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4-H Youth Development

4-H is the largest youth development organization in North Carolina, educating hundreds of thousands of young people each year. Extension’s 4-H program is growing the next generation of leaders and equipping youth with the skills to succeed.

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A Shiny Penny

I am writing this article at the start of the fair season here in Lee County. The judges and …

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Fair Events for Youth

Calling men, women, and children of all ages; the Lee Regional Fair is taking place this coming week and …

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How Did You Spend the Summer?

We had an NC State University summer intern who wrote an article with this same title in 2015. That …

lee county young commissioners group photo

A 4-H Civics Lesson

Bill Stone, the County Extension Director, wrote an article in 2016 reporting that our youth are out of touch …

Leading for the Next Generation

One of my favorite things about working with the 4-H Youth Development program is the opportunity I have to …

campfire and marshmallows

Plan, Pack, and Go!

Recently my family and I went on a weekend adventure. For four days we exchanged the comforts of home …

chick in feed bowl

What Do You Call a Mischievous Egg?

About a month ago we delivered fourteen dozen fertilized eggs and incubators to fourteen elementary classes in Lee County. …

A photo of the activity day winners

Lee County 4-H 2020 Award Winners!

Quote of the Day: “There is no shortcut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation – veneer isn’t worth anything.” …

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Set Goals to Make the Best Better

January is the time of year for resolutions and an appropriate opportunity for personal goal setting. For clarification, a …

Setting Goals for the New Year

The New Year is here! Have you decided on a resolution? Often, these yearly goals focus on improving overall …

Recent Publications related to 4-H Youth Development

Searching for ripe tomatoes.

Snacking and Cooking with Warm-Season Produce from Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …

Stirring kale and dressing for a winter salad.

Snacking and Cooking With Cool-Season Produce From Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …

Raised beds with a crop of kale (left) and mustard greens (rt).

Growing Cool-Season Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, cool-season vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. This is …

Raised beds with a mix of warm-season fruits and vegetables.

Growing Warm-Season Fruits and Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, warm-season fruits and vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. …

Harvesting beans from a vine-covered teepee.

Creating Childcare Center Production Gardens

This publication focuses on developing fruit and vegetable production gardens in the Outdoor Learning Environment …

Photo: Little fingers loosening roots before planting.

Growing and Cooking Fruits and Vegetables at Childcare Centers

This factsheet summarizes the benefits of fruit and vegetable gardening with children. It includes age-appropriate …

Diagram of swine body parts.

Swine Exhibitor's Project Guide (7-8 Years of Age)

This factsheet offers information on showing swine for youth aged 7-8.

Swine Showmanship

This publication offers information on youth showmanship of swine.