January 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to our new 4-H Professional!

Hello 4-Hers and 4-H leaders! I am very happy to be the new 4-H Professional for York County. For the better part of the last decade, I lived in Buffalo, NY, where I earned my PhD in Anthropology from the University at Buffalo. Before I attended grad school, I was an Americorps member at Heifer International’s Overlook Farm in Massachusetts. While working on the farm, I developed a love for goats, chickens, cows, ducks, and sheep, and growing and preserving my own fruits and veggies. For fun, I enjoy baking, sewing, drawing, reading, and hiking. I can’t wait for warmer weather to go hiking all over Maine!

I look forward to getting to know all of you and the wider community of York County. I am here to help you make our 4-H clubs the best they can be, and expand our programming to make it available to as many York County youth as possible.



  • February 8, 2020 Unconference for 4-H Leaders: A volunteer forum led by 4-H volunteers for 4-H voluneteers. UMaine Unconference is intentionally designed to have YOU teach and learn from each other. FREE. Light breakfast and lunch included. Register today!


  • March 14, 2020 York County Public Speaking Tournament: Located in the Downs Conference room, across the hall from the York County Extension office. 9am to noon.


Club Updates

Lucky Charms

Lucky Charms held their annual Dog Bone Wreath sale before Christmas and it was another great success! The 4-Hers hand made all the wreaths and sold them at Tractor Supply Co.


York County Shepherds

The new year started off strong with 6 4-Hers, but they are looking for more kids to join! During their first meeting of the year, members made felted acorns. The Shepherds will be touring Bartlett Yarn in February and they plan to have a sheep themed float in Acton for the Maine bicentennial celebration.



Boots-N-Buckles held their first meeting of 2020 and discussed volunteering at a non-profit horse facility and the possibility of raising money for them. The 4-Hers also decided to dedicate the first 10 minutes of each meeting to work on project records. Their next meeting is on February 1st.


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