Thursday, April 28, 2016

2016 4-H Teen Camp to Jekyll Island

We are super excited to announce we will  be heading south to Jekyll Island for our 2016 4-H Teen Camp!!
4-H Teen Camp will be offered this summer for Alleghany, Buncombe, Gaston, and McDowell County 4-Hers the week of June 14-17, 2016 at Jekyll Island, Georgia.  We will have 4 fun-filled days learning about beach ecology, marine biology, Georgia coastal history, team building, leadership skills, and much more.
Activities will include a beach ecology program with saltwater shark/ray fishing, tour of Georgia Sea Turtle Center, trip to Tidelands 4-H Nature Center, evening turtle walk with biologists from the Sea Turtle Center, the Jekyll Island museum, Passport to the Century trolley tour, and fun at the Summer Waves water park.  We will also have some time to enjoy the beach too!
The registration form and tentative schedule is located at the link below.  Registration is on a first come-first served basis.  Alleghany County only has 5 available participant spaces so make sure to get your registration paperwork completed and returned as soon as possible.
Please feel free to share this information with any of your 4-H friends who might be interested.  If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact Amy @ or 336-372-5597.  

Monday, April 11, 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Small Farms Food Drive - benefiting Solid Rock Food Closet

Alleghany Cooperative Extension is participating in a statewide food drive that will benefit the Solid Rock Food Closet of Sparta.  We are participating in conjunction with the 30th Annual Small Farms Week celebration, March 20-26.

Sponsored by The Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Small Farms Week pays tribute to the state’s small-scale growers. By expanding the scope of this year’s observance to include a food drive, Cooperative Extension is hoping to acknowledges farmers’ contribution to the health and economy of North Carolina as well as bring awareness to food insecurity across our county and state.

We are hoping to collect 125 cans by March 15 but we need your help!!!

If you have canned and non perishable items you would like to contribute, please bring them to 90 S Main St, 3rd floor.  There is a box set up for your donations.  Anything is appreciated.

If you have questions, please contact the office at 336-372-5597.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Food Show Reminder!!!

Just a reminder if you are planning to participate in food show this Saturday, March 5, you must register through the office.  Forms can be found below.  Food show is open to you ages 5+ and is a great way to showcase your cooking talents. Deadline to register is Wednesday, March 2 at 5 pm. You can contact the office @ 372-5597 or email  Don't miss out on the tasty dishes and great workshops, plus all participants will be entered into a drawing for some fantastic prizes.

Food Show 2016 Forms

Thursday, February 25, 2016

2016 Alleghany 4-H Annual Plant Sale

We are currently taking orders for the 2016 Alleghany 4-H Annual Plant Sale...

We are offering the following types of plants for 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.

For Blueberries ~ Wednesday, March 30th
For All Other Plants ~ Monday, April 18th

Payment is due at the time orders are placed
**We can accept credit/debit cards for payment.  Phone orders can/will be accepted with a credit/debit card purchase**

For Blueberries ~ April 11-12 (9am-5pm)
For All Other Plants ~ April 21-22 (9an-5pm)

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

Monday, February 22, 2016

2016 NC 4-H Photography Contest


All entries must be submitted digitally or postmarked NO LATER THAN May 27, 2016.

NEW THIS YEAR: Please submit digital entries to
  • This exhibit is open to (and only to) all North Carolina 4-H members ages 9-19.
  • The same image may be entered in more than one category (if it applies to each category.)
  • Photos may be in color OR black-and-white.

Categories for the 2016 contest include the following:

4-H in Action: We’re looking for pictures that show us what happens at 4H events throughout the year. The key to winning this category is the action. We want to SEE what’s happening. If it’s a judging contest, we want to feel like we’re right in the middle of the action. If it’s meeting with legislators, then we want to feel like we’re so close we could shake that person’s hand. In other words, we want the photographer to get in close and show us what really happens when 4-H’ers get together for an event or activity.
Nature’s Beauty: Nature’s Beauty is always our biggest category. We had close to 100 entries last year in this category alone, so competition is fierce. Winners in this category are ultimately chosen because they exhibit superior technical skill, move in close to the subject and capture something really different. Some show beautiful things such as sunsets and flowers. Others create beauty from something unexpected (mushrooms, a turtle having a snack, a dragonfly with torn wings.) All contain strong composition, nice light and sharp focus on the subject.
Animals: Interpret this category any way you like. We'll be looking for creativity and originality in the content of the photos, as well as good technique. We want to see visual, graphic images of the animals most important in your lives every
day, whether pets, farm animals or wildlife.

Judging Criteria
Relevancy to Category Topic  Composition / Arrangement
Focus / Sharpness 

Full contest rules and more information can be found at the link:  NC 4H PHOTOGRAPHY

Friday, February 19, 2016

Family Targeted Workshops @ NC Cattleman's Meeting

They will have "Family Targeted Workshops" on February 27th7 from 9 am until noon during the NC Cattlemen's Conference in Hickory, NC.  The workshop topics will include: farm safety for families, truck safety, grazing for youth/setting up temporary fence, mobile dairy classroom, animal ID, use of drones in animal agriculture, livestock nutrition and physiology classroom, and industry perspectives of older folk and youth and of conventional and alternative producers.This is a great opportunity so don't miss out.  Go to: to register.

February NC 4-H Horse Program Newsletter

The February issue of the NC 4-H Horse Program Newsletter is now available on the website through this link:  FEBRUARY HORSE PROGRAM NEWSLETTER

REMINDER: State Horsebowl and Hippology entry forms must be postmarked no later than February 24!  The link for the entry forms can be found in the newsletter.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Poultry Science Summer Institute

Poultry Science Summer Institute
July 31 - August 4, 2016
Open to all high school age students (grades 9-11)
Deadline to apply: March 31, 2016

What is the Poultry Science Summer Institute? The summer institute is a five-day, four-night conference and workshop designed to broaden the high school student’s understanding of the educational disciplines, scholarship opportunities, careers and industries related to poultry science.

Who can attend & how much is it? Any high school student with an interest in a career in the poultry industry may apply to attend the conference. You must list as a reference a high school science teacher, counselor, county extension agent, 4H leader or vocational agriculture instructor. We require a brief personal statement describing why you would like to attend. The cost for the conference is $50.00, which includes your lodging on campus, all meals, field trips, workshop materials, and entertainment.

How do I apply? Fill out the Poultry Science Summer Institute Application before the March 31st deadline.

Complete a brief personal statement indicating why you are interested in the experience (this is very helpful when we are selecting who will be chosen to attend!).

Acceptance notification will be made by the 3rd week of May. This very popular program is limited to 20 participants.

4-H Horsemanship Camp

4-H Horsemanship Camp 

June 12-17, 2016

Bring your equine partner to camp! Located in Ellerbe, North Carolina, NC 4-H Horsemanship Camp will improve your horsemanship skills while making new friends and having fun with other horse lovers. All breeds and disciplines welcome! Classes are divided by skill level and riding style. Campers will have the opportunity to:

*Have riding lessons on their horse twice daily taught by qualified staff

*Participate in and watch training demonstrations from professionals

*Learn new and better horsemanship skills and techniques

*Practice new skills, such as horse judging, equine first aid, and much more! 

*Play games on horseback

*Participate in trail rides

All for only $420!

For the Camp Manual and more information go to:

ALL horses are required to have a Negative Coggins Test for EIA dated April 1st, 2016 or later.

You can also contact the Extension Horse Husbandry Office at (919) 515-7871 or