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Big plans for 4-H in the new year

We have big plans and ideas for this upcoming 4-H year.

We have a brand-new Heritage Arts-Quilting leader, who is very excited to teach young 4-H members all about the quilting project.

Come sign up for 4-H and you can not only learn about quilting, but so many other projects. Most of our projects will start in January after the Christmas holiday, so you have some time to think about it.

The Leadership Development Conference (LDC) is coming up in January in Denver. Dates are Jan. 27-30.

The conference is for the age group 14-18.

It is an awesome opportunity to meet students from all over Colorado, and to represent Archuleta County. Youngsters will participate in workshops, tour the capitol, dance, eat good food, and do so much more.

I know when you hear about 4-H, you are asking, “What is this?”

4-H has been typically thought of as an agriculturally-focused organization, but as a result of its history 4-H today focuses on citizenship, healthy living, science, engineering and technology programs.

Agriculture is a big part of the world, and it is very important to learn where food comes from. As stated earlier, in 4-H you learn the basics of how to live and be in the world, such as by keeping track of finances in your project, or learning how a business meeting runs.

There are tons of fun projects offered to the youth in 4-H that will help them with their life skills. The projects we offer are: Beef, Market Goat, Lamb, Swine, Turkey, Rabbit, Dog Agility, Clothing Construction, Clover Buds, Entomology, Food Preservation, GPS, Horse, Photography, Rocketry, Scrapbooking, Shooting Sports, Sports Fishing and Veterinary Science.

So, come in and visit the Extension Office, and meet our 4-H program coordinator who is looking forward to meeting you and looking forward this new 4-H year.

Master Gardener

Applications are now being accepted by the Colorado State University Extension Office in Archuleta County for the 2012 Colorado Master Gardener (CMG) program. The deadline for applications is Dec. 30. Classes start Jan. 26 and will take place at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds every Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost is $240 if you intend to volunteer, $575 for a certificate without volunteer time.

Calendar

Nov. 24 — Thanksgiving, office closed.

Nov. 25 — Office closed.

Nov. 28 — Painting Group, 10 a.m.

Nov. 29 — Farm Bureau, 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 1 — 4-H Shady Pine Club meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 2 — 4-H Colorado Mountaineers Club meeting, 2 p.m.

Check out our webpage at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and information.

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