Hero Image

Archived Weekly Updates

Weekly Updates 2/8/21 - 2/14/21
Please complete the short training session which is found on the UCCE Humboldt-Del Norte 4-H page. This training includes the 4-H Location Safety Plan that must be submitted to the local 4-H office and approved before you can hold any in-person meetings. Thanks for caring about the youth in our community and for your efforts to ensure their safety!


4-H Youth in Action Awards
In 4-H, you’ve developed your passion. You’ve found your purpose. You’ve inspired others – and now you’re moving forward! Share your story by applying for the 4-H Youth in Action Awards for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship and national recognition! Apply now.


4-H Calendar of Events Feb-March 2021  


National 4-H Conference, Washington DC
Applications due by February 22, 2021
The 2021 National 4-H Conference will be held virtually April 10-14, 2021. All application information has been updated on the event page. Because of the cost reduction for the virtual event more youth can participate so apply right away!
Weekly Updates 2/1/21 - 2/7/21

Did you know_ Feb
Humboldt First Farm Adviser

Carlotta 4-H Community Club Update
"On the first Monday of January Carlotta 4-H held a meeting at the Carlotta Fire Department. We talked about who is going to Redwood Acres Fair and Humboldt County Fair as well as who is going to show at the fair. We also talked about when they are going to get their animals, later in the meeting we discussed when we are going to hold our large and small animal projects."
~Marshall Patzlaff, Club Reporter


Hydesville 4-H Community Club Update
"The club decided it was time to rehab out old community welcome signs from Hydesville 4-H. Macee and Morgan Marquez are working on plans to replace the old signs this month. The previous sign project was completed by the Fitze family over 15 years ago. We want to thank Jeff at Allpoint Signs for his generous donation of the signs, Humboldt Fence for the donated wood materials to erect the signs, and the Marquez Family for taking this on!”
~Irie Shoemaker, Club Reporter


Ferndale 4-H Community Club Update
“The “you know what” has prevented us from meeting in person at our monthly club meetings, so our officer team had to come up with creative ideas to meet as a club and in our projects. Our very first club “zoom” meeting was held in December. Some of the highlights from the meeting were a surprise visit by Santa who encouraged us all to do something kind for others and a “scavenger hunt” on zoom. Some of the things we had to find were Dawn dish soap, an earth globe, mistletoe and q-tips. In December, our community pride project members cleaned up on Main Street and organized our first virtual lighting of America’s tallest living Christmas tree in Ferndale on the radio station KRED. Ferndale 4-H member Nathaniel Holmes did an amazing job emceeing the pre-recorded event and the project members led the countdown to the lighting of the tree. Ferndale 4-H was also actively involved in the Sen. McGuire Food Drive to collect food for those in need. Talent graced our January “zoom” club meeting. Thank you to all who participated and made for a fun evening. Gianna Regli won first place by playing “Ukranian Bell Carol” on the piano. Second place was awarded to Taylor Collenberg for her gymnastic flips and Caleigh Griffith won third place with her artistic drawings. While we waited for the talent show results, we played charades on zoom. Keep up the great work, Ferndale 4-H!”
~Gianna Regli, Rotating Club Reporter

Launch Image Gallery: 2021 Ferndale February    


Freshwater 4-H Community Club Update
"In this last month of January, Freshwater 4-H had activity from many of our project groups.  We had our Freshwater 4-H board meeting on January 4th, and our Freshwater 4-H club meeting on the 11th, our fiber arts group was given a survey that helped to determine what we will be doing this year, our cycling group had a zoom meeting to talk about future meetings and when future meetings should be, our photography group had a meeting on January 26th where we showed pictures that we had taken since the photography meeting we had a month ahead of this one.  At our photography meeting, we also learned about the elements of photo composition.  For Freshwater 4-H’s club community service, in January, members were asked to donate coats so that they could be donated to Coats for the Cold.  There were around six garbage bags that were full of donations.  These donations were added to Coats for Cold’s supply of over three thousand donations.  There are also Valentine's Day cards being made for care homes.  Someone in Freshwater 4-H has already made 100 cards!  These cards can also be dropped off at the Chalet in Cutten."
~MileyRist, Club Reporter


JOANN 4-H Rewards Card
Have you gotten your JOANN Rewards Card? Sign up for free at your local JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores or online. It’s a great way to shop with purpose while supporting 4-H!


California 4-H Youth Summit on Agri-Science
Register by 2/19/21 on the Shop 4-H website
Registration is open for the 4-H Youth Summit on Agri-Science! This virtual experience will take place the weekend of March 5-7 and will allow high school students to develop the skills and knowledge needed for the challenges facing agriculture, food security and sustainability.


California 4-H "Tech Talk" - February Dates
Tech Talk is a space for leaders, teens, and adults, from beginners to experts to get personalized help in working through the challenges they are facing delivering 4-H in a virtual environment. This time is informal, and the content will be created by participants and the questions and challenges that they bring to the room. Think of Scott as your personal technology coach offering PRACTICAL SUPPORT to help you get to success in a virtual 4-H world. See flyer for more information

Hosted monthly beginning January – June 2021

  • 2nd Tuesday (February 9) 7pm – 8pm
  • 4th Saturday (February 27) 10am – 11am

(Must be active CA 4-H Personnel, Volunteer, or Youth Member to attend)

Equine Public Speaking Contest
Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 9:00am
Registration closes on February 14, 2021 at 5:00pm

Calling all 4-H Youth interested in public speaking! The Equine Public Speaking contest will take place February 20, 2021 starting at 9:00 AM. There will be two categories: Demonstration and Public Speaking. Subject matter must pertain to the horse industry.

More info can be found on the 2021 State Virtual Public Speaking Contest website

Weekly Updates 1/25/21 - 1/31/21

Career Spark Interviews
Thursday, February 4th at 5:30pm PST
Register and get more info at ucanr.edu/career_spark_interviews
Upcoming Career Spark Interview with Curtis Ullerich, software engineer at Google! Youth and adults are all invited to attend. 4-H membership is not required.


Calling All Videographers
Do you have videography skills? Are you a social media influencer? Do you vlog? Calaveras 4-H needs your help! They have a generous donation that will help members hone their leadership skills, by asking them to create education content about livestock and they need a leader! The youth already have the content expertise (or can ask their livestock leader for help), they just need someone that can help guide them in creating, editing, and posting their videos. If you or someone you know can help, please contact them at rlgiannini@ucanr.edu.


CDFA-F2F Youth Community Roundtables
The deadline to register is January 27 at 5pm PT. Seats are limited.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Farm to Fork (CDFA-F2F) is inviting youth to participate in a virtual Youth Community Roundtable on January 28 or 29, 2021, from 4-5pm PT.
The goal of this roundtable is to gather youth input regarding school food. Youth perspectives will then inform the California Farm to School Working Group, which is convening to create a unified vision and roadmap for what school food in California should look like going forward.
CA Farm to School Incubator Grant
Application closes February 16, 2021.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program is open for applications! Grants will be awarded to support innovative local and regional farm to school projects in nutrition education, sustainable production and procurement, and high-quality student engagement through experiential learning. Click the following link to apply for the grant program: https://cafarmtofork.cdfa.ca.gov/CaFarmtoSchoolProgram.htm
Social Media Test Drive
Check out this great learning resource for parents and kids who aren't on social media and those who are! It teaches how social media works and what to know before using it. It's a free module-based program that allows youth to try out posting and reacting to social media "posts" in a simulation without it going live on the internet.
If you're already on social media, you can still learn from very relevant topics such as: Internet privacy, purchasing privacy, cyber bullying, "fake news", and healthy social media habits.
Social Media Test Drive was developed by the Cornell Social Media Lab and Common Sense Education, and was also presented by New York State 4-H.
Hippology Academy 2021
Hippology Academy 2021 starts on February 8!
Registration information can be found on the eXtension website.
Topics covered will be:
  • Equipment and Riding Styles
  • Stallion Reproductive Anatomy
  • External Parasites
  • Pasture Management
  • Donkeys
  • Equine Breeds
This course is targeted for older youth and adults.
Bronze Level = $50. Access to content until August 8.
Silver Level = $100. Includes 6-week access to instructors to ask questions, and access to content until November 8.
Hippology Academy 2021
Horse Judging Camp - February 2021
Registration Deadline: February 10th
Meeting virtually at 6:00pm – 7:30pm EST on February 16, 18, 23, & 25
We are excited to announce the **all new** Virtual Horse Judging Camp. Experts from Oklahoma State University, Purdue University, Michigan State University, and University of Nebraska have joined forces to offer this online course with at-home assignments, 4 interactive meetings, reasons critiques, quizzes and more!
For online course access and all meeting details, register online for just $30.
Horse Judging Camp
Weekly Updates 1/18/21 - 1/24/21

4-H Pollinator Activities
Take a look inside the fascinating world of the pollinators that keep the Earth alive with this collection of 4-H Pollinator Activities on 4-H at Home.


Build a Boat for Engineering Week - February 21-27
Build your own boat for Engineering Week 2021! You can sign up and buy your boat kit ($10 per kit, which allows for design, building, and testing) at ucanr.edu/boat. Purchase kits by January 31 in order to receive them for Engineering Week.

Engineering week is February 21-27, and there will be a Zoom call held on February 27 from 2-3:30pm to show off your boat build!
Register at ucanr.edu/boat
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Seeking a 4-H Instructor
"We're seeking a California 4-H volunteer who would like to teach Calaveras County 4-H members how to make videos about their livestock projects for social media. It's a virtual project so the instructor can be located anywhere." Apply on UC ANR's Facebook page.

4-H Equine Public Speaking Contest
Calling all 4-H Youth interested in public speaking!
The Equine public speaking contest will take place February 20, 2021 starting at 9:00 AM
Visit the Equine Public Speaking Contest page to get information regarding the 2021 State Virtual Public Speaking Contest and registration!
Registration closes on February 14, 2021 at 5:00 PM! (Plan ahead and register before the date and time stated above please.)
Archaeology 4-H at Home Activity
Focused on grades 3-5, in this activity kids will learn about archaeology and the methods used during excavations. They will also learn about the importance of using the scientific method. This activity requires access to an outdoor space. Check it out on the 4-H website.
Weekly Updates 1/11/21 - 1/17/21
Life Lab's Next Generation Science in the Garden Program
Life Lab recently released three new Next Generation Science in the Garden Units! These units are aligned to Next Generation and Science Standards (NGSS) and were written by experienced classroom teachers.
Over 98% of the teachers in the pilot program reported that the Next Generation Science in the Garden program improved their students' enthusiasm, connection, knowledge, and attitude towards fresh fruits and vegetables! Check out the new units on the Life Lab website.
4-H and Georgia Boot
4-H has partnered with Georgia Boot to support America’s hardest working kids! Starting January 10 through January 24, visit Georgia Boot's website to learn about exclusive deals and perks that create opportunity for all kids and give back to 4-H. Let’s help all kids be #GEORGIABOOTSTRONG.
4-H Mindful Mechanics Project - Statewide Project
Register by January 25th. Project materials fee of $15.
The 4-H Mindful Mechanics Project aims to introduces teens, ages 13-18, to some basic concepts in mindfulness that include mindful eating, affirmations (emotional support or encouragement), identification and management of emotions, being present in the current moment, and yoga. The 4-H Mindfulness program can also serve as a training for teens that would like to lead lessons from the companion curriculum, 4-H Mindful Me, through a ‘teens as teachers’ (TAT) approach. The project will meet online once a week from February 6 - May 4. Meetings will take place on Tuesdays from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm.
Families, How Are You Doing During COVID-19?
If you’re a parent or caregiver of young children, tell us your story and receive a $75 Target gift card for your time!
HSU’s Altruistic Behavior Institute is seeking to interview parents and caregivers of young children (0 to 8) for a podcast series called We Live Here - Humboldt Families Coping with COVID-19.
The series explores difficulties North Coast families have experienced during the pandemic and their resilience in the face of hardship.
Interviews will be conducted with dignity and respect along with health and safety protections. Families of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to participate. Call 707.826.4553 or email altruism@humboldt.edu for more information.
4-H & FFA to be Featured on ValleyPBS
4-H and FFA students and teachers from two valley schools systems adapt to distance-learning in the era of COVID-19 on the next episode of
American Grown: My Job Depends on Ag premiering January 20 at 7:30 PM on ValleyPBS and the Valley PBS app!
4-H Makes a Difference
“Cancer is part of my story, but it doesn’t define me. 4-H continues to be the reason for some of my best days, and helps me through some of my most challenging ones. And after a year like 2020, millions of kids need that support, too. This difficult year is always going to be part of our story, but it doesn’t have to dictate our future.” Read a blog post from Elizabeth Weidner – a proud Illinois 4-H'er, advocate for childhood cancer awareness, and 2021 4-H Youth in Action Civic Engagement Pillar Winner – who shares how a difficult season of life is more manageable with the supportive 4-H community. 4-H continues to help Elizabeth navigate her battle with cancer and make a difference in the lives of other kids and families dealing with pediatric cancer.
Weekly Updates 1/4/2021 - 1/10/2021

Final Enrollment Giveaway
We had our final drawing for those who enrolled in 4-H by December 31st. Congratulations winners!! Your gift card will be mailed to you this week!

Member: Emma S.
Volunteers: Anna S. & Kami E.


Freshwater 4-H Community Club Update

Freshwater December Report pic

"This last month of December, Freshwater 4-H didn't do all that much. We had our club meeting on December 14; there was a meeting where some Freshwater 4-H members made cards for care homes on December 19, at Three Corners, in Freshwater; Monday, December 28, Freshwater 4-H had our photography meeting, where we mainly went over shutter speed and aperture on different cameras, and in different pictures. It was actually a very informative meeting and I enjoyed it. Aside from those events, Freshwater 4-H didn't do much else. Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well!
~ Miley Rist (Club Reporter)"


School Garden Support Organization Network
The School Garden Support Organization Network has been working hard to develop peer-to-peer learning opportunities. This year they have hosted 14 webinars, with various topics including caring for gardens, teaching remotely, and using outdoor spaces as a response to Covid. Check out their upcoming webinar:
1/31/21: Designing Garden Education to Support English Language Learners
View their archived webinars.


4-H Youth In Action
Applications for the 2022 4-H Youth In Action Awards are now open! Four dynamic leaders will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share their stories along with unforgettable experiences, celebration on the national stage, recognition in the media and a $5,000 college scholarship. Open to youth age 15-19. Click to apply by 3/29.


"Supporting youth through the pandemic" Series Continues
This 6-part video series is hosted on the California 4-H YouTube Channel. Each video is between 10 – 15 minutes with so many great actionable steps that adults can take to help support youth when they have tricky behaviors.

December videos live now:

Upcoming January videos:

  • Reducing Conflict and Reinforcing Positive Group Dynamics
  • The Three Yesses and Helping Kids Feel Felt
  • Priming for High-Stress Events

In January, we’ll be giving you a sneak peek about an upcoming opportunity for volunteers, parents, guardians and employees to receive additional support and coaching from Dr. Chelsey.

If you haven’t yet checked out those videos, you don’t want to miss it! And watch for the continuation of the series in early January as we help build calm and cooperative families, groups, and communities.


4-H Nominees for National Ag Day Program
Nominations are due by Friday, January 15, 2021
Link to additional details and tentative agenda

National 4-H Council is pleased to offer an agriculture leadership opportunity for 10 students to represent 4-H during the 2021 National Ag Day Student Leadership Program. The program prepares and engages young people to raise awareness of the importance of the agricultural industry and its impact on our nation’s society and economy. This annual program will be held virtually in March 2021.

Nominations are now being sought for the program. Each LGU may nominate up to two delegates to represent 4-H. 

4-H representatives should:

  • Be between the ages of 18-23 and enrolled in post-high school education
  • Be 4-H alum or currently active in collegiate 4-H
  • Have a strong interest and/or career plan in the agricultural industry
  • Have the desire to learn about communication and leadership skills
  • Be able to participate in all of the virtual sessions (listed in agenda)


Big Green At Home
Big Green is a 501c3 non-profit with a mission to increase food literacy through a nationwide network of Learning Gardens. They currently have over 80 Learning Gardens in California, the majority of which are in Los Angeles Unified School District.

Their brand new website, Big Green At Home, is an online hub that makes sure students, families, and teachers have exactly what they need to keep their minds and bodies engaged and active this school year. Each month, Big Green will share distance-ready activity bundles, lessons, videos, resources and more to make teaching and engaging kids at home easy and fun.
Follow this link for additional materials, like Big Green’s Ready, Set, Grow curriculum for K-8 students, and their Real Food Lab curriculum for high school students or email jmcguire@biggreen.org!
4-H & TD Ameritrade Curriculum
Together with TD Ameritrade, we’re bringing financial empowerment and education to young people and families across the country. Valued at $85, our Financial Literacy Bundle is now available for only $29.95. This suite of research-backed financial literacy resources guides educators through university-developed curricula that help youth build the skills and behaviors they need to achieve financial health, no matter their starting point. But hurry – supplies are limited, so click the link to grab your bundle today! https://bit.ly/2XewFWA
California 4-H Presents "Tech Talk"
Tech Talk is a space for leaders, teens, and adults, from beginners to experts to get personalized help in working through the challenges they are facing delivering 4-H in a virtual environment. This time is informal, and the content will be created by participants and the questions and challenges that they bring to the room. Think of Scott as your personal technology coach offering PRACTICAL SUPPORT to help you get to success in a virtual 4-H world. See flyer for more information

Hosted monthly beginning January – June 2021

2nd Tuesday 7pm – 8pm

4th Saturday 10am – 11am

(Must be active CA 4-H Personnel, Volunteer, or Youth Member to attend)
Arcata Bottom 4-H Community Club Update
"Hello my name is Luke Powell, club reporter for Arcata bottom 4-H. We are still figuring things out over here in this crazy time of Covid, so I will combine December and January together in this post. Our December meeting consisted at a drive in Meet-n-Greet. Members were given 4-H cups with pencils and small candy. All officers were present and made signs to say who they were and what position they are. We also had a snowman fundraiser that raised $475 and we also had a Food for People fundraiser that raised $1200 for our local Food Bank. Finally we had a virtual dessert auction that raised $2510. Overall we had a very exciting month getting to know each other and look forward to sharing our future club news with all of you next month."
Save the Dates: 2021 4-H Statewide Virtual Equine Events
Details on the following events will be coming out soon.
  • February 20, 2021: Equine Public Speaking Contest
  • March 13, 2021: Equine Field Day
  • May 15, 2021: Hippology Contest
  • May 16, 2021: Horse Judging
  • June 21-27, 2021: California 4-H Classic Horse Show

California State 4-H Horse Classic can be followed on Facebook or Instagram.

Fundraising Reminders

Fun with Fundraising 1
Many 4-H Clubs are working on Fundraising Events so it's a great time to review some Fundraising Basics! Full policies can always be found under 'Resources' on the California 4-H website.

Regarding the budget:
All 4-H Clubs and Councils must prepare an annual budget, have it approved by their membership, and submitted to the UCCE county office for approval. The retention of excess funds at the end of the program year is strongly discouraged.
Fun with Fundraising 2
More Fundraising Basics!
Regarding Expenses:
• Decisions concerning the disbursement of funds are to be made by the membership.
• For budgeted items, the treasurer should make payments only with proper documentation such as a purchase order, receipt, invoice or other supporting documentation.
• All checks must bear the signatures of two unrelated persons authorized and designated as signatories. The signer may not be the same person as the payee.
• The check memo must include the purpose of payment.
Fun with Fundraising 3
Please remember these Fundraising Basics!
Regarding the giving of gifts:
  • Giving of cash gifts (cash or checks) to individuals, businesses, or organizations is not allowed.
  • Giving non-cash gifts is allowed to individuals, businesses or organizations if it can be demonstrated that the gift benefits 4-H or is clearly necessary to 4-H’s fulfillment of its role as a good community citizen.
o Non-cash gifts may only be given for the purposes of appreciation, recognition, incentive or sympathy (in the event of death, major illness or severe accident of an individual associated with 4-H or a member of the individual’s family or household).
o Sympathy gifts such as flowers, candy or a book are limited to $75 per individual per year.
o Allowable non-cash gifts include: Tangible personal property (mugs, t-shirts, etc.), mementos and non-negotiable gift certificates and gift cards (i.e., stored-value bank, department store or other retail cards that are not transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash or used to reduce the balance due on an account with the merchant).
o 4-H clubs/councils may not set up a memorial fund in the name of the deceased. However, they may give a sympathy gift to the family or a memorial fund established by someone else in memory of or in support of an individual or cause in lieu of a gift of tangible personal property (not to exceed $75).
Fun with Fundraising 4
Fundraising Basics explaining what is Not Allowed!
• 4-H groups are not to conduct lotteries, raffles, bingo, and other games of chance.
• Adult volunteers, members, Clubs and Councils may not apply for or receive contracts and grants. Contracts and grants must be processed through the UCCE county office.

Fun with Fundraising 5
This week we have another round of Fundraising Basics!

Regarding income:
Fundraising Approval: All proposed fundraising activities must be approved via an adopted budget or by an affirmative vote of the membership. All proposed fundraising activities of 4-H clubs and Councils must be submitted to the UCCE county office for approval using Form 8.7 Fundraising Approval (http://4h.ucanr.edu/files/19878.pdf).
Fun with Fundraising 6
Regarding Receiving Non-Cash Item:
• 4-H groups may collect non-cash items.
• EXCEPT: 4-H does not accept animals, guns, or firearms as gifts or donations. Any such gifts should be made directly to individuals. (however, gifts to individuals are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal or state income tax purposes.)