Swain 4-Hers Plant Seeds and Learn to Ice with Fondant

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In the late 1890’s the seeds for 4-H were planted, when several states responded to the 1862 Morrill Act to expand their extension activities to include youth programs. One-acre corn contests were organized for boys to teach farming practices and to demonstrate “scientific” farming. The first 4-H program as we know it today began in Holmes County, Mississippi in 1907. A school superintendent organized 120 boys in a corn contest sponsored by the Mississippi State College of Agriculture. Over 100 years later, we are still involving youth in agriculture in a variety of ways. This month, incubation and vermicomposting are on the agenda.
Over the last few months, all of our Swain County 4-H clubs have held meetings. The Just Grow It Club has started and transplanted a variety of seeds to grow in the garden this summer. The Livestock club has been learning about dairy/beef cows. There was a great turnout for the Bullets & Bows club interest meeting. The Smokey Mountain Seekers club has also started a variety of seeds. We have an upcoming beef jerky challenge in April. Join our Facebook group “Swain County 4-H” for updates on programs/clubs.
Planting Peppers

Cason Vaughn transplanting pepper plants at the 4-H Just Grow It garden club

Fondant Class participants

Raquel Moore, who led our fondant class along with 4-H participants and Kristi Griggs, 4-H Agent