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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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Eat Better, Eat Together Month

Let’s celebrate Eat Better, Eat Together Month for October. There are so many activities in the evenings that pull …

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McDowell Young Guns Win Big!!!

On Saturday, August 14, 2021, North Carolina 4-H held their Western Regional 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament at Polk County …

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Wasps at Porch Lights

In recent weeks we’ve been getting a lot of messages regarding large wasps coming to porch lights. In all …

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McDowell 4-H'ers Attend Camp

On Sunday, June 20, 2021, things started to get back to normal for McDowell 4-H. Seven 4-H’ers loaded up …

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

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

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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 …

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

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Photo: Little fingers loosening roots before planting.

Growing and Cooking Fruits and Vegetables at Childcare Centers

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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.