4-H in Washington County- March 2022

Dates to Remember

March 3: Winter Series 4-H SPIN Club: Planting for Spring

March 5: Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament, 9:00 a.m.

March 5: Washington County 4-H Nature in Focus SPIN Club

March 10 – 13:  National Youth Agri-Science Summit 

March 12: SNOW DATE for Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament, 9:00 a.m.

March 16: 4-H Volunteer Cabin Fever Series, Expanding possibilities for youth, 6:30 p.m.

March 16: Virtual 4-H Public Speaking Workshop

March 17: A Year in Nature SPIN Club Virtual Meeting

March 22: 4-H Virtual Food Science Club

March 24, April 28 & May 26: 4-H For All Virtual Club

March 28: Open Office Hours for Washington County 4-H Volunteers

April 1: Maine 4-H ESE Sheep Intent Form Deadline

April 12-May 17: Tidepool Immersion Discovery + Ecology Workshop Series

April 22 to May 8: Paper Clover Campaign

June 1: 2021 Fryeburg Fair Market Lamb Intent form Due

June 25-July 1: Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) 

July 27-31: Union Fair 


4-H Winter Series SPIN Club

Our second season of the 4-H Winter Series SPIN Club has wrapped up this month! This year’s theme worked on various aspects of 4-H learning areas such as STEM building projects, a community service project for local animal shelters and planting healthy foods! Thank you to the youth who participated across Washington County. 

We will be looking for a new theme and a volunteer to run next the Winter Series for Winter 2022/2023. Let me know if you are interested or know of someone who might be interested. Training and program content support available! 


A Year in Nature 4-H SPIN Club

After cancelling due to snow storms, we were able to get outside for our February in person meeting! It was a beautiful, 48 degree and snow covered day at Vining Lake Community Preserve. Club members enjoyed ice skating, ice fishing, snow sculptures and many more activities at Downeast Day on the Ice hosted by Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC) and Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT). We held our club meeting after which we made Clover shaped bird feeders, chatted about collecting bird observations and a short nature hike. Youth made observations about how the hike looked different from the November hike. Huge thank you to DCC and DLLT for their efforts in planning such a great community event! 


New for 2022: Open Office Hours for Washington County 4-H Volunteers! 

  • Hosted by: Brittany Foster, 4-H Youth Professional for Washington County
  • Who: All Washington County 4-H Volunteers 
  • What: No agenda this month. Open office for volunteer questions, program support or just to check in! 
  • Where: Virtual by Zoom
  • When: Monday, March 28th from 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • How: A link will be sent out prior to each session to all enrolled 4-H Volunteers


Animal Approval Forms

Don’t forget to submit your animal approval forms to your county office. These forms must be submitted by the deadline for your commodity to participate in 4-H shows or other events this summer.
If you think you might be interested in going to the Big E this fall, put in your animal approval form by the deadline!  

  • ESE horse date: 4/1/2022
  • ESE Dairy date: 5/1/2022
  • Working Steer: 5/1/2022
  • Market Lambs: 6/1/2022 All other sheep classes 6/30/2022
  • All other commodities 6/30/2022

Forms can be found at this website.


Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign
Please mark your calendars for the next TSC Paper Clover campaign will be held from April 22 to May 8 at the Calais store.  More information will be shared in the April newsletter.


Mainely Dish: Two-Bite Black Bean Brownies


News from the State

4-H Market Lamb Intent for Fryeburg Fair
Youth planning to participate in the Market Lamb program at Fryeburg Fair need to submit the 2021 Fryeburg Fair Market Lamb Intent form by June 1st. An online form is available, otherwise youth can print and mail a copy downloaded from the website.

4-H For All: 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 at: umaine.edu/4h/4-h-for-all-club.

Tidepool Immersion Discovery + Ecology Workshop Series
Explore the intertidal 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 31st, so supplies can be mailed to attendees’ homes.

Dates: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00, April 12, 2022 through May 17th.

In person field day at SMCC, South Portland (optional) scheduled in South Portland on April 22nd (rain date April 21).

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 22nd (rain date April 21). 

Facilitators: Emily P. and Sarah S.

Preregistration is required by March 31, 2022

4-H Virtual Food Science Club
Are you excited to learn new information about food? This five week virtual 4-H SPIN club has been developed to take complex topics and break them down to introduce students to the wonders of Food Science. We will be meeting each week to explain and experiment with five different food science topics that include; leavening agents, protein in eggs, fermentation in dairy, gluten matrices, and browning in fruits and vegetables. Join University of Maine graduate student Ella Glatter as she delivers online lessons on these food science topics and leads the club in hands-on activities that use techniques used by professional food scientists!

This is a five week special interest SPIN club that will meet weekly over Zoom

Dates: Tuesdays, at 3:30 p.m. Weekly over Zoom, Begins March 22, 2022

Ages: 9-13, Up to 10 participants 

Facilitators: Ella G. and Cindy R.

Pre-registration is required by March 10, 2022

Public Speaking Workshops
Are you interested in learning more about giving a polished, interesting presentation? The Maine 4-H Communication Science Team members will be leading two workshops in February and 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.Workshops are open to 4-Hers age 9 and up, and will take place on March 16 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, via Zoom. Contact gray@maine.edu if you would like to attend this Free Online Workshop.

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.  Visit the Tyler Technology Maine App Challenge website for more information.

Maine 4-H Virtual Learning Hub
Maine 4-H VirtualLearning 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 upcoming 4-H VirtualLearning Programs we have planned in the coming months: Visit the Upcoming Events: Statewide Virtual Offerings for 2021-2022 page.

Learn which virtual event registrations are open: Visit the Open Registrations page.

Interested in becoming a Volunteer Presenter? Visit the Become a Volunteer Presenter pagefor more information and to complete an interest form.

Read what 4-H Parents, Youth, and Teachers have to say about these 4-H VirtualLearning offerings: Visit the 4-H Parents, Youth, Teachers: Stories and Testimonials page

2022 4-H National Trip Interviews
As in the past, we will be holding interviews for National trips in the early spring. Websites are 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: thuotte@maine.edu.

4-H Volunteers Register Now!
March 16 – 6:30 – 8:30 pm
 This year’s Cabin Fever Series for 4-H Volunteers is combining efforts with other states in the Northeast region! The following three topics will be featured in virtual workshops this winter:

re-engaging and motivating youth

designing captivating and fun activities

expanding possibilities for youth to broaden their world These workshops will offer a great chance to learn something new, brush up on your skills and connect with 4-H volunteers from across the Northeast! Register now!

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 offers the following 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.

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

EFNEP offers the following 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.

Not sure what class to choose?  We can help. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact:

UMaine Extension EFNEP

Email: extension.efnep@maine.edu

Phone: 207.581.3188 or 800.287.0274 (in Maine)

Website: extension.umaine.edu/food health/efnep/distance-education-class-options

Mainely Dish Recipe Video Series: Step-by-step videos for simple recipes that can be done right at home.  These can be found at: https://extension.umaine.edu/food-health/efnep/recipe-video-series/

Recipes: These recipes were created to be easy to prepare and affordable.  Recipes can be found at: https://extension.umaine.edu/food-health/recipes/

Spoonful Blog: Enjoy a variety of blog posts including recipes, food preservation, grocery shopping on a budget, food safety, health tips, and more!  Link to blog can be found at: https://extension.umaine.edu/food-health/spoonful/

Social Media: You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok!  Links can be found below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UMaineEFNEP/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/umaine_efnep/

Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@umaine_efnep