The family unit is the cornerstone of a healthy community.  Family and Consumer Sciences programs provide families with research-based knowledge designed to improve wellness through positive changes.  There are many aspects of overall wellness including  nutrition and health, personal finance, and human development at all ages.  Through a holistic approach, Family and Consumer Science (FCS) Extension agents, program assistants, and trained Master Volunteers provide education that ensures Virginia  families have every piece of the puzzle to be healthy and whole. 

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FCS programming is driven by the needs of the community identified by King George residents and the Extension Leadership Council.  Our FCS Extension Educators work closely with families – in their community, workplace, and home – and with the professionals that serve them.   Pegi Wright is  the  FCS Extension Agent in King George County.

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It's National Extension Living Well Month!  Across the country Cooperative Extension Service will celebrate by encouraging Americans to improve their health and well-being through local Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) educational programs.

Family Nutrition Program ~ Is sponsored by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and provides nutrition education to eligible individuals and families in Planning District 16.  Contact:  Beth Jimenez Family and Consumer Sciences

"There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained."  Winston Churchill

Northern Shenandoah Valley Family and Consumer Sciences

Senior Extension Agent Karen Poff
Senior Extension Agent Karen Poff

Learn How To:

  • Strengthen your personal or family finances
  • Protect yourself from scams
  • Improve your indoor air quality
  • Save money by saving energy
  • Participate in post-bankruptcy financial education
  • Bring financial education to your organization, business, or school
  • Become a Master Financial Education Volunteer

Northern Shenandoah Valley Financial Education Program

Karen Poff
Senior Extension Agent
kpoff@vt.edu
540-635-4549

Ask an Expert - Northern Shenandoah Valley Financial Education Programs

Do you have a question about financial management or consumer issues? Ask an Expert

RebeccaDavis
Extension Agent Rebecca Davis

Learn How To:

  • Decrease risk of chronic disease through good nutrition
  • Get involved with adult nutrition/exercise programs
  • Bring nutrition programs to your agency or school
  • Get your ServSafe Certificate
  • Preserve foods safely using USDA-recommended practices
  • Other cooking, nutrition, physical activity related education opportunities available

FCS Programs Available in Nutrition, Cooking, Physical Activity, Food Safety, and Food Preservation

Rebecca Davis
Extension Agent
rdavis58@exchange.vt.edu
540-665-5699

Ask an Expert - Frederick County & Warren County FCS Programs

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4-H Youth Development is an informal educational program for boys and girls ages 5 to 18 who engage in hands-on learning experiences.  4-H members learn how to make decisions, manage resources, work with others, and use effective communication while developing into contributing citizens.

What We Offer:
Cloverbuds                                       Clarke-Warren 4-H Camp
Community Clubs                               Junior Livestock Shows
Special Interest Groups                      State 4-H Congress
Judging Teams

Checkout our website!   http://tinyurl.com/clarkecountyva4h

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 "4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills."

 

4-H is a voluntary, informal education program for boys and girls who are age 9-19 by September 30 of the current year. 4-H is open to everyone regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation,  marital, or family status. Additionally, 4-H Cloverbuds is a program for youth ages 5-8 by September of the current year.

Isn’t 4-H just for children who live on a farm?

No way! 4-H is for all youth regardless of where they live. 4-H serves youth from all backgrounds and interests. Today in Virginia, 4-H members are from urban and rural areas. They participate in projects addressing life skills and other important issues, as well as agriculture-related areas.

What do the H’s stand for?

Head, Heart, Hands and Health.

4-H members pledge:
“My head to clearer thinking
My heart to greater loyalty
My hands to larger service, and
My health to better living,

for my club, my community, my country and my world.”

What are the 4-H emblem and other symbols?

A green four-leaf clover with a white “H” on each cloverleaf is the 4-H emblem. The official emblem is copyrighted and may be used only as approved by 4-H. Green and white are the colors. The 4-H motto is “To Make the Best Better.” The 4-H slogan is “Learn by Doing”.

Who conducts 4-H?

The Virginia 4-H program is conducted by Virginia Cooperative Extension, supported by Virginia Tech and Virginia State Universities. County and State programs are directed by Extension staff who train and support volunteers to work with 4-H members.

Who funds 4-H?

Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) receives funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the State of Virginia and local governments. A variety of private donors also fund 4-H programs. Unit offices are located in every county/city of Virginia. Unit Extension Leadership Councils, comprised of local residents, serve in an advisory capacity to the Extension staff to coordinate, organize, and plan programming in the unit. There is a 4-H Leadership Council in many counties/cities that give direction/guidance to local 4-H programming.

What does it cost to join?

4-H has no state or national membership registration fee. Uniforms are not required. There may be minimal costs for project materials, project manuals, or some 4-H activities or events.

4-H MEMBERS

Why do young people like 4-H?

4-H gives kids a chance to learn NEW things, develop NEW skills, travel to NEW places, experience NEW situations, make NEW friends, and most importantly, have lots of FUN.

How do you join?

You can visit a club meeting and talk to the leaders, or call the Clarke County Extension Office at (540) 955-5164 to learn about current clubs.

4-H CLUBS

What is a club?

A club is a group of five or more young people, ages 5 to 8 or 9 to 19, led by trained adult leaders. Clubs generally have a planned program and meet at least six times a year for about an hour. Members elect officers and each member takes one or more projects. A club may explore a single subject or several project areas. 4-H members build leadership by electing officers and conducting their own business; work together on community service activities; meet new friends; and most important, have lots of fun.

How often do clubs meet?

Most clubs meet once or twice a month. This depends on the group and what they want to do. Sometimes members may have to be enrolled in a project by a certain time to be eligible for certain activities such as local and district livestock and horse shows.

Where do 4-H clubs meet?

A 4-H club may be organized on a community or neighborhood basis and use local facilities (schools/churches) or members’ homes. Also, it can be organized within a school using the school’s facilities, time and staff. Any place that is large enough and provides a safe environment and is convenient for the members of the group is a good choice.

When do clubs meet and how long do meetings last?

This depends on the group.  Clubs can meet for an hour or two after school, in the evening, or on Sunday. The most important thing is to have a regular time to get together, one that members and their families can remember. 

How big should a club be?

This depends on the age of the members, the place they have to meet, and the leadership available. The ideal club is big enough to have fun together, but small enough for everyone to feel a part of the group. The average 4-H club is 10 to 20 members.

Do local 4-H clubs have dues?

If a club wants money for some activities, it usually charges or conducts moneymaking activities. Members are NEVER excluded from a 4-H club because they are unable to pay.

4-H PROJECTS

What are 4-H projects?

4-H projects are challenging, but practical planned courses of study with learning experiences centered on a specific subject that you choose. 4H members will usually work on a project (subject area) for a year. Hands-on, learn-by-doing involvement is the most important aspect of a project.  

What does a 4-H project cost?

It varies. Members are responsible for the cost of supplies for their projects. Some projects might use supplies from around the house while others might invest hundreds of dollars in their projects (e.g., horse). Parents need to discuss cost with members as they select a project. Project cost should be realistic to the family situation.

Are 4-H members expected to do their own project?

Yes, with help. Members are encouraged to select at least one project and complete one or more learning experiences related to the project during the year. 4-H is a “learn-by-doing” program. Leaders, teen leaders, and parents may tell or show a member how, but members are expected to learn to do things themselves.

Are projects done individually or as a group?

Both. It varies among projects and among clubs. Some projects are more fun done as a group. Others, like making a garment or growing a plant, will be done individually. Some clubs have several project leaders and do specific project work at club meetings while others rely on parents and others to help members individually.

What is a 4-H Presentation?

A 4-H Presentation is an opportunity that allows the 4-H member to combine knowledge and skills of a subject area with skills in public speaking. Presentations can be given in one of two forms: 1) Demonstration - demonstrate how to make or do something; 2) Public Speaking - 4-Hers can talk about a project/subject experience that has made an impact on them. Presentations are an integral part of the 4-H program.

4-H MEETINGS

What do 4-H clubs do at meetings?

4-H clubs usually participate in four general kinds of activities during the meeting. They have a business meeting, special interest program, project work and recreation or social activities.

Do they do all those things at one meeting?

Sometimes. Clubs may have a little business to conduct, may work on their projects for awhile and then play a game or two. Sometimes the whole meeting is centered on one topic.

4-H VOLUNTEERS/LEADERS

What are 4-H leaders?

Volunteer leaders are the backbone of the 4-H program. They are adults who work voluntarily with a group of 4-H members. Volunteers go through an application process before they are enrolled as leaders. Additionally, volunteers receive training in skills they will need to become successful 4-H volunteers.

Are there different kinds of leaders?

There are three general categories of local 4-H volunteers: organizational leaders, project leaders, and activity leaders. Organizational leaders guide the overall organization of the club, help it function smoothly and maintain communications among the member families and between the club and the Extension Office. Project leaders work with members enrolled in a specific project or project area, assisting them to plan and carry out experiences that will help them reach their learning goals in the project. Activity leaders work with members in planning and carrying out specific activities for the club as a whole.

Can the same person be a project and an organizational leader?

Sure, if they have the time and interest. Sometimes big clubs divide these jobs and have several project leaders to meet the interests that 4-H members have.

How many leaders should a 4-H club have?

That depends on the size of the club and the age of the members. At least two are required. The average club has 3 to 5 leaders.

Where would I learn how to be a 4-H leader?

The 4-H Extension Agent is your first point of contact. After completing the application process, you are enrolled as a volunteer, trained and placed on the 4-H leader mailing list. Orientation will be provided by Extension. Leaders are invited to special training meetings and provided with the materials needed to conduct a 4-H club. Be sure to ask for the name of an experienced leader near you, whom you can call if you have any questions.

4-H PARENTS

What is expected of parents?

Children need parental encouragement to get them started in 4-H and to keep them involved in the program in later years.

Parents can help by:

Sharing - Provide encouragement and take an interest in 4-H projects and activities. Listen, look, and offer suggestions, but avoid the temptation to “take over” and do things yourself. Children learn by their mistakes, as well as successes.

Preparing - Assist by helping children understand the value of doing projects, having duties in the club, and following through on responsibilities as expected by others.

Being there- Children gain more from 4-H by attending meetings regularly and getting involved in 4-H activities. Parents are welcome at meetings and are encouraged to stay and observe. Lend a hand whenever you can. However, remember that 4-H clubs are for kids.

Caring - Arrange to participate with your child when you can. Your presence shows that your child and what he/she is doing is very important.

4-H CAMP

There are four basic types of 4-H camps:

Residential 4-H Camps—programming events for youth ages 9 to 13 in which campers stay overnight (5 days, 4 nights).

Special Interest 4-H Camps—programming events focusing mainly on a specific project or theme area. There is a large
variety of special interest 4-H camps available. Different age group requirements are offered for these camps.

Cloverbud 4-H Camps—programming events for youth 5-8 years of age. Youth must meet the minimum age of 5 between
October 1 and September 30, and must not be older than the maximum age.

http://www.4-hmall.org/

http://www.national4-hcongress.com/

The 4-H Cloverbud program is for children ages 5-8.


Animals "R" Us
3rd Monday, 7:00 p.m.
739 Kimble Rd., Berryville
Brenda Denson, 540-955-5007
*Learn about 4-H and hands-on activities.

Clarke/Frederick Dairy
1st Sunday, 6:00 p.m.
Crum's Church, Berryville
Debbie Hardesty, 540-955-3076
*Learn about 4-H and hands-on activities.

Lucky Leaf 4-H Explorers
2nd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
Berryville Presbyterian Church, Berryville
Johnetta Pruitt, 540-837-1674
*Learn about 4-H and hands-on activities.

Paws and Claws
3rd Sunday, 7:00 p.m.
Millwood United Methodist Church, Millwood
Brian Cather, 540-837-1066
*Learn about 4-H and hands-on activities.

Animals R Us & Cloverbuds
3rd Monday, 7:00pm
739 Kimble Road, Berryville
Brenda Denson, 540.955.5007

Clarke/Frederick Dairy Club & Cloverbuds
1st Sunday, 6:00pm
Crums Church, Berryville
David & Debbie Hardesty, 540.533.6076
cowlady15@aol.com

Equine Enthusiasts
2nd Tuesday, 5:00pm
Clarke County High School Ag Room
Rachel Lockwood, 540.837.1878
rachel1201@gmail.com

Hout Livestock 4-H Club
2nd Tuesday, 7:00pm
Crums Church, Berryville
Scott Donnelly, 540.671.6087
Jenny Travers, 540.327.3947
jennifertravers@gmail.com

Light Horse & Pony Club
3rd Thursday, 7:00pm
Home of Barbara Byrd, 540.955.1215
bjb1971@verizon.net
Nancy Specht, 540.247.6475
nspecht@comcast.net

Lucky Leaf 4-H Club & Cloverbuds
2nd Tuesday, 7:00pm
Berryville Presbyterian Church
Johnetta Pruitt, 540.837.1674
johnettapruitt@yahoo.com

Paws & Claws 4-H Club & Cloverbuds
3rd Sunday, 5:00pm
Millwood United Methodist Church, Millwood
Brian Cather, 540.837.1066
brcather@gmail.com

Shooting Sports/Outdoor Adventurers
3rd Thursday, 6:00pm (dinner provided)
Berryville Moose Lodge
Kathy Morris, 540.539.4095
Chastity Wiley, 540.533.7248
Chad Morris, 304.268.2458
hondarider1@outlook.com

Dairy Bowl and Dairy Judging
Debbie and David Hardesty
540-955-3076
*Learn about the dairy industry and how to judge dairy cattle.

Horse Judging and Hippology
Glenn Cole, 540-955-6138
Nicole McGowan, 540-662-4993
*Valuable and important information for horse lovers. Competitions are available but not mandatory.

Livestock Judging
Extension Office
540-955-5164
*Learn how to judge beef, sheep and swine and explain why they are ranked a certain way.

Poultry Judging
Brian Cather, 540-837-1066
*Learn to judge laying and meat chickens.

Stockmen’s Team
Extension Office
540-955-5164
*Learn how to identify livestock feeds, equipment, animal breeds, and important livestock animal facts.

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