Monday, April 27, 2015

2015 4-H Plant Sale

We are currently taking orders for the 2015 Annual 4-H Plant Sale....

The following types of plants are available to purchase:
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Flowers
  • Herbs
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Vegetables

CLICK HERE to print your plant description / order form or you may pick one up at the Extension Office.  Call 336-372-5597 or email Michele Hamm for more information.

Order & Payment Deadlines:

For Blueberries ~ Monday, March 23rd
For All Other Plants ~ Tuesday, April 17th
Payment is due at the time the orders are placed

** We can now accept credit/debit cards for payment, with a small fee of 3.75% or less charged.  Phone orders can/will be accepted with a credit/debit card purchase**

Pick-Up Dates:

For Blueberries ~ April 1-2 (9am-5pm)
For All Other Plants ~ April 23-24 (9am-5pm)

ALL proceeds are used for scholarships for Alleghany County youth to attend 4-H Camp and other 4-H Programming.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Upcoming Horse Shows

There are several shows coming up soon.  

Our Spring Holiday Classic Open Horse Show will be April 18-19 in Raleigh.  This is our fundraiser for our district 4-H horse program so your participation would be greatly appreciated!  You can also volunteer to help at the show, sell sponsorships and encourage vendors to attend.  **You can find all information at the new web site at:

Our district 4-H horse show will be May 16-17 in Raleigh in conjunction with the Wake County All Youth Show.  Our 4-Hers can show in both shows if they choose to.  All district 4-H forms are available at:
Also, if you sell at least $100 in sponsorships for this show you will get a free stall for the show.


WHEP – The 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program

WHEP is a national 4-H program that:
  • teaches 4-Hers about the fundamentals of wildlife management
  • brings 4-Hers together to develop team skills
  • promotes and develops leadership skills among 4-Hers
  • provides an opportunity for 4-Hers to work with natural resource professionals.
YouthAlthough WHEP is a competitive event, its primary purpose is to increase participant’s knowledge of wildlife management while promoting life skills. The basis of the program is the NC WHEP Learning and Activity Guide, which covers wildlife habitat management concepts and helps participants prepare for the annual state contest.
2015 NC WHEP State Contest 
May 9, 2015
W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir Education Center
Wilkesboro, NC (Wilkes)
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2015

NC WHEP Activity Guide – 4th Edition 
revisions to the WMPs, January 2014  UPDATE! (replaces pages 44 & 45 in the 4th edition of the NC WHEP guide)
WHEP Assistance
Ideas to help train your WHEP team
National WHEP Web SiteThe above link leads to a new web page

Horticultural Presentations

Please tell your young people (specifically your seniors 15+ by the end of the year) that this year the state winners in the horticultural categories of Horticulture Production and Marketing, Landscaping and Artistic Arrangement are all eligible to attend the National Junior Horticultural Association's annual convention in Orlando, Florida. Highly recommend this year, next year is Erie, PA (no offense Erie, PA). We cover registration, sometimes travel if we drive and youth cover lodging/sometimes travel.  We have a splendid time, make good friends, learn a lot, have many belly laughs and in short celebrate a deep and abundant affinity for plant material. 

BTW: Crop Science, Entomology and Soils are pretty wonderful categories too. 

On behalf of Liz Driscoll
4-H Youth Specialist
Departments of Crop Science, Entomology, Horticulture and Soil Science

Thursday, March 5, 2015

NCSU Veterinary Medicine Open House

Spring is on the way and so is the annual OPEN HOUSE at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. This year's event will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.
This will be a fun and informative day--lots of horses and farm animals this year.

For more information visit the LINK..

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ashe Target Shooting Sports - March Meetings

4-H Target Shooting Club will meet March 9 & 23, 2015
6:00 p.m. @
Family Central

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Night Under the Stars for Military Families

A part of the North Carolina Science Festival's Statewide Star Party.  Presented by NC Operation: Military Kids and Morehead Planetarium & Science Center

March 27-28, 2015 from 6:00pm Friday, March 27 until 12:00pm Saturday, March 28.

Lodging will be at Millstone 4-H Camp located at 1296 Mallard Drive, Ellerbe, NC 28338

Families will have fun...
Checking out the stars, planets, and constellations!
Learning how to use a telescope!
Hands-on activities!
Experiencing one of NC 4-H Camps!
Meeting other military families!

Registration Deadline is Thursday, March 19, 2015

Registration form and additional documents can be found at

Cost: $30 per family (for the first four members) and $5 per person for additional family member

Contact Scott Enroughty at or 919.515.8500 for additional information.

Friday, February 20, 2015

4-H Food Show

WhoYouth ages 5+
When:  Saturday March 7
WhereEast Wilkes Middle School

It’s time to show off all your culinary skills at the upcoming Area Food Show! This will be held on Sat., March 7th at East Wilkes Middle School and is open to youth ages 5 and up. There are three age categories to participate in: Cloverbud (ages 5-8), Junior (9-13), and Senior (14-18).

Categories include snack/appetizer, main dish, vegetable/soup/salad and desserts.

Transportation will be provided. Setup will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 9:45 a.m. Your dish must be cooked ahead of time. Judging will begin at 9:45 a.m. While judges taste all the wonderful recipes, participants can enjoy different hands-on activities. Participants will be judged on recipe, taste, table setting and nutrition. All participants will receive a cookbook of all the recipes featured at the event. You must fill out a registration form to participate. A link to these forms can be found on the blog or by contacting the Extension Office. There are sample questions listed of things the judges may ask you. If you would like more information about food show, please contact the office at 372-5597.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Horticulture Science Summer Institute

The Horticultural Science Summer Institute will be July 5-10, 2015 and is sponsored by North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Program with the Department of Horticultural Science.   High school-aged youth (rising sophomores, juniors and seniors) are invited to apply to a weeklong, residential horticultural experience on the campus of NC State University. 

Youth will have hands-on opportunities to explore a broad range of horticultural possibilities from breeding better fruits and vegetables, growing a diverse selection of woody ornamentals, lengthening the life of cut flowers, learning sustainable production practices and delving into practical tools that enhance our understanding of plant processes. Participants will visit a variety of horticultural businesses. Youth will also be introduced to career possibilities, college-making decisions and leadership development and enjoy evening entertainment and team-building activities.  

The cost of the institute will be $600 with a $150 deposit due upon application acceptance. All lodging, workshop materials and field trips and meals are provided. Scholarships may be available. Applications are due Friday, April 1st and notification of acceptance will follow shortly thereafter. 

Please contact Liz Driscoll at or 919.513.7346919.886.3424 with any questions or comments.