As spring arrives, 4-H members dive into learning new skills

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. It is so magical and gives a promise of new life and new beginnings. I feel it more this year than in years past; maybe it’s because I have been...

DATE: April 15, 2021 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Livestock weigh-in sets course toward La Plata County Fair

Last weekend, we had our Market Beef Weigh-in at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, where 31 4-H and FFA members brought their animals to get tagged, tattooed and weighed. In total, we weighed in 41...

DATE: March 18, 2021 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H Pledge provides inspiration to live by high standards

Before every 4-H meeting and event, we start by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and our 4-H Pledge. This past week, I was asked to meet with one of our local 4-H clubs and discuss the meaning of...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2021 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H members reach out to elderly residents, others in need

Coretta Scott King said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” One of the integral parts of the 4-H program is giving back to our...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2021 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

People, projects, learning define the 4-H experience

4-H is the largest youth organization in the world, and it is no wonder when you have the opportunity to experience it for yourself. 4-H provides members the opportunity to grow and learn skills...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H County Council, clubs elect new officers for year ahead

The month of November is a wonderful time to reflect on things we have to be thankful for. This year, I am so thankful for our La Plata County 4-H members, volunteers and parents and all they do to...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H launches new year with many opportunities ahead

October is exciting as it kicks off our new 4-H year! We are working hard on planning new virtual and in-person events for our 4-H members and community members. In November, we will be hosting a...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Challenging 4-H year ends with much to celebrate

September wraps up our 2019-20 4-H year, and I think I can speak for everyone when I say it was quite the memorable year! We had a lot of ups and downs, but we made it through together. I would...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

La Plata County Fair will have a different format this year, but the same spirit

This pandemic has resulted in many ups and downs this year; however, I have been reflecting on how La Plata County 4-H and I have a lot to be grateful for. The support that we receive from our...

DATE: July 15, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H scholarship winners excelled over the years

This past month, La Plata County 4-H had the honor of awarding four $500 Higher Education Scholarships to our 4-H members who graduated from high school and are continuing their education in the...

DATE: June 17, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H members connect with others across the country

4-H had humble beginnings in 1902 in rural Ohio to teach youths farming and homemaking skills. It has since grown to be the largest youth development organization in the United States with more...

DATE: May 13, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

In this time of uncertainty, reach out to loved ones

A new job always has a learning curve and unexpected challenges, but I thought I was prepared. After all, I have worked in the La Plata County Extension Office for nine years, and in my youth, I...

DATE: April 20, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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