Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Bramble Ridge Farm Horse Camp

Ages:  8 - 12
When:  June 27 - June 29 (9-5 each day)
Cost: $150.00
Where:  Bramble Ridge Farm
Lunch & Snack provided

Bramble Ridge Farm is offering a horse camp from 9am-5pm June 27th – June 29th . Safety, basic equine care, and horsemanship are the main focuses of the camp. No prior equine experience is necessary!!

We accept campers age 8 to 12. Aiming for maximum personal instruction time, we are accepting 4 campers. The cost is $150 per camper; each camper will have 4 to 5 hours of hands-on horse experience per day. A healthy lunch and snacks will be provided.

Please call or e-mail Gretchen Huysman with questions.  336-572- 1918 or

Thursday, May 26, 2016

2016 Summer Fun

The 2016 Alleghany 4-H Summer Fun Newsletter is now available online.  

Click here to find out what fun & exciting activities we have planned for this year.

If you are interested in attending any of these activities, you MUST either come to the Extension Office or use the NEW online form to register.  You can access that form here.  It is strongly suggested that you sign up early, as there are a limited number of spaces available.  We must have current (2016) Enrollment, Medical & Media Release forms filled out.   

If there is a fee, payment is due at the time of registration to secure your child's space.  There is also a one-time registration fee of $10, which includes a t-shirt. 

For payment, we accept cash, check, debit/credit cards and we now have added a PayPal payment option.  Please note that if you register online, your space is NOT reserved until payment is received.  If you choose to use the PayPal payment option, you must also fill out the online registration form.

For more information, please call 336-372-5597 or you can email Amy or Michele with any questions.
























Thursday, May 12, 2016

County Activity Day

What:  County Activity Day
Who:  Youth ages 5 to 18
Where:  County Office Building (90 S Main St, Sparta)
When:  Wednesday, May 18 (3:30-6)

County Activity Day will be Wednesday, May 18th at the Alleghany County Office Building beginning at 3:30 pm. Activity Days are the 4-H presentation competitions. These are open to any youth 5 - 18 and cloverbuds (5-8 yr olds) are non-competitive. You can win scholarships to attend other 4-H events and medals by participating.
You can present on any topic - there's a category for everyone!!!  In the past we've had state winners speak about  Radon, Healthy Lifestyles, Forensics, and Graffiti, Goats, Horses and more.

If you need help deciding on your topic, contact the office @ 336-372-5597.  This a great way to practice your public speaking skills in a stress free atmosphere!!!

If you plan to present at District Day in June, you MUST present at County Day.

There is a talent portion as well so if you have and act, talent, song or dance to demonstrate, we'd love to see it.

Also if you are planning to attend NC 4-H Congress in July at NCSU (open to youth ages 13+) you need to plan to do a presentation.  This helps to offset costs to attend.

Please contact the office with any questions or visit the link to register.

REGISTRATION FOR County Activity Day

Friday, April 29, 2016

4-H Presentation Workshop

Who: Youth ages 5+
When: Friday, May 6  4-5 pm
Where: County Office Building - 90 S Main St.
Cost: FREE
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 4th

Want to learn more about 4-H presentations or maybe why you should want to do a presentation? Our County Presentation Day is just a few weeks away and this will help you get ready.  Learn things like:  how to choose my topic, posters vs. powerpoint and how to answer questions about your presention.

Ages 5-8 are non-competitive.  Also if you are wanting to attend NC 4-H Congress you must do a presentation to be eligible.

 We will be hosting a Presentation workshop on Friday, May 6th from 4-5 pm.  If you would like to learn about presentations and find out exactly what they are all about you don't want to miss out. Teen 4-Her’s that have presented at County, District and State Levels will be available to provide tips and advice on how to make a winning presentation and will answer your questions. You must register by Wednesday, May 4th.

You can register by calling the office @ 336-372-5597 or registering online at the link below:
Registration Link

Want to see what winning presentations look like,  visit the link:

Health and Fitness Presentation

Poultry Presentation

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