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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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McDowell 4-H County Council

We are inviting any youth from McDowell 4-H that would be interested in joining our McDowell 4-H County Council. …

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Pumpkin Seeds and Your Health

It’s pumpkin time! Now is a great time to find out the health benefits from pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin Seeds Pack …

Youth learning about cattle

2019 Agriculture Awareness Field Day

On October 8 and 9 the N.C. Cooperative Extension, McDowell County Center and McDowell Agricultural Youth Foundation hosted their …

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Old Fort Clean Up 2019

Old Fort Clean Up 2019 Celebrate National Clean Up Day by helping remove trash from the Catawba River, Mill Creek, and …

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August 2019 Newsletter

The August 2019 N.C. 4-H Horse Program Newsletter is now available. This issue highlights the accomplishments of our 4-H’ers …

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2019 N.C. 4-H Livestock Contest

McDowell County’s 4-H Youth Livestock team traveled to Raleigh on July 25 and 26 to compete at the 2019 …

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Bringing Home Bronze

At N.C. 4-H Congress in July, Jada Fairchild and Cayla Cates traveled to Raleigh to compete at the state …

Keep McDowell Beautiful

Compost Demos at the Dump!

Stop by McDowell County Convenience Sites to drop off your recycling, household trash, and learn about composting! Click here …

Foothills Livestock Judging competitors

Foothills Livestock Judging Contest

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, McDowell County Center hosted the Foothills Livestock Judging Contest at River Taw Farms in Cherryville, …

Recent Publications related to 4-H Youth Development

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 …

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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 …

Extension Programming Models

This publication illustrates the NC State Extension Model for Program Planning and Evaluation for proactive …

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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 …

Animal Appetites

This educational resource for children aged 9-12 explores food preferences in animals through inquiry-based learning …

Nature's Footprints

This educational resource for children aged 9-12 explains how to identify a wide variety of …

Hunting and Fishing Sportsmanship

This educational resource for children aged 13-15 explains basic rules for being a good sportsman …