How to Support Your Child’s 4-H Agent

Have you ever noticed how tired your 4-H agent looks? Have you ever stopped and wondered why? After all, their office hours are only 8-5. Right? As parents, we all know the craziness that is fair week. However, even though you may feel like…

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing A Rabbit Breed For 4-H

  This post does contain affiliate links. I am a huge advocate of children starting their showing journey with rabbits and poultry. Relatively speaking, both are reasonably affordable, and easy enough for a younger child to raise and care for. They’re a great “gateway”…

Prepare for the Fair- How to Survive Fair Season in Comfort!

Tis the season to be showing. The kids are nervous and excited, and you’re overwhelmed. You have to remember drop off times, show times, prep times, and paperwork- all while not neglecting your other parenting duties. Although we always look forward to fair season,…

3 Life Lessons From the County Fair

2017 has been a year of learning for us. We moved to a new home, started working on our new farm, and so much more. In fact, I think more things have been “new” to us this year than business as usual. One of…

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…