Monday, August 6, 2012

UF Hosts the 4-H Fashion and Talent Show For High School Students

Project Runway designers, it looks like you may have some competition!
Last night, high school students from all over the country came and competed in an intense fashion and talent show hosted by 4-H.
Held in the Grand Ballroom of the Reitz Union at the University of Florida, the show, “Share the Fun and Fashion Review” showcased the talented and creative work of  25 to 30 high school students who designed and created outfits from scratch and with a budget.
There were two categories of the fashion show: shopping on a budget (students had only $100 or less to create an outfit head to toe and were encouraged to find pieces from thrift stores) and construction (students had to design and create their outfits from scratch).
Before the talent show, students had to learn skills that would help them for the competition, says Shaumond Scott, Florida 4-H communications coordinator.
“Students had to learn how to sew, how to use patterns and durability,” says Scott.
The talent portion of the show featured acts such as a piano dance and skits.
First, second, third and overall winners were awarded at the end of the show. Tonight, additional scholarships will be awarded during the Awards and Recognition ceremony.
Although the designs seen in the show may be new, 4-H has been hosting the fashion and talent show for students for more almost half a decade, says Scott. “We’ve been doing this for a pretty long time–at least 40 years–bringing students from all over the country to teach and show their skills.”
-SK (Photos by Rodney Rogers)

A Day of Giving Back for 300 4-H Teens from Across Florida

By Joey Flechas
Sweat dripped from Quentin Carter's brow as he laid down chunks of pine straw over a piece of cardboard on the ground to stymie weeds.
"I love to help people," Carter said.
Almost 300 teens gathered at the University of Florida this week for the annual Florida 4-H Congress, which wrapped up Wednesday with a day of service.
About 35 volunteers were at Wilmot Gardens, with some mulching and some hammering at slabs of granite to smooth out the surface of a soon-to-be park bench.
Linda Luecking, project coordinator for the gardens, said the project marked the third year in a row that 4-H volunteers have worked at the gardens.
"The great thing about getting 4-H students is that they are used to working," Luecking said.
Another group worked at the Ronald McDonald House, organizing the food pantry, weeding and steam-cleaning the floors.
Theresa Drew, house manager, said the volunteers were eager to work and attentive.
"No cellphones, which is really a treat," Drew said.
She noted that some of the volunteers who live in Alachua County showed interest in coming back to help out on their own.
Nineteen-year 4-H agent Marcus Boston, 45, of Leon County, supervised the group hammering the granite at Wilmot Gardens, saying that of the 4 H's — head, heart, hands and health — the day gave members a chance to get their hands dirty.
"It's seeing them experience a feeling of joy from helping an organization and making a difference," he said.
Erin Barveau, 17, of Port St. Lucie, said she enjoys 4-H because it encourages its members to give back to the community in a variety of ways.
"It's very flexible," Barveau said. "You don't have to be a livestock exhibitor."

4-H'ers Learn About Farming in St. Johns County

4-H youth joined the University of Florida/St. Johns County Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences and learned all about local agriculture last month.
The Farm to Table camp was described as both a success and wonderful learning opportunity regarding the entire food production from St. Johns County farms to the community supermarket. With growing popularity of residents wanting to learn more about local agriculture, the youth experienced hands-on farm living by being a farmer for a day. Johns Sykes, Sykes and Cooper Farm, gave a tour of the farm including machinery used, the storage facility and actual harvest production.
The youth also got the opportunity to shuck their own wide acre peas.
While in Hastings, agriculture agent Steve Lands, gave a tour of the UF/IFAS Partnership for Water, Agriculture and Community Sustainability facility. Youth learned about edible landscaping, alternative agriculture and agricultural sustainability. Lands provided the youth with seeds to start a fall garden. Next was a tour of Terkeurst Goat Farm, with tour guide Sharon Terkeurst. Youth learned about the production of goat milk and cheese, and they also got to try fresh goat milk.
Publix Supermarket at Murabella hosted a tour of the store. Youth toured the supermarket and went behind the scenes of the produce, meat and administration department.
A container garden and a host of creative crafts and projects were also part of the camp. Youth commented about the memorable and fun experience of learning about local agriculture and the process of farm to table.
Those interested in learning more about the 4-H program or becoming a 4-H volunteer are invited to contact the 4-H Office at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center (3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, 32092) at 209-0430.
To find out more about the St. Johns County 4-H Program or to enroll, go to:
There is no charge to enroll into the 4-H program.
Enrollment will begin in late August/early September for the 2012-13 4-H year.