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4-H members to plant one millionth tree

Children in Kenya took part in the 4-H Million Trees Project.
After six years, the 4-H Million Trees Project will officially meet its goal on Aug. 16 when 4-H members gather to plant the one millionth tree, reported the San Jose Mercury News.

The project was launched in 2008 after 4-H member Laura Webber saw Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth." At the end, the documentary suggests ways viewers can help ease the dire consequences of global warming. One was, "Plant a tree." Webber decided to plant one million.

Even as she went off to college, trees continued to be planted around the world and tallied on the 4-H Million Trees website. Many 4-H members coordinated tree planting projects in their local communities to take part in 4-H Million Trees. One of those was Julien Lévy of the Belmont 4-H Club, who created "The Reforesting San Bruno Project" after the September 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion. In Louisiana, a 4-H member coordinated the planting of 150,000 trees to replace those lost in Hurricane Katrina. In Mariposa County, a 4-H member planted trees to reforest an area ravaged by wildfire.

Webber, now an international studies major starting her senior year at Vassar College, and her father will join current 4-H members at Huddart County Park in Woodside to plant the millionth tree.

Other media:

ABC Eyewitness News interviewed Webber at the site of the very first tree planted as part of the project for a story on the evening news.

Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Tags: 4-H (44)

New UC advisor is already making a positive impact

Virginia Bolshakova
Virginia Bolshakova, a UC Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development advisor for less than a year, has received praise from a farm bureau director for her contributions to local agriculture, reported Julia Hollister in Capital Press.

“She brings enthusiasm, high energy, intelligence and a passion for agriculture to her job," said Bill Gass, executive director of the San Mateo County Farm Bureau.

No day is average for Bolshakova, who is also the county director for San Mateo-San Francisco counties UCCE and the director of Elkus Ranch, a place for hands-on learning experiences for Bay Area children.

One morning she is working with concerned citizens about beekeeping policies, collaborating with scientists at UC Berkeley about eradicating aphids in gardens, and in the afternoon herding students around Elkus Ranch teaching about rangeland, the story said.

“I think the biggest challenge facing San Mateo County agriculture is urban-rural interface, and that goes in both directions,” she said. “I work with many youth who never thought about plants or planting a seed and watching it grow. I worry that people are becoming disconnected to their food and where it originates.”

Bolshakova was born and raised on a 450-acre pig and crop farm in southwestern Michigan where her parents still work the land. Her childhood experiences nurtured a passion for the environment and a keen awareness of the interdependency between people and nature.

Bolshakova has a bachelor's degree in biology from State University of New York, Buffalo, a master's degree from the University of Toledo, and a Ph.D. in ecology from Utah State University.

Posted on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Tags: 4-H (44), Elkus Ranch (1), Virginia Bolshakova (1)

4-H Million Trees draws close to the halfway point

4-H Million Trees project in Kenya.
Started in 2008 by high school 4-H'er Laura Webber, the 4-H Million Trees Project continues to grow and has nearly accomplished half its goal, reported the national TV show EcoCompany. EcoCompany produced a six-minute video (see below) about a group of Woodside teenagers who planted 26 redwood trees in Huddart State Park. The global 4-H initiative, under the auspices of UC Cooperative Extension, is currently at 450,000 trees.

At Huddart State Park, the new trees will help reforest an empty glade that used to be a vollyball court.

"It's a service learning project which is something in 4-H that combines learning with community service," said one of the 4-H team leaders. Fiona Benjamin and Emma Filar are the teen leaders.

The teen leaders involved the Woodside High School Green Academy in the tree-planting event.

"It's good for the environment. It gives us more oxygen to breath," said Karen Estrada, a Green Academy member.

4-H Million Tree planting events have been organized all over the world, including Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

"One thing I've taken away from the project is that one person can make an amazing, tremendous difference by getting other people to go along with his or her idea," said the teen leader interviewed in the video.

Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM
Tags: 4-H (44)

4-H'ers take part in state field day in Davis

More than 1,000 4-H members from around California converged at Wellman Hall east lawn at UC Davis last week to share a wide variety of their leadership, small animal, plant science and other projects at the state field day, reported Tim Hearden in Capital Press.

The event was open to all 4-H members, volunteers, staff and parents. Among the events were a film festival, mock job interview competition, a photography contest and a chess tournament.

The field day began with opening ceremonies, as members from each of the more than 30 counties carried banners.

The event came as California 4-H is celebrating its centennial this year, Hearden reported. In 1913, the forerunner of 4-H was founded as an agricultural club at the college of agriculture in Davis, according to the state website. By the following year, 84 high school agricultural clubs were reported in California.

4-H'ers enjoy a picnic-like atmosphere at the annual state field day.
4-H'ers enjoy a picnic-like atmosphere at the annual state field day.

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:28 AM
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Santa Barbara 4-H feeling budget pressure

4-H has provided California children learning and leadership opportunities for 100 years.
The Santa Barbara County 4-H program is raising awareness about the county board of supervisors' plans to cut funding for UC Cooperative Extension, according to reports that appear on the KSBY Channel 6 website and in the Santa Barbara Independent.

According to the Independent article, written by Mary Thieleke Jackson, director of the Santa Barbara County 4-H Management Board, a draft budget released Friday, May 10, does not include a county contribution to UC Cooperative Extension. Budget hearings are expected to take place the week of June 10-15.

Because the county faces a $10.5 million budget deficit, the board of supervisors is considering all options. If the proposed cut carries through to the final budget, 4-H will cease to exist in Santa Barbara County, the stories said. 

"We have to set priorities and figure out what programs work and what programs don't," said Fifth District Supervisor Steve Lavagnino.

He says the board has to make up the budget losses somewhere and he hopes it doesn't include cutting funding for 4-H.

"I can't think of a better place to spend it than on our kids and teaching them about leadership and hard work," said Lavagnino.

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 10:02 AM
Tags: 4-H (44), budget (6)

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