Agriplex Garden Camp

The raised bed gardens at the North Alabama Agriplex are playing host to the foods that local kids planted Wednesday, as part of a gardening day camp program that calls for repeat visits through the summer. 

Let your kids square up for a barn dance, learn to recognize native woods, and up your pumpkin-decorating game this month at the North Alabama Agriplex, where the approach of fall has the agricultural education center buzzing with a busy slate of activities.

Saturday morning, the Agriplex will host a Farm Kids Cooking Club class, where kids can roll up their sleeves and create some tasty southern treats made from local recipes. Since everyone gets to taste what they (and their friends) make, it’s a great outing for the whole family. Attendance costs $5 per child, or $10 per family, and the course begins at the Agriplex at 9 a.m.

On Monday, take your first steps toward skillful sewing at the adult beginners’ sewing class, an introductory course designed to teach basic sewing machine skills through making four useful projects. The first in a weekly, four-part series, Monday’s class kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Agriplex.

Each participant will need to bring a working sewing machine (which means this is the perfect time to do a favor for that sewing enthusiast friend, if you don’t have a machine of your own). A supply list also will be sent out to registered participants in advance. Cost is $20, and seating space is limited.

Aspiring woodworkers, as well as anyone with a naturalist’s interest in local flora, will learn a lot from Tuesday’s Heritage Skills class on identifying local wood types in the Cullman and North Alabama areas. Taught by local woodworkers, the course acquaints participants with native woods, including the best woodworking use for each, and shows off examples of crafting projects made from each kind of wood. The class is $5 per person, and begins at 6 p.m.

Beyond next week, here’s a listing of additional classes and events scheduled for the Agriplex through the month of September:

September 13

Little Farmers Barnyard Dance — 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Twirl with the pig, do-si-do with the chickens. See square dancers and dance a little jig. Farm animals to visit. $5 per person.

September 18

Lunch & Learn Planting and Growing Fall Vegetables — 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

A free program with door prizes at each event. Each month features a new topic; for September, the focus is on seasonal veggies. Call 256-297-1044 to reserve your seat — and bring your own food to enjoy lunch while you learn!

September 26

Living Landscapes Succulent Pumpkin Centerpieces — 6 p.m.

Create and take home a pair of crafted designs from two pumpkins. Make a decorative pumpkin piece that can be used all through the fall as the perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Cost is $25 per person.

September 26

Heritage Homeschool Forestry — 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Learn how to identify local trees, discover products made from wood and get acquainted with the forestry-related industry in our area. Taught by local foresters. Cost is $8 per person, or $16 per family.

To register for any of the above courses, visit Agriplex.org online, click on the “Register” tab, and follow the link to the Agriplex’s new RecDesk registration system.

Benjamin Bullard can be reached by phone at 256-734-2131 ext. 145.

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