Volunteering In The Panhandle

Teaching Agriculture from the Ground Up

Youth learn about pollination and nutrition at the pumpkin station. The center grows several varieties to demonstrate the diversity of the plant family. 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 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/29/teaching-agriculture-from-the-ground-up/

Teaching Youth to be Smart Consumers

“Experts estimate that 2 to 14 year-olds have sway over $ 500 billion a year in household purchasing (Calvert 2008).”  In other words, adults make decisions each day concerning purchases for their household, but youth have tremendous influence over what parents are buying. The 4-H Consumer Choices judging contest is ideal for helping youth understand …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/22/teaching-youth-to-be-smart-consumers/

Judging Teams Grow Workforce Skills

Youth competing at the North Florida Fair Horticulture Judging Contest. Photo credit: UF IFAS Leon County 4-H 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 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/16/judging-teams-grow-workforce-skills/

4-H Day at Gator Football

Just a few more days until College Football season kicks off!  The Gator Ticket Office is proud to announce a special ticket offer for all 4-H members, employees, alumni, as well as their family and friends for the Gator Football game on Saturday, September, 3rd against the UMASS Minutemen! Take advantage of this opportunity to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/08/26/4-h-day-at-gator-football/

Making a Difference by Fostering Independence

Make a Difference Monday is an online volunteer training series. Most youth have started back to school, and soon we will roll over onto a new 4-H year as well!  We are excited to kick off our Make a Difference Monday series next month.  Make a Difference Monday is a online training series for both …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/08/19/making-a-difference-by-fostering-independence/

Tips for a Successful School Year

Where did the summer go?  It’s hard to believe that in many counties, school starts next week!  I wanted to share a few things that will help make this school year successful for your family.  It’s no surprise that success — or failure — at school starts at home. Studies have linked poor academic performance …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/08/05/tips-for-a-successful-school-year/

Ruth Ann Scurry Inducted into the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame

  Mrs. Ruth Ann Scurry, 2016 Florida 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Ruth Ann Scurry, Jefferson County 4-H Club Leader and Volunteer, on being inducted into the 2016 University of Florida 4-H Hall of Fame.  Mrs. Scurry was one of only five individuals inducted this year, and the Florida …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/29/ruth-ann-scurry-inducted-into-the-florida-4-h-hall-of-fame/

4-H Day at LEGOLAND 2016

The 4th Annual 4-H Day at LEGOLAND on Saturday, September 10th. This event is an opportunity for 4-H members and their families to explore the LEGOLAND theme park at a deep discount, while raising funds for 4-H clubs, camps, and other educational programs.  LEGOLAND is a great way to have fun with the entire family …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/22/4-h-day-at-legoland-2016/

Beat the Heat with a DIY Neck Cooler

These DIY neck coolers are great to help youth learn about sewing AND science! Even though it is not yet August, the Florida heat is sweltering.  Staying hydrated is key, but you can also stay comfortable outdoors with a neck cooler.  The neck cooler helps cool the blood pumping to your head and is a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/15/beat-the-heat-with-a-diy-neck-cooler/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/08/celebrate-national-blueberry-month/

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