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Entries by Kathy Harvey-Ellis

Foundation Announces 2023 Kent Lage Leadership Award Recipients

Hannah Swanson of Westford was awarded the 1st place Kent Lage Leadership Award for 2023. Hannah will attend McGill University in Montreal in the fall. Hannah currently serves as the President of the Stoneybrook 4-H Saddle Club. She has shown her horse at the Middlesex County 4-H Fair and for the fairgrounds’ show series. She […]

Raising a Ton of Cattle: Lily Dias and Her Prize-Winning Steer

For 4-H alumna Lily Dias, the phrase “farm-to-table” represents much more than a slogan: it describes her family’s livelihood and her 4-H experiences. In 2022, Lily, 19, showed two steers she raised at The Eastern States Exposition, better known as the Big E. One animal was an award-winning, 1,600-pound yellow steer that sold via auction […]

Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup

Few activities enable youth to visit the home of the Kentucky Derby, but the Massachusetts 4-H Horse Program does! For many years, youth have enjoyed the trip to Louisville, Kentucky, to compete in the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup held at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. Sixteen senior 4-Hers embarked on this four-day trip […]

Giana Biagioni: Leading the Next Generation in Agriculture

In November 2022, Giana Biagioni of Littleton won the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer & Rancher Collegiate Discussion Meet, earning a $300 prize and qualifying her for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Collegiate Discussion Meet in Jacksonville, FL in March 2023. As a Farm and Resource Management Major at Central Wyoming College, Giana learned […]

Take Action for 4-H Youth!

The Bill that could be Law  Margaret Turpel from Essex County is a 4-H youth member who has gathered research and reached out to her representatives to file a bill that will put 4-H on equal footing with school sports and clubs. If this bill were passed into law, 4-H students will have the same […]

Wyatt Powers: from 4-H to TEDx

“When I was six years old, we hit the road!” And so begins Wyatt Powers’ tale of his childhood: traveling around the country in an RV with his mother, who homeschooled him. Wyatt volunteered in several states, visited museums, and attended night sky lectures. Now 19, Wyatt raved about the experience, stating his unconventional childhood […]

Teens Introduce Agriculture to Teens in Lots to Plots

Do you really know where your food comes from? You may know something about the subject, but most likely not nearly as much as Hope Healy and Owen Weigel, 4-Hers who initiated the Lots to Plots project. Because of their efforts, the teens were recognized by the National 4-H Council earlier this year and awarded […]

Creating Urgency Around Climate Change

Throughout 2022, the Massachusetts 4-H program, Community Service Learning Initiative introduced youth to ways they can make an impact on a current issue, beginning with youth mental health and followed by food insecurity. From May to August, 4-Hers explored the theme of climate change, with the goal for youth to learn and become motivated to […]

Take me to the Fair

The Marshfield Fair bustled with activity from August 19th-28th. Plymouth County 4-H showed their dairy cattle, beef cattle, and goats, offering activities for children and families each day of the fair. 4-H also participated in the Big E, held from September 16-October 2. 4-Hers shined in Visual Presentations. The Berkshire County 4-H Fun Day and […]

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