Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ashe Target Shooting Sports - March Meetings

4-H Target Shooting Club will meet March 9 & 23, 2015
6:00 p.m. @
Family Central

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Night Under the Stars for Military Families

A part of the North Carolina Science Festival's Statewide Star Party.  Presented by NC Operation: Military Kids and Morehead Planetarium & Science Center

March 27-28, 2015 from 6:00pm Friday, March 27 until 12:00pm Saturday, March 28.

Lodging will be at Millstone 4-H Camp located at 1296 Mallard Drive, Ellerbe, NC 28338

Families will have fun...
Checking out the stars, planets, and constellations!
Learning how to use a telescope!
Hands-on activities!
Experiencing one of NC 4-H Camps!
Meeting other military families!

Registration Deadline is Thursday, March 19, 2015

Registration form and additional documents can be found at

Cost: $30 per family (for the first four members) and $5 per person for additional family member

Contact Scott Enroughty at or 919.515.8500 for additional information.

Friday, February 20, 2015

4-H Food Show

WhoYouth ages 5+
When:  Saturday March 7
WhereEast Wilkes Middle School

It’s time to show off all your culinary skills at the upcoming Area Food Show! This will be held on Sat., March 7th at East Wilkes Middle School and is open to youth ages 5 and up. There are three age categories to participate in: Cloverbud (ages 5-8), Junior (9-13), and Senior (14-18).

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

Transportation will be provided. Setup will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 9:45 a.m. Your dish must be cooked ahead of time. Judging will begin at 9:45 a.m. While judges taste all the wonderful recipes, participants can enjoy different hands-on activities. Participants will be judged on recipe, taste, table setting and nutrition. All participants will receive a cookbook of all the recipes featured at the event. You must fill out a registration form to participate. A link to these forms can be found on the blog or by contacting the Extension Office. There are sample questions listed of things the judges may ask you. If you would like more information about food show, please contact the office at 372-5597.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Horticulture Science Summer Institute

The Horticultural Science Summer Institute will be July 5-10, 2015 and is sponsored by North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Program with the Department of Horticultural Science.   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 and delving into practical tools that enhance our understanding of plant processes. Participants will visit a variety of horticultural businesses. Youth will also be introduced to career possibilities, college-making decisions and leadership development and enjoy evening entertainment and team-building activities.  

The cost of the institute will be $600 with a $150 deposit due upon application acceptance. All lodging, workshop materials and field trips and meals are provided. Scholarships may be available. Applications are due Friday, April 1st and notification of acceptance will follow shortly thereafter. 

Please contact Liz Driscoll at or 919.513.7346919.886.3424 with any questions or comments. 

NC 4-H Horticulture Contest

Calling all plant-obsessed young people and those that want to steward this kind of lifestyle! The NC 4-H Horticulture Contest, is Saturday, May 2nd, 2015! Register your team or individual here by Friday, April 24th.

The Horticulture Judging and Identification Contest is a great way to introduce the very cool stories that plants are hoping to tell. This contest is a training program concerned with teaching youth to recognize and identify some of the most important horticultural crops, to learn criteria influencing quality and to be able to answer questions and solve problems relating to the art and science of horticulture. There are three portions of the test, including knowledge, judging and identification.

The 2015 North Carolina 4-H Horticulture Contest will be Saturday, May 2nd at 12:00pm in Kilgore Hall on the campus of NC State University, registration is free and lunch is provided!  Teams and individuals can register here by Friday, April 24thThis year's winning state Senior Team will be eligible to receive scholarships attend the National Junior Horticultural Association's (NJHA) annual convention in Orlando, Florida!! (October 9-12).  Any and all other plant-loving friends are also welcome to attend. 

Still want to know more? If you are a hort contest newbie, give me a call (919) 513-7346 and I am glad to walk you through dance.  You can also reference all contest rules and materials at ourwebsite and download multiple tools for coaching a team from dropbox here.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

College Admissions 101

March 23, 2015
Iredell County Cooperative Extension
Students Ages 7th-10th grades + parents, grandparents, family or friends

Preparing students for college is a process that requires the right information and preparation. Please join Dr. Sam Pardue, Associate Dean & Director of Academic Programs with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University, for a reception and presentation on admission strategies for college. Monday, March 23, 2015 @ Iredell County Cooperative Extension. *Parents and students in grades 7-10 are highly encouraged to attend. 


Reception ........................... 6:00 p.m.
Presentation ....................... 6:30 p.m.
Questions and Answers....... 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

To register or for more information, please visit:


Friday, February 13, 2015

Honey Bee Essay Contest 2015

North Carolina Honey Bee Essay is due this Sunday - February 15th @ 5pm. The topic this year is “Planting for Bees from Backyards and Up”. For full rules and more information visit the LINK.  

February Clover News

The February Clover News is now available online.  Click here to view.