The Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) honored two Minnesota 4-H projects for their contributions and service to communities. These projects, driven by youth across Minnesota, truly make a big difference and respond to real community needs in the state.
Sixteen years ago, Wendy Wustenberg’s daughter, Lauren, and her mother, the late Ruth Wiberg, created a University of Minnesota Extension 4-H project using wool from rare Leicester Longwool sheep the family raises at Windswept Hill Farm, in Farmington, Minn. The first round of wool angels were Lauren’s 4-H demonstration project for the Dakota County Fair when she was 10 years old.
University of Minnesota Extension and the Carver County Core Dairy Team drew together 300 members of the dairy community from 20 counties on Feb. 18 at Central High School in Norwood Young America. Now a 27-year tradition, the Carver County Dairy Expo is known as a day of camaraderie in the dairy industry, with a goal of learning and networking.
By giving away the easy-care houseplants in pretty containers, along with written instructions for their care, Stevens County Master Gardeners have created awareness and grown interest in gardening with more than 150 college students this year. They also made them feel less lonely being away from home.
Realizing that not everyone has access to land to plant a large-scale vegetable garden, University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners in Hubbard County coordinated a “Patio Vegetable Gardening Program” to reduce that obstacle for food shelf clientele.
Joleen Hadrich is an Extension specialist and CFANS associate professor funded by the Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Tech Transfer program (AGREETT). Her work is finding ways to combine animal health, production and farm financial data to help dairy farmers create more profitable and sustainable operations.