. The $10 cost is payable at the door.
Guest speaker Bob Whitney, a retired County Extension Agent who now lives in Comanche, is well known for his work in fruit crops and pecans. He, along with Extension Agent John Green, will discuss site preparation, recommended varieties, planting and training young trees, fertility and water requirements, tree pruning, controlling insects and disease, and thinning the crop and harvesting.
For those attending with a pesticide applicator license, 1 CEU will be offered toward their re-certification.
Hosted by the Parker County Extension Ag. Committee and the Parker County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Green invites all interested in peach growing to attend.
Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, disability, religion, age or national origin. Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service, or accommodation in order to participate in this meeting are encouraged to contact the Parker County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at (817)598-6168 for assistance.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services of Parker, Palo Pinto, Jack, Wise and Young counties will host a Pecan Show on Dec. 3 at the Palo Pinto County Extension Office located at 221 South 5th Ave. in Palo Pinto. If you would like to enter your pecans, you should have them at the office in Palo Pinto by 9 a.m. on December 3. I f you are interested in the show or have any questions, please contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office of Parker County at 817-598-6168. Winners from each division will advance to the Regional Show to be held in Commanche, TX on Dec. 10, 2013.
An evening program on getting started in beekeeping, offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Parker County, will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov 14, at the Agricultural Services Center, 604 North Main, Weatherford. Registration is $10 per person and may be paid at the door.
This program is for people who are interested in bees and beekeeping but don’t know where to start, said Jon Green, AgriLife Extension Agent, Parker County. Green said the program will consist of presentations by beekeepers Bill Young and La Vonda Becker, both of the Dino-Bee Beekeepers Club. Their topics will cover bee biology and behavior, setting up a hive and the items needed, bee health, and other related topics. Also, Rod Owen of the Parker County Appraisal District will be present to discuss ag valuation of property from beekeeping.