Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-March 2022

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

March 16 4-H Public Speaking Workshop, 6-7pm, online

March 16 Cabin Fever Series for Volunteers, session 3, 6:30-8:30pm, online

March 24 NEW DATE Sap-to-Syrup Workshop, 3:30-4:30pm, Aldermere Farm, Rockport

March 24 4-H for All Club, 10am and 6pm, online

April 1 ESE Sheep Intent to Participate forms due

April 12 KLLA Meeting, 6pm, Extension office, Waldoboro & online

April 9 Maine 4-H Public Speaking Tournament, UMaine Orono

April 27-May 8 4-H Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply Co.

April 28 4-H for All Club, 6-7pm, online

April 30 4-H Farm-to-Fair Youth Helper applications due

March Birthday

Happy Birthday to Noora H.!

4-H Winter Fun Day Canceled

The Winter Fun Day scheduled for Saturday, March 12 has been canceled for now. Stay tuned for a springtime event at Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp!

Sap-to-Syrup Workshop Rescheduled

The Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club invites you to join them for a free maple syrup workshop, now rescheduled to Thursday, March 24, 3:30-4:30pm at Aldermere Farm, 70 Russell Ave, Rockport. Register for Sap-to-Syrup online.  Learn how to make syrup from scratch (sap)! The finished product will be donated to local food pantries.

2022 Maine 4-H State Public Speaking Tournament

The Maine 4-H State Public Speaking Tournament is scheduled for April 9, 2022 at the University of Maine, Orono. An online presentation option is available as well. Snow date is April 10. If you qualified to participate at the county level, watch your email inbox for more details!

Public Speaking Workshop

Are you interested in learning more about giving a polished, interesting presentation? The Maine 4-H Communication Science Team members will be leading one more workshop in 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. The final workshop, open to 4-Hers age 9 and up, will take place on March 16 from 6:00-7:00 pm, via Zoom. Contact if you would like to attend.

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Public Speaking Tournament

The Knox-Lincoln Tournament was held in-person on Saturday! Seven youth presented their talks to a live audience. Two youth presented online prior to the event. Thank you to our judges Rita Glaude, Kathleen Gross, and Ryan LeShane, timer Wendy Eaton, and tabulator Linda Bonin.

All participants have qualified for the Maine 4-H State Public Speaking Tournament on April 9! Congratulations to all!

Isabelle B.  Junior IT  What Is Self Care?
Zoe B.  Junior IT  How I Would Make My Playground Better
Kyra B.  Junior IT. How to Make Cool Slime
Julia B. Senior IT  Medical Myths
Hayden C.  Senior IT  It’s All About Millie
Anthony D.  Senior IT  P-51 Mustang
Jeremy D.  Senior IT  Bee Cool
Sabrinnah D.  Junior IT  Amelia Earhart
Adam E.  Senior IT  Lambing

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Two Maine 4-H Alums to Be National Ag Day Representatives

Two Maine 4-H alumni, selected by the National 4-H Council in a competitive application process, will represent National 4-H during the 2022 National Agriculture Day Training, part of the National Agriculture Day Student Leadership Program.

4-H member with her heiferElizabeth Eaton, a seven-year member of the Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club, raised and showed Belted Galloway cattle and served as a leader of younger 4-H members. She attends the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, majoring in animal sciences with a pre-veterinary focus.

Ashton Caron is a nine-year member of the Penobscot Livestock 4-H Club, where he raised cattle and sheep, served as a mentor for younger 4-H members and participated in multiple research projects. Ashton attends the University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture majoring in animal and veterinary sciences.4-H member with his cattle

Along with other students from across the country representing Future Farmers of America; Agriculture Future of America; and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Science, Caron and Eaton will connect with policy influencers at local, state and federal levels, and with industry experts, exploring how to become more effective advocates for agriculture and 4-H. The training and student leadership programs are annual events leading up to National Agriculture Day, sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America, to be held as a virtual event in March.

4-H Camp and Program Scholarships Offered

The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association offers scholarships to Knox-Lincoln 4-H members to be used to attend educational camps and programs. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, as they are submitted, through the summer of 2021, or until available funds run out. Be sure to indicate in your application what date scholarship funds are required by the program.

Applications will be reviewed by the Knox-Lincoln Scholarship Committee. The amount of the scholarships will be determined by the funds available in a given year and the number of qualified applicants. Download the application at, or request a paper copy by contacting Pamela Doherty at 207.832.0343 (in Maine 800.244.2104) or

4-H Farm-to-Fair Youth Helper Program Open to 4-H and Alumni!

The4-H member assisting child at 4-H Farm-to-Fair exhibit Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association is seeking two young people, plus one alternate, to assist 4-H staff at the 4-H Farm-to-Fair interactive exhibit at Union Fair (July 27-31, 2022). The program is open to 4-H members or 4-H alumni pursuing post-secondary education age 13-22. Scholarship funds will be awarded to the assistants based on number of hours contributed. These funds may be used by currently enrolled youth to attend Citizenship Washington Focus, 4-H National Congress, 4-H National Conference, Leadership Development Programs at Tanglewood, Blueberry Cove, Greenland Point or Bryant Pond 4-H Camps, or another Extension staff-approved leadership program. For 4-H alumni, scholarship funds may be used for tuition or book/materials expenses incurred at a post-secondary educational program.

The Youth Helper position carries more commitment and responsibility than simply volunteering to help. Those chosen for this position will assist staff and adult volunteers in overseeing the operation of the exhibit. This includes (but not limited to) getting the exhibit ready to open or close for the day (depending on shift), making sure barns are stocked with “products” while the exhibit is open, supporting volunteers and filling in when they need a break. Successful candidates will be comfortable speaking to the public, answering questions, and assisting staff in training and leading volunteers.

Each person chosen must commit to one shift (2 ½ hours) each day that they are scheduled to help during Union Fair. The number of shifts and days required will be worked out with members and families as helpers are chosen, but at least 5 shifts are expected during the run of the fair. Successful candidates must be 13-22 years of age A mature 12-year-old may be considered if they are recommended by a 4-H leader or 4-H staff member. Applications due April 30, 2022.

For details, see the 4-H Farm-to-Fair Youth Helper application or contact Cindy at

Rockland’s Good Tern Co-op Chooses 4-H for Round-up

The Good Tern Co-op in Rockland, Maine has chosen 4-H in Knox and Lincoln Counties as their Round-up recipient for the month of April! Customers who shop at the Good Tern will be asked to round up their purchase total to the next dollar to support 4-H during the month of April, 2022. We appreciate their support and hope that you will help spread the word to your family and friends to shop at the Good Tern Co-op, especially in April!

The Family Kitchen

By Debbie Barnett, UMaine Extension, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

March…it comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. It welcomes the First Day of Spring. It sees Daylight Savings Time beginning. My favorite March event is St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a chance to recognize the “wee folk”, kiss the Blarney Stone, and wear a little green. Speaking of green, this month we have a great recipe for the Top o’ Your Mornin’! This Go Green Smoothie is full of great vitamins from fruits, veggies, and protein AND it tastes great!!!!! Check out this recipe. Go Green Smoothie and more great recipes at the “Mainely Dish” Recipe Video series.

Last Session for 4-H Volunteers

March 16—6:30-8:30 pm

The final session of the Cabin Fever Series for 4-H Volunteers is coming right up! The following three topics will be featured in virtual workshops this winter. These workshops offer a great chance to learn something new, brush up on your skills and connect with 4-H volunteers from across the Northeast! Register for the Cabin Fever Series.

4-H for All Club: 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 for 4-H for All.

4-H Market Lamb Intent for Fryeburg Fair

Youth planning to participate in the Market Lamb program at Fryeburg Fair need to submit the 2022 Fryeburg Market Lamb Intent form by June 1st.

Maine 4-H ESE Sheep Intent Forms are Now Available

The 2022 Maine 4-H Sheep Eastern States intent to participate form is available online. To be eligible for participation on the Maine 4-H Sheep Eastern States Team this fall, 4-H members must complete the fillable PDF form or mail a hard copy of the intent form to the Oxford County Cooperative Extension office before April 1, 2022. Please contact Sara King at or 207.342.5971 with any questions.

Tidepool Immersion Discovery + Ecology Workshop Series

Explore the inter-tidal 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 31, so supplies can be mailed to attendees’ homes.

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

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 22 (rain date April 21).

Pre-registration for Tidepool Immersion Workshop Series 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. For more information, visit the Tyler Technology Maine App Challenge website.

New Maine 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 4-H Virtual Learning Hub for upcoming programs.

2022 4-H National Trip Interviews

As in the past, we will be holding interviews for National trips in the early spring. The National Trips website is 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:

4-H Club Resources

The Norma Hardison Fund has been created to support 4-H club special projects. 4-H Club Creativity Grant application ideas should tie into the 4-H program priorities for Maine, including club and community learning projects, philanthropic projects that engage members in the community supporting 4-H program work, and/or new creative educational ideas. Funds can be requested from the Maine 4-H Foundation Youth Trustees in Philanthropy for amounts up to $200; on a rare occasion, the grant request may be considered for more than $200. Apply for the 4-H Club Creativity Grant online.

Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

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 also offers nutrition education in the classroom and with community groups to youth in eligible schools in grades K-12.

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.

Class options for youth:

Food, Fun and Reading (K-2nd 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.

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact UMaine Extension EFNEP at , 207.581.3188 or 800.287.0274 (in Maine).

Mainely Dish Recipe Video Series offers step-by-step instruction for simple recipes to make at home.

Easy and affordable recipes can be found on the EFNEP website. Also check out:

Spoonful Blog
UMaine EFNEP on Facebook
UMaine EFNEP on Instagram
UMaine EFNEP on Tik Tok