Agrilife Extension Service
Events from the Parker County Agrilife Extension Service
The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service of Parker County, in cooperation with the Parker County Master Gardeners, will conduct a workshop entitled Creating and Maintaining a Healthy, Drought-Tolerant and Sustainable Landscape.
The class will be held at the Parker County Extension Office at 604 N. Main Street, Suite 200, Saturday, Aug. 16 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. With the ever-increasing restrictions on water use in Parker County, there is a need for all of us to develop landscapes that rely on less water use and conserve other resources. This class will cover designing a sustainable landscape, appropriate use of water, taking care of soil, selecting appropriate hardy and drought-tolerant plants, and conserving natural resources through responsible fertilization and integrated pest management.
To attend the class, the charge is $10. The fee will cover the costs of handouts, refreshments and lunch. For more information about the water conservation class, contact the Parker County Extension Office at 817-598-6168. Pre-registration is requested by Aug. 12.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Parker County will host a Moncrief Cancer Breast Screening Wednesday, Aug. 6 in Weatherford at the Parker County Agricultural Service Center, 604 North Main St. The screenings will take place from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. The mammograms are fully funded for women without insurance. Medicare and most insurances will be accepted.
Screening is recommended for women age 35 and older. The mobile unit is designed for routine screening only. Those who have had any breast problems should contact their physician.
To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 800-405-7735.
Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will offer parenting classes Aug. 19 and 21 at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center. The classes will be from 1-5 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 Coo,l” a series by Dr. Hal Edward Runkel. Lessons will focus on how to become the parent your kids need by 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 Aug. 15. For information or to register call the Parker County Extension office at 817-598-6168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wed, 07/30/2014 (All day)
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Parker County is offering a youth sewing camp from 9 a.m.-noon, Aug. 5-7 at the Parker County Agricultural Service Center, 604 N. Main Street in Weatherford.
The camp is for youth 8-18 year old and will include basic sewing skills. Participants will work on and take home a variety of projects. Fabric and supplies will be provided for the sewing projects. Campers will need to bring a working sewing machine (there will be a few supplied), scissors, pins, needles and a seam ripper.
Cost of the three-day camp is $40 per participant. Space is limited. Registration deadline is July 30.
Participants must register with the Parker County 4-H office to attend, 817-598-6172.
To comply with current pesticide handling laws, those who use certain pesticides must receive training on the proper use, storage, and disposal of these chemicals. A license is required of anyone who purchases and/or applies a restricted-use or state-limited use pesticide for the production of an agricultural commodity. Restricted-use pesticides are classified by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Texas Department of Agriculture classifies state-limited use pesticides. Product labels indicate restricted-use pesticides, while state regulations list state-limited use chemicals.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service provides private applicator introductory courses that can prepare applicators to qualify for a license by passing a test. Anyone wishing to become a licensed private applicator can attend a training Wednesday, July 9 at the Parker County Extension office, 604 North Main, Weatherford. The training program is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An 80-page private applicator training manual and a copy of the current pesticide and herbicide laws and regulations are available at the Extension office for $40 (cash or check). It is recommended that these be purchased prior to the day of the training to begin familiarizing yourself with the material. There is an additional $10 fee (cash or check) the day of the training.
After the training class, the Texas Department of Agriculture will contact applicants with instructions on how to schedule a test. Licenses expire in five years but can be renewed by obtaining 15 Continuing Education Units during that period.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will offer a one-day food manager certification training course, “Food Safety: It’s Our Business,” for food service managers Monday, July 14.
The training will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the examination being conducted at 5 p.m. The course will take place at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center, 604 North Main St. in Weatherford.
The course fee is $115 and includes training, course book, handouts, materials and the National Restaurant ServSafe Certified Professional Food Manager examination. The course book can be picked up a week in advance of the class date for those who have pre-registered. The deadline to pre-register is July 7.
The program is designed not only to prepare food service managers to pass the certification examination, but will provide valuable education regarding the safe handling of food. Special attention to food safety will help keep the many customers served safe and satisfied.
For a registration form and more information about the Food Manger Certification Training course of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, contact Kathy Smith, Parker County Extension Agent at 817-598-6168.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will offer a Safe Sitter course Wednesday, July 2 at the Parker County Agricultural Service Center in Weatherford from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Safe Sitter is a medically accurate program that teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 16 how to handle emergencies when caring for children. The class teaches safe and nutritious child care techniques, behavior management skills and appropriate responses to medical emergencies.
The cost of the program is $50 that will cover workbook and lunch. To register for Safe Sitter, call the Parker County Extension office at 817-598-6168.
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.