Saturday, May 25, 2013


The 2013 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 come in person (to the Extension Office) to register & it strongly suggested that you sign up early, as there are a limited number of spaces available.  If there is a fee for the event, payment is due in full at time of registration.  There is also a one-time registration fee of $10, which includes a t-shirt.

We must have updated (2013) Enrollment,Medical & Media Release forms signed.  You can print them or we have some available in the office.

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

Monday, May 20, 2013

Horticultural Science Summer Institute

When:  July 7th-12th, 2013 @ NC State
Where:  NC State University
Who:  Rising Sophomores - Senior
Cost:  $500 (may have partial scholarships)

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, climbing trees, designing landscapes and delving into tools that enhance our understanding of plant growth. Participants will visit a variety of horticultural businesses, eat delicious local food, explore campus, watch garden films, and arrange flowers.  Youth will also be introduced to career possibilities, college-making decisions and leadership development.

The cost of the institute will be $500 with a $150 deposit due upon application acceptance. Many meals included. I am working on providing partial scholarships! Please fill out the online application. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Driscoll at or cell: (919) 886-3424 office (919) 513-7346.
Click here to submit an application! Applications due by May 22, 2013 at 5:00PM. 

Draft Schedule
Sunday, July 7th
Afternoon Registration (Tentatively Bragaw Hall), Cookout and Keynote opening                               
Monday, July 8th
Ornamental Plants (visit to JC Raulston, plant identification, plant propagation, cut flowers, nursery) Evening activities: team-building, campus exploration 

Tuesday, July 9th
Vegetables (vegetable production, breeding, food safety, farm tour) Evening: garden movie screening

Wednesday, July 10th
Veggies and local foods (fruit production, tasting, grafting, food systems, farmer’s market) Evening: Floral design 

Thursday, July 11th
Landscape Design and Consumer Horticulture (landscape design, treen-climbing, rain gardens) Evening: Cookout, games, presentation editing 

Friday, July 12th
Career reflections, college decisions, Parent luncheon

For more information visit:

NC 4-H Honor Club Conference

NC 4-H Honor Club Conference is: June 1-2, 2013. Online registration is up and running. Please go to: and click Register Now or download the registration packet and mail it in!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Happy Trails 4-H Horse Camp

The Alleghany Happy Trails 4-H Horse Camp will be held August 6th-9th at the Alleghany Couny Fairgrounds, located in Sparta.  The non-refundable camp fee is $100 per camper.  This fee and all forms are due by July 21st to reserve your slot.  Spaces are limited and will be filled based on the application received.   Attendance for camp is open to youth that are certified North Carolina 4-H members and have access to a sound horse.

There are also openings for Junior Leaders.  In order to be considered as a Junior Leader, you must he a registered 4-H member and you must be 16-19 years old.  Junior Leaders are considered campers and will be responsible for all forms, etc., but will not be charged the camp fee.

Timeline for Camp:
Application is due by July 21st
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by July 28th
Entire camp fee and forms are due by July 31st
Camp begins August 6th

Horse Camp Application
4-H Enrollment Form
4-H Medical Information and Informed Consent for Treatment
NC Department of 4-H Youth Development Health History and Custody Release
North Carolina 4-H Camps Consent and Release Form
North Carolina 4-H and Alleghany County 4-H Photographic, Video, and Audio Optional Publicity Release

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

4-H Investigates

When:  June 18 -20
8:00 am – 5:00 pm each day
Cost:  $30
Ages:  Rising 6th – 8th graders

Who killed Henry Ward? Participants will become detectives and determine who killed Henry Ward in a hit-and-run car accident almost 100 years ago. To solve this crime, you will utilize various techniques including blood typing, forensic anthropology, fingerprint analysis, impression analysis for tires and shoes, hair analysis, blood spatter and DNA evidence. Join us as we travel to Iredell County to learn about forensic science and play the role of a CSI detective! Space is very limited and preference will be given to youth who have not participated previously. Transportation, lunch and snacks are provided. We will meet at the County Office Building (90 S. Main St.) parking lot each morning at 8:00 am.  

To register, contact the Extension Office at (336) 372-5597. 
Registration Deadline:  May 24, 2013

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Southeast Youth Dairy Retreat

TO:                  Youth and Adults Attending the 2013 Southeastern Dairy Youth Retreat in Valdosta, Georgia on June 16-20

FROM:            Dr. Brinton A. Hopkins
                        Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist
                        Department of Animal Science
                        NC State University

RE:                  Registration Forms and Payment Due by Friday May 24, 2013             

This retreat is being hosted by the University of Georgia and will be held June 16-20 in Valdosta, GA. The University of Georgia is charging $200 per person. However, because of generous funding support from the NC Dairy Youth Foundation, the NC Dairy Producers Association, and the NC PDCA we are able to lower the cost by 25% to $150 per person. A charter bus from Holiday Tours will take our group to the retreat.

We greatly appreciate John Gunter, Adult Dairy Volunteer from Randolph County (336) 629-1673, and  Bridgette Lutz, Adult Dairy Volunteer from Lincoln County (980) 722-1354, who will be in charge of our North Carolina group during this retreat.

For updates about this retreat, please check the North Carolina 4-H Dairy Youth Program web site at: .

For more information HERE
and forms click