2018 4-H Chick Chain Results

2018 4-H Chick Chain The final link in the 4-H Chick Chain project closed on Saturday as 4-H members from the northwest extension district participated in a showmanship and skill-a-thon contest and brought their best birds for judging. Showmanship –  This tests youth on how knowledgeable they are about the care, nutrition and health of their …

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Preparing for a Disaster – Keeping Your 4-H Project Animals Safe

Be Prepared and Have a Plan This time last year, we were helping our 4-H friends all over Florida recover from Hurricane Irma.  Hurricane season has been quiet in Florida so far, but that doesn’t mean we need to let our guard down – we still have two more months of hurricane season. So,what would …

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Hitting the Mark – 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteers Ready to Lead!

Ready to Lead Sixteen 4-H volunteers joined ranks with one of Florida 4-H’s largest projects by earning their Level One Shooting Sports Instructor certification September 8.  Training participants included 4-H volunteers and UF/IFAS Extension staff from Escambia, Holmes, Jefferson, Marion, Wakulla, Walton, Union and Alachua counties.  What sets 4-H instructor training apart from other shooting sports …

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It’s Fair Season – a Family Guide to Fair Exhibits

It’s that time of year again – Fair Season!   I can just smell the delicious scents of midway foods and see and hear the lights and squeals on carnival rides?  But to most 4-H families, fairs go way beyond food and rides.  During fair season, youth throughout the state dress up with pride in their 4-H …

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Is this Extracurricular Right for my Child? Try this 10-Point Checklist

With so many extracurriculars available these days, parents and kids are overwhelmed with choices. To choose the right one, know what to prioritize, says Heather Kent, associate director of the Florida 4-H youth development program, part of University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. “The 4-H motto is ‘To make the best …

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Connecting Healthy Foods to Local Agriculture during 4-H Camp

Cooking with Florida Produce Knowing how to cook and being comfortable in the kitchen is an important life skill that has enduring benefits. Leon County 4-H hosted a culinary day camp with a unique twist:  educating youth about Florida produce and local agriculture.  In addition to teaching culinary techniques and nutrition, youth learned foundational cooking …

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The Subtle Differences Series: Diversity

I recently the privilege to attend a national training conducted by Washington State University called Navigating Differences. The goal of the program was to help people become culturally competent.  No magic pill exists to make us instantly culturally competent.  We have to be willing to engage in and grow through the process.  According to a …

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GaGa…What?

GAGA BALL If your youth has attended 4-H Camp Timpoochee or Cherry Lake with the UF/IFAS 4-H Camping Program, they’ve had the chance to play GaGa Ball. You’re probably wondering what kind of name is GaGa ball.  It’s not just a made-up name.  GaGa ball has a rich history.  GaGa is translated from Hebrew as …

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Happy National Ice Cream Day!

That’s right! It’s National Ice Cream Day, and you know in 4-H we learn by doing.  So let’s beat the summer heat and make some ice cream! Ingredients 1 c. half-and-half 2 tbsp. sugar 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 3 c. ice 1/3 c. kosher salt Toppings of your choice Directions 1.     In a small …

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