In this Issue:
  • Connecting Healthy Foods to Local Agriculture during 4-H Camp
  • Rainy Day Activities
  • What is 4-H Meat Judging?
  • Ghoulishly Good Practices for Halloween
  • 4-H Tailgate Cookery Contest
  • Celebrate National Blueberry Month!
  • Announcing the 4-H Tailgating Cookery Contest
  • Strengthen Families- Make Meal Time a Priority!
  • Tips for Healthier Holiday Cooking
  • 4-H Breads Project Leads to Life-Long Career
  • Food and Nutrition

    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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    Rainy Day Activities

    Summer is here, and I’m picturing long and lazy sunny days at the lake or beach. In Florida, the warm, sunny days of summer also bring afternoon thunderstorms and the possibility of tropical storms and occasional hurricanes. What to do on rainy summer days? During the summer months, the days of sunshine may be interrupted …

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    What is 4-H Meat Judging?

    Florida 4-H provides learning opportunities, camps, contests, shows and events in a multitude of areas for its members. The 4-H meat science project allows youth to learn about the different cuts of meat including quality factors that affect the safety and taste of the meat products we consume. The project culminates each year in April …

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    Ghoulishly Good Practices for Halloween

    From candy to pumpkins to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and adults alike. However, it can pose dangers.  To help make this year’s trick-or-treat a safe and fun time, follow these simple safety tips complied by the American Academy of Pediatrics. CREATIVE COSTUMES: Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make …

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    4-H Tailgate Cookery Contest

    Tailgating.  The smell of charcoal in the air.  Cooking over a hot grill.  Earning lots of scholarship money? The Florida 4-H Tailgate Contest completed its first year in 2016, giving out over $15,000 in scholarship money to 4-H members.  This was made possible by sponsorships from Winn-Dixie, National Beef, and Sonny’s.  In 2017, Sanderson Farms …

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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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    Announcing the 4-H Tailgating Cookery Contest

    The “unofficial start of summer” was Memorial Day and nothing makes me think of summer more than the sounds and yummy smells of grilling out with family and friends.  Not only do I get to spend time with the people I love, but I also have the added benefit adding protein to our diets using …

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    Strengthen Families- Make Meal Time a Priority!

    In a recent book entitled The Surprising Power of Family Meals, author Miriam Weinstein asks this question: “What if I told you that there was a magic bullet-something that would improve the quality of your daily life, your children’s chances of success in the world, (and) your family’s health…? Something that is inexpensive, simple to …

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    Tips for Healthier Holiday Cooking

    The holidays are often filled with time-honored traditions that include some of our favorite meals and foods. As you celebrate, think of little changes you can make this holiday season to create healthier meals and active days. An added bonus, these small changes may help you to avoid those extra holiday pounds we all fear …

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    4-H Breads Project Leads to Life-Long Career

    Many years ago, a young girl attended a 4-H livestock club meeting along with her brothers and her father, who was serving as the volunteer club leader.   During the meeting the local county 4-H Agent paid the club a visit to talk to the members about participating in the upcoming 4-H County Events Contest. The …

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