4-H Project - Garden Project

Organization Sponsor: Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture


Program Description

4-H IS...A nation wide program dedicated to the development of young people to help them become responsible members of society. It is for rural young people between the ages of 9 to 21 by January 1st.The first step to start your year in 4-H is to choose a project. Learning new skills, making things and visiting places with friends are all a part of a 4-H project. There are over 40 different projects to choose from.The garden project is for those who have a green thumb? This project will help you learn to grow, maintain, and harvest your own vegetable garden. You follow a resource guide for agriculture stsndards and can diplay your project on Achievement Day. There is a project newsletter designed to update you on project requirements, show changes in the rules and give you some ideas and resources available for project meetings.
Whether you have just recently discovered your "green thumb" or are an old pro at gardening, you can learn new ideas and techniques with an open mind and by taking advantage of the resources available. If you have any questions, please call your Regional 4-H Specialist.This competition is held at County Level (Exhibition) and at 4-H Show.

Funding Sources: 

Dept of Agriculture

Strategies For Sustainability: 

The 4H clubs are divided into region and local community clubs. There are competions and awards for achievements. There is a wide variety of of activities to choose from and the projects are well designed and monitored.

Impact Of Program: 

There are close to 3,000 members and 100 clubs in Nova Scotia. More than 80 countries worldwide have 4-H clubs.

Evaluation Tools: 

There are record sheets and evaluations made at all stages of the projects and at the end.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Activities happen on a local level and participants have access to resource material. Nova Scotia has the highest ratio of members to leaders in Canada.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

4-H Clubs operate in rural Nova Scotia and have problem like transportation to events. Rural communities are loosing populations.

Length and Stage of Project: 

The 4H program has been in Nova Scotia for 75 years.

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