Friday, May 30, 2014

Online Fair Entries are Ready!

Many of you have already been working on this- online fair entry forms are ready to go!
As a reminder, fair entries are due no later than 5 pm on Friday, June 13 (two weeks from today!)  Late entries will be required to pay a late payment of $10 per animal.

Links to Entry Forms

Cloverbud: (This is for Livestock Cloverbuds, True Blue Cloverbuds, and Goat Cloverbuds)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Extension Office.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Jamestown 4-H Center Summer Weekend Camps

These are two camps that are being held at the Jamestown 4-H Center two weekends this summer.   The first camp is coming up quite quickly!  

June 6-8, 2014 – Jammin’ on the James Water Camp
This weekend will allow 4-H campers to experience the James River and learn about the fun it allows us to have. They will have the chance to choose which activity that they would love to do that weekend and gain experience in it. As with all 4-H activities, we have a ton of fun, and we actually learn something from the experience. The activities that they will be able to choose from are: Fishing, Sailing, Canoeing/Kayaking and Marine Science.

July 12-13, 2014 - Summer Cloverbud Camp – Adventures in Nature
It is all around all of us. Nature. In order to understand what nature is capable of, we have to experience it in some of its different forms. The Cloverbuds will go on a tour of what nature has to offer.

This is a great opportunity for someone looking for some activities between camps!  For a brochure or more information, please contact Sarah at the Extension Office.

Summer Workshop Brochure is READY!

Yes, our Summer Workshop brochure is ready to go!
Here are the workshops that we will be offering this summer!

4-H Camp: June 29- July 3 (As of 5/23, there are still spots left!)
Super Sitters: July 1-2
Cloverbud Day Camp: July 14-17
Craftastic v. 1.0: July 31
Therapeutic Adventure Camp of Orange: August 4-8
Craftastic v. 2.0: August 12
Lifeskilz Bootcamp: August 15
Family Camp: August 18-21
Shriek to Chic Furniture Transformation: August 27

 Please visit the document library in the Summer Workshop folder or for more in-depth descriptions of the workshops, costs, places, times, and other important information.

We do not have a set date that all summer workshop registrations are due, but we do need registration turned in at least 3 weeks before the workshop's date.  Many of our workshops have a maximum number that we can take, and many fill up quickly, so the sooner you sign up the better!

Please contact the Extension Office if you have any other questions.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Clarke County 4-H VLA Market Lamb and Goat Show

The 2014 Clarke County 4-H Volunteer Leaders' Association Market Lamb and Goat Show will be held on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds in Berryville, VA.  Registration begins at 8 am and sheep showmanship will begin at 9:30 am with sheep confirmation, goat showmanship, and goat confirmation classes to follow.  Entry fee is $15 per head.  Entry forms, fees, and a current 4-H Health History form are due to the Clarke Extension Office by Friday, June 20, 2014.  Late entries will be accepted; late fees will be $20 per head and must be received or postmarked by June 27, 2014.
Please make checks payable to Clarke County 4-H, Inc. and mail forms and fees to:
Clarke County Extension Office
101 Chalmers Court, Suite B
Berryville, VA 22611

All questions should be directed to either Alan Young, Show Chairperson, at (540)837-1102 or windgatefarm[at] or to Kaila Anglin, 4-H Youth Development Agent at kailamh[at] or (540)955-5164.

Entry forms and rules and an informational flier can be found in the document library under Blog Post Follow Up.

Have a cultural experience this summer!

Do you have a son age 11-15?  If so, we are looking for you!
Virginia 4-H has a May 31st deadline to secure 6 host families that have a son between the ages of 11 and 15 to host the 6 Japanese boys listed below from July 21-August 17.  These boys can participate with you and your family in your normal lives, experience the Orange county Fair, and have a great learning experience!  This is a great opportunity for both these boys and your family.

Here are the boys that still need host families:
#20 M 13 Likes movies esp. Harry Potter, playing outside, bicycling, collects model trains. Wants to see American trains, do karate and calligraphy with host family. Be a member of family. Beginner swimmer.

 #21 M 13 Likes reading, making plastic models, listening to classical music, crafts, play catch ball, shogi, watching baseball games. Snow ski. Interested in Am. Technology. Wants to learn about plane history in Am. Would like to go to museums and see the horizon. Advanced swimmer.

 #23 M 13 Likes to play soft tennis, watch sport games. Wants to make friends. Intermediate swimmer.

 #25 M 13 Likes playing soccer and watching soccer games, listening to music, drawing pictures. Wants to make a lot of friends, practice soccer with host and host siblings. Beginner swimmer.

 #26 M 13 Likes tennis, painting pictures. Wants to experience life overseas, actively communicate. Intermediate swimmer.

 #27 M 13 Likes watching and playing baseball, TV dramas and Japanese anime. Volleyball and playing games. Wants to make friends, introduce Japanese anime to host family in English. Talk to many people. Advanced swimmer

If you have questions or need more information, please let us know or contact Deb Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator for VA States' 4-H International Exchange Program
at H 540-659-2697 or C 571-216-5459 or email

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Shenandoah Valley Invitational 4-H Livestock Judging Contest Results

Congratulations to the following 4-Hers who competed at the Shenandoah Valley Invitational 4-H Livestock Judging Contest this past weekend in Harrisonburg: Brice Norford, Gini Bryington, Blake Hopkins, and Hunter Watkins!

Senior Hog Individual Placings:
5th Blake Hopkins
10th Hunter Watkins

3rd Place Team Hog Judging

Senior Reasons and Questions Individual Placings:
3rd Blake Hopkins

5th Place Senior Reasons and Questions Team

Senior Overall Individual:
9th Hunter Watkins

Junior Sheep Individual Placings:
4th Gini Bryington

Awesome job representing Orange County 4-H!

Do you have backyard chickens? Some tips and reminders to keep you and your birds safe!

As more and more individuals are creating backyard flocks of chickens and raising chickens as pets, there are some safety tips that all chicken and poultry handlers need to remember to help keep themselves safe.  Just like any animals, there are risks that come with having chickens and interacting with them frequently.
Recently, there was an outbreak of Salmonella infections that have been linked to contact with live poultry.  As of May 7, 2014, a total of 60 people in 23 states had been infected with a strain of Salmonella, including 3 people from Virginia.
In interviews with the people who had been infected, over 82% of the 38 people who were interviewed reported having some sort of contact with live poultry (such as chicks, chickens, ducks, ducklings) before they became ill.  It is very common for chickens, ducks, and other poultry to carry Salmonella.  Salmonella is a type of germ that naturally lives in the intestines of poultry and many other animals.  Even organically fed poultry can have Salmonella.  While it usually does not make the birds sick, Salmonella can cause serious illness when it is passed to other people.  
Contact with live poultry can be a source of Salmonella infections.  Many of these people who have reported being infected with Salmonella reported bringing the live poultry into their homes and others reported kissing or cuddling with the live poultry.  These behaviors increase a person's risk of a Salmonella infection from contact with live poultry.  People can get sick even if they do not have direct contact with the live poultry, but touch items and places that have been contaminated in the poultry's environment.
Does this mean that you should not have chickens in your backyard? No!  Good practices to help keep you safe include always washing hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam; after collecting eggs from the hens, thoroughly cook them as Salmonella can pass from healthy looking hens into eggs; clean any equipment or materials associated with raising or caring for live poultry outside the house, such as cages or feed or water containers; if you have free-roaming chickens or poultry assume where they live and roam is contaminated with Salmonella.
Do not let children younger than 5 years of age, older adults, or people with weak immune systems handle or touch chicks, ducklings, or other live poultry; don't eat or drink in the area where birds live or roam; don't let live poultry inside the house, in bathrooms, or especially in areas where food or drink is prepared, served, or stored, such as kitchens or outdoor patios.
There are many benefits that come from having your own backyard chickens and other poultry.  They provide fresh eggs for your family, provide entertainment, eat bugs, and help you become more in touch with where your food comes from.  Just remember to practice safe food handling techniques and always wash your hands after doing anything around your birds!
More information can be found at and

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dairy Club Tackles Cleaning the 4-H Van for a Service Project

The 4-H van gets plenty of use providing transportation to youth for a number of local and statewide programs. It often fails to get a little love and TLC, so members of the Dairy Club dedicated their meeting tonight to shining up the van. They washed the exterior, cleaned the interior windows, and made overall improvements. Thank you, Dairy Clubbers, and Mary Goodwin, volunteer with the great idea! 

"Hands to Larger Service"...444444444444444444-H! 

YMQA Training Dates Announced

Effective for the 2014 State Fair of Virginia, all youth competitors in beef, sheep, swine, and meat goat departments must have YMQA (Youth Meat Quality Assurance) certification prior to entering animals online. Two local trainings will be held; youth choose one training to attend.

Thursday, May 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Madison Extension office
Tuesday, July 8, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Orange Extension office

YMQA is designed to teach youth the basics of animal husbandry and general management practices in raising a project animal. Additional information can be found here.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Archery Club Participates in Paper Clover Campaign

The Archery Club participated in the Paper Clover campaign at the Orange Tractor Supply store on Saturday, April 26.  Thanks to those who bought clovers and supported 4-H!  The Paper Clover campaign continues through this Sunday, May 4.

Host Family Needed!

Anna from Greece is still looking for a host family from July 13- August 12.  This is a fabulous experience for everyone who is involved!
Anna is 16 and from Greece.  Her father is an engineer and her mother is a housewife.  She has brothers ages 19 and 9.  She cannot eat okra.  She likes dancing, singing, theater, sports, camping, biking, movies, shopping, and computer games.

If you would be interested or would like more information, please contact:
Dottie Nelson, Coordinator
Virginia 4-H International Exchange
cell    276-617-1065