Douglas 4-H Buzz

April, 2022 Edition

Extension 4-H

May Animal Science ID Information

If you are enrolled in one of the following project areas: breeding beef, dairy, dairy goats, dog, meat goats, horse, poultry, rabbits, sheep, swine, please watch your mailbox in early April for information on the animal science ID process. This is a state deadline of May 16 with consequences for champion ribbon placing and state fair participation of 6th grade and up for those who miss this deadline. Call the office if you have questions or need assistance.

Douglas County 4-H Growing Green Garden Workshop

Saturday, April 30th, 9-11am

Ida Valley Farm (Jane & Jeff Way) located at 7487 Buckskin Ln NW, Garfield, MN 56332

This workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about growing vegetables! Register by logging into mn.4honline and click events. Search for Douglas County 4-H Growing Green Garden Workshop and click register by the Wednesday, April 27 deadline.

Day One on Saturday, April 30

  • Learn about starting seeds for your garden
  • Selecting plants for your garden
  • New and unique plants to try
  • Time set aside for questions and answers
  • Youth receive seeds for a growing contest with a $ 50 cash prize to be awarded at the county fair

Day Two on Saturday, July 30

Workshop will take place on Saturday, July 30 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Alexandria Farmers Market held at Big Ole Park. Meet Barb Egenes by the Big Ole statue for a Alexandria Farmers Scavenger Hunt.

  • Increase your horticulture knowledge
  • Complete hunt for fun prizes
  • Learn how to turn growing into a business

For more information or questions, contact the Douglas County Extension Office at 320-762-3890.

4-H Dog Training Program Starts in April, Here's What You Need to Know

Dogs are often considered man’s best friend. Are you 3rd grade and up and looking for an opportunity to gain knowledge on the fundaments of showing your dog with hands-on experience? Build a greater bond between you, the handler, and your dog?

Douglas County 4-H is lucky to have a dedicated team of 4-H volunteers that offer a dog training program that kicks off April 3 at Copper Pines Boarding in Osakis from 6-8 p.m. and runs through early August. If interested, now is the time to log into and make sure dog is listed as a project interested for your 4-H’er(s) or call the office at (320) 762-3890 and let us know you are interested. By doing this, you will be included in future mailings on the dog training program and registration links. If you don’t have a dog, remember there is always the option to lease a dog from another family or friend.

April and May practices will be held at the Alexandria home of a veteran dog project member and the remaining practices will be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Cost is $ 15 per member. Now is also a good time to print off dog id paperwork to complete and have your veterinarian sign so you are ready to train. The state dog id deadline is May 15 but because training begins prior to May 15 this form needs to be completed and uploaded to or turned into Extension office prior to attending a dog training session.

If you have any questions, please contact the office at 320-762-3890 or email Jackie Kokett, Extension Educator, at

Save the Date - Clothes You Buy Workshop at Hayley & Rae Boutique

Sunday, April 24th, 2-3:30pm

110 Lake Street South

Long Prairie, MN

This workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about clothes you buy project opportunities and all about wardrobe planning and knowledge. Everyone buys clothes and can learn about making smarter purchases. It's fun to show a garment or outfit you've purchased (items can be purchased from thrift or second hand store too; new clothes not necessary).

Learn how to put a binder together to accompany your garment or outfit; includes a photo of you wearing your item(s) and a consumer analysis of the purchase. Examples include work uniform, themed outfit (seasonal, cultural, event-specific), historical period costume, comparisons of brand names or designers, research on career choices in textiles and fashion, costume history, etc.

To register for this free workshop, go to and click events and then select Douglas County 4-H Clothes You Buy Workshop. For more information or questions, contact the Extension office.

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