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4-H clover June 4-H state ambassador update

4-H ambassador 22-23: Eden W.
Eden W., Wright County
Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador


My name is Eden, and I am a Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador writing to you from Wright County. There are fun 4-H things coming up that I am going to share with you.

Build garden boxes

Our monthly service challenge series is almost over. We challenged you to plant wildflowers around your yard and in your community in May.

In June, we offer the opportunity to build garden boxes or raised garden beds. Garden boxes are enclosed boxes filled or heaped with a pile of soil.

They are best for growing small vegetables or flowers. They benefit gardeners because they don't involve tilling the soil, keep out tiny insects, have better drainage, fewer weeds and can be accessible for beginners.

Have you been completing service projects? If so, we want to hear about it. Tell us about your service projects.

See you at YELLO

Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Opportunities (YELLO) registration has officially closed.

We, the state ambassadors, are so excited to see each and every young person attending this year, and guess what? There is a little less than a month left until YELLO begins.

This year's YELLO theme is "Branch Out With Minnesota 4-H," which will be held June 13-16 at Bemidji State University. We hope to see you there!

Fair season is coming up

Along with YELLO coming up,  fairs are coming up too. County fairs and the state fair will be happening over the summer, so make sure you get your projects started sooner rather than later.

One project option is a Rube Goldberg machine. Every summer, Minnesota 4-H holds an Engineering Design Challenge where youth work together to build a Rube Goldberg machine from scratch.

If you are interested in competing, talk to an adult in your club or your local Extension office to get started.

Made friends for life

Throughout this year of being a state ambassador, I have made many friends and connections with adults in 4-H at the county and state levels. It is hard to believe my state ambassador journey is almost over. I am also moving on to a new step in my life - college.

Though I still have one more 4-H year left, it will be a very different experience than it has been in the past. I am glad I branched out - like the YELLO theme - and became a state ambassador. It has led to meeting so many new people; I know I have made friends for life.

If you are a young person and wondering if you should apply to be a state ambassador when you get old enough, I would highly encourage you to try.

Eden W., Wright County
Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador

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