Carver County 4-H

Friday Facts

Extension 4-H

January 6, 2023

Thank you Carver County 4-H for welcoming and guiding me these last 3 months as I served as your Interim 4-H Program Assistant. It has been my pleasure to work alongside and be inspired by so many of you “To Make the Best, Better” with the Carver County 4-H Program. Today is my last day in the office. You will continue to see me around 4-H events as I will maintain an active role in Carver County 4-H as a volunteer. I am looking forward to seeing what exciting ideas Devarati will bring to Carver County 4-H and as it has been said before, Rita is our Rockstar, continue to treat her well!!!

Carver County 4-H is a group of families with a common goal "To make the Best, Better" . Please join me in sending my sympathy and support to the Brandenburg Family, a fellow Carver County 4-H Family, who suffered a tremendous loss this past week.

Denise Meis


  • January 6-Llama Project Bowl Practice, 7PM, Carver Co Public Works Building
  • January 7 - PV Club's Crafting and Scrapbooking Extravaganza
  • Jan 8 - Horse Bowl Practice 3-5 PM, Carver County Public Works Building
  • Jan 9 State-wide Livestock PDC webinar, 7:00 p.m. Zoom
  • Jan 10 Horse PDC mtg, 7:00 p.m., Zoom
  • Jan 11 Livestock PDC mtg, 7:00 p.m., Carver Co Public Works Building/ agenda/ Zoom
  • Jan 19 SSWL Guns and Grub Kick Off Party, 6:00 p.m., Carver County Public Works Building
  • January 23-Federation Hybrid Mtg, 7:00 p.m., Public Works Building/ Zoom
  • January 29 - Sew Sew Club, 2-4:00 p.m., Carver Co Public Works Building
  • February 3 - Quad County Lock-In, Chaska Community Center
  • February 2-23 - Virtual Cake Decorating Series 6-7:30 p.m.
  • February 15 - Animal ID Deadline for Market Beef (beef steers, market heifers and dairy steers). See article below.
  • February 21 - Dog Project Information Night, 7:00 p.m., Carver County Public Works Building
  • February 25 - "Get Frosted" Cake Celebration Event, 9 a.m.-Noon, Carver County Public Works.

Welcome to the new 4-H Educator for Carver County!!!

Devarati Bhattacharya is a University of Minnesota alumna and a science education researcher, with a Doctoral degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction. She has a special interest in increasing awareness among youth about the Earth’s climate through equity-centered approaches. Her future plans include supporting various extension initiatives in Carver county, helping youth become scientifically literate and identify their paths to leadership. She is the only child of parents who have devoted their entire lives to teaching youth from marginalized and underprivileged communities in India. Devarati’s hobbies include walking with her dog, kayaking and listening to podcasts. In the past six months, she has been learning how to sew with her 9 year old daughter and in 2023 she aspires to learn the corkscrew swim stroke from her 12 year old son.

Devarati will start January 9!

4-H Re-Enrollment Incentive

Zach Zabel is the winner of the re-enrollment drawing for December. Zach can pick up his swag in the office!

Attention: Families not active in 4HOnline after January 1 have been removed from the Friday Facts emails and communications.

Horse Project Bowl Information

First practice

WHEN: Sunday, January 8, 3-5 p.m.

WHERE: Extension Office

If you missed the info meeting on Dec 2nd, come to the first practice to learn what horse bowl is all about!

Horse Project PDC meeting

Horse project PDC meeting via Zoom

January 10, 2023


Horse Project webpage

Livestock PDC meeting

January 11, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Public Works Building or Zoom


Carver County Shooting Sports and Wildlife Project Kick-Off

SSWL project is starting soon! Registration is open in 4HOnline under events.

Interested in learning more? Come to the Guns and Grub kick off party on January 19, 2023, 6 PM at the Carver County Public Works Building (Extension Office). Let us know you are coming so we can plan food!

Stay up to date with SSWL at

2023 SS& WL Leader (Instructor) Certification Trainings - Carver County needs instructors! Carver County 4-H SSWL Program pays 100 % of the reg. fees for instructor trainings.

Questions? Contact Lindsey or Denise.

Federation Meeting

January 23, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Public Works Building and Zoom


See the Carver County Federation webpage for meeting schedule, minutes and agendas

Carver County Sew-Sew Club

Sew Sew Club Information! Sew-Sew Club meets one Sunday afternoon per month, October through June from 2-4pm at the Extension Office. Instruction and materials are free! Sewing machines are available or bring your own machine and basic sewing supplies (scissors, needles, pins, thread)

In these Learn-to-Sew sessions we will complete a useful project that will progressively enhance your sewing skills each month! We will start with the basics in October, then build on basics each month. If you missed the Oct, Nov and Dec sessions, contact Chellie for information on joining!

January 29, February 19 and March 12, 2023 registration is now open.


Save the Date: Feb 3rd

Quad County 4-H Lock In at the Chaska Community Center

For Carver, Scott, Le Sueur, and Dakota Counties

Details and registration coming January 12.

Cake Decorating Series

Join us to learn more about cake decorating. It will be a time to share and practice what we learn from one another.

There will be four virtual sessions from 6 to 7 p.m. (with an optional half hour from 7 to 7:30 p.m.) on the following Thursdays: Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23.

4-H youth in grades K-13 Note: Parent/guardian support may be needed for those in grades K-3.

Cost: $15 per household

Location: Virtual Series

Registration is open in 4Honline.

Carver County Get Frosted

On Saturday, February 25th from 9am – noon, plan to join “Get Frosted”- Cake Celebration. This unique and fun event will be both in-person and feature a live-feed from two other locations- Benton and Dakota Counties. Based loosely off the Netflix series “Nailed It”, this event is part learning and part hilarity.

Watch for more details and registration to open soon in 4HOnline

Market Beef ID deadline-February 15.

Attention all market beef project members! You will need to identify all 4-H market beef projects including market steers, market heifers and dairy steers. All market beef MUST be owned, tagged and identified by February 15, 2023.

Find all the information on the Animal ID website, including the 2023 Beef information sheet, ID requirements, and Animal Science Updates. If you need ear tags you can call the office or fill out this form and tags can be sent to you. Cost is $2.00 per tag.

4-H Judges Training

There will be a 4-H Judges Training offered in the Southwest Region and throughout the state for those that are interested on Friday, January 27 from 5pm - 8pm at the Lac Qui Parle Extension Office/ Media Room . This training will also be offered virtually. Please share with those they may have any interest in becoming a county fair judge or would like a refresher course.

High School Senior Scholarships from Compeer

Compeer Financial believes in a strong future for agriculture and rural America. Application period is January 1-March 15, 2023. Visit Compeer Financial scholarship page.

Youth Education Opportunities

Farm Service Agency loans available for youth - The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers loans for individual young people to start and operate income-producing projects of modest size in connection to their participation in 4-H clubs, FFA, a Tribal youth group, or similar agricultural youth organization. Projects financed with an FSA youth loan need to provide an opportunity for the young person to acquire experience and education in agriculture-related skills.

Statewide 4-H Photography Contest -Select your best winter wonderland photo (with no or minimal editing) from the 2022-2023 4-H year and submit it with up to two (2) sentences that explain the photo! January 31, 2023 Deadline to submit photo.

Central Region 4-H Catalog of Opportunities - Find all in-person and virtual opportunities here.

4-H Youth Leadership Event Opportunities

BLU Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU) BLU is for youth in grades 6-9. They will participate in hands-on activities where they build leadership skills, form relationships with other youth, learn to work together and make a difference in their communities. BLU is facilitated by youth leaders from the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador program and supported by a team of adult chaperones.

TEEL Teens Engaged in Emerging Leadership (TEEL) is a workshop for youth in grades 10+ to gain valuable leadership skills while connecting with peers from other counties and regions. This workshop builds on the leadership skills older youth have developed at BLU and through their lived experience both within and outside of 4-H. Teens will engage in large and small group discussions. It is designed and facilitated by a team of older youth and young adult leaders.

YELLO Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Opportunities (YELLO) is a 4-H leadership conference for youth in grade 7+ that prepares youth to learn and lead in their communities. YELLO is planned and facilitated by the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors. The conference will be held June 13-16 at Bemidji State University.

4-H Volunteer Corner

Apply to be a 4-H Screened Volunteer

4-H Volunteer Resource Center

Livestock state wide PDC Webinar - January 9, 7-8 p.m.

Project Bowl coaches training - Tuesday, January 10, 7-8:30 p.m. Get prepared to work with bowl teams!

Carver County 4-H

Your 4-H Staff:

Denise Meis, Interim 4-H Program Assistant 952-466-5304

Rita Yetzer, Extension Admin Specialist, 952-466-5313

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