In this Issue:
  • Exciting Updates for the 4-H Horticultural ID Contest
  • 4-H Alumnae Reconnect through Love of Horses
  • Local Farmers Inspire the Next Generation about Agriculture
  • Teaching Agriculture from the Ground Up
  • Judging Teams Grow Workforce Skills
  • Celebrate National Blueberry Month!
  • Spreading the “4-H Bug”
  • 4-H Grows: Environmentally Conscientious Youth!
  • Growing Entrepreneurs through 4-H Gardens
  • “From Seed to Plate” – Youth Enjoy the Fruits of Their Labor
  • Plant Sciences

    Plant Sciences

    Exciting Updates for the 4-H Horticultural ID Contest

    Horticulture is one of our state’s leading industries, and for decades, the 4-H Horticulture ID contest has helped youth learn about this industry and demonstrate mastery of horticultural identification skills.  Even if a youth does not pursue a career in the horticultural industry, learning the material for this contest can benefit them in other ways. …

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    4-H Alumnae Reconnect through Love of Horses

    Russell and Julie McMillian both grew up in Gulf County and together have established a thriving business based on their love of horses.  They now own a small farm in Dalkeith, just south of Wewahitchka, and their business Rockin’ M Ranch, consists of horseback riding lessons for beginners and beach rides for tourists and locals …

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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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    Judging Teams Grow Workforce Skills

    For parents who want their child to be prepared for the 21st century workforce, participating in a 4-H judging team may be the answer.  Several universities have recently published studies on the impacts 4-H judging teams have had on workforce readiness.  The University of Georgia surveyed over 1,300 4-H alumni who reported that judging programs …

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    Celebrate National Blueberry Month!

    Did you know that July is National Blueberry Month? Blueberries are in season now, and reasonably priced at grocery stores, fruit stands, and farmers’ markets.  Many growers also offer a “pick your own” service which can be a fun family outing.  The good news is that this delicious treat has many health benefits.  Blueberries are low …

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    Spreading the “4-H Bug”

    Jerry is a retiree and currently volunteers in the 4-H learning gardens in Calhoun County, working as he is available. He also answers my many gardening questions and offers advice. I’m grateful for his commitment to the Calhoun County 4-H program, and am glad to share his 4-H story with you today in his own …

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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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    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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    “From Seed to Plate” – Youth Enjoy the Fruits of Their Labor

    Did you know that something as simple as a garden can help youth not only learn to love vegetables, but also improve their science scores?  Fifth-graders at Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka Elementary Schools experienced the benefits of gardening this year through the 4-H Seed to Plate Program.  This program teaches youth how to plant, maintain, and harvest a …

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