A heartfelt Thank you to everyone who purchased potted flowers to support the Youth Development in the Onondaga County 4-H Program!
Janet Warner, Co-Leader of the Blazing Stars 4-H Club in Marcellus, coordinated this Plant Sale Fundraiser that started in February. All County 4-H Clubs were encouraged to participate and prizes were given out to the 3 top youth who brought in the most orders.
Zerrillo’s Greenhouse in East Syracuse agreed to raise tulips, hyacinths and mums of 3 different colors for the 4-H members to sell. Janet organized the orders and received delivery of hundreds of healthy and robust potted flowers at her husband’s garage the week of April 7th. 4-H members, parents and leaders arrived over the weekend to pick up their orders and distribute out to customers just in time for Easter weekend. The 4-H Program was able to keep 50% of the sales, which will help support the 2014 Youth Fair.
Thank you to everyone for your hard work, support and commitment to Onondaga County 4-H !
On Saturday, April 5th in Oriskany, New York, the North Central 4-H District Public Presentation event took place from Noon to 5:00 pm. 4-H Members from Onondaga, Oneida, Oswego, Madison and Herkimer Counties gathered to compete in 4-H Public Presentations. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County hosted the event. Staff from all five counties helped to run the event and 5 volunteer judges heard 18 presentations on a variety of topics. Youth were judged on their speaking skills and knowledge.
The Onondaga County Level 4-H Public Presentations were held at Onondaga Community College on Saturday, February 2, 2014, with great success.
Anisa Adi, was selected to proceed to the District Level event in the Junior Division and her topic was on Poisonous Snakes of Africa. Anisa “Wowed” the judges and was given 1st place in the Junior Division! Her presentation skills, pose and knowledge of the topic were evident as she spoke in an organized and confident manner to the judges and audience. Congratulations Anisa!
Brennan McConnell, was selected to proceed to the District Level event in the Senior Division. The title of his presentation was Magic the Gathering: My Collection. Brennan was very engaging as he showed the judges and audience his skill and passion for the game. Judges asked questions at the end of each presentation and Brennan handled the explanation of the game’s rules with ease. Congratulations Brennan!
More information on NYS 4-H Public Presentations can be found at: http://nys4h.cce.cornell.edu/events/Pages/PublicPresentations.aspx
Our Master Gardeners are quite impressive – they take a long series of classes, complete with tests, they man the Horticulture Hotline (315.424.9485 x236), answering questions about gardening, invasives, and more, they’re present at farmers markets, fairs, all across Onondaga County, and they even volunteer for other CCE non-gardening programs!
Gail Baker, one of our Master Gardeners, has been involved with the Ag Literacy Week events this month. She has read this year’s Ag Lit Week book (Who Grew My Soup? by Tom Darbyshire and C.F. Payne) to several public school classrooms, and recently, to a youth group in Baldwinsville! Even though Ag Literacy Week is officially over, she has continued to volunteer for readings so that no kids got left out of the fun and activities, just because of time constraints.
Thanks to Gail , our Master Gardeners, and all our volunteers in our many programs, we can continue to provide research-based information, provide resources, and put on so many of our excellent CCE Onondaga events!
Jessi Lyons, CCE Onondaga’s Natural Resources Team Coordinator, discusses where EAB is in Onondaga County and why homeowners should take action now.
Listen to WRVO’s story here.
Preparations have started for 4-H clubs at the NY State Fair! Please check out our State Fair page (under the 4-H tab) to stay up to date on 2014 State Fair information!
We’ve also posted up the fist issue of this year’s Blue Ribbon Express Newsletter, so go check it out!