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Woodbridge 4-H Club Update

Woodbridge 4-H Club Update

The Woodbridge 4-H Club is one year old!  It was a successful first year with many accomplishments.

During the first year our club members worked on research and advocacy on the Pollinator Pathways project.  Many pollinators cannot travel far distances.  If their habitat is fragmented it makes it challenging to migrate and find suitable mates, feeding and nesting.  The Pollinator Pathways Project aims to create pesticide free corridors of native plants for pollinators by encouraging towns and private landowners to limit use of pesticides and include native plants in landscaping.  The Woodbridge 4-H club did a video presentation to the Woodbridge Board of Selectmen explaining the importance of the Pollinator Pathway and to ask that Woodbridge be added to CT’s Pollinator Pathway.  The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously in favor and on Earth Day our First Selectman, Beth Heller, issued a Proclamation that the town would adopt pollinator friendly practices in maintenance of town property and green spaces.  This was an invaluable opportunity for club members to practice public speaking and advocacy and learn about our local government.

In addition to the Pollinator Pathways Project, the club had its first opportunity to participate in the 96th Annual Middlesex & New Haven County 4-H Fair at Durham Fairgrounds August 5th-7th.  Club members exceeded expectations and walked away with 5 Courts of Honor, 15 Blue Ribbons, 4 Red Ribbons and 1 White Ribbon.  Our Club project on the Pollinator Pathways won Court of Honor and individual members achieved Court of Honor in Poultry, Photography and Math.  Other areas in which club members won awards include Science (Engineering), Animal Products like eggs, Gardening Exhibits, Decoupage, Collage, Jewelry Making, Flower Arranging and various other projects.

The 4-H program, which is run by UCONN’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources County Extensions, is a wonderful way for children to explore limitless areas of interest they may have – including STEM, Art, Livestock, Culinary Arts, Performing Arts and many more.  It is also an opportunity to work on skills like public speaking, advocacy, and do service projects.  In the coming year we will continue our work on the Pollinator Pathways Project, including designing a Web Page for Woodbridge linked to the Northeast Pollinator Pathways Project, and continue advocacy.  We will also continue work on our Poultry Club and to provide members with the opportunity to explore their own interests in areas they may wish to enter at next year’s Middlesex & New Haven County 4-H Fair.

We are excited to announce that the Woodbridge 4-H Club will now be known as Amity 4-H.  We have new members and leaders from neighboring towns and will be expanding the ages we can accommodate.

If interested in finding out more about Amity 4-H, please contact Joi Prud’homme at seasidejoi@outlook.com, Enrene van Tonder at vantonder77@gmail.com or Kevin Dingle at raven.ridge.farm.274@gmail.com.

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