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4-H Youth Development

4-H is the largest youth development organization in North Carolina, educating hundreds of thousands of young people each year. Extension’s 4-H program is growing the next generation of leaders and equipping youth with the skills to succeed.

Participants at Caldwell County 4-H’s “Egg-Cellent Poultry” camp pose after an egg and spoon race. In addition to learning about poultry and food science, games were a highlight for youth and teen leaders who attended the program in July 2021.

Youth Learn about Eggs, Poultry

What is “egg-cellent” about poultry? Youth who participated in a two-day 4-H camp all about poultry during July can …

4-H member Peyton practices goat showmanship.

Prepare for Fair Fun in 2021

Caldwell County 4-H and the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center encourages youth and families to visit the Caldwell Agriculture …

Cover photo for 4-H Offers to-Do Activities

4-H Offers to-Do Activities

Parents often search for ways to keep their kids busy during the summer. 4-H provides programs and inspiration for …

North Carolina 4-H Secretary's Guide

4-H Secretary Training Resources

Extension Intern Caitlin Luck has created a mini series of 4-H Secretary training videos based on the North Carolina …

Recent Publications related to 4-H Youth Development

Harvesting beans from a vine-covered teepee.

Creating Childcare Center Production Gardens

This publication focuses on developing fruit and vegetable production gardens in the Outdoor Learning Environment …

Home Composting with Earthworms

Earthworms can turn food scraps into a soil amendment called vermicompost — worm castings — …

6/30/21
Backyard composting bin

What CAN Be Composted?

List of items that can and cannot be composted at home.

6/17/21
Searching for ripe tomatoes.

Snacking and Cooking with Warm-Season Produce from Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …

Stirring kale and dressing for a winter salad.

Snacking and Cooking With Cool-Season Produce From Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …

Raised beds with a crop of kale (left) and mustard greens (rt).

Growing Cool-Season Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, cool-season vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. This is …

Raised beds with a mix of warm-season fruits and vegetables.

Growing Warm-Season Fruits and Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, warm-season fruits and vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. …

Photo: Little fingers loosening roots before planting.

Growing and Cooking Fruits and Vegetables at Childcare Centers

This factsheet summarizes the benefits of fruit and vegetable gardening with children. It includes age-appropriate …