During COVID-19 we want to make sure we are keeping all of our 4-H families up to date as much as we possibly can! During this time we will be releasing the “Friday News” where we will hopefully answer any questions you may have; these will also be available on our website to view. The entire Wyoming county 4-h staff is here for anything you and your families may need during this time so please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us with your question(s)!
For decades, Cornell Cooperative Extension has educated and equipped Wyoming County’s youth with the life skills necessary to thrive in our rapidly changing world.I can you assure that, even in these uncertain times, we will not waiver in this mission.While our face-to-face programming has been postponed, our educators and staff are hard at work disseminating essential information to the community, crafting engaging digital content, and reaching out to 4-H participants to ensure that projects are able continue remotely and at home.We will do our best to reschedule as many of our face-to-face events as possible, and we look forward to a fun-filled summer.
During this time, please be sure to check out our web resources; you’ll find many of them in this newsletter, on our webpage, and on Facebook.From an egg-citing incubation project to dog obedience guides to help keep you up to speed while NYS is on “paws,” we hope to provide everyone with ways to stay engaged during social distancing.However, we also understand that many 4-H participants are already spending much of their time online, as they engage in remote learning and participate in digital classrooms.What better way to disconnect at the end of the school day than to get outside and spend some quality time with project animals?It’s also a wonderful opportunity to get a jumpstart on gardening, to enjoy a long walk, or to tackle that baking project you’ve never had time for.Spring is here, and while our daily lives have changed in many ways, we can still get outside and take advantage of that much-missed sunshine.
For club leaders and 4-Hers who are looking to stay in touch during this downtime, please don’t hesitate to set up digital meetings via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, or even a good, old-fashioned conference call.We’ll be holding many of our own committee program meetings via Zoom in the coming weeks, and if you’d like help setting up your own, or if you’re new to video conferencing, please don’t hesitate to contact us for help.We’d be glad to get you started!
Finally, I want to thank all of you for your incredible patience, flexibility, and good humor during this stressful period.We cannot express enough gratitude for all of your hard work, and I commend everyone for their continued commitment to ensuring the safety of our communities.Please be on the lookout for new updates via our website and Facebook page(s).In the meantime, feel free to reach out to any of us via phone or email should you have questions, suggestions, or concerns.
We are here, and we are ready to help.
Wishing all of you good health, good fortune, good gardens, and a good supply of TP!
4-H Market Broiler Project Enrollment Deadline March 31st
If you are planning to participate in the Market Broiler Project this year and have not ordered your project chicks through our 4-H office please do so ASAP.You can email orders to Holly at email@example.com.Orders are due by Tuesday, March 31st.The project rules have changed this year to include new educational opportunities and requirements.Please review them before ordering chicks at: http://wyoming.cce.cornell.edu/4-h-youth-development/projects-activities/poultry-rabbits
4-H Meat Animal Project Update
One of Wyoming County 4-H’s signature projects is our Meat Animal Program.This opportunity allows members to raise market animals each year and market them to friends, family, neighbors, and local businesses at the end of the project.Our beef members have been working hard since at least December to care for their project animals for this year’s upcoming fair.Families are now in the process of finding lambs and feeder pigs to raise for the next several months.
Understandably, current events are causing some families to rethink 4-H market projects and ask good questions of themselves in terms of commitment to this project.Questions are also rolling in to our office asking what opportunities will be available this year.
Regardless of where we end up, one certainty is that now more than ever, locally sourced food is important to provide and our youth members can do this with or without the traditional elements of our program.The true purpose of our meat animal program is to allow youth members the opportunity to raise an animal to market quality standards, while learning about animal husbandry, quality assurance, time management, money management, record keeping, marketing skills, and so much more.This year is an opportunity to focus these 4-H life skills more than the end game of blue ribbon auction success.
Our 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee will be meeting very soon to discuss what measures may be needed to modify the Meat Animal Project for this year.Be assured that we will do our best to still provide the best possible opportunities for youth members, while adhering to the guidelines that may be out of our hands set forth by policymakers.Any needed amendments to the normal program will be communicated in a timely manner as needed.Remember “if you don’t hear it straight from the 4-H office, it may not be true.”Please reach out to Holly Harwood at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions and thank you for your patience as work to continue quality program opportunities for our members!
Cookie Sale – As unfortunate as the timing has been through all of this, the fate of this year’s cookie sale is pending a lot of uncertainties. We are in a state of pause as we wait for clarity to deem if the cookie sale fundraiser is a possibility this year, and if so – when it will occur. Please stay tuned, and be patient with us as we try to lay out a timeline as things become clearer in the coming weeks.
Dog Obedience Program – Even though our dog program start date is on “paws”, that doesn’t mean you can’t get started working with your canine at home! When you’re bored of homework and the computer, get outside and work with your pup! Here are some ideas and instructional materials to get you started…
*Those who marked ‘dog’ as a project area of interest should have received the dog brochure and a letter in the mail earlier this month. Please take the time to read through this information carefully, and call the instructor you would like to work with when our in-person classes do begin. If you have not participated in the dog program before, you would be a Beginner A/B. Here is the link for the score sheets used for each class, which illustrates the exercises youth will need to learn to be successful. https://4h.ansci.cornell.edu/animal-programs/dogs/dog-class-scoresheets/
* The Oregon 4-H Program has some excellent videos illustrating commands for completing the dog project. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5F613829F9AD3A5A
*4-H families can still have fun bonding together at home, keeping journals and taking pictures to enter the NYS 4-H Dog photo, video or poetry contest later (hopefully in July). http://4h.ansci.cornell.edu/animal-programs/dogs/
* Try recording a skill or a “how to” lesson on-line to share with others. For samples, AKC has many on-line learning videos on their YouTube channel, such as “How to Teach Your Dog a New Trick” https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-XByv4YD6jzp-c1bNCPJjw
* The PAWSITIVELY YOUTH curriculum, created by and for 4-H educators, volunteers and youth in New York State is now available through Cornell’s eCommons library. The pdf file is downloadable for free. Activities such as making dog treats, making up new games, nutrition and anatomy lessons are easily adaptable at home. Many lessons may meet school science and math standards for middle and high school students. https://ecommons.cornell.edu/handle/1813/67151
Horse Program – Please be advised if youth board their horse, there are strict guidelines that have been put in place during the state order of all non-essential businesses to be closed. If you do not have your horse at home and it is boarded at another facility, youth may not visit, or ride their horse. Please click the following link for more information. https://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.cce.cornell.edu/attachments/43276/Fact_sheet_Equine_Operations_COVID-19kb3242020.pdf?1585078040
In the meantime, if you do have your horse at home, take this time to reconnect with your animals. We all could use this time to disconnect and get outside! What a better way than with your project animals. As things progress, any changes to educational events will be sent in this ongoing newsletter.
Clothing Revue – Currently, we have not made changes to our timeline to change the clothing and fashion revue program. However if schools do not reopen - location and dates may change. However, even if the revue is postponed, sewn items can be entered at the fair, as well as mannequin modeling! This is also a great time to do some sewing when the weather doesn’t allow us to be outside. Here is the link for the clothing revue for quick reference! https://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.cce.cornell.edu/attachments/42964/Roaring-20s.pdf?1583416882
County Wide Cooking Club – Since our new cooking club is unable to meet in person this April, Sarah is going to host a virtual meeting via Zoom!! We will be learning how to make pasta and sauce! Look for recipes to follow along next week. Join us Tuesday, April 7th at 6pm using this link to join in the fun! https://cornell.zoom.us/j/730335512
Delicious Destinations – is still planned for June 2nd! If your club is planning a virtual meeting this month, you can plan and practice your recipes!!
Teen Council won’t be meeting this month, but hope we can reconvene for some much needed gathering time soon!
Unfortunately, some of our 2020 Award Trips have been postponed due to the virus outbreak. These include the Vermont Career Trip (April 15-18) STARR (April 24-26). The tour and experience at the Corning Museum of Glass May 16th has not been postponed as of yet, but potentially may need to be rescheduled. Those affected will receive communication from the 4-H office. We hope to offer alternatives when the outbreak slows, but do not have any indication on when this may be. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Plant Science/Natural Resources
Looking for some activities to do outside? Here is some FREE NYS Wildlife curriculum to explore the outdoors! https://nys4-h.org/curriculum
Our gladiola and giant vegetable projects will take place this spring! Stay tuned to hear if meeting dates or times change in the coming weeks…
Our first round of dairy judging will be postponed. There are still ways to practice dairy judging at home! A very good guide to learn more about judging and what traits to look for, check out the link below to Hoards Dairyman. Hoards Dairyman also hosts judging classes every year. It is a really good way to practice placing classes and recognizing which traits are ideal.
With spring coming up there are many farms who are beginning to kid! Below is a recipe you can try at home with some goat milk.
Goat Milk Fudge
3 C. sugar
2/3 C. cocoa powder
1 ½ C. goat milk
½ C. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
Place sugar and cocoa powder in a sauce pan and mix. Add goats’ milk to saucepan and bring to a boil over medium/high heat. Boil until the mixture reaches 235 degrees F, also known as “soft-ball state.” Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and butter. Beat the mixture by hand until it is thick and pour into a buttered 8x8 pan.
Yields: 16 servings
Last updated April 3, 2020