Spruced Up Homesteaders 4-H Club at Lone Spruce Farm

Members of the Spruced Up Homesteaders 4-H Club explore the four cornerstones of homesteading:

Spruced Up Homesteaders 4-H Club
Spruced Up Homesteaders 4-H Club

Livestock, Gardening, Food Preservation, and Handiwork. The club offers four sessions throughout the year, covering topics that may include working with goats, angora rabbits, poultry, gardening, baking, fermenting, canning, knitting, weaving, sewing and more! Because we at Lone Spruce Farm believe that environmental stewardship plays a crucial role in healthy agricultural practices, all sessions will also include environmental science, weather observation, and volunteerism focused on promoting a healthy relationship with our planet.

How it Works

This club is FREE and open to enrolled 4-H members, ages 6+, in Hancock and Penobscot Counties. Space in each session is limited to 12 youth and is first-come, first-serve. All meetings take place at Lone Spruce Farm in Dedham, ME. If you are not currently a member but would like to enroll in Hancock County 4-H in order to participate in this program, please SIGN UP or contact us!

You can sign up for as few or as many sessions as you’d like, but we ask that you make every effort to attend all of the meetings within a session. Youth who attend 2 or more sessions will become an official member of the Spruced Up Homesteaders Club and will be eligible to participate as members of the club in Hancock County 4-H events and programs. Youth who attend one session will remain as Independents or members of their current club.

Your Spruced Up Homesteaders Club Leader will also schedule special meetings, open to any member who has attended a homesteading session, to prepare for certain events such as Public Speaking and the Blue Hill Fair. It is not required, but it is encouraged that you attend these special meetings!

Fall Session: BAKING

November 10, 2019 | 2:00-4:00pm | • baguettes

November 24, 2019 | 2:00-4:00pm | • scones

December 8, 2019 | 2:00-4:00pm |  • crackers

December 15, 2019 | 2:00-4:00pm | • community service event

Winter Session: RABBITS

*dates subject to change

January 12, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm | • grooming • fiber showing

January 26, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm | • breeding for meat

February 9, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm | • hide tanning

February 23, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm | • community service event


February/March TBD, 2020 | Prepare for County Public Speaking Tournament

Spring Session: POULTRY – Session Full

*dates subject to change

March 8, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm | • chickens

March 22, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm | • waterfowl

April 19, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm | • turkeys • guineas

April 26, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm | • community service event

Summer Session: GOATS

*dates subject to change

May 17, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm | • milking • cheese

May 31, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm | • fiber • meat • dairy

June 7, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm | • soap making

June 28, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm | • community service event

Club Meeting: BLUE HILL FAIR

July/August TBD, 2020 | Prepare Exhibits for 4-H Exhibit Hall at the Blue Hill Fair (Labor Day Weekend)


Register for the Spruced Up Homesteaders

Please only register if you intend to participate in the entire program. “No shows” are harmful to the program and to youth who are on the waiting list. If you have questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your needs!

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