Welcome to Goodhue County
Goodhue County partners with Extension to deliver practical education and research you can use at home, at work and in your community.
4-H is a hands-on learning program for youth grades K-13. Youth explore project areas with peers and caring adults in community clubs throughout the county.
If you have an interest, we have a project for you!
The 4 H’s
- The Head is to signify clearer thinking.
- The Heart is to signify greater loyalty.
- The Hands are to signify larger service.
- The Health is to signify better living.
“I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living, for my family, my club, my community, my country, and my world.”
“To make the best better.”
2021-2022 Program Catalog - COMING SOON
Find the Goodhue County 4-H Club that best fits you
We are excited to have you join us!
Step 1) Find which club you are interested in joining! Goodhue County has 19 4-H clubs. Feel free to contact the club leader listed with specific questions about each individual club!
Step 2) Create a 4-HOnline account - we use an enrollment software called 4HOnline. This keeps everything for us - health forms, contact information, projects and interest areas. Once you have logged into the account you can enroll in Goodhue County 4-H! The step by step instructions are also here for your convenience!
Step 3) Get in touch with us if you have any questions - that is why we're here!
- New member resources
- Family Handbook - This handbook is meant to help families become familiar with the 4-H mission, structure, policies and programs.
- Family Guide to 4-H Online - 4-H Online is the website we use to enroll families and keep all member information current.
- Family Guide to FairEntry - Families with 4-H Online accounts will use this website to enter projects for the Goodhue County Fair once registration opens.
- 4-H Parliamentary Procedures
- Curriculum and Resources for Checkout - Please contact our office to reserve these kits. We do require a $30 deposit for each kit that is loaned out. The following kits/games are available:
- Zoonotics Programming kit
- Lego Robotics kit
- Agritourism board game
- Germo card game
- Code Your World kit
- Incredible Wearables kit
- Galactic Quest kit (new in 2021)
- State Event Scholarship Qualifications The Goodhue County 4-H State Event Scholarship will cover: event program fee and up to $50 toward the cost of 4-H provided housing, 4-H provided meals, state event classes or beef chutes/ tie outs for state events. To be eligible for scholarship, members must: complete prior year records (these are due this fall for next summer's scholarship!), attend 50% of 4-H Club Meetings. *1st year 4-Hers are exempt from the records requirement. Refer to the Scholarship Guidelines for more details.
For Club Leaders
- 4-H Online club leader guide
- Club Management Guide
- Planning & leading a club
- Risk Management
- Club Finances
- Club Meetings
For Club Officers
- President and vice-president roles
- Checklist for Presidents
- Use of the Gavel (for presidents)
- Checklist for Vice Presidents
- How to Introduce Presenters (for vice presidents)
- Secretary Training Lesson
- Club minute instructions (for secretaries)
- Secretaries Record Book
- Monthly Reconciliation Form (for treasurers)
- Itemized Income Form (for treasurers)
- Club Reimbursement Form (for treasurers)
- Monthly Treasurer Report
- Reporter instructions
- Duties of Historian/Reporter
- Historian/Reporter Record Book
For Adult Volunteers
Codes of Conduct
Would you consider a donation to help us continue to offer positive youth development experiences to our community? Your contribution of any amount can be directed locally to support our 4-H program. 4-H reaches youth and families in positive ways across the county and around the state of Minnesota.
Gifts support 4-H youth development in Goodhue County, and local programming coordinated by the Goodhue County 4-H Council.
Goodhue County Extension Master Gardeners are enthusiastic volunteers committed to providing research-based horticultural information and education to our Goodhue County communities.
We cultivate healthy people, healthy communities, and a healthy environment. Our members take pride in sharing their collective knowledge to inspire change by:
- Answering lawn and garden questions
- Teaching community education classes
- Speaking to community groups and classrooms
- Coordinating the design and maintenance of public gardens and greenspaces
- Establishing local and state partnerships to identify and expand collaborative horticultural initiatives
We live to grow and grow to live!
- Special events
- Community classes
- Tips & tricks
- Becoming a Master Gardener volunteer
- and More!
If you have a lawn or garden question, please call the Goodhue County extension office at 651.385.3100. Your question will be passed on to one of our volunteer Master Gardeners.
Find the latest gardening tips and news you can use in your own back yard from local experts.
- Yard and Garden News - Gardening tips and emerging issues affecting Minnesota.
- My Minnesota Woods - Find out how to take care of your trees and enjoy Minnesota's beautiful woodlands.
- Natural Resources News - From preserving our wetlands to combating invasive species, read about protecting and enjoying nature.
Miss a class? Lose the information on the way home? Here are some helpful handouts from our classes. Still can't find it? Contact the Extension office to see if we can get it to you.
- Origami Seed Pots
- Beginning Vegetable Gardening
- Fall Garden Tips
- Winter Sowing
- Edible Flowers
- Discovery Garden - Pizza Garden
- Discovery Garden - Tea Garden
Recorded webinars of basic food preservation
- Basics of Home Canning: Safety First
- Discover equipment needed and safe home canning methods. Whether you are new at home canning or have been canning for years, you will learn what’s safe and what’s not.
- Drying Food
- Drying food is simple, safe and easy to learn. This session explores how drying preserves food, food suitable for drying, and tips to dry food safely.
- How to Freeze Food for Safe and Tasty Results
- Learn which foods freeze well, why blanching improves frozen food quality, the process of freezing at home, the right packaging materials to use, and storage recommendations.
- Pickling: It’s Not Just for Cucumbers!
- Vegetables from asparagus to zucchini can be home preserved by pickling. Learn the steps needed to preserve a safe and delicious pickled product.
- Preserving Fall Vegetables
- Review food preservation options to freeze, dry, pickle, ferment and can fall vegetables. Learn the best ways to preserve broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, Brussel sprouts, cabbage and potatoes.
- Preserving Tomatoes
- You have many options to preserve tomatoes and enjoy the taste of summer all year long. This session reviews three different methods to preserve tomatoes: freezing, canning and drying.
- Safely Fermenting Food at Home
- From sauerkraut to Kombucha, you can ferment food at home. Learn the steps to safely ferment food.
Find the latest on Extension agricultural research and news you can use on your farm from local experts.
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.
Health and nutrition
Extension offers a variety of educational programs about nutrition and health in Goodhue 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.
- Use the Real Life, Good Food website to find recipes, cooking tips and physical activity ideas for a healthier life.
- Visit the Save Money on Food website for information on nutrition, stretching your food dollar, reducing food waste, and holiday food on a budget.
- Visit Family Development on Facebook.
- Watch our food preservation basics videos.
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.
Learn more about RSDP’s recent work in your county and neighboring communities, and how to submit a project idea.
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.
Goodhue County Extension
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