Welcome to Carlton County
Carlton County partners with Extension to deliver practical education and research you can use at home, at work and in your community.
Carlton County Extension
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Stay informed about all that is happening in Carlton County 4-H by checking out our latest Newsletters:
- September 2022 4-H Newsletter
- August 2022 4-H Newsletter
- July 2022 4-H Newsletter
- June 2022 4-H Newsletter
- May 2022 4-H Newsletter
- April 2022 4-H Newsletter
Not currently receiving our 4-H newsletters? Email Tracey at email@example.com
Learn more about what is happening in Minnesota 4-H.
4-H Youth Development is a hands-on learning program for Minnesota youth. We offer online, small group and independent learning experiences for youth of all ages. In 4-H, youth choose the topic they find interesting and caring adults support their learning and leadership. From agronomy to space exploration and creative arts to outdoor adventures, 4-H has just the right learning experience for young people.
- Esko Cloverleaf Club - Youth who enjoy STEM
- Usually meets on 2nd Sunday of month from 2pm-4pm
- Contact: John Bleskacek - firstname.lastname@example.org H: 218-879-6292 C: 218-590-0506
- Nemadji - Variety of projects; General
- Usually meets on 1st or 2nd Sunday from 2pm - 4:30pm
- Contact: Jessica Ketchum email@example.com C: 218-565-2635
- Rowdy Wranglers - Horse Project & community service
- Usually meets on 1st Sunday from 1pm to 3pm
- Contact: Jill McNamara - firstname.lastname@example.org or C: 218-591-6162
- Sunshine Acres - Youth who raise animals; general projects, animal science
- Meeting times/dates vary - call for information - 1.5 hour meetings
- Contact: Rachel Olesiak - email@example.com C: 218-269-4324
- Shooting Sports Project Club - Archery & wildlife
- Must be registered in 4HOnline and select Shooting Sports Club & Project
- Contact: Jason Burley firstname.lastname@example.org C: 218-330-5412
- Barnyard Buddies - Animal Science Livestock Club
- Contact: Heather Wright C: 218-626-5175 or Sam Laveau C: 218-269-5494
There are many ways to participate in 4-H!
Registration for the Carlton County Fair begins on Monday, June 6th, 2022!
All registrations must be entered into FairEntry by 11:59 p.m. by Wednesday, July 6th (or paper copy delivered to the Extension Office by 4pm or postmarked that day). Download the 2022 Fair Registration form (printable)
Helpful tips and how to get started registering can be found at this website: https://extension.umn.edu/minnesota-4-h-county-fairs/register-4-h-entries-your-county-fair
**When registering exhibits for the fair, please keep in mind that the quality of the projects exhibited is more important than the quantity of exhibits brought to the showcase for judging. To be respectful of our judges’ time, and our staffs’ time and resources, we ask that you only register for exhibits you know you will be able to complete by the time of the fair. In addition, youth will be limited to 5 exhibits per project area class (example: up to 5 “Photography - Photo Manipulation” exhibits, up to 5 “Crafts & Fine Arts - Crafts” exhibits, etc.).
Carlton County Fair dates: August 18 - 21, 2022 with 4-H Static Judging on Tuesday, August 16th, 2022.
State Fair Livestock Encampment: August 24 - 28, 2022
State Fair General Encampment 3: September 1-3, 2022
Learn more: Minnesota 4-H at county fairs
Get the full 2022 Carlton County 4-H Schedule!
The Carlton County Extension Office is in the process of archiving soil test information.
What about soil sampling?
The Carlton County Extension Office is no longer performing soil sampling for the public. Due to limited staffing, we are not able to offer this service at this time. The University of Minnesota offers processing of soil samples for farm/fields and for lawn, garden and landscape. Kits are available for pick up at our office which includes instructions on the proper technique for gathering an accurate sample. The University Soils Lab charges a small fee for each test.
What industry products are available through Extension?
Carlton County currently has a contract to help connect to calcium/lime slurry produced by Specialty Minerals (SMI) in Cloquet, and ash products from Potlatch Deltic in the Bemidji area. The ash is similar to the products many of you have received in the past. The slurry mixture has a high water content and should be allowed to dry for a period of time before application. Please call our office if you are looking at local products and potential fertilizer recommendations.
The Extension office is interested in your individual plans and needs for industry products in the future. This information will help inform educational programming and guide decisions for partnerships in the future. Please complete this survey: z.umn.edu/SIPSurvey
Statewide news and blogs
- Agricultural Business Management News - Business and financial resources for farmers.
- Beef News - Beef industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Dairy News - Dairy industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Fruit and Vegetable News - Local production and marketing of fruit and vegetable crops in Minnesota.
- Minnesota Crop News - Emerging issues affecting Minnesota row crops and forages.
Who are Master Gardener volunteers? They come from all walks of life and share gardening best practices that promote healthy landscapes, healthy foods and healthy lives. They complete a core course taught by University faculty and Extension educators. Upon completing the core course, they contribute their time teaching research-based horticulture practices in their communities.
The Carlton County group currently has 32 members and kept busy this gardening season by maintaining outdoor public gardens, answering gardening questions from the general public, hosting a plant sale and garden tour, garden consultations and many other horticulture related activities.
The Carlton County group welcomed 4 new Master Gardeners for the 2022 gardening season. If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer or would like to receive programming notifications, please email Ann Rust, Volunteer Coordinator at: email@example.com or call the office at 218-384-3511.
Health and nutrition
Extension offers a variety of educational programs about nutrition and health in Carlton County. These programs are open to families and individuals of all ages who are eligible for benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or who meet Extension’s program income guidelines.
Programs are offered in community settings such as food shelves, schools, community centers and public housing sites. The programs are free to all individuals and families who meet income guidelines, and may be offered in multiple languages, depending on the audience needs and availability of educators.
Extension's Center for Community Vitality engages Minnesotans to strengthen the social, civic, economic and technological capacity of their communities. We help create vibrant communities and enhance skills and knowledge in economics, leadership and civic engagement, and tourism.
Check our community research page for reports on county and community-focused topics relating to local economics, retaining businesses, growing retail markets, developing tourism, and more.
Local programs can be offered in collaboration with local community organizations and government agencies. Current programs include Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (MARL).
Contact an educator in your area for consultation, guidance and conversation about your community.
Minnesota is a great place to explore, understand and conserve the natural landscape. Extension education, volunteer and community science programs encourage people to become stewards of Minnesota’s public and private lands.
Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect Greater Minnesota communities and University of Minnesota knowledge and resources to support local sustainability projects.
Working in partnership, RSDP supports community-driven projects in four focus areas: agriculture and food systems, clean energy, natural resources, and resilient communities. Projects are supported by boards made up of local community members and University faculty and staff.
Join us at an event in your community.
Find opportunities to learn about the natural environment, how to care for your forest lands, and how you and your family can get out and explore nature around the state and in your own backyard.
Find information on community-focused news.
Find out how to take care of your trees and enjoy Minnesota's beautiful woodlands.
From preserving our wetlands to combating invasive species, read about protecting and enjoying nature.
Learn more about community-driven sustainability projects happening across Minnesota.