4-H November Newsletter 2021

few different color balloonsHappy Birthday to our 4-H’ers born in November!

Kadence M.
McKayla G.
Megan R.
Rawlie M.
Dani G.

Horse Club Survey

If  you or your child is enrolled in the 4-H horse project please take a moment to fill out a survey regarding the 4-H Horse event at Eastern States Exposition for 2022. This survey should be taken by 4-H Youth, parents and volunteers. We value your feedback as we make plans for next year’s event. This survey should take 8 minutes of your time.

astronaut in outerspace4-H Galactic Quest

This short term 4-H club will meet Mondays, 4:00-5:00 pm. Virtual meetings, held via Zoom, will be on November 15, 22, 29 & December 6. Galactic Quest is the 2021 National 4-H STEM Challenge.

Designed by Clemson University, the 2021 4-H STEM Challenge, Galactic Quest, focuses on the mysteries and adventures of space exploration. Galactic Quest explores the history of humans in space, the technology and resources needed for missions, and the obstacles humans encounter in orbit. 4-H Galactic Quest introduces youth to humans in space and the technology needed to get there. Participants will use stellar optics to build their own telescope, study the night sky, be introduced to cyber security and decoding, as well as design and build a mechanical claw. Participation is limited to Maine youth, ages 10-18.  

Cost is approximately $20 for the materials kit. Limited financial assistance is available by request.  Register here:  https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/4-h-stem-challenge-galactic-quest-virtual-4-h-club/ . Registration by November 1, 2021 is required.

4-H Re-enrollment

Watch your inbox in the second week of November for a special email with 4-H re-enrollment information!

brassicasHarvest of the Month: Brassicas

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom has a terrific resource that each month highlights a different Maine crop.  For November, it is brassicas.  Not sure what those are, check out the clickable Harvest of the Month PDF to learn more!



Climate: Maine 4-H STEM Toolkit of the Month

Each month we will be highlighting a different 4-H STEM Toolkit available from UMaine Cooperative Extension 4-H Program!

In this series of activities, youth will explore the impact of weather and climate on humans, animals and plants and begin to understand what causes wind, snowfall, storms and other weather events. Youth will create construction paper snowstorms, indoor thunderstorms, learn how a tree stump can reveal the climate of a region and create an instrument to measure wind speed. By recreating these natural events, children experiment with the various factors that affect weather and climate – humidity, air pressure, temperature and elevation. They will also learn how weather forecasters use tools like contour maps to predict snowfall and temperature and discuss how animals and plants adapt to changing weather conditions. These hands-on activities allow kids to predict what will happen, test theories, then share their results. By gaining an understanding of the basic forces affecting climate, some of the mysteries of storms and wind are revealed and youth can see the impact of human activity on climate and environment. They’ll be introduced to climate vocabulary, gain an understanding of the importance of species diversity and learn how to be good environmental stewards. Learn more about the Climate  Toolkit!

Learn more about this, and other 4-H STEM Toolkits online, where you can see what is available for different age groups or topic areas.

Important Changes for 2022 Fryeburg Fair Market Steer Intent to Sell Forms

There are a number of very important updates for 2022:

  • This year the deadline for the form is December 31, 2021 (postmarked), and the form MUST come with the bill of sale/statement of value of the cow, as well as the photos of the front and side view of the animal.
  • We have an ONLINE form!  The updated online form, as well as the printable word/pdf versions, are on the Beef page. There is also a link to the updated regulations for both Steers and Lambs at Fryeburg. Youth enrolled in 4-H outside of Maine (New Hampshire) will need to complete the paper forms and submit them to their local county office.
  • Youth who submit the intent will need to complete the regular Animal Approval form and list “Fryeburg Sale” as the show class for the animal.

hands in soil4-H Agriculture Leadership Opportunity for Teens

The Maine 4-H Ag Leadership Program is accepting registrations for an eight-week agricultural education and leadership experience. This program is open to Maine youth ages 14-18. Youth involved in this program will have opportunities to pursue their interest in agriculture and explore career pathways. This includes mentoring in post-secondary opportunities, as well as sparking a passion to investigate and explore current issues around food systems, livestock, crop sciences, aquaculture, climate issues impacting food systems, social justice around food equity, and more. There is not a requirement to have previous 4-H membership, this program is open to all Maine youth with an interest.

These opportunities will begin with a creation of an online learning cohort and will also include in-person experiences across the state and on the UMaine Campus.

Visit the Maine 4-H Agricultural Leadership Ambassador Program webpage for more information or to register.

National Youth Agri-Science and Healthy Living Summit Applications for 2022 Are Available Now!

There are currently 12 scholarships available through funding from the Maine 4-H Foundation to send youth to the Washington, D.C. area for the Agri-Science and Healthy Living Summits in early 2022. Attendees will learn more about their area of interest by attending career panels, interactive workshops, and visiting related agencies throughout D.C. The Summits were created to empower youth to be well-informed citizens, expand engineering and agriculture experience, and increase connections to living a healthy lifestyle, all while being actively engaged in their communities.

Healthy Living: February 10 – 13, 2022

Agri-Science: March 10 – 13, 2022

Eligibility: Youth ages 14 – 18. Enrolled in 4-H by December 31, 2021

Participant Cost: $150.00 (Maine 4-H Foundation will cover the remainder of registration and flight costs – approximately $1,000.00).

Application: https://goo.gl/forms/uOsPytnzFA5OLfY53. This is a combined application for both the Agri-Science and Healthy Living Summits

For more information about the National Youth Summits please visit: 4-h.org/parents/national-youth-summits/. If any youth would like to attend, but do not receive the scholarship funding, they may self-fund and attend. Counties are also welcome to provide full or partial-scholarships to youth. Email or call Sara, sara.conant@maine.edu, 207-781-6099, for more details on these options, or with any questions.  Applications and Recommendations due by December 15, 2021.

plate of pumpkin bread and squash bread in background

Mainely Dish Recipe Video: Pumpkin or Squash Bread

Fall is in full swing and this simple quick bread is perfect for the season. This recipe is a great way to use canned, frozen, or fresh pumpkin or squash puree you have on hand, and it is perfectly moist. Make it your own by adding chopped nuts or raisins for additional flavor and texture.

Visit our recipe website for the Pumpkin or Squash Bread recipe and recipe video.


By Alex Gayton, Nutrition Education Professional