Franklin County 4-H News March

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Franklin County 4-H Calendar

  • March 7th – April 11th: Algae SPIN Club
  • March 7-April 18: Maine 4-H Ag Ambassador Program
  • March 9-12: National 4-H Youth Summit, Washington D.C.
  • March 18th: 10:00am -12:00pm – Mushroom workshop (grow your own!) at the Extension Office
  • March 23rd4-H Page Day in Augusta
  • March 25th: (March 26th snow date): 10:00am – 3:00pm Regional Public Speaking Contest at the University of Maine Augusta (open to all 4-H members)
  • March 26th: Knitting Class at Extension Office 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • March 31stFarmington Fair Poster Contest due to Extension Office
  • April 1st: 2023 Maine 4-H ESE Sheep Team intent to participate form due
  • April 3rdCWF Applications due to Extension Office
  • April 8th: State Public Speaking Contest (must qualify to compete)- Orono
  • April 12thFranklin County Extension Association Open House at St. Joe’s Church 5PM- 7PM
  • April 20-21: Maine 4-H Ag Symposium, Orono
  • May 1st: Market animal intent form due to office
  • July 21-22: Maine 4-H Days, Windsor Fairgrounds

Franklin County 4-H Leaders’ Association

The March Leaders’ Association meeting will be held in person or via zoom. Please bring your questions and ideas! We all look forward to seeing you all at 7:00 p.m. on March 16th.

Zoom information will be included in the Agenda for the meeting.

All enrolled 4-H Volunteers are members of their county Leaders’ Association. Your leadership support is encouraged and vital in deciding the focus of our county 4-H programs.

County 4-H News

4-H employees
Tara Marble, Bella Russo and Kristen Grondin attended Cascade Brooks Elementary’s fun day and worked on some STEM activities. What a great day shared by all!

Be on the lookout for CWF information and applications being mailed and emailed to all eligible Franklin County 4-H Members (ages 14-18).  This year we are asking that the CWF applications be due back to the office by April 3rd. More information about this trip can be found in the State News Section, or contact Tara Marble at the office.

Knitting Class

Have you always wanted to knit?  We have another fun day planned to learn the basics of knitting on Sunday, March 26 form 3:00pm – 4:00pm  at the Cooperative Extension office.  If you would like to participate, please contact the office for details.

Farmington Fair Poster Contest
Don’t forget that the Farmington Fair Poster Contests due Friday, March 31!  We are excited that the winner will be featured on this year’s Farmington Fair website!
Poster Contest Rules

SIGN UP – LIMITED SPOTS!!! Grow Your Own Shiitake Mushrooms.
Join us for a super cool workshop!  We are going to be learning about how to grow your own shiitake mushrooms using a natural host log.  We will be working with Ag. Professional Nick Rowley. Youth will learn about mushrooms and how to inoculate a log with spores.  All materials will be provided and you get to take your own log home to care for!
Please call the Extension office at 207-778-4650 to reserve your spot! Space is limited, so reserve your spot.

The workshop will be at the Extension Office in the back classroom on Saturday, March 18th from 10:00AM-12:00PM.

Regional Public Speaking Contest

Join other 4-H youth for a Regional Public Speaking contest at UMA in Augusta on March 25th at Jewett Hall at 10:00. We welcome 4-her’s of all ages, including Cloverbuds.
Register here:
Want to know more information about Public Speaking? Check out this link:
Contact Tara Marble at the office if you have questions or need an accommodation.

Informational Flyer


State 4-H News

New Project Records are HERE!

Co-designed with Maine 4-H volunteers, youth and staff; these project records have been designed to best serve the needs of Maine youth. Please visit our newly designed project record website Project records are required for all Maine 4-H Youth. Stay tuned for upcoming trainings. Please contact your county 4-H staff with questions.

Building Background on Vernal Pools

Although spring may seem like a lifetime away, it is just around the corner! This means that vernal pools will be full of life soon. Join fellow practitioners to learn about content and activities around vernal pools! Gabby Brodek, Washington County 4-H Youth Development Professional, and Dr. Rachel Wolf, a learning science researcher at Stanford University, are facilitating a 90 minute virtual session for adults where you will build background knowledge, discuss connections to climate science, and explore example activities to support youth learning around vernal pools.

Sessions will be held on Monday, March 6th 3:30-5pm and Friday, March 10th 11-12:30pm, EST. Each session will review the same material. Click here to register for the event.

This information session is a component of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s Spring Learning Theme: Vernal Pools, a product of Learning Ecosystems Northeast (LENE), a NASA funded collaborative focused on building partnerships and pathways that provide youth with opportunities to engage in locally relevant learning experiences around climate and data science.

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

Start making plans now to visit our Nation’s Capitol during the week of June 24 – 30, 2023. CWF is a leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school youth ages 14 to 18. Delegations of 4-Hers from across the country spend six days touring the city and attending leadership skill-building workshops. This summer, the Maine delegation will travel down on June 24 and travel home June 30. Youth will be staying in a hotel just outside of the DC limits. Visiting the most popular sites in Washington, DC will be a part of the trip. There is a mandatory orientation for Maine delegates on April 29, 2023.  For more information visit Contact your county 4-H office for details about how to be a part of this. All county offices have different criteria/dates to apply.

Apply Now for National 4-H Trips

National 4-H Trips are excellent opportunities to meet 4-H members from across the nation. Participants learn about many career options, and learn through educational workshops at Congress or become a part of a team making recommendations to National 4-H Council at Conference. To learn more about these trips, visit:

New for 2023: Complete and submit your application and supplemental materials online!

Any Maine 4-H Youth, ages 14 to 18, is eligible to apply. Applicants must be current Maine 4-H members both at the time of application and the time of the actual trip. Application packets must be submitted online, or sent to your county office and postmarked by April 25, 2023. Interview dates will be the second week of May, 2023.  If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Palmer at 207.310.4235 or

2023 National 4-H Congress is November 24 – 30, 2023 in Atlanta GA with an orientation for the trip on October 21, 2023.  2024 National 4-H Conference has not yet been announced, but will likely take place in April of 2024 in Washington, DC., orientation for that trip will be announced to those selected.  Leaders and office staff, if you have senior members in your clubs, please encourage them to participate.  They are amazing trips!

State Public Speaking Tournament – Save the Date!

Our state public speaking tournament will be held on April 8, 2023 at DP Corbett Hall on the University of Maine campus. Youth must qualify for this event by achieving a score of 78 or higher at their county or regional tournament. Check the website or with your county 4-H staff to find out when your county tournament will be held.

Public Speaking Online Workshop

The Maine 4-H Communication Science Team invites all enrolled 4-H members to an open-to-all workshop on March 15th from 6 – 7 pm.  Participants will learn about using posters and slide decks to enhance their presentations, as well as have an opportunity to practice different parts of their own presentation for informal feedback.  Please contact for more information.  Register online.

Western/Central Regional Public Speaking Contest

The Western/Central Regional Public Speaking Contest is now open for youth from all counties to register.  The event will be on March 25th, with a snow date of March 26th at the Jewett Hall Auditorium on the University of Maine Augusta Campus (UMA). The event will begin with registration at 10:00 and last until about 3:00.

Cloverbuds are welcome to join in!  This event will also be a qualifying event for the State Public Speaking Contest in April. Lunch will be on your own and you can bring a bag lunch to enjoy during our break. Register online. Reach out to Tara Marble with any questions at

2023 4-H Volunteer Training Opportunities

As we get ready for the new 4-H year, we are looking forward to offering a variety of learning experiences (both in person and virtual) for our 4-H volunteers. Sessions are free of charge, but require registration. Some sessions have limited space. Visit the 4-H Volunteer Calendar of Training Opportunities to learn more and register!

Save the Date for 4-H Dairy Judging and State Show!

The Maine 4-H Dairy Judging Contest will take place on May 6th, 2023 at Hardy Farm in Farmington, ME and Silver Valley Farm in New Sharon, ME. The contest is open to all enrolled dairy members and will serve as the official tryouts for the Maine 4-H Dairy Judging Team.

The Maine State 4-H Dairy Show will take place on July 22nd and 23rd at the Windsor Fairgrounds in Windsor, ME. The contest is open to all 4-H members who want to participate and will include educational workshops, a fitting contest, a grilled cheese contest, and more!

For more information on upcoming 4-H dairy events visit or contact; 207.342.5971

Maine 4-H Days: Save the Date! July 21 – 22, 2023

We’re back for fun times, workshops, overnight camping and more at the Windsor Fairgrounds in Kennebec County! More information to come, so save the dates!

Maine 4-H Ag Ambassador and Ag Symposium- Teens sign up now!

For teens that are 13-18 years old, we invite you to join us for our Ag Ambassador program this spring! This will be an opportunity to connect with other teens from around the state to explore and share your interests in the Maine food system, agriculture, climate change, environmental justice, and where all these interests collide. The spring 2023 cohort will meet from 3:30-5:00pm on Tuesday afternoons from March 7 to April 18 on zoom with an in-person celebratory luncheon in Orono for families on April 20. The luncheon will kick off our overnight Teen Ag Symposium at the UMaine Orono campus on April 20 and April 21. This will be a hands-on exploration of many aspects of the Maine food system and the research and education happening at the University.

Additional details about the program can be found on the program website. To register, visit the event website. For more information or to request reasonable accommodation, contact Sadee Mehuren; 207.342.5971;

4-H Page Day in Augusta – March 23, 2023 – Sign Up Now!

Date: March 23, 2023
Where: Augusta, Maine State Legislature & First Amendment Museum
Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Deadline: First come, first serve, March 3, 2023

UMaine Day at the Legislature, Thursday, March 23, is approaching.  It’s a day where Cooperative Extension gets to highlight our awesome programs, and 4-H is one of the best! It’s also a time for youth to get actively involved in their democracy, to see how and who makes decisions that impact our state, and to be involved in that process themselves. 4-Hers age 13 or older are encouraged to serve as Honorary Pages. The Maine 4-H program has up to 22 slots for Honorary Pages and registration is first come, first serve with a deadline of March 3.

What does a page do? Legislators are constantly communicating and making decisions while in session and pages make that communication possible. Pages hand out information packets or place the paper information on their desks. Pages will also run communication and documents directly from legislator to legislator. It’s fast paced and pages will be moving around the chambers quite a bit, taking direction from the Clerks. We will meet at 8:30 for pictures and an orientation. Then at 9:00am we will divide our group with one going to the House and the other to the Senate where each group will receive their instructions. Session will begin by 10:00am and will likely conclude around 12:30pm, but the timing is never certain. Lunch will be on your own.

NEW: First Amendment Museum- Supreme Court in Action! The Museum will host our group from 1:30-3:30pm with a free interactive learning series that places each of us into different roles within the U.S. Supreme Court. You will get real life court cases to argue for or against, to make a ruling, and to report on, to get an in depth look at what happens when free speech, the courts, and citizens come together. Democracy can be messy, so let’s dig in!

If you are interested in serving as a page, please register via the online form. I f you have questions or would like to request an accommodation please do so by March 3 to Alisha Targonski at Thank you!

ESE Sheep Team Intent Form

The 2023 Maine 4-H ESE Sheep Team intent to participate form is now available online at If you are interested in participating in the team, the form must be submitted to Sadee Mehuren at or mailed to the Waldo County Cooperative Extension office by April 1, 2023. At ESE the team, along with teams from other New England states, show their sheep and participate in a sheep blocking contest. Together the team prepares an educational display and participates and competes in knowledge contests against teams from other states.To be eligible you must have participated in a 4-H sheep project for at least one year and be at least 12 years old as of December 31, 2022.

Please contact Sadee Mehuren at or 207.342.5971 for more information.