Monday, December 16, 2013

Market Animal Boot Camp

Join the boot camp to get prepared for the upcoming market animal season! Saturday, February 8, 2014 a Market Animal Boot Camp will be held at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall from 2 pm-6:30 pm.
This FREE event is being held to help educate both current and future exhibitors of market animals (beef, sheep, goats, hogs, poultry, and rabbits) with information on feeding, housing, equipment, medication, marketing, financing, and other information necessary for a successful project experience.  
There will also be vendors there that include feed representatives, breeders, equipment dealers, animal health specialists, and more!  Door prizes will be given out at the end of the day and food will be available to buy.
RSVP by January 24 to the Rockingham County Extension Office at (540)564-3080 for a free t-shirt courtesy of Farm Credit!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Think Now About National 4-H Congress in November 2014

National 4-H Congress 2014 will take place November 28– December 2, 2014 (Thanksgiving weekend).   It is a wonderful experience and an extreme honor to represent Virginia at National 4-H Congress.  Senior 4-H members are encouraged to apply.  Applications are due April 30 to the State Office.  Interviews and delegate selection will take place during state congress on Tuesday, June 17 in Blacksburg.


For more information on this event, please visit the sites below.


General Information and Application Process:


Sample Resume:


College Scholarships Available to 4-H All Stars Currently Enrolled in College

The Virginia Chapter of 4-H All Stars will award two $600 college scholarships at their Midwinters' Conference in February, but the deadline to apply is January 1st.  All 4-H All Stars enrolled in college are eligible to apply.  Please visit the All Star website for more details. 4h_allstars.html  

Friday, December 6, 2013

Youth Swine Day at VT

The 7th Annual Youth Swine Day will be held Saturday, February 22 at Virginia Tech's Alphin Stuart Arena in Blacksburg, VA.  This program is for youth and adults interested in pigs and in becoming youth and/or adult PQA Plus Certified.  This will be an all day event in Blacksburg.  The morning session normally has informational speakers and sessions on various swine related topics, followed by a swine stockman's contest, lunch and then the PQA Plus Certification sessions.
Registration information will be available in the next few weeks, please contact the extension office for more information.

4-H Day at the Capitol 2014

Mark your calendars: 4-H Day at the State Capitol will be Tuesday, February 11.  Even though this date is still 2 months away, there is already tons of planning that is going on for this event!
For those who are not familiar with this event, 4-Hers from across the state come together and meet at the state capitol in Richmond.  Last year, there were hundreds of members, parents, and volunteers who went and met with their state legislators.  Orange County 4-H will be attending again this year and we are looking for willing 4-Hers who would like to go as well!  We want youth who love 4-H and would be willing to tell your 4-H story- why you do 4-H, some of the lessons that you have learned, and those who want to get more out of the citizenship portion of 4-H.
We do recommend that youth that go on this trip be older junior members and senior members as it is long day with lots of walking.
This is an all day event- we will leave the extension office around 7:30 am and return around 4 pm. 

If you are interested in going, please contact Sarah or Kaci. 
2013 Orange 4-H Day at the Capitol Participants

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Natural Resources Weekend to be Held in January

Information was released today about the January 25-26, 2014, Natural Resources and Wildlife Weekend hosted by Virginia 4-H.  The event will be held at Holiday Lake 4-H Center in Appomattox and features activities like bat house building, a night hike, and edible insects.  Youth and adults are encouraged to attend.  The sample schedule is shown below and online registration occurs at

Hopefully an Orange 4-H delegation will attend.  If a club/group wants to reserve the 4-H van for travel, call the Extension office!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Fwd: FW: Vol Pic 2013 Lynchburg, VA

The 4-H Symposium and Fall meeting of the Virginia Association of Adult 4-H Volunteer Leaders took place this past weekend in Lynchburg.  The group photo below was taken just prior to the banquet, in which Orange County was recognized for considerable contributions to the 4-H foreign exchange program.  

We are grateful to the Harris, Nammack, Godin and Johnson families for opening their homes to four 4-H youth from Costa Rica.  


Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging Team wins in Nebraska | Virginia Tech News | Virginia Tech

Our own Blake Hopkins, Treasurer of the Livestock Club, is featured in today's Virginia Tech news.  Blake is on the Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging Team.

Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging Team wins in Nebraska | Virginia Tech News | Virginia Tech

Saturday, November 16, 2013

True Blue Cloverbuds Conduct Service Project

Members of the True Blue Cloverbud Club are reminded to please bring a Made in Virginia product to their meeting on Tuesday night.  These items will be added to a group basket that will be auctioned for the benefit of Sam's House, a local project hoping to build a new house for the Stewart family.  Sam is a former Orange 4-H'er who participated in TACO, what was then known as 4-H Special Riding Camp.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Goat Cloverbuds Learn What Goats Eat

Members of the Goat Cloverbud group learned last evening about what it takes to care for a goat.  Leader Sarah Thionville presented various feeds for the children to glue on their goat feeding poster, including hay, minerals and vitamins, and sweet feed.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Crazy Pets Club Hosts Bake Sale Before Thanksgiving

Take one thing off your to-do list for Thanksgiving meal preparations!  The Crazy Pets 4-H Club is hosting a bake sale on Saturday, November 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Locust Grove Exxon.  The group plans to have cakes, pies, breads, cookies, and more for sale.  Proceeds benefit a club service project of helping to provide a therapy dog to a friend who is disabled.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Farm Tour Part 2

On October 29, 4th grade students from Lightfoot Elementary, Gordon Barbour Elementary, and Orange Elementary visited Kenwood Dairy Farm and Knight Cattle Company.  They spent their time at the dairy learning about baby calves, the milking parlor, what calves and cows eat, watersheds, and how things grow. While visiting Knight Cattle company, students learned about area and perimeter, Virginia regions and products, animal agriculture, how to grow a hamburger and making healthy food choices, and then made an art project with four different grains.
All the students were provided with a choice of white, chocolate, and strawberry milk to go with their lunches, courtesy of Kenwood Dairy farm.  We would like to thank all of our volunteers who were able to make this an awesome educational experience for all of the students!

Stock Show University

Stock Show University is coming up on December 28 and 29 at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds, presented by Sullivan Supply.  This clinic is a free program where you can work one on one with the "professors" and learn today's techniques for clipping and fitting cattle.  The program is free for anyone to attend: adults and children, beginners or advanced clippers and fitters!  
This is an excellent hands-on opportunity for kids to learn proper washing, grooming, clipping and fitting techniques for their 4-H beef cattle projects.  Youth are encouraged to bring one of their calves for the workshop, but youth who want to come but don’t have a calf or can’t make arrangements to get it Harrisonburg are also welcome.  It will be an excellent learning opportunity for anyone with any level of experience.  Please feel free to call Herc Williams at (540)460-6194 with any questions you may have
Registration forms do need to be filled out and submitted at least one week before the clinic.  Please visit the document library and look under the "Livestock" folder for the registration information.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Poinsettia Sales!

Christmas is coming (and getting closer all the time!) 4-H's annual Poinsettia sale is up and running. Celebrate (and decorate) for the holidays with Battlefield Farm's gorgeous red poinsettias. Profit will benefit the Orange 4-H clubs and programs.  
Battlefield Farms is located right here in Orange County.  They grow beautiful red poinsettias for us to be able to sell.  6" pots (Regulars) are $7 and 8" pots (jumbos) are $13.  Feel free to pass out this flier to anyone who may be interested!
There are order forms on our document library that you can order from.  Orders must be turned into the extension office by November 21st.  Orders can then be picked up from the extension office on December 4 from 3-7 and on December 5 from 8am -5pm.  
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact the extension office at (540)672-1361.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

4th Grade Farm Tour- Part 1

The 4th graders from Locust Grove Elementary School visited Bob and Missy Chambers' farm in Mine Run last week.  The 4th graders went through 6 stations and learned about area and perimeter, soybeans and corn, watersheds, dairy cows and beef cows and even milk Clover the cow, how to grow a hamburger, and Virginia Regions and products.  Then, they did a group station and learned about farm equipment and made grain art with corn, soybeans, oats, and wheat.

Livestock Cloverbuds

The Livestock Cloverbuds had their monthly meeting on Tuesday night.  They learned about how pumpkins grow, decorated pumpkins, and then had a snack of pumpkin cookies!  Cloverbud clubs are open to all youth ages 5-8.

Home Ec Club

The Home Ec club had their monthly meeting last Thursday night.  They elected new officers, decorated pumpkins, and made mini pumpkin pies.  They welcome anyone interested in joining to attend one of their meetings!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Two Clubs Greeted Customers at Tractor Supply for National 4-H Week Exhibit

Two Orange 4-H clubs staffed displays at the local Tractor Supply store as part of National 4-H Week and Clover Campaign promotions.

The Cooper family from the Goat Club exhibited their animals.

Members of the Bit N' Bridle Club staffed an indoor display that promoted 4-H to the public.

We thank each of these young people and their parents for their time and volunteerism to promote 4-H to more people in the community.

Orange 4-H Sells Holiday Poinsettias - Orders Due November 21

Orange 4-H members and campers are selling holiday poinsettias now through November 21.  These high-quality plants are locally grown by Battlefield Farms and are a great addition to any home or business in December!  Please see a 4-H member or stop by the Extension office to place your order.

Regular plants (the size typically seen, 6" pot) are $7 each and the jumbo plants (florist quality, 8" pot) are $13 each.  Plants will need to be picked up the evening of December 4 or during regular business hours December 5.

Order forms are available in our document library near the top of the list.

Stock Show U Coming to Virginia in December

Sullivan's is hosting a Stock Show U event for youth with beef cattle projects December 28-29 in Harrisonburg.  This is a workshop for youth to bring their calves and get instruction on grooming and fitting while working with experts in the field.  Additional information can be found on our document library under the "Livestock" heading.

Stock Show University

Friday, October 11, 2013

Help Extension Stay Abreast of Orange County Needs and Issues

We want to hear from you about what's important in Orange County!  Please take a short online survey by October 25.  Responses are anonymous and we thank you in advance for your time.  Visit to provide input.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

State Carcass Show and Educational Program to be Held at Virginia Tech Sunday

All champion market animals from the State Fair of Virginia (beef, lamb, hog, goat) have been processed and will compete in a carcass show on Sunday, October 13, at Virginia Tech's Meats Lab from 2-4 p.m.  All 4-H members are invited to hear the results and learn from an educational program that is being offered.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Travel THE WORLD with 4-H!

Have you always wanted to experience another country's customs and daily life?  4-H international programs can afford you this opportunity! In 2014, Virginia 4-H'ers can travel to the following countries: Australia, Costa Rica, Japan, Norway, Tanzania.

Application deadlines are December 1st, plus the first installment of money.  This is a wonderful opportunity.  Please speak to Kaci ASAP if you think you want to travel abroad with 4-H!


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Dairy Club Selects Officers for New 4-H Year

The Orange 4-H Dairy Club met last evening and elected new club officers for the 2014 4-H year.  Congratulations to the following:

President:           Sierra Coleman
Vice President:   Ashley Goodwin
Secretary:          Hayley Coleman
Treasurer:          Robert Goodwin
Reporters:         Rachel Cooper & Elizabeth Goodwin

Also, congratulations to club members who participated in the recent State Fair of Virginia youth dairy activities.  Hayley Coleman placed ninth overall in the Junior Dairyman's Contest.  Tristen Goodwin exhibited the Grand Champion of the Commercial Show, and Robert and John Goodwin each won a class in the show.

Way to go, Dairy Clubbers!  You're off to a great start!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Save the Date - 4-H Achievement Night 2013

The 2013 4-H year ends next week, so please save the date for 4-H Achievement Night on Wednesday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m. at Orange County High School.  All clubs will be recognized and pins will be awarded.  In addition, we will recognize local businesses and volunteers who support the program and our scholarship winners.  Please join us!

Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.  A cumulative slide show from the 2013 4-H year (October 2012 to present) will be shown.  Participants are encouraged to send Kaci photos that you would like included.

This photo below shows members of the Livestock Cloverbud Club at last year's event.

Friday, September 6, 2013

4-H All Star Nomination Deadline Approaching

Teens wishing to apply for 4-H All Stars are advised that the deadline is a month earlier this year.  The Extension office needs to see a draft of your application by October 1st in order to get the form submitted to the district level by the corresponding deadline.  Please contact Kaci ASAP if you plan to apply this fall for a summer 2014 induction.

Being tapped as a 4-H All Star is the highest honor you can receive in Virginia 4-H.  All Stars is reserved for the most engaged, most active 4-H members of strong character.  The All Star motto is SERVICE, and it is hoped that those who achieve All Star status will continue to be involved as a 4-H supporter for many years to come.

All Stars are evaluated on a points system, and points are attained by participating in a variety of 4-H experiences.  Leadership, service, and participation all count, though different points are allotted for 4-H exchange programs versus completion of project record books (for example).  Competitions, workshops, county fairs, 4-H club projects, and awards are all examples of information collected on the nomination form.
More information about 4-H All Stars is available online.  Don't forget!  If you plan to apply this fall, you need to contact Kaci ASAP so she can help you get started.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Cloverbud Camp 2013

Cloverbud Camp was held at the Northern Piedmont Center July 15-18 from 9-12 each morning.  The theme for camp this year was Wacky Science and each day was spent doing everything from science experiments, playing with bubbles, and making gak!  We had a bubble day where campers were able to make their own bubble solution, make bubble art, make bubble snakes, and experiment with giant bubbles.  On science experiment day, we made bubbling lava lamps, made a balloon get sucked into a water bottle, and had fun with milk, food coloring, and dish soap.  We also had a candy day at camp where we did the mentos and diet coke experiment, looked at what candy bars sink and which ones float, dissolved gummy worms, watched the letters float off of M and Ms and skittles, and then made gak.  Our last day was a water themed day of camp where we experimented with what dissolves,making water "walk", water color drawings and paintings, made ice cream in a bag, and then had fun with a water hose and water games!  We want to thank both our adult and teen volunteers who came and helped make camp a success!

Teen Leadership Opportunity

Mark your calendars and spread the word for the First 4-H Teen Leadership Retreat held at the Northern VA 4-H Educational Center in Front Royal Friday, November 8th – Sunday, November 10th.  This year’s theme, Igniting Your Fire, will focus on leadership basics, characteristics of effective leaders, and motivating yourself and others.

The activities begin at 6:30 pm on Friday, November 8th with a motivational assembly and guest speaker, campfire, and organized meet-and-greet. Saturday’s program involves workshops, teambuilding sessions, a service project, and the formation of a teen leadership committee for those interested, followed by an evening dance, and campfire. The weekend retreat concludes after breakfast with a final ceremony and guest speaker.

The Leadership Retreat fee of $95.00 includes meals, snacks, lodging, workshops, and a retreat T-shirt. Additionally, we are asking for a donation of 2 (or more!) canned food items from each retreat participant that will be donated to the Warren County Food Bank. The Retreat is open to non-4-H members.

For more information, or to register, please contact Win Iden ( or Avery Born ( at 540-635-7171.

"Virginia 4-H Makes Me Happy, Happy, Happy" T-shirts for Sale

The State 4-H Office is selling maroon T-shirts with this slogan.  Shirts are $12 each and payment and orders go to Blacksburg.  We will figure out how to get them to Orange for you.  Shirts are available in sizes Youth Medium to Adult 3XL.  Orders are due September 12.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Summer Workshop Updates!

Where has the summer gone?  We can't believe it's already August- it's been quite the busy summer here in the extension office!  We have had tons of summer workshops and camps and we are finally able to update you on some of them!

Directors Wanted: We had a workshop where we made iMovies- we took the iPads and went around the town of Orange, visited the grounds of Montpelier, Four County Players play house, Barboursville Ruins, and the town of Gordonsville taking pictures.  We then turned those pictures into movies and showed them on the TV in the office! 

Floral Arranging: The very generous ladies from the Rapid Ann Garden Club spent two mornings putting on an awesome non-traditional floral arranging workshop.  They taught the participants about different types of arrangements, different ways to make arrangements, various odds-and-ends that you can make arrangements out of and more!  The ladies brought beautiful flowers out of their home gardens that they shared with the youth participating in the workshop.  Everyone who made arrangements was able to take them home!

In The News:  We did some career exploration one day this summer and went to Charlottesville to visit CBS 19/ABC 16/ Fox 27 and see where they do all of the news, went to visit Country 99.7, and then came back to Orange to visit the Orange Review.  We met with Stephanie Satchell, who is originally from Orange, and she showed us around the studio.  We learned how stories are thought of, the process that a story goes through from start to finish, looked in the "bays" to see how the news stories are produced, got to see where they film the news every day, and even got to watch weatherman Travis Koshko film his noon weather update! We then went and visited the Free Speech Monument on the downtown mall.  Everyone had an opportunity to write something on the wall that they wanted!

After lunch we visited with Pam Garrison and Steve Walker at the HitKicker studios.  They recorded an interview with everyone who attended, we saw their equipment and how they broadcast on the radio, and then they gave us awesome treats to bring home!
We stopped at the Orange Review on the way back and talked with Jeff Poole about how he makes the newspaper each week.  We talked about how he finds his stories, and how his process is different from the TV and radio stations.  He explained how a newspaper runs and what he does each week.

Learn Home Canning: Last week, youth had the opportunity to test their skills and learn new skills in the kitchen as they learned all about home canning.  The first day of the workshop was spent taking a field trip to the Market at Grelen Nursery where they were able to pick their own blackberries.  They then came back to the office and made their own blackberry jam.  The second day of the workshop was spent making salsa and pickles.  All youth were able to take home what they made to enjoy with their families!

We still have two more workshops and camps planned for this summer- Speak, Monkey, Speak August 15 at the Wilderness Library and August 16 at the Gordonsville Library; and Camp Millionaire August 20-22 at the Taylor Education Complex.  There are still open spots for all of these- come join the fun!