Volunteering In The Panhandle

Northwest Teen Retreat 2017

Over 70 teens from across the panhandle participated in last year’s retreat, sponsored by Farm Credit of NW FL. Interested in meeting other 4-H teens across the district?  Do you love camp?  Would you like to be more prepared for state events like 4-H Legislature or 4-H U?  What about scholarships for college?  If any …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/12/01/northwest-teen-retreat-2017/

DIY Gratefulness Tree Tutorial

My original tree, using paper leaves. Have you ever heard the saying, “take time to stop and smell the roses?”  With the hustle and bustle of daily life, this can be easier said than done!  However, according to several studies, being intentional about gratitude can benefit you both physically and mentally.  A Gratefulness Tree is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/11/23/diy-gratefulness-tree-tutorial/

5 Ways To Celebrate Gratitude

Not much can make one happier that the warm scents of pumpkin spice, twinkling festive lights, and the joyous spirits that the holiday seasons bring many families.  As the Thanksgiving holiday season approaches and we find ourselves dashing from one from one festive event to another, it becomes a wonderful opportunity to pause with our …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/11/17/5-ways-to-celebrate-gratitude/

Florida 4-H Chick Chain “Egg-celence”

Youth unable to keep chickens at home were able to participate through Cooperative Coops at County Extension Offices. Photo credit: Heather Kent On Saturday, October 29th, 4-H’ers from across the panhandle suited up in their 4-H Show gear, loaded up their chickens and ventured off to the inaugural Florida 4-H Chick Chain hosted at the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/11/10/florida-4-h-chick-chain-egg-celence/

Teaching Youth Citizenship this Election Season

4-H youth practices parliamentary procedure for club meetings. Photo Credit: UF IFAS Bay County Extension. No matter what your political beliefs, there’s one thing we can all agree on: We have been inundated with election coverage. In November 2016, a new president will be elected to serve a four-year term, so now is an ideal …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/11/03/teaching-youth-citizenship-this-election-season/

5 Steps to Poultry Showmanship

4-Hers are waiting for their moment with the poultry judge. Photo Credit: Misty Smith I am often asked, “How do you wash a chicken?” I reply, “Just like a turkey, only on a smaller scale!” But for many 4-H’ers, washing chickens is part of showing chickens and is a skill they have to master. Raising …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/10/27/5-steps-to-poultry-showmanship/

10 Tips to Prepare your Pig for Show

This is Peyton’s first year in the swine project. He is a Jackson County 4-Her. “I practice with my pig everyday!” In the Florida Panhandle, it’s Fair Season!  Whether you are an exhibitor or a spectator, we are sharing some tips for you related to the Swine Project.  For spectators, it is important to understand …

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Family Guide to Fair Exhibits

It’s that time of year again, Fair Season! The delicious smells of the midways, the sights and sounds of carnival rides and livestock in the arenas. During Fair Season, youth throughout the state dress up with pride in their 4-H green attire and prepare for what’s to come…Fair Exhibits! Fair Exhibits can range from artwork …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/10/14/family-guide-to-fair-exhibits/

The Impact Ag Judging Had on Me

Here in North Florida, as the dogwood trees start to turn colors and drop their leaves and I wait for the first cool breezes of a seemingly delayed Autumn I often find my memory is easily awoken by hints of past falls. As a teen I participated for several years in the Agricultural Judging contest …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/10/07/the-impact-ag-judging-had-on-me/

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/

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