Kids enjoy 4-H gardening, camp, competition and more! – BlueRidgeNow.com
Thank you to all who preordered plants in this annual 4-H fundraiser, which supports programs and awards for youth! The strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry and asparagus plants must be picked up at Henderson Farms, 705 Tracy Grove Rd., Flat Rock, on Saturday, April 19, from noon to 4 p.m. Extra plants will be available for sale after 2 p.m. on that day. All plants are bare root, and should be planted immediately. They prefer full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Instructions for planting and care will be provided with the plants.
In the 4-H Mini-Gardening Contest, Henderson County youths ages 9-18 as of Jan. 1, grow their own gardens at home, or a place they can access daily. 4-H provides training, seeds and small plants to grow a 10-by-12foot vegetable garden. Register for 4-H Mini-Gardening by May 2.
The Mini-Gardening Orientation will be Monday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Bullington Gardens. For 4-H Mini-Gardening registration form, please visit Henderson.ces. ncsu.edu/4-H.
In 4-H Creative Gardening, youths ages 9-18 as of Jan. 1, who have grown and maintained a garden in the past, are invited to design their own 10-by-12-foot garden. The garden will include four vegetable or fruit plants, two 4-H flowers, two herbs and a decorative item, all provided by the participant.
The Creative Garden Orientation will be held today, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center, and will include information about garden design. Once Extension Master Gardeners approve the participant’s design, he or she plants the garden.
If you would like to participate, please call Barbara Walker at 828-697-4891 and come to the Creative Garden Orientation this evening to register for the program.
Henderson County 4-H will be taking youths, ages 8-14, to camp at the Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Center in Reidsville June 29-July 4. Space is limited, and will fill on a first-come, first-served basis.
4-H camp is packed full of fun summer activities including archery, water sports, horses and more. Register through Denise Sherrill, 4-H agent, for a discount at 4-H camp. The cost is $420 for the week. A $100 deposit is due when you register. For more information, or to obtain a camp registration form, please call 828-697- 4891.
Donors are always needed to help provide scholarships for 4-H Camp. Donations may be sent to: Henderson County 4-H, 100 Jackson Park Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792.
There are three 4-H camps in North Carolina with full summer schedules. Visit www.nc4h.org/ camps to learn more about camping at Betsy Jeff Penn, Millstone and the Eastern 4-H Center.
4-H public speaking competition
One of the most important opportunities that 4-H offers for youth will happen on Saturday, April 12, at County Activity Day. 4-H alumni say that learning public speaking skills in 4-H has benefitted them throughout their lives.
There are three levels to the competition: county, district and state. The county level of the contest will begin at 9 a.m. April 12 at Grace Lutheran Church. Judges decide which presentations will go on to represent Henderson County at the district level.
Youth must have registered by March 14 for this event, but everyone is invited to come see the presentations and encourage local youth in their efforts to master this important life and career skill.
4-H Paper Clovers at Tractor Supply April 23-May 3
Question: Why is Tractor Supply selling 4-H paper clovers and why does it matter? Answer: This is a fundraiser for 4-H. Sixty percent of the money raised will go to the local 4-H clubs that participate, 30 percent will go to N.C. 4-H and 10 percent to National 4-H!
Please go to Tractor Supply between April 23 and May 4 and buy paper clovers to support 4-H! If you see local 4-H members there, be sure to ask them about what they are learning and doing in their clubs.
For more information about Henderson County 4-H clubs and programs, or endowments, please call 828-697-4891 or visit Henderson.ces.ncsu.edu/4-H. Visit the Henderson County (NC) 4-H Facebook page and share our posts with your friends.
Sue Janowiak is the 4-H Program Assistant for Henderson County. 4-H is the Youth Development Program of Cooperative Extension,a division of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NCSU.
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