4-H March News 2022

Happy Birthday to our 4-H’ers born in March

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clip board with 4H cloverAnimal Approval Form

If you will be showing at Eastern States, keep in mind important deadlines.
Horse, April 1
Dairy, May 1
Working Steer, May 1
All Animals, June 30
The Animal Approval Form is available for download.

different food items4-H Virtual Food Science Club

Are you excited to learn new information about food? This five week virtual 4-H SPIN club has been developed to take complex topics and break them down to introduce students to the wonders of Food Science. We will be meeting each week to explain and experiment with five different food science topics that include; leavening agents, protein in eggs, fermentation in dairy, gluten matrices, and browning in fruits and vegetables. Join University of Maine graduate student Ella Glatter as she delivers online lessons on these food science topics and leads the club in hands-on activities that use techniques used by professional food scientists! This is a five week special interest SPIN club that will meet weekly over Zoom  Dates: Tuesdays, at 3:30 p.m. Weekly over Zoom, Begins March 22, 2022, ages: 9-13, up to 10 participants, facilitators: Ella G. and Cindy R.  Pre-registration is required by March 10, 2022

microphonePublic Speaking Workshops

Are you interested in learning more about giving a polished, interesting presentation? The Maine 4-H Communication Science Team members will be leading two workshops in February and March.  Workshops are designed to help 4-H members learn new Public Speaking skills and to prepare for the upcoming state Public Speaking Tournament in April.  Workshops are open to 4-Hers age 9 and up, and will take place on February 16 and March 16 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, via Zoom. Contact cathy.gray@maine.edu if you would like to attend this Free Online Workshop.

4-H clover logo4-H For All: Spring 2022

The purpose of this virtual club is to provide new and potential members and their families a place to learn about 4-H; and to connect youth across the state. Youth will choose a project to complete and learn more about 4-H and how to become involved. We want you to join and engage in our 4-H program! There is no cost, and meetings will help challenge you to create new goals and discover new passions. Open to youth 5-13, dates will be March 24, April 28, May 26 at 10am and 6pm.  Register here.

Tidepool Immersion Discovery + Ecology Workshop Series

Explore the intertidal zone and help with marine science research! In this workshop, we will learn about animals you might find during low tide and use some amazing equipment to take awesome pictures on your phone to identify them. Along the way, we’ll learn about invasive species, climate change, species identification, and how you can participate in research by just taking a picture. Please note that the ability to get to the beach and supervision are required (at least once, between sessions). Participants must have access to a durable digital camera (a phone is fine).  This workshop is supported by Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine. Register by March 31st, so supplies can be mailed to attendees’ homes.

Dates: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00, April 12, 2022 through May 17th. 

In person field day at SMCC, South Portland (optional) scheduled in South Portland on April 22nd (rain date April 21).  Ages 13-18  Most activities will be held via Zoom. Materials will be provided and shipped directly to participants before the workshop. In person field day scheduled in South Portland on April 22nd (rain date April 21).   Facilitators: Emily P. and Sarah S.  Pre-registration is required by March 31, 2022

The Maine App Challenge

Love technology? Here is a chance to put your passion to a purpose and win a scholarship along the way! The Maine App Challenge is an incredible opportunity for Maine middle school and high school students who are 13 years of age and older to create a mobile application with a chance to win a scholarship and other valuable rewards. A series of innovation workshops from the University of Maine Foster Center for Innovation will help you get started! There are three scholarships available for the top mobile apps: $6,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place.  Other awards include: $500 to the high school with the highest participation, Tablets to the first 50 completed submissions, a guaranteed internship interview for the top 10 submissions following his/her college sophomore year. Visit the Tyler Technology Maine App Challenge website for more information.

icon of 4H virtual hubMaine 4-H Virtual Learning Hub

Maine 4-H Virtual Learning is a hands-on, virtual learning program for youth ages 5-18.  Workshops will be organized by age and topic. Topics include engineering, science, animals and agriculture, teen leadership, and more.  Workshops will range from single-time events to short-term programs (typically four to six sessions). Participants will engage in hands-on activities, interact with other 4-Hers, and be  positive adult role models.  No prior experience with 4-H is required to participate. This is a great way for those who are interested to learn more about 4-H.  Check out the upcoming 4-H Virtual Learning Programs we have planned in the coming months: Visit the Upcoming Events: Statewide Virtual Offerings for 2021-2022 page.  Learn which virtual event registrations are open: Visit the Open Registrations page.  Interested in becoming a Volunteer Presenter? Visit the Become a Volunteer Presenter page for more information and to complete an interest form. Read what 4-H Parents, Youth, and Teachers have to say about these 4-H Virtual Learning offerings: Visit the 4-H Parents, Youth, Teachers: Stories and Testimonials page.


2022 4-H National Trip Interviews

As in the past, we will be holding interviews for National trips in the early spring. Websites are currently being updated to work towards that same schedule with a date to be announced very soon. At this time, we will be interviewing for National Congress in 2022 and National Conference in 2023. National Conference 2022 that will be held on March 20-24, 2022 is currently still being reviewed within our state guidelines due to the Covid travel situation that seems to be strengthening daily, information will be shared as it becomes available. If you have questions.  Please feel free to email Heidi Palmer, State Activities Coordinator at: heidi.thuotte@maine.edu.

4-H Volunteers Register Now!

March 16 – 6:30 – 8:30 pm  This year’s Cabin Fever Series for 4-H Volunteers is combining efforts with other states in the Northeast region! The following three topics will be featured in virtual workshops this winter:  re-engaging and motivating youth designing captivating and fun activities expanding possibilities for youth to broaden their world.  These workshops will offer a great chance to learn something new, brush up on your skills and connect with 4-H volunteers from across the Northeast! Register now!

EFNEP offers FREE nutrition education classes to income-eligible adults with children, or young adults 19-25 years old, and if you are eligible for programs such as SNAP, WIC, or Head Start.  EFNEP offers the following class options for adults: 

Eating Smart, Being Active
9 lesson series with live virtual classes and short videos to watch anytime.

Create Better Health
4-lesson series with live virtual classes, follow-up materials, and access to videos.

10 Steps to a Healthier You
10-lesson self-paced series with interactive videos and printable worksheets.

EFNEP also offers nutrition education in the classroom and with community groups to youth in eligible schools in grades K–12.  EFNEP offers the following class options for youth:

Food, Fun and Reading (K-2 nd grade)
6-lesson series, each lesson includes a parent/caregiver letter, recipe and a tip sheet for the child to share at home.

Create MyPlate (3rd – 5th grade)
8-lesson series, each lesson includes a recipe sheet for the students to take home.

Science and Our Food Supply: Using the Nutrition Facts Label to Make Healthy Food Choices (6th – 8th grade)
5-lesson series, each lesson includes hands-on activities that can be done in the classroom or at home.

Not sure what class to choose? We can help. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact:  UMaine Extension EFNEP Email: extension.efnep@maine.edu  Phone: 207.581.3188 or 800.287.0274 (in Maine)  Website

Mainely Dish Recipe Video Series: Step-by-step videos for simple recipes that can be done right at home. These can be found here.

Recipes: These recipes were created to be easy to prepare and affordable. Recipes can be found here.

Spoonful Blog: Enjoy a variety of blog posts including recipes, food preservation, grocery shopping on a budget, food safety, health tips, and more! Link to blog can be found here.

Social Media: You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok! Links can be found below:

4-H Market Lamb Intent for Fryeburg Fair

Youth planning to participate in the Market Lamb program at Fryeburg Fair need to submit the 2021 Fryeburg Fair Market Lamb Intent form by June 1 st . An online form is available, otherwise youth can print and mail a copy downloaded from the website.

proteins, fish chicken beefHarvest of the Month: Maine Protein

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom publishes a wonderful resource each month to help teach about different Maine crops and proteins. For March, the focus is on proteins. Check out the clickable Harvest of the Month PDF to learn more!






peanut butter balls

Mainely Dish Recipe 

Peanut Butter Balls