Waldo County 4-H Newsletter – June 2021

Upcoming Dates

06/12: 4-H Dog Clinic

06/14-08/20: Virtual Summer Learning Series

06/30: Animal Approval Forms Due in the Extension Office

07/23 & 24: Maine State 4-H Horse Clinic

09/9: 4-H Leader’s Association Annual Meeting

County News

Waldo County 4-H Leaders’ Association

The Waldo County 4-H Leader’s Association annual meeting will be September 9th at 10:30am via. All 4-H waldo county volunteers are invited to attend and participate in the meeting.

More information on how to join the meeting and the meeting agenda will be sent via email. We look forward to seeing you there!

4-H Lending Library

Did you know that Waldo County 4-H has a lending library? Housed in the Waldo County Cooperative Extension office is a 4-H lending library that is available to the Waldo County 4-H community. These resources include a variety of 4-H curriculum, educational tools, and technology. If there is something you need to complete your 4-H project, whether it is an iPad or knitting needles, do not hesitate to reach out. The resources in the lending library are available even during the current COVID situation. To access resources in the library, contact the Waldo County Cooperative Extension office at 207.342.5971.

Waldo County 4-H is Hiring!

The University of Maine Cooperative Waldo County office invites applications for a full-time Community Education Assistant CL2 in 4-H. Employee will work 40 hours per week to support 4-H clubs, groups, and activities in Waldo County.  Duties include recruiting new youth and volunteers, helping to train 4-H volunteers and support them in carrying out the educational mission of the 4-H program, coordinating volunteer efforts, delivering educational programs using established curriculum, and organizing county 4-H events. Full-time, regular position, 40 hours per week, 5 days per week. Daily work hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and occasional evening and weekend program support is required. This position pays $14.72/hour.

For a complete job description and to apply: https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=68725&job=community-education-assistant-cl2-4-h

Little Beavers 4-H Club

Kelsy putting flags out at the cemetery
Lydia putting flags out at the cemetery

The Little Beavers 4-H club has been working to put flags out at cemeteries as their annual community service project. Club members Lydia and Kelsy, pictured below, placed flags at the Knox Station Cemetery/Veteran’s Memorial and the Knox Ridge Cemetery.

Animal Approval Form Reminder:

Please return your completed animal approval forms and accompanying materials to the Waldo County Cooperative Extension office by June 30th.  If you have questions regarding the animal approval form process are need assistance completing the forms, please reach out to Sadee Mehuren at 207.342.5971 or sadee.mehuren@maine.edu. Forms can be accessed online at extension.umaine.edu/4h/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2021/06/AnimalApprovalForm.pdf.

State News

4-H Summer Learning Series – Register Now!

Maine 4-H will offer its hands-on virtual summer learning series June 14–Aug. 20 with over 50 workshops open to all youth ages 5–18.

The 4-H Summer Learning Series includes learning tracks in arts and crafts, food and nutrition, STEM, marine science and aquaculture, animal science and agriculture, and teen leadership. The series opens with a magic show featuring 4-H alumnus and family-friendly entertainer Conrad Cologne! In addition, this year’s ‘4-H@UMaine’ experience for teens will now be offered as one of the learning tracks. These online workshops will highlight University of Maine programs and opportunities and will be provided by UMaine faculty, staff, and students.

The series is free; registration is required. Early bird registration for enrolled 4-H’ers opens May 27

for part one and July 1 for part two. Offline projects that can be completed at home are also available. Register and find more information on the 4-H Summer Learning Series webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Jessy Brainerd, 207.581.3877; jessica.brainerd@maine.edu.

Maine 4-H Virtual Teen Science Cafe Survey

We are looking for feedback from youth in grades 7-12 as we plan the Fall season of Maine 4-H Virtual Teen Science Cafes! If you know a youth who has previously participated or who might like to participate, please send them our survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWCt33P8YfPrI4c4iB8SpeiX6N1qWKurWvnKwxE2UNN_ICAA/viewform

UMaine Offers Summer Camps and Academic Programs!

The Early College Program allows students to take college courses while they are still in high school. Students can take these courses either tuition-free or at a reduced early college rate.  If you are a high school student interested in taking some college courses this summer, visit the Early College website.

For a listing of Youth summer camps affiliated with the University of Maine, visit the Youth Summer Camps website.

Spring 2021 Dog Clinic

The Spring 2021 4-H Dog Clinic will be held June 12 at UMaine Witter Farm, Farm Road, Old Town, ME, from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM.  The clinic is open to youth ages 9-18. You do not need to own a dog to participate. For more information and to register, visit the 4-H Dog Clinic webpage  or contact Sheila Norman at sheila.norman@maine.edu or 942-7396. Be sure to register soon as the last day to sign up is June 3rd!

July ESE 4-H Event

If you are considering participating in the July ESE 4-H event please go to this website for information:  https://www.thebige.com/p/competitions/4-h/packets.

We encourage everyone to check this site frequently for updated packets and we will do our best to pass along updates as we find out about them. It appears that most commodities are using the same on-line registration system that they have used in the past. Please work with your local county staff for staff signatures as needed.

Save the Dates for 4-H Horse Events!

Maine State 4-H Horse Clinic for Advanced riders (12+). Friday July 23 from 2pm-5pm Skowhegan Fairgrounds. $30.00 per rider. Limited to 20 riders.

Maine State 4-H Fun Show! Saturday July 24 starting at 9am. Registration will open at 8am.  Lead line classes, Alumni classes, showmanship, equitation and games!  Fun for all 4-H horse members ages 5 and up. We will also have horseless activities and demonstrations too. Families can choose to camp at Skowhegan Fairgrounds for a $25.00 per night fee. There will be stalls available. If your horse is staying on the grounds you must stay on the grounds. Animal Approval forms and appropriate vaccinations of horses will be required.

Registration for clinic and horse show will be available June 15th.  FMI please visit https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/animal-science-resources/horse/

We are still looking for class ideas and volunteers for the event. Please contact kristy.ouellette@maine.edu or erin.mcdonald1@maine.edu

4-H Fridays on the Farm

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program is offering a new Summer series, 4-H Fridays on the Farm, to get teens ages 12-18 engaged in Maine agriculture. Current 4-H enrollment is not necessary for participation. Program materials and instruction are FREE.

The goal of 4-H Fridays on the Farm is to expose teens ages 12-18 to Maine agriculture and create workforce development skills through a variety of different hands-on, farm visits throughout the state. Teens may join for one session or all four to experience what different farms across the state have to offer. Each session will include an opportunity for teens to take a tour of operations, gain hands-on experience, and consider their role in the Maine Food System.

4-H Fridays on the Farm is the first educational offering in a series developed by the Maine 4-H Agricultural Leadership Team. For more information on future activities please visit: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/ag-leadership/.

  • Mulberry Farms, Raymond, ME —July 16, 2021, 9:00AM-12:00PM: Mulberry Farms in Raymond, Maine is run by the Pecoraro Family. Mulberry Farms specializes in organic fruits and vegetables.
  • Rustic Roots Farm, Farmington, ME — July 23, 2021, 9:00AM-12:00PM: Rustic Roots Farm is a small-scale farm in Farmington, Maine producing sustainably-grown mixed vegetables. They offer weekly farm shares, and sell locally to restaurants and the public at Farmers markets.
  • Seed Pro Inc, Island Falls, ME — July 30, 2021, 9:00AM-12:00PM: Seed Pro Inc, along with the family farm, Daniel J. Corey Farm based in Monticello, centers around the development, production and harvesting of potatoes. At their Island Falls facility, which includes a research laboratory and greenhouse, they develop seed for distribution throughout the entire East Coast.
  • Brigeen Farms, Turner, ME —August 6, 2021 9:00AM-12:00PM: Brigeen Farms is a tenth-generation family-owned and operated dairy farm Since 1777, they have cared for dairy cows and produced fresh, high-quality milk as part of Maine’s strong dairy industry

For more information or to register please visit: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/4-h-summer-learning/fridays-on-the-farm-registration/

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Sara Conant at 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered. For more information call 207-781-6099 or email sara.conant@maine.edu.

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EFNEP Recipe of the Month:

Summer weather is here! This is the time of year where we want to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. Before heading out for a day of fun, remember to grab a healthy breakfast. This Brunching Burrito is a great way to get energy and it tastes fantastic! The best part is, you can make it your own with different spices and added veggies.

To watch a video on how to make a Brunching Burrito visit extension.umaine.edu/food-health/efnep/recipe-video-series/#brunching-burrito.

Brunching Burrito

Serves 1, serving size: 1 burrito


  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons cheese, shredded (cheddar or American)
  • 2 tablespoons onion, chopped
  • 1 flour tortilla
  • Salsa (optional)


  1. Crack egg into a small bowl.
  2. Add milk and mix with a fork.
  3. Melt butter in a small frying pan.
  4. Add egg mixture, and cook over medium heat.
  5. When egg mixture begins to thick, add pepper and onion.
  6. Stir and cook 2 minutes.

Top with cheese. Place the tortilla on a plate. Put cooked egg mixture on the tortilla wrap. If desired, top burrito with salsa.