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

Friday, October 6, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017

State 4-H Council Conference

What:  State 4-H Council Conference
When:  November 4-5
Who:  Youth ages 13-18
Where:  Jane S. McKimmon Center - Raleigh
Cost:  $150 per person (scholarships may be available)

It is almost time for the 2017 State 4-H Council Conference! The dates of the conference are November 4-5 and it will be held at the Jane S. McKimmon Center in Raleigh. State Council Conference is for youth ages 13 - 18. We are planning exciting workshops and speakers for the event. Our State 4-H Council this year has selected “Dream Big” as the State Council theme for the year and all of the workshops offered will help delegates to Dream Big! We will have a variety of workshops at this year’s conference including Ambassador workshops and State Council workshops all focused around our conference theme.

The conference will officially begin with lunch on Saturday at 12 Noon.

Registration is due no later than October 6th. Cost of the event will be $150 per person (scholarships may be available)  To register you must contact the Extension Office @ 336-372-5597

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Barter Theatre / Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem

Join us on Tuesday, October 24th (Alleghany Co. schools teacher workday) as we travel to Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia to see the exciting and supsenseful play Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem

It’s Queen Victoria’s 50th year on the British Throne and Annie Oakley is the toast of London with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Extravaganza. Join the chase full of mystery, suspense, deceit and brilliant deductions as Victorian England is smashed together with the Wild West in a case that only Sherlock Holmes can unravel.

We will also participate in a "talk-back" session with some of the actors from the performance. 

Open to youth 8 years old and older.  $20 per person with transportation, lunch and snack included. Spaces are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot today by calling 336-372-5597!  We will meet in the parking lot of the County Office Building at 8 am and plan to return by 5 pm.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Come be a part of the 4th of July Parade

The Sparta parade is on July 1st and the theme is Farm to Table.  The parade will be on Saturday, July 1 and the Sparta Revitalization Committee is hoping that anyone interested will participate by bringing their tractors,  animals, trees, or whatever they would like to "parade" that day. 

Floats meet at NAPCO parking lot. Walkers and animals meet at parking lot beside auditorium on Charles Street. Cars meet in front of SES.  If you plan to participate please register ahead of time at SRC/Chamber office 336-372-5473 and ask for Sarah.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Summer Fun Online Registration Form

The form for registering online is now active.   Here is the link.... 

Please remember that payment is required at the time of registration.

Friday, May 12, 2017

2017 Summer Fun

The 2017 Alleghany 4-H Summer Fun Newsletter is available!  Click here to view all the exciting opportunities that we are offering this year...

***PLEASE NOTE: We will start accepting registrations on Monday, May 15th at 9am.  This is for ALL registrations, including online and over the phone.  Don't forget that payment is required at time of registration.

Feel free to share this information!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

NC 4-H Photography Contest

The statewide NC 4-H Congress Photography Contest is sponsored by the North Carolina Agricultural Communicators Network (formerly the North Carolina Farm Writers and Broadcasters Association) and coordinated by the CALS Communications at NC State University.

The purpose of this exhibition is to provide a showcase of 4-H members' photographic accomplishments. The exhibit is unveiled at 4-H Congress in Raleigh, North Carolina each summer. The winning photos are then displayed at select meetings and events throughout the year until the next Congress. New category for 2017: “Textures”

** All entries must be submitted digitally or postmarked NO LATER THAN May 26, 2017.
** 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.
** Participation is NOT limited to just those 4-H’ers enrolled in photography projects.
** All entry photos must have been taken by the 4-H’er submitting the entry during the contest year.
** Entrants must submit their photos within the division that applies (Junior/ages 9-12 OR Senior/ages 13-19).
** Each entrant may submit only one photo in each of the three categories ("4-H in Action", "Nature's Beauty", "Animals"). This means that each individual 4-H’er may have as many as three entries so long as they submit each entry in a different category.
** 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.
** Please end your entries at the highest image resolution possible so that we can display high-quality images.
** Please email all entries to, using “NC 4-H Photo Contest 2017” as the subject line.
** You may attach as many as three contest entries per person to one email.
** Each email containing photos must also contain the following information:

Name of Photographer
Home Address
4-H County
Parent’s/Guardian’s Name(s)
4-H Agent’s Name (First and Last Name)
Entry Division: Junior Division (Ages 9-12) OR Senior Division (Ages 13-19)
Category: 4-H in Action, Nature’s Beauty, Animals
Picture Name and Information: Please tell us any details about your image

4-H Citizenship NC Focus

Who: Youth ages 14-18 (must be 14 as of Jan 1, 2017)
(limited to three participants from each county)
When: June 12-14, 2017
Where: Sheraton Raleigh
Cost: $200 per youth (scholarships may be available)
Registration Deadline: May 17, 2017

4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus will be held June 12-14, 2017 in Raleigh at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel. Some of the highlights include: * Citizenship themed workshops * Panel discussions * Distinguished speakers * Legislative breakfast * Visits with elected officials
In order to be considered as a participant, please fill out the registration form found on the blog or Facebook page and return to the office with a $50 deposit. Since spaces are extremely limited, if you are not chosen your deposit will be refunded

4-H Citizenship NC Focus Application