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

4-H Horse Eligibility Cards

Just a reminder the deadline is March 1.
All youth interested in showing in 4-H Qualifying Shows or the NC State 4-H Horse Show will need to complete a 2016 Eligibility Card.  There have been some changes to the eligibility card completion process, so please read through the 2016 Standard Operating Procedures so you are aware of the changes, deadline and other important details.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Food Show 2016

Who: Youth ages 5+
When: Saturday, March 5
Cost: Free
Where: East 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 5th 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.

This is also a great time to show off your table presentation skills (i.e. tablecloth, flowers or decorative items that go with the theme of your dish). You must bring serving plates and utensils for at least two judges (plastic and paper are fine). At the end of the day we will all get to sample everyone’s dishes so additional plates and utensils are recommended but not mandatory.
Transportation can be provided but you must let us know ahead of time. We will leave the office at 8:30 am. Setup will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 9:45 a.m. Your dish must be cooked ahead of time. There are no microwaves or stoves available at the school but we do have access to electric outlets.

Judging will begin at 9:45 a.m. While judges taste all the wonderful recipes, participants can enjoy different hands-on activities.

Entries 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 HERE (Word) or HERE (PDF)  or by contacting the Extension Office. There are also sample questions listed of things the judges may ask you.

If you would like more information about the food show, please contact the office at 372-5597.

2016 Wildlife and Forestry Contests

WHEP (Wildlife Habitat Education Program)
May 7, 2016
Millstone 4-H Center (Richmond County)
Contest Memo & Registration Form
Registration Deadline April 15, 2016

PROGRAM UPDATE:  As we transition to a new state manual, we have updated the Wildlife Species that need to be known for Activity I.  This does not change the species for Activity III or IV.  The full NC WHEP Learning and Activity Guide and updates can be found at

4-H Forestry Invitational
September 10, 2016
Schenck Memorial Forest
Raleigh, NC
Contest Memo & Registration Form
Registration Deadline August 19, 2016

PROGRAM UPDATE:  North Carolina now has a program manual!  

Again, all of this information can be found on our web site

If you need additional information contact the Extension Office @ 336-372-5597.

Renee Strnad

Friday, February 12, 2016

February Clover News

The February 2016 Alleghany 4-H Clover News is now available online. Click here to view.