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Searcy County, Arkansas

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4-H News


Searcy County 4-H Newsletters

A newsletter produced monthly containing a variety of 4-H accomplishments and opportunities.

 

4-H Club Members Visit Nursing Home

4-H Day Camp 2016

On December 15th, members of the Searcy County 4-H clubs visited Highland Court Rehabilitation and Resident Care Facility in Marshall to deliver Christmas cards to the residents and singing Christmas carols. The Country Kidz, Flintrock Aggies, Marshall Lucky Clover, and Exemplar 4-H clubs all had members in attendance. 

Photo: 4-H Singing Christmas Carols at Highland Court Rehabilitation and Resident Care Facility

 
 
2016 County Council Officers

4-H  2016 Council Officers

The Searcy County 4-H unit presented a float in the 2015 County Christmas Parade entitled “Cowboy Christmas”. They were pleased with being chosen First Place in the Best Youth Club division. The float was created under the leadership of Courtney R. County Council President. Many 4-H youth arrived early to help get it together. Thanks everyone!

The Searcy County 4-H Christmas activity was held on Saturday December 5 following the Christmas Parade. There were about 50 people present. The youth enjoyed games led by council members and refreshments served by 4-H parents.

Officers were elected to serve on the 2016 Searcy County 4-H Council. Elected were: President-Laykyn R.; Vice President- Courtney R.; Secretary- Shakoda H.; Treasurer- Rylee H.; Reporter- Rylie J.; Photographers- Cassidy R. and Kegan Y.; Junior Advisor- Jacey H. and Senior Advisor- Grace P. Congratulations to all.

 All 4-H Club officers are encouraged to attend the County Council meetings and add your clubs input on county matters.

Photo: New 2016 4-H County Council Elected Officers

 
4-H Club Members Visit Nursing Home

4-H Spreads Christmas Cheer

On December 15th, members of the Searcy County 4-H clubs visited Highland Court Rehabilitation and Resident Care Facility in Marshall to deliver Christmas cards to the residents and singing Christmas carols. The Country Kidz, Flintrock Aggies, Marshall Lucky Clover, and Exemplar 4-H clubs all had members in attendance. 

Photo: 4-H Singing Christmas Carols at Highland Court Rehabilitation and Resident Care Facility

 

Searcy County Family & Consumer Science 


Preservation Newsletter

A newsletter produced biweekly containing a variety of preservation topics. These topics include information ranging from canning to freezing and also includes information on dehydrating.

Searcy County Extension Homemakers Club

Get Real Here's the Deal Program

Get Real Here's The Deal Program Booth

Bobcats Meet World

 

On Thursday, March 19th, Marshall Seniors and their parents attended an event called “Bobcats Meet World” aimed at career readiness held at Marshall High School.  As part of the event, the Searcy County Extension Service conducted Get Real, Here’s the Deal, a hands-on experiential simulation that gives young people the opportunity to experience their future in a financial decision-making mode. Youth were encouraged to make wise financial lifestyle choices similar to those that adults face each month. As youth moved from station to station they made decisions based on their family size and affordability.

Marshall businessmen and women volunteered their time to work the stations, which included housing, transportation, and child care.  As the youth visited each of the twelve stations, they were given the opportunity to talk to the volunteers about their occupations. Businesses represented included Sweet Honeysuckle Boutique, Simmons Bank, Ozark Health – Young Moms, Healthy Families, Searcy County Farm Bureau, North Arkansas College, and Hiett Auto Sales.

The youth had to make purchases at each station and then write a check (correctly) for their purchase. They each had to keep their check register balanced in order to keep track of money left for other expenses.  A handful of youth were faced with the dilemma of running out of money before all expenses were purchased, which was a great teaching and eye-opening experience.

This was a great learning experience for the seniors, just two short months before graduation. Parents in attendance were appreciative of the learning opportunity for their children. Plans are already underway to conduct the event again next year.




Photos: (Top)Students Visit Booths During Bobcat Meet World Program. (Bottom) Students managing checkbook registers after visiting each booth. 

4-H members that attended the Garden Chef

4-H Members taste testing a dish from the Garden Chef Camp.

Garden Chef Camp

The Searcy County Extension Office and the Marshall School Garden partnered together in July for the second annual youth Garden Chef Camp.

The purpose of the program was to teach basic cooking skills while emphasizing the health benefits and simplicity of growing and cooking your own food. Jennifer Warren, Garden Educator/Manager and Food Corps service member, and Julie Blair, FCS Extension Agent, led the 5-day program held at Marshall High School. The youth attendees started the mornings harvesting fresh produce out of the garden, including herbs, peppers, and tomatoes. After short lessons on knife skills, portion sizes, and the benefits of cooking at home, the youth prepared food from different cuisines each day. Days included Mediterranean, Asian, Soul Food, Italian, and French.

Each day, the youth made at least one main entrée, two to three side dishes, a healthy “sweet” treat, and a flavored water beverage. During down time, the students also got a lesson on making jam and another on etiquette at the table.

Photos: (Top) 4-H members that attended the Garden Chef Camp. (Bottom) 4-H Members taste testing a dish from the Garden Chef Camp.

Oxley EH Club Donating Food 2015

Oxley EH News

The Oxley Extension Homemakers Club donated 152.5 pounds of food to the Leslie Methodist Church Food Pantry yesterday September 28th, 2015. Their focus this month was beans and proteins, and next month's focus will be on colorful fruits and veggies. Thank you for fighting hunger in your community!

 

Photo: Oxley EH Members delivering non-perishable items to the Leslie Methodist Church Food Pantry.

 

Master Gardener News


 Master Gardener "Growing Home" Newsletters

 

Wellness Garden Started at the Senior Center by the Master Gardeners

Wellness Garden Starting at Senior Center

 The Searcy County Health and Safety Coalition received a grant in July through the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP) to install raised garden beds at the Searcy County Senior Center. The gardening project will benefit the community because it is the first site of many community gardens planned for the area. The Growing Wellness gardens will enable seniors to engage in beneficial activities in the garden that encourage range of motion, share knowledge and pass along it to younger generations, and produce a bountiful vegetable harvest.

 The Wellness Garden is a community partnership among the Searcy County Master Gardeners Club, Searcy County Extension Office, Senior Activity Center, Food Corps, Marshall City Park, private businesses, and the County Judge.  This project also ads an expansion to the county goal of making physical activity available to all residents regardless of ability. 

 Searcy County Master Gardeners have constructed one bed that is located at the left side entrance of the center (Thrift Shop entrance) adjacent to the sidewalk.  Planting should start soon, and another bed is planned to be constructed in the near future.

 Searcy County was among the 40 communities awarded $83,226.45 for 49 “bite size” project grants awarded through ArCOP. All projects are designed to increase access to healthy foods and physically activity. Funding for the grant project is made possible by one of ArCOP’s most supportive partners, the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas. ArCOP is making our state healthier one community at a time through its Growing Health Communities (GHC) program. Through programming, training, and funding opportunities, the Coalition works towards its goal to increase the percentage of Arkansans of all ages who have access to healthy and affordable food and who engage in regular physical activity. Detailed information on funded grant projects will be published through www.arkansasobesity.org

  For more information about the Senior Wellness Garden, contact Julie Blair at the Searcy County Extension Office at 448-3981.  If you are interested in being a part of the Searcy County Health and Safety Coalition, meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at 12:00 at the Marshall Methodist Church, or you can follow us on Facebook under Searcy County Health & Safety Coalition.