Meade County 4-H Youth Development - KY

Meade County 4-H Youth Development - KY


YOUTH INTERESTED IN LIVESTOCK CLUBS (beef, sheep, goat & swine) for youth, ages 9 - 18.

We are very excited to announce the return of Stockman’s College in 2022! This year’s event will be held at Heritage Farms in Shelbyville on Saturday, October 15. As a new option this year Dairy classes have been added. Youth will select a species of their choice and have the opportunity to meet with industry experts while attending hands-on educational classes. After the classes have been completed participants will go to the Shelby County Extension Office to compete in a Skillathon Contest with an awards banquet to follow. This event is free for youth to attend. Participants will need to complete the attached registration form and submit to the Shelby County Extension Office by October 7.
Registration forms are attached or available online at

This will count towards any needed educational hours for the 2022-2023 program year. You will be responsible for reporting hours to your club leader for educational credit hours.

Any questions regarding this educationsl event should be directed to the Shelby County Extension Office.
What does art have to do with exercise and nutrition? Find out in this Grab-N-Go activity that encourages students to express themselves through movement and sound while they learn about health.

Looking for some fun and engaging 4-H activities? Here are some great resources for you.

If you need a hard copy, please email Ms. Deana at [email protected] and we will get one printed and ready for you to pick up or mail to your home if you'd prefer that!

Is journaling art? Journaling can range from a straightforward record of events to a platform for artistic expression. Journalers may incorporate drawings, poems, doodles, lists, stories, and more. The practice of journaling teaches youth self-reflection, how to work out feelings, record keeping, and more.

Check out this Grab-N-Go lesson on designing a journal and developing journaling skills.

– Artists trading cards became popular in the 1990s. Making art cards allows youth to create and experiment with techniques on a small canvas, while trading art cards teaches art appreciation and generosity. Check out the Grab-N-Go lesson below to learn more about artist trading cards, then have youth gather ideas for their own cards though a virtual tour of Le Louvre Museum.

Trading Cards -

Virtual Museum Tour -

Registration is now open for the 2022-2023 Meade County 4-H Art Club. This year will be a hybrid-designed club with in-person meetings and project work.

Fee is $20, deadline to register is October 12th with first meeting happening on October 17th. Call 270-422-4958 to register your 9-18 year old youth.

Hurry & register TODAY ... Only 15 spots available. Registration is considered complete once fee is paid in full.
Practicing the art of photography teaches students to have patience, prepare for success, think from all points of view, pay attention to details, and understand others.
Are you interested in teaching a photography lesson for your club members? Check out this Grab-N-Go lesson that encourages creative exploration and communication through photography.

NOTE: Please direct any questions regarding this state level project group to Mary Jane Little (contact information below).

It is with great excitement that we open the registration window for another year of the state-wide 4-H virtual horse science project group! From the poll, it looks like Monday at 6:30 is the most popular time. We will plan on meeting the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 virtually for one hour from October-April with NO December meeting.

October 24
November 28
January 23
February 27
March 27
April 24

Please complete this registration survey below by October 12th. We will send enrollment information to your respective county extension offices so you will become an official 4-H member too! If you miss a meeting or just want to come for one or two, that is fine! We will record every meeting and send it out to the listserv of enrolled members, as well as certified horse leaders and county 4-H agents. Attendance will be recorded and sent to your respective agent for eligibility to participate in state-level horse events.

Our first meeting will be a “get to know you” session where we will do some ice breakers, learn all about the possibilities with the Kentucky 4-H Horse Program, and maybe play a fun game or two 😊

Here is the link:

We are looking forward to a great year!


Mary Jane Little

Extension Associate - Youth Equine Programs
University of Kentucky
College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
Animal and Food Sciences
615 WP Garrigus Bldg
Lexington, KY 40546
[email protected]
A HUGE shout out and THANK YOU to Hayleigh Cameron (pictured below), Mika Kile and Kabe Kile for helping Meade County 4-H participate in the statewide 4-H partnership with the Quilts of Valor project.

This effort, lead by Fayette County 4-H member and KY 4-H State Secretary, Katherine Zimmerman, will create several quilts that, once finished, will travel across the Commonwealth to attend award ceremonies for veterans.

Our 4-Her's have truly pledged their HANDS to larger SERVICE by lending their sewing skills for such wonderful cause!
Are you searching for art lessons that teach STEM, healthy living, or civic education? Check out the Grab-N-Go Lessons available through the 4-H Arts Showcase. This site provides resources to help 4-H volunteers, professionals, and partners implement meaningful arts experiences in their 4-H program.
For example, do you wonder how math can be used in art? Try this Grab-N-Go lesson that teaches geometry principles as youth get creative.

Painting, singing, dancing, writing, photography and more! Youth don’t have to be “artistic” to experience the benefits of art. Incorporating arts in learning helps students access different parts of their brain, problem solve, and think creatively. This week we celebrate National Arts in Education Week. Check back for challenges, giveaways, and 4-H arts resources.

It’s National Arts in Education Week! Share a photo or video of your favorite work of art you’ve created. Your art could be a painting, poem, dance, musical piece, or any other form of art you love.

Tag us and use the hashtag for a chance to win a an artist toolkit – 2 names will be chosen from all entries. Entries need to be submitted by Sunday, September 18th at noon.

Are you being bullied? Do you see bullying at your school? There are things you can do to keep yourself and the kids you know safe from bullying. Click on link to open health bulletin.
It’s always a pleasure helping 7th grade students at Stuart Pepper Middle School learn how to budget their money at the 4-H Reality Store. Meade County 4-H Youth Development - KY. Meade County Extension Office
*Weekly poinsettia update*

Poinsettias almost in full color now. Here is a preview of our 10” poinsettias. Great for entry ways, businesses or beside the Christmas tree 🎄Support local and your youth groups!

Currently groups selling:
Grayson County 4-H Livestock Club
Meade County 4-H Youth Development - KY
Central Hardin FFA

You can also purchase directly from us!

There will be some locally owned businesses that will be selling them soon also. Keep watching to see where else you can purchase!

****if purchasing though a fundraiser- we reserve the right to replace flowers with a different color if quantity or quality don’t support what is ordered****

Thank you for visiting the Meade County 4-H Youth Development! We hope that you find something that

What is 4-H?

4-H Youth Development is part of Kentucky Cooperative Extension. Extension’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through non-formal education for the entire family. Extension agents and volunteers take the results of university research and explain it in such a way that different age groups can learn and apply the information to their own lives.

Photos from Kentucky Nutrition Education Program - KYNEP's post 03/03/2023

Photos from Kentucky Nutrition Education Program - KYNEP's post


Looking for a cozy weekend meal? This one is worth trying!

Spread kindness with a cup of soup! Deliver a cup or pot of soup to family or a friend. Discover recipes like this Slow Cooker Chicken Santa Fe Soup here:



The Meade County Extension Office is closed due to inclement weather. Stay safe out there!


This past Monday our 4-H Health Rocks! teen teachers were at it again! Teaching the 6th grade students at Ekron Elementary about making healthy life choices.

Photos from Meade County 4-H Youth Development - KY's post 03/02/2023

4-H Afterschool Arts at SPMS was filled with creativity today! Acrylic painting was our focus!!


ATTENTION 4-H Livestock Club members ... opportunity to earn educational project hours.


🍀 opportunity!

Open your home to the world this summer and host a Japanese exchange student! Share cultures and make lifelong friends!

To participate, host child must be same gender and within 3 years of age of the incoming child. Inbound youth are aged 12-18 and host family youth must be at least 9 years or older. You don't need to be involved with 4-H to participate.

For more information and how to register use the links below. ✈️🇯🇵🇺🇸🌎

Photos from Meade County 4-H Youth Development - KY's post 02/24/2023

4-H Homeschool Experience met on Wednesday and studied all things horticulture. We dissected lima beans and found lots of seed coats, cotyledons, and plant embryos (leaves with roots)!!! We also propagated house plants and started seeds for our spring/summer vegetable gardens. All of these activities will become 4-H horticulture projects that can be entered into the county fair.

Photos from Meade County 4-H Youth Development - KY's post 02/24/2023

4-H Teen Leadership Academy had a great day yesterday learning all about the 4th “H” - HEALTH! Peer teaching activities on making healthy life choices, developing trust, examining our friend circles and identifying adults and mentors to support us everyday! We also learned about gardening as a honly to relieve stress - we propagated houseplants. Finally, we tested about ability to trust one another with a mentor/mentee trust walk in our office backyard garden area. Perfect weather to be outside with these teen leaders!


Art is expression and many of us would like to express how thankful we are for our farmers. Create a visual letter for Kentucky Farmers with the Kentucky 4-H Thank a Farmer Project to celebrate UK Ag Week and all of our farmers!

A visual letter is when you use art to express how you feel instead of words. Think of it as being someone’s paint pal. Create a picture expressing your gratitude for our Kentucky Farmers. You can use any type of medium you would like including crayons, markers, or paint!

This is a statewide effort so submit your artwork today to represent Meade County in celebrating and thanking our KY farmers!

Watch this short video about KY agriculture!


It may be unseasonably warm right now, but the groundhog's prediction of 6 more weeks of winter means MAYBE another chance for SNOW!?!?!?!?

Either way, reserve one of our There's No "SNOW" Place like 4-H grab & go kits to learn more about that cold stuff through fun experiments, outdoor scavenger hunts, igloo building and SNOW much more!

Only 12 kits available ... call to reserve your family kit today! Pick up starts next Monday, February 20th.

Photos from Meade County 4-H Youth Development - KY's post 02/13/2023

4-H Art Club met today to celebrate all thing heart! Heart stamp art, inspiration from Piet Mondrian and a new technique using plastic scrapers.

Photos from Meade County 4-H Youth Development - KY's post 02/13/2023

Our 4-H Health Roaks teen teachers visites Ekron Elememtary 6th grade again today! Learning to make healthy life choices was our topic. Student work on display in the hall.


Beef Club members ... please put these dates on your calendar to prep for, participate, and clean up after the Ohio Valley Beef Show.

Set up Day: March 29, 2023 - 6:00 pm - All beef club members help to set up for the OVB Show.

Clean up Day: April 12, 2023 - 6:00 pm - All beef club members help to clean up after the OVB Show.

2023 Staff Recruitment - LAST DAY! 02/10/2023

2023 Staff Recruitment - LAST DAY!

2023 Staff Recruitment - LAST DAY! Today is the last day to apply for Camp Staff! Don't Wait, the time is nigh

Photos from Meade County 4-H Youth Development - KY's post 02/08/2023

4-H Homeschool Experience was held today at the Extension office. Our members explored the mysteries of the ocean deep, planned a scientific mission and built and tested an ocean glider that could be a real ocean robot design used by oceanographers to gather data about the ocean.

We also did some ocean art and made starfish out of air dry clay!

We have 2 meeting left so it’s not too late to join. Call the office for more information.

Photos from Meade County 4-H Youth Development - KY's post 02/08/2023

Our first ever 4-H Summer Camp kick off event was a hit! Good times, great volunteers and several NEW faces interested in 4-H and summer camp!

If you didn’t have a chance to stop by tonight … applications are now available at the office or call to have one mailed to your home!

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers that helped make tonight such a success.

Photos from Meade County 4-H Youth Development - KY's post 02/06/2023

What a great way to end our Monday! Both Meade County 4-H and FFA members visited with Susan Masterson, Meade County Clerk, to learn more about her office and to take a photo to help promote the KY AG Tag program. We truly appreciate the efforts of the County Clerk's office in this promotion that will help KY 4-H and FFA youth across the state, but also closer to home here in Meade County!

Please consider donating $10 when renewing your farm tags ... these donations help to fund many opportunities for Meade County 4-H & FFA youth and the KDA KY Proud program.


NEW 4-H Club for 2023! Join our new club leader for an "egg-celent" club season! If you are not a current 4-H member, you can still attend and get enrolled the first night!


February is here and that means it’s officially Ag Tag Time in the Bluegrass! Over the next few weeks, I’ll be traveling throughout the state to promote the Ag Tag program at Kentucky’s county clerk offices. As Kentucky motorists venture to their county clerk offices to buy and renew farm vehicle license plates, consider making that $10 donation to the Ag Tag fund.

All donations are divided equally among Kentucky 4-H Foundation, Inc., Kentucky FFA Association, and Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Kentucky Proud Program for youth development and promotional programs. And half of the 4-H and FFA funds go back to the county where the tag is purchased to support local programming, awards, and scholarships.


Due to weather conditions the Extension Office will open at 10 am today, January 31st


The perfect recipe for Monday night football, or Thursday night football or weekend night football … you get the picture.

Our BBQ Sweet Potato Nachos are a quick and easy Monday night meal. Find the recipe here: 🍠🍠🍠


Friendly reminder:
When MCS are closed due to weather, all MC 4-H events are cancelled as well.

Stay safe & warm friends!


Due to impending weather ... our 2023 4-H Camp Kick-Off event has been POSTPONED to next Tuesday, February 7th from 4:30-6:00 pm at the Meade County Extension Office.


What an opportunity for those in grades 8-12 who want to take old fashion and make it new again! Goodwill Meets 4-H Challenge is now accepting registration. See flyer below for details.

Not a currently enrolled 4-H member? We can send you and enrollment form when you register for this statewide contest! Not a problem!


Attention 4-H Homeschool Experience families. The meeting scheduled for today, Wednesday, January 25th, has been postponed due to family emergency. A re-schedule date will be sent out by the end of this week. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Congratulations to the Hardesty Family!!

Meet the family behind Hardesty Farms and Greenhouse. They are a first generation family farm in Guston (Meade County) that was started in 2001. They raise beef cattle, to***co transplants, poinsettias, spring flowers, vegetable plants, fresh local produce, and hay for cattle and horses. They try to be as diversified as possible. The Hardestys have also transitioned some of their to***co greenhouses over to spring flowers to survive the changing times. They have three girls.

If you would like your farm featured on this page, please email us a photo and a short description at [email protected].


A new recipe for the weekend!

Put together these easy and quick Tasty Fruit Quesadillas this weekend! They work for breakfast or lunch! Here's the recipe:

1. Spray a medium skillet with cooking spray and place the skillet on medium heat.
2. Spread the peanut butter over the tortilla.
3. Arrange strawberry and banana slices over half of the tortilla and fold the tortilla in half.
4. Place the quesadilla on the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until just browned.
5. Remove the quesadilla from the skillet and cut it into 3 pieces.
6. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and serve.


SUCCESS #1! We have secured enough adult female counselors to take girl campers this summer to 4-H Camp!

NOW ... we are in NEED of ADULT MALE counselors so that we can take the boys to camp as well! Please complete the online survey using the link below if you are interested in serving as an adult counselor at 4-H Camp from July 4-7 at the WKY 4-H Camp in Dawson Springs, KY.

Without adult counselors, we cannot take campers! Help us to make sure our Meade County youth have an opportunity to attend camp during summer 2023!

All adult counselors must successfully complete the client protection process which includes application, background checks, interviews and reference checks.

Here is the link to submit your contact information:


Our 4-H teen training is underway! Teaching teens to teach younger youth … life skill development!


Applications are online this year. Please use this link:

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