4-H Week is October 4-10
4-H grows confidence, creativity, curiosity, courage, character and so much more by allowing youth to use the skills they learn to go out and make a positive difference in their communities. Help Iowa 4-H celebrate the outstanding impact youth have made throughout the state during National 4-H Week October 4-10.
4-H is active in each of Iowa’s 100 county extension districts and empowers youth to reach their full potential through many different types of experiences including photography, music, woodworking, sewing, archery, livestock and horticulture. Youth have fun while gaining valuable skills in communication and the arts, citizenship and leadership, science, technology, engineering and math, as well as healthy living and personal life management by being involved in 4-H.
In 2015 Clayton County had 518 K-12 grade youth involved in organized 4-H clubs plus another 638 youth involved in short-term programs or enrichment programs.
As National 4-H Week fastly approaches it is important to remember the 4-H pledge, which is recited at nearly every 4-H club meeting, and what it teaches. ‘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 club, my community and my world.’
To learn more about how 4-H is empowering young people in your community with skills to lead for a lifetime visit extension.iastate.edu/4h
Did you know October is Pizza Month? What a perfect time to pair up 4-H & pizza! Visit J-N-J Pizza in Elkader during the month of October and J-N-J Pizza will donate 10% of your purchase to the Clayton County 4-H program. A certificate is attached to this email. You can also download the certificate at http://www.dine4dollars.com/fundraiser-group/70/Clayton-County-4-H
Cooking as a Family
Youth and Nutrition Coordinator
School may have been out for the summer, but class was still in session. During the month of July, ISU Extension and Outreach and the NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative hosted cooking classes in the communities of Oelwein and Postville. With the original plan to offer this to just adults, it quickly transformed into a parent-and-child cooking class, which was a better concept than we could’ve ever asked for!
Each week the lesson and recipes were inspired from the Iowa Food Hub’s weekly Food Box contents. The contents varied, and included local eggs/meat, milk, and numerous vegetables. The weekly lessons taught new skills to prepare foods with an emphasis on fresh vegetables.
We introduced numerous cooking skills including knife skills, food safety and different ways to prepare vegetables like sautéing, grilling, baking, roasting or just raw.
Watching parents and their children working together as a team in the kitchen was very fun. Both parent and child experienced something new—whether it was using a knife to chop vegetables or trying a new recipe or taste testing a vegetable they’d never had before. Often, it was the parent who hadn’t had the vegetable before!
It was fun to see the participants broaden their skills to prepare food in a healthy, inexpensive and non-time consuming way. Every family took home a food box and the recipes. Over the course of the 4 lessons, everyone tried a new vegetable or learned a new way to prepare it. It was fun to see children and adults expand their palates while trying and liking new things!
We plan to continue these classes in more communities. If you have suggestions on locations for this class in your community, contact me or your county ISU Extension office.