Stepping Up for the Future of Agriculture- Are You Willing?

When it came to our first year in New Mexico, we had a lot of expenses. With a cross country move, buying a new farm, renovating the new farm, and then the normal expenses of four kids, we didn’t have a lot of extra…

Learn The Qualities of a Successful Homesteader

When it comes to farming and homesteading, we often tend to take things for granted. If we have a problem, we can just go to the store, or search online to find the answer in moments. While this is a tremendous advantage, one has…

Why Your Child Needs To Become A Beekeeper

It is no secret that I am a staunch supporter of youth involvement in agriculture. Whether it is on their own, mentored, or through programs like 4-H and FFA, the benefits to you child are undeniable. When we think of getting our children involved…

Learn How to Recruit and Keep Active 4-H Members In Your County- Part 1

  A disturbing trend is being felt in 4-H groups across the nation. Enrollment of new members is on the decline. Directors and club leaders are concerned over how to keep their current members, as well as reach out to new families. As a…

Learn Why 4-H and Homeschoolers are A Perfect Match!

Across the country, many 4-H directors are scratching their head on how to recruit new members into this amazing program. While many directors target public schools with flyers, information and even presentations, they forget about a huge majority of local children! To put it…

Learn How To Motivate Your Children With Farm Chores

One question that I get often is, “How old does my child need to be to start chores?” I may be a minority, but I believe that we often underestimate our children. Not allowing your child to do chores, and thus learn responsibility, is…

How to Create A Winning 4-H Fundraiser!

Across the nation, families, businesses and organizations are feeling the pain of a recovering, but slow, economy. Sadly, 4-H is not immune to these financial burdens. Due to this, many clubs and counties have had to start relying more on the member’s families to…

Why Your 4-H Club Needs Cloverbuds

Take Time For the Cloverbuds The age that children begin their 4-H journey is a pivotal time in their life. All too often we tend to overlook our 4-H members that are in the Cloverbud age group. Sometimes this is simply due to not…

A Guide to Your Child’s Success with the 4-H Chicken Project

  Bringing Home Your 4-H Chicks Finally! The moment that your children have been waiting for! You just got the call from the 4-H office and their project chicks are ready to be picked up! Through all of the excitement, there are some things…

Starting Your Backyard Flock

      As winter begins to draw to a close, our thoughts shift to spring and the new possibilities for our homestead. The seed and poultry magazines are beginning to arrive in our mailboxes, and farm stores are starting to sound with the…