Friday, February 23, 2018

February / March Clover News

The February / March 2018 Alleghany Clover News is now available online.  Be sure to check it out so you don't miss any exciting opportunities.  

2018 NC Trees and Me

NC Trees and Me Video Contest

tress and city scape
In honor of North Carolina's Arbor Day, the NC Urban Forestry Council (NCUFC) is asking for video submissions for their 2018 NC Trees and Me video Contest.

Contest submissions will be short videos (15 to 90 seconds) that answer the question, “What do trees mean to me?”.  Prizes will be awarded to the individual(s) or group(s) whose video submission receives the most online votes. The Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and the Runner Up Winner will receive $50. Both videos will also be featured on NCUFC’s website and social media platforms in honor of Arbor Day and beyond.

Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on March 14, 2018

Please see the attached flier for more information. Rules, terms, and conditions of the contest can be found online at  The mission of the NCUFC is to advocate the sustainability of North Carolina’s urban forests through the use of economic, human, and environmental resources. Questions?  Contact Leslie Moorman, contest administrator, at 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

4-H Food Show

When: March 3, 2018
Where: Wilkes County Extension Office
Who: Youth ages 3+
Cost: Free
Deadline to Register:  February 23, 2018

It’s time to show off all your culinary skills at the upcoming Area Food Show! This will be held on Sat., March 3rd and is open to youth ages 3 and up. There are four age categories to participate in: Pre-Cloverbud (3-4) Cloverbud (ages 5-8), Junior (9-13), and Senior (14-18).

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

This is also a great time to show off your table presentation skills (i.e. tablecloth, flowers or decorative items that go with the theme of your dish). You must bring serving plates and utensils for at least two judges (plastic and paper are fine). At the end of the day we will all get to sample everyone’s dishes so additional plates and utensils are recommended but not mandatory.

You can do pre-registration online HERE  Full registration forms can be found below.

Please contact the office with any questions.

Area Food Show Forms

Judges Needed For Record Book Judging

project record book with clover

Another exciting and successful year in 4-H has almost come to an end and the 2018 year looks to be even more exciting for the program as we continue to make the best better in 4-H! This is the time of year that the 4-H'ers are completing their project record books, Portfolios books and various other projects for county competition. We all know that judges are a vital part of this process and we are writing to request your help. 

The dates for judging are: Project Record Judging – April 20-22 and Portfolio - April 23-25. Our judges are one of the reasons that our 4-H youth can excel and judge’s constructive comments help to improve our 4-H’ers record keeping skills. This is why we are asking for your help. We are expecting a larger number of records to be turned in this year.  Due to space and budget limitations we will only be able to accommodate 36 judges for each day of project record judging and 20 judges for each day of Portfolio judging.  Judges will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and all registrations for judging must be entered online no later than March 15, 2018.

Lodging, meals and snacks are provided.  If you cancel, and do not provide at least one weeks notice, you will be charged for expenses.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Extension Office to register @ 336-372-5597.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott – Cary, NC

PORTFOLIO JUDGING: April 23-25, 2018
SpringHill Suites by Marriott – Cary, NC

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

AIRE (Application, Resume, Interview & Essay)

Option 1: Youth participate in this program by completing the AIRE program portfolio (online PDF) and submit it for review by our AIRE judges. All participants submitting an AIRE portfolio will be invited to participate in either the competitive portfolio review (open to youth ages 14-18) or in the non-competitive portfolio review (open to youth ages 11-13), which takes place annually during NC 4-H Congress. Youth participating in the competitive AIRE review process are eligible to be selected to attend national events such as National Congress, National Conference, and International Leadership Conference.
Option 2: Youth participate in this program by completing the AIRE program portfolio (online PDF) as self-study and/or as part of their local 4-H program. Option 2: Does not require the participant to submit their AIRE portfolio for review.
*Youth participants selecting Option 1: Are required to submit their AIRE portfolio to their local 4-H agent prior to the state submission deadline of May 15, 2018. Please contact your local 4-H agent for your county submission deadline.

2018 AIRE Materials

AIRE Interviews will take place on the Monday of NC 4-H Congress (July 23, 2018).

Friday, January 5, 2018

January 2018 Clover News

The January Alleghany 4-H Clover News is now available online.

Be sure to check it out, so you don't miss any of the exciting opportunities that are coming up!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Astronomy Wonders

WHO:  Ages 8+ (5-8 with a parent/guardian)
WHEN:  Saturday - January 20 - 6pm - 10 pm (we will leave the County Office Building @ 5:15 pm)
WHERE:  Fisher River Park - Dobson

We have been invited to join the Piedmont Astronomy Club from Statesville, NC and Surry 4-H on Saturday, January 20th at Fisher River Park in Dobson from 6 pm-10 pm to view the moon and many other celestial wonders of the night sky. This event is FREEand families are welcome. Hot chocolate will be provided. Come prepared with a warm blanket (if you choose). 

Please register @ the link:

Open to youth ages 8+ (5-8 with a parent/guardian present). Snowdate - February 24.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Part-time Extension Support Staff

Part-time Extension Support Staff

Just for clarification the work schedule is 8 am - 3 pm, Monday - Thursday (max 24 hours per week).  We ask that applicants be flexible in their scheduling to help maintain office coverage.

Please contact the office with any questions.

Applicants MUST apply through the NC State University system at the link above.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November Clover News

The November Alleghany 4-H Clover News is now available online.  

Be sure to check it out so you don't miss any of the exciting opportunities that are coming up!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Citizen Science Project

Do you grow cruciferous vegetables? Kale, radish, collard greens, bok choy, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels’ sprouts, kohlrabi, etc.? Well then we need your help to learn about the organisms that eat them, as well as those that protect them. There are two ways you can help.

One way is by catching cabbage white butterflies (Pieris rapae) in your garden or anywhere you see them. This butterfly is actually not native to North America. It recently (~150 yrs ago) invaded many parts of the world and is now one of the most successful and abundant butterflies on the planet! Oh yes, it and has a ravenous appetite for crucifers. We will use DNA from butterflies you collect, along with those from all over the world to learn how this butterfly adapts to changes in its environment.  Grab a butterfly net and get started here! 

The second way to participate is to help find parasitoids in your garden. What is a parasitoid? They are usually flies or wasps that hunt the herbivores in your garden. There are two ways to find them. Collect pupae you find in your garden, place them in a cup and see what emerges. This is really fun as you never know what will come out! The other is to put out sticky traps that the parasitoids will get stuck on (and other garden pests such as aphids). This will help us learn more about these often unsung heroes of your garden—where they live and who they eat =)
Find out more about the project and how you can get some sticky traps sent to you here.

You can also contact the director of both projects with any questions you have: Dr. Sean Ryan