4-H member shows determination

KILLAM, Alta. — A wheelchair hasn’t stopped Hanna Chilson from training, brushing, leading or showing her 4-H calf, Bubbles. Chilson, 12, a junior member of the Battle River, Alta., 4-H Beef Club spent the winter working and training Bubbles and led him around the show ring on achievement day, June 1. “He got used to […] Read more

4-Hers to share ag skills with members in Ghana

Canadian members aged 18 to 25 must apply by November

4-H Canada has teamed up with 4-H Ghana to launch a community service learning and leadership program. Ten 4-H members from Canada will travel to Ghana in summer 2016 for the Going Global Service Learning pilot program. There, they will work on school and community projects with local staff and youth and share knowledge and […] Read more

Beef club leader heads to Alberta 4-H Hall of Fame

EDMONTON — Like father, like son. Charlie Gould has followed his father, Stan, into the Alberta 4-H Hall of Fame. Charlie Gould was inducted into the Alberta 4-H Hall of Fame Oct. 5 after 42 years as a member and leader of the Rosalind Beef Club. His father, Stan, was inducted into the Hall of […] Read more

4-H projects provide more than milk and honey

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — Mark Schmidt is taking no chances as he approaches a buzzing bevy of bees. Looking ready to land on the moon in white coveralls and a white screened helmet, he slowly reaches into the hive box to remove the frames lined up like folders in a filing cabinet. “You can never learn […] Read more

4-H celebrates 100th in B.C.

More than beef and baking | Innovative, non-traditional projects are attracting youth to program

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — B.C. 4-H is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and enjoying a modest increase in membership at the same time. The rural youth group saw its membership grow by five percent last year, a trend that’s being mirrored across the country. Saskatchewan 4-H is the exception with declining numbers, 4-H Canada’s council, […] Read more

Lending firm teaches youth about business financing

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — A Community Futures loan program is helping 4-H members purchase project supplies while also introducing them to the world of high finance. Shelagh Pemberton, loans manager with CF Thompson Country in British Columbia, said the program gives youth a chance to participate who might not otherwise have been able to afford it. […] Read more

4-H champion lamb producer sees animal agriculture in future

Winning grand champion market lamb at the Calgary 4-H on Parade was the high note 12-year-old Sierra Wise needed before moving on to other interests. A member of 4-H since she was 10, she has decided to move on to something bigger, that being a half-tonne steer in 2015. “I didn’t want to do a […] Read more

Industry excites young champion

Eager to learn | 11-year-old already has years of experience working with cattle

When it comes to showing cattle, Jacey Massey is the lady of the rings. She has been exhibiting cattle for seven years and since joining 4-H two years ago, each event has added to her list of successes. Her black steer weighing close to 1,300 pounds was a behemoth but the 11-year-old led it to […] Read more

4-H can play role as food advocate to urban consumers

Educating consumers High profile food contamination cases highlight the need for understanding how food 
is processed from field to plate

WHITE BEAR, Sask. — 4-Hers are the best ambassadors to explain food production to an urban audience, says a Saskatchewan 4-H volunteer leader. Stan Figley said the youth group could play an important educational role. “Agriculture now is food, and food interests the city as much as the farm,” said Figley, who has a 40 […] Read more

4-H Canada builds on its legacy

Looking back, moving forward | Two million Canadians have been touched by 4-H movement

WINNIPEG — 4-H Canada is calling on its past members to help promote the rural youth group as it begins its second century. The group celebrated 100 years at its annual conference May 29-June 1, with a gala attended by 450 people and a visit to the birthplace of 4-H at Roland, Man. Rob Black, […] Read more