UConn 4-H

Fairfield County 4-H Grows True Leaders: Youth Garden Club Serves the Community

4-h youth at food pantryThroughout the summer, 20 youth in the 4-H Community Garden Club have managed a one-acre garden in New Milford. They were led by leaders Anna Loor and her daughter Amira. Each youth worked eight hours every week at the garden and during 4-H time, learned the principles of seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting and garden pests. Critical thinking skills were used as they solved various gardening problems such as: 

  • Is this a good garden bug or a bad one?
  • How much water do these plants really need?
  • Why isn’t this one growing as well as the others? 
  • How big does this vegetable need to be before I can harvest them?

 As a 4-H club, they had a monthly business meeting lead by youth officers. Youth met with the 4-H Educator weekly to learn how to develop an agenda, lead a meeting, use Robert’s Rules of Order, and meet the criteria for being a club in good standing. After much discussion during the business meeting, it was determined that for their community service project, they would donate one day’s harvest to a local food pantry.

 August 27th was the day they choose to donate the harvest. At 7:30 am, in the misty rain, all 20 youth and their parents started harvesting and cleaning the vegetables. By 11:30, over 300 pounds of produce was cleaned and packed into a truck and the trip to the Danbury food pantry began. At the food pantry, the volunteers were so delighted to receive the fresh vegetables. The pantry opened for the day a few hours after the delivery, with people getting the fresh vegetables that just that morning were still in the ground! 4-H Does Grow True Leaders! The 4-H Community Garden club will continue serving their community in Bethel and Danbury through their civic engagement initiatives.

 

Article by Edith Valiquette

UConn 4-H Announces Winners of Calendar Photography Contest

The winners of the 2020 UConn 4-H Calendar Photography Contest have been selected! Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the participants. We enjoyed viewing your favorite 4-H project pictures and are glad a wide range of 4-H activities will be represented in the calendar. 

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“Teamwork” by Marjorie S. of Litchfield County was selected as the best in show.

The 2020 UConn 4-H Calendar Photo Contest results are as follows:

  • Mia B.                 “Dumpy Tree Frog”                        Windham
  • Derrick B.           “Antique Tractor”                           Hartford
  • Angela B.           “Robin Eggs”                                     New London
  • Alexis B.             “Nose licks”                                       Hartford
  • Sofie C.               “Iris in the Rain”                              Fairfield
  • Abby C.              “Dew in the morning”                     Windham
  • Caroline H.        “Howl”                                               Hartford
  • Emily K.             “Levi with her tongue out”            Litchfield
  • Kaylie M.            “Wander”                                          New London
  • Laura M.            “Listen to your Heart”                    New London
  • Kendall R.          “Snow Storm”                                  Windham
  • Peyton R.           “Princess Leia”                                 Windham
  • Marjorie S.        “Teamwork” – Best of Show          Litchfield
  • Delaney T.         “Sleeping Beauty”                            Hartford
  • Harper T.           “Tenderness”                                   Fairfield
  • Cassie W.           “Bee Hive”                                       New London

 

Congratulations to Marjorie from Litchfield County. Her photo was selected as best of show from among all applicants and will appear on the cover. Calendars will be available from each of the county 4-H programs and distributed in late September. The calendar follows the 4-H year and runs from October 2020 through December 2021. 

UConn 4-H is the youth development program of UConn CAHNR Extension. 4-H is a community of over 6 million young people across America who are learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), leadership, citizenship and life skills through their 4-H project work. 4-H provides youth with the opportunity to develop lifelong skills including civic engagement and healthy living. Learn more and enroll your child in the UConn 4-H program at http://4-H.uconn.edu/.

UConn CAHNR Extension has more than 100 years’ experience strengthening communities in Connecticut and beyond. Extension programs address the full range of issues set forth in CAHNR’s strategic initiatives:

  • Ensuring a vibrant and sustainable agricultural industry and food supply
  • Enhancing health and well-being locally, nationally, and globally
  • Designing sustainable landscapes across urban-rural interfaces
  • Advancing adaptation and resilience in a changing climate.

Programs delivered by Extension reach individuals, communities, and businesses in each of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities.

4-H Dog Photography Contest

fluffy dog smiling at the cameraUConn is pleased to announce the 2020 NE Regional 4-H Dog Photography Contest!

The NE Regional Animal Science 4-H Dog Program Working Group has invited member states to participate in the 2020 NE Regional 4-H Dog Photography Contest.

Any UConn 4-H member age 9-18 can enter. You do not have to be registered in a dog project or have a 4-H verified dog to enter.

There are 2 divisions:

Junior: age 9-12 as of 1/1/2020

Senior: age 13-18 as of 1/1/2020

Winners in each division and class will be eligible to advance to the 2020 Northeast (NE) Regional 4-H Dog Program Photography Contest.

All photos entered will be featured on UConn 4-H website and pages (first names used only) during National 4-H week in October.

Regional winners will be announced October 19, 2020

For more information click here.

To register click here.

 

Meet Marlena Takes: Windham County 4-H Intern

Marlena TakesHi! My name is Marlena Takes and I am excited to be an intern with Windham County 4-H and contribute to youth development and STEM programs this summer. I am an upcoming junior at UConn studying Allied Health Sciences and minoring in Spanish. While at UConn, I enjoy volunteering, especially with the Windham Heights After School Program where I tutor and mentor students. This experience has prepared me to create STEM content for 4-Hers virtually this summer. I am involved with the development of activities and videos explaining STEM topics and providing opportunities for students to experiment with them while using resources at home. Some of these activities have been shared with local libraries, including activities relating fairytales to simple machines, and others are available online, including calendars with a task or experiment to complete each day. In my free time, I love spending time outside and gardening, which is something I have been able to incorporate into these summer activities. I am looking forward to sharing my passion for science with others and connecting with 4-H members, staff, and local libraries through the county’s programs this summer!