Waldo County 4-H Newsletter – June 2022

Upcoming Dates:

06/10: Fryeburg Fair Market Lamb Intent Form Deadline

06/30: 4-H Animal Approval Form Deadline 

07/09: Animal Science Health, Nutrition, and Parasite Prevention Panel

07/09, 7/23, 8/11: 4-H Working Steer Events

07/22-07/24: Maine 4-H Dairy Show

Waldo County 4-H News:

Animal Approval Form Reminder

4-H members who are planning on showing livestock at in-state 4-H shows this summer must submit their animal approval forms and accompanying lease forms to their county office by June 30th. Copies of forms can be found online at extension.umaine.edu/4h/forms/ or they can be obtained by contacting the Waldo County Cooperative Extension office at 207.342.5971.

2022 Maine Ag Fairs Schedule 

Fair season will be here before we know it. Make sure that you have the up to date for dates for 2022 by visiting the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs website at www.mainefairs.org.

State 4-H News:

Fryeburg Market Lamb Intent Forms – June 10th Deadline

Youth planning to participate in the market lamb program at Fryeburg Fair need to submit a 2022 Fryeburg Fair Market Lamb Intent to Sell form by June 10th. An online form, as well as a pdf form, can be found at extension.umaine.edu/4h/sheep/. The lamb’s tag number and bill of sale must accompany the intent form. Market lambs must be owned and in the possession of the 4-H member by June 1, 2022. Please contact your local Cooperative Extension office with any questions or to obtain a printed copy of the form.

4-H Summer Learning Series

After an incredibly successful 4-H Summer Learning Series over the past two years, Maine 4-H will once again offer virtual experiential learning workshops and clubs to youth ages 5-18 from July 5 – August 5, 2022. Planning is still taking place, but topics in previous years have ranged from engineering, art, science, animals & agriculture, food & nutrition, teen leadership, and more. 

Early registration will be available to enrolled 4-H’ers on Friday, June 3, 2022 and will open to the public the following Friday, June 10. Help us spread the word to your friends and communities – enrollment in 4-H is not required to participate, this event is open to all! For more information, visit the 4-H Summer Learning Series webpage at extension.umaine.edu/4h/4-h-summer-learning/.

Save the Date for the Maine 4-H State Dairy Show

The Maine 4-H State Dairy show will be July 22nd-24th at the Windsor Fairgrounds. The event is open to all Maine 4-H dairy project members 4-H ages 9 and above. In addition to the 4-H dairy show, the event includes a 4-H dairy fitting contest, grilled cheese contest, and educational workshops.  For additional information and a schedule of events please visit extension.umaine.edu/4h/maine-4-h-state-dairy-show/.

Upcoming 4-H Working Steer Events

Save the date for upcoming 4-H working steer shows! In order to qualify and be a part of the Maine ESE Working Steer Team, you must attend two of the three tryouts. The tryout events are: 

  • Saturday, July 9th at Ossipee Valley Fair 
  • Saturday, July 23rd at Windsor Fairgrounds 
  • Thursday, August 11th at Skowhegan Fair 

For more information on upcoming 4-H working steer events and the Maine ESE Working Steer Team, please visit extension.umaine.edu/4h/working-steer/ or contact Sadee Mehuren at 207.342.5971 or sadee.mehuren@maine.edu.

Animal Science Health, Nutrition, and Parasite Prevention Panel

Join us at the Magic Lantern Innovation Lab, 9 Depot Street Bridgton, on July 9th, at 10:00 am for a free workshop. Learn from a panel of veterinarians and nutrition experts on the health and wellness of animals. From your dog and backyard goats to poultry and large livestock. Don McLean, DVM and Paul G. Rudenberg, DVM will provide information followed by a question and answer session to help you keep your animals safe and well. Contact susan.jennings@maine.edu for more information.

Adulting 101: 4-H Virtual Club 

Are you a teen worried about impending adulthood? Do you want to know how to find answers to your questions about money, jobs, and roommates? Consider joining the Adulting 101 SPIN Club! Over the course of six meetings, we will learn some basic adult skills, including how to manage stress, interview for a job, and take advantage of existing resources in your community. Each week will cover a different topic: life/work balance and stress management; saving, spending, and credit; nutrition on a budget; resumes and interviews; rent and roommates; and a topic chosen by the participants! Access to a computer is required for participants, a smartphone won’t be sufficient.

Youth ages 13 – 18 need to register at extension.umaine.edu/4h/virtual-learning-hub/adulting-101/ by June 6, 2022 for this club which will meet via Zoom on Wednesdays, June 22 – July 27 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm.

Maine 4-H Foundation Summer Camp Scholarships

The Maine 4-H Foundation has a limited number of scholarships for 4-H members for Blueberry Cove, Bryant Pond, Greenland Point, and Tanglewood. These scholarships are applied by the camp when you register and pay the deposit for camp. Scholarships are available from $50 to $200 depending on the camp expenses and needs. Visit the Maine 4-H Foundation page at extension.umaine.edu/4hfoundation/.

Summer Camp Opportunities

Visit the Summer University Youth Program’s Youth Summer Camps page at umaine.edu/summercamps/ to learn about a huge variety of camp experiences available to youth. From our traditional 4-H Camp and Learning Centers, to camps that focus on Academics, Art, Music, or Sports – there is something for everyone. 

Looking for 4-H Alumni & Members Attending UMaine! 

If you are a current or former 4-H member planning to attend UMaine this fall, know of a 4-H member currently attending UMaine, or know of a recent 4-H alumni attending UMaine, read this! Collegiate 4-H is an opportunity for 4-H alumni and college students interested in supporting the mission of 4-H to be involved in 4-H after high school. We are currently exploring starting a Collegiate 4-H Club at UMaine with an anticipated start date for the 2022 fall semester. Simply fill out this short form to let us know if you think you might be interested!


EFNEP Recipe of the Month: Massaged Kale Salad!

Summer is finally here! School is out, and it’s time to gear up for picnics, barbecues, and cookouts. For this month’s EFNEP Recipe of the Month we have a delicious Massaged Kale Salad recipe that is the perfect side dish for any occasion.  When you massage the kale, it becomes tender and aromatic. You can even change up the fruit with whatever is in season. Even the youngest family members can help with this recipe by massaging the kale! The recipe can be found at extension.umaine.edu/food-health/efnep/recipe-video-series/#massaged-kale-salad.

Massaged Kale Salad

Serves: 8 | Serving Size: 1 cup

Ingredients Needed:

1 bunch kale
4 medium carrots (~2 cups grated carrot)
3 celery stalks
2 apples
1 lemon
1 tablespoon, plus 1⁄4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
1/8 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds


1. Wash kale, carrots, celery, apples, and lemon.
2. Separate kale leaves from the stalk and tear them into bite-sized pieces (about 2 x 2 inches). Discard or compost kale stalks.
3. Grate the carrots and dice apples and celery and set aside.
4. Place kale leaves in a large bowl. Cut the lemon in half and set one half aside. In the bowl with the kale leaves, squeeze all the juice out of the remaining lemon half.
5. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil and salt into the bowl with kale and lemon juice. Massage kale until it starts to soften (2 to 3 minutes).
6. In a small bowl, squeeze the juice from the remaining half of the lemon and whisk together with honey and black pepper. Gradually whisk in 1⁄4 cup olive oil to make the dressing.
7. Add apples, celery, carrots, sunflower seeds, and dressing to the kale and toss together.

Variations: Replace apples with pears, mandarin oranges, strawberries, or craisins.

Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 5845IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

For more delicious recipes, check out our UMaine EFNEP Mainely Dish Video Series at extension.umaine.edu/food-health/efnep/recipe-video-series/.  By Debbie Barnett (EFNEP CEA in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo counties – deborah.barnett@maine.edu).

Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (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. Find out more online at extension.umaine.edu/4h/2022/02/28/expanded-food-nutrition-education-program-efnep/.