In this Issue:
  • Remember the 3 R’s! – Earth Day April 22, 2017
  • Local Farmers Inspire the Next Generation about Agriculture
  • Teaching Agriculture from the Ground Up
  • Volunteering Makes Good Sense
  • Follow the 5 D’s of Mosquito Prevention!
  • 4-H Teaches Youth to Think Globally and Act Locally Through Energy Conservation Education
  • 4-H Grows: Environmentally Conscientious Youth!
  • Ways to Water Safety
  • Preparing for Summer Camp
  • Growing Entrepreneurs through 4-H Gardens
  • Environmental Sciences

    Remember the 3 R’s! – Earth Day April 22, 2017

    Do you remember the 3 R’s?  If you are over the age of forty you are probably thinking of a classroom, a teacher, and learning about Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic.  These are the basic standards for learning, of course.  However, it is now 2017and the 3 R’s have a new meaning to a new generation …

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    Local Farmers Inspire the Next Generation about Agriculture

    Fred and Bobbie Golden relocated to Jefferson County from Lakeland, Florida in 2000 to establish Golden Acres Ranch LLC.  The sixty-three-acre ranch is home to one of the largest mayhaw ponds in the region, grass fed goat & sheep, free-range chickens, guineas, pet boarding, and a country store. Bobbie and Fred have genuine love for …

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    Teaching Agriculture from the Ground Up

    What has 1600 eyes, 1600 legs, can be male or female, and has enough energy collectively to send a rocket to the moon? The 3rd – 5th graders that participate in the multi-county 4-H Ag Adventures Program! This educational adventure is held annually during September at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center in …

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    Volunteering Makes Good Sense

    In a world where so many things don’t make sense, Nate Grimsley has discovered something that does.  Ten years ago, Nate’s daughter won 1st place at the Leon County 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Program and was awarded a full scholarship to Camp Cherry Lake.  Nate had attended camp at Cherry Lake as a camper decades …

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    Follow the 5 D’s of Mosquito Prevention!

    It’s February in Florida and as the weather gets warmer we Floridians start to turn our attention to the thousands of outdoor activities our beautiful state has to offer.  Florida is not just known for its natural beauty, it is also known for it abundance of mosquitoes. With the mosquito transmitted Zika virus making headline …

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    4-H Teaches Youth to Think Globally and Act Locally Through Energy Conservation Education

    By 2050, the United Nations estimates that the total population will total around 9 billion people globally (United Nations: 2004). Meeting the challenge of addressing the needs of so many people is an opportunity for growth that can be gained through scientific developments and personal responsibility, areas in which 4-H eagerly works to educate youth …

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    4-H Grows: Environmentally Conscientious Youth!

    4-H literally got its start with gardening. The very first 4-H Clubs focused on growing tomatoes and corn for boys and canning for girls. Many youth and volunteers still enjoy gardening projects today.  One great curricula that is used is the Junior Master Gardening Program. This program allows youth to enhance their life using gardening …

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    Ways to Water Safety

    Like Dr. Seuss said, “It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.”  With over 11,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways, 4,136 miles of beaches, coastlines, and shorelines, and 4,308 square miles of total water area, Floridians can enjoy time on the water year-round.  Whether you’re out cruising the river, fishing for …

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    Preparing for Summer Camp

    School is out and the summer is quickly approaching. As a kid, this was my favorite time of the year because in a few weeks I would be off to summer camp. I was always excited about summer camp because it was a time to make new friends while participating in my favorite outdoor activities. …

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    Growing Entrepreneurs through 4-H Gardens

    Garden-based education is taking America by storm. While this is concept dates as far back as the seventeenth century, it certainly feels like the popular movement of the day. 4-H has been using garden based education since 1902 with tomato and corn clubs to teach life skills such as resiliency, planning and organizing, and communication. …

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