Tuesday, March 31, 2015

5 Reasons to Buy from the Festhalle Farmer's Market


CP&R's Festhalle Farmer's Market will have its season opening on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 7am-2pm. The Farmer's Market which is located on Arnold St. and 1st Ave. will be offering a full slate of farmers this season with all of your produce needs from fresh strawberries, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, corn, and every other form of produce you can imagine. So why should YOU stop by and buy from the farmer's market? Here are a few reasons to think about!

1. Supporting Local Farmers
Cullman has a major heritage as an agricultural center across the state with agriculture being the number one industry in Cullman County. Our local farmer's work hard through the seasons to produce some of the most delicious local fruits and vegetables in the area, and supporting the number industry in the county is good for everyone. Supporting our farmers supports our entire community and local economy.

2. Fresher Produce.
With produce that is most of the time picked off the vine just hours before being brought to market, the freshness of your purchases cannot be beat. Most fruits and vegetables are grown dozens of states away, picked, and shipped here to Alabama. By the time produce gets to the grocery store alone, it may have already been 7-12 days; in addition, grocery stores will also keep produce on their shelves for a number of days after receiving merchandise. We guarantee you will taste the difference.

3. More Nutritious Options.
Because most produce can be weeks old when purchased in the grocery stores, much of the nutritious value of the produce is lost. In fact, the longer produce sits around, the more vitamins, nutrients, and value it has once it is eaten. Local produce picked only hours before purchasing will have the maximum value of nutrition for you and your family.

4. Know the Source of Your Produce.
You may never know where your vegetation comes from in the grocery store, or what processes, chemicals, fertilizer, or pesticides have been used on your produce. With the Festhalle Farmer's Market, our farmers are on site to answer any questions about their products, and you have the options for more natural pesticides.

5. Connect with the Community
The farmer's market is not just an exchange of fresh produce, but also an exchange of good times and memories. Our local farmers are part of our community, and the market is a great place to see old friends, bring your kids for a fun time, and enjoy new friendships from across Cullman County.


If YOU are interested in the Farmer's Market, don't miss out on our new line-up of offerings this year including new extended farmer's market hours, festivals, and the return of Eat on the Street. For more information on all these special activities and offerings, visit us online at www.cullmanrecreation.org.



-Waid Harbison
Marketing, Programs, & Events Coordinator
Cullman City Parks & Recreation






Monday, March 23, 2015

Baseball, Softball, and T-Ball Schedules

2015 CP&R Baseball, Softball, and T-Ball Schedules
 










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Program Information
Spring Session 2015


Rock Climbing – Hurricane Creek Park – Estimated Duration: 3-4 hours

Date: April 11 at 9am

Participants will enjoy a fun outing scaling up the rock bluffs at Hurricane Creek Park with the aid of ropes and other professional gear. All essential climbing equipment will be provided and guided by our professional instructor, John Wesley McCrary.
Participants need to bring:

·         Closed toed shoes

·         Water/water bottle

·         Snacks

·         Backpack

·         Any needed medications

·         Rain jacket

·         Coat/jacket/layers depending on weather

 

Wilderness Survival – Hurricane Creek Park – Estimated Duration: 3-4 hours

Date: April 18 at 9am

Participants will learn through hands on examples and experience. We will go over the process of being stranded, finding and making shelter, and being found, all in the order of their importance. You will learn vital, necessary skills including how to build an emergency survival shelter to how to build a fire from scratch and how to obtain drinking water and basic orientation.

Participants need to bring:

·         Closed toed shoes

·         Water/water bottle

·         Snacks

·         Backpack

·         Any needed medications

·         Rain jacket

·         Coat/jacket/layers depending on weather

·         Pocket knife (4-6” blade)

 

Hiking – Sipsey River Trail – Estimated Duration: 3-5 hours

Date: April 25 at 9am

On this easy to moderate hike in about 2-4 miles along the banks for the Sipsey River, participants will enjoy the beauty that the Bankhead National Forrest has to offer.

Participants need to bring:

·         Closed toed shoes

·         Water/water bottle

·         Snacks

·         Backpack

·         Any needed medications

·         Rain jacket

·         Coat/jacket/layers depending on weather

 

Rappelling – Hurricane Creek Park – Estimated Duration: 3-5 hours

Date: May 2 at 9am

Participants will be back to HCP for a thrilling time spent descending the cliffs that are situated between the top of the canyon and the creek side.

Participants need to bring:

·         Closed toed shoes

·         Water/water bottle

·         Sack lunch (we will not be back before lunch)

·         Backpack

·         Any needed medications

·         Rain jacket

·         Coat/jacket/layers depending on weather

 

Hiking – Borden Creek Trail – Estimated Duration: 3-5 hours

Date: May 9 at 9am

Participants need to bring:

·         Closed toed shoes

·         Water/water bottle

·         Sack lunch (we will not be back before lunch)

·         Backpack

·         Any needed medications

·         Rain jacket

·         Coat/jacket/layers depending on weather

 

Canoeing/Paddling – Brushy Lake – Estimated Duration: 4-6 hours

Date: May 16 at 9am

Participants will be wrapping up their 6 week outdoor adventure program with nice, leisurely easy paddle on one Brushy Lake located in the Bankhead National Forrest.

Participants need to bring:

·         Closed toed shoes

·         Water/water bottle

·         Snacks

·         Sack lunch (we will not be back before lunch)

·         Backpack

·         Any needed medications

·         Rain jacket

·         Coat/jacket/layers depending on weather

 

May 23  will be a make-up day if any activities are rained out, or if the group needs to be split between two paddling days.

Parents are welcome to attend and participate each adventure free of charge; however, parents will not have access to canoes/kayaks on paddling days, but will be able to watch their child.

Parents must plan to drive their child to each outdoor adventure or plan on allowing their child to carpool with another parent. CP&R is NOT responsible for transportation. We will meet at a group each Saturday at 9am at the Cullman Civic Center to travel to each destination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

CP&R Community Garden Coming in March

Cullman City Parks & Recreation has shown a long history of bringing in new and innovative facilities and programs into our community with multiple new projects and developments in the works at any given time. CP&R's Community Garden will be the newest of these projects opening up on Tuesday, March 31, at Nesmith Park.

So why garden? CP&R will be offering the Community Garden to anyone to utilize for just $35 for the entire 2015 season. This will make gardening available to those with limited space or resources, as well as allow for gardening to be a group activity in which to meet friends and enjoy some leisure time outdoors. Aside from the fun aspect, gardening also offers the opportunity for cheap produce to be used in your kitchen at a much more affordable rate than the grocery store; healthier eating will be another major benefit of the garden, offering fresh vegetables to those who sign up for a plot.

In addition to the available plots, a series of gardening classes will be offered taking individuals through the entire process from planting, nurturing, maintaining, and collecting produce in the garden. Classes are $75 and will be held on Tuesday nights at 6pm at the Community Garden starting on March 31. These classes will be a great way to learn about gardening and have a successful plot in the garden; a gardening plot is also include with these classes.

CP&R's Community Garden will also be utilized in several other ways including educational such as teaching area students about the gardening process, gardening for CP&R's special needs program, and a program raising produce to be donated to local charities by those who opt in to the program in the garden. The project has also been aided by a partnership with the Cullman Agriplex and Cullman County Extension Office who will assist in the educational needs of the garden.

Gardening plots will be 4'x8' spaces in raised beds; all gardening tools and equipment will be provided for those with gardening plots as well as several water hoses for watering garden plots. A group work session will be held each Saturday from 8am-12pm at the garden where our gardening instructor will be on site to answer any questions or assist in the gardening process. Registration is now open and limited at the Cullman Civic Center; call 256-734-9157 to reserve your plot TODAY!

Waid Harbison
Marketing, Programs, & Events Coordinator
Cullman City Parks & Recreation