Jasper County is the Butterfly Capital of Texas — because of the monarch butterfly migration through East Texas every spring and fall. The monarch butterfly is the state insect of Texas. Butterfly Festival is the first Saturday in October and includes butterfly releases, the master gardener plant sale, and free tours of the Butterfly House.
For gardeners, here’s recommended planting dates for East Texas crops, click here: Jasper County Vegetable Growing Guide
Keep up with us on FACEBOOK; click on links below and then LIKE our Jasper County agents’ pages:
For Agriculture: facebook.com/Jasperagriculture
For Health & Wellness: facebook.com/jaspercountyfcs
Our temporary office while the courthouse annex is remodeled is at 103 E. Houston, St., Jasper, TX 75951, across from the courthouse. Our phone number remains the same, 409-384-3721, and our office hours are Monday – Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. WE EXPECT TO MOVE BACK TO THE ANNEX before Christmas!
Jasper County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension services offers a variety of educational outreach services including Master Gardener & Master Naturalist; 4-H and youth education; health and nutrition; and Ag and natural resources programs.
Jasper Farmers Market is Saturday mornings during the growing season, May – November. Call our office at 409-384-3721 for details. Vendor forms for 2015 are under the farmers market tab.
Jasper County is located in East Texas and the county seat, Jasper, is 115 miles northeast of Houston and 23 miles west of the Sabine River and Louisiana. It lies half way between Beaumont and Lufkin. Jasper is surrounded by numerous rivers, national and state forests for fishing, hunting, camping and boating, and three major lakes, Lake Sam Rayburn, Toledo Bend and Steinhagen, also known as Dam B. It is home to Martin Dies Jr. State Park, and a state fish hatchery near Brookeland.
The 4-H program in Jasper County offers a variety of activities for youth, third grade through 19 years of age. The Jasper County Junior Livestock Show and Sale is in March. Click on the 4-H tab for newsletters and links to state 4-H websites.
Jasper County ranks as one of the biggest producers of forestry-related products in all of Texas based on gross receipts from timber production. The County is fairly diversified agriculturally with producers in beef cattle, hay production, row crops, nurseries and hunting leases. It is our goal to provide quality research-based information, educational programs and technical assistance to the people of Jasper County.