Green & Growing

Franklin County 4-H News - March 2016


Click the button below for the dates you need to know! This google calendar can be downloaded to your device and we'll update it as more dates become available. So keep checking for updates.


All 4-H members should make sure that they have turned in a 2016 enrollment form to their club advisor prior to April 1. Check with your club advisor for your club's deadline! Important items to take care of before the April 1 deadline include:
  • Enrollment Form - must include all 2016 4-H projects
  • Activity Fee ($20 for first child in family; $10 for additional children in family)
  • Health History Form (stays with club advisor)
  • Horse Permission to Participate (for horse projects)
  • Horse ID Forms (for horse projects)
  • Horse Lease Papers (for horse projects)
  • Ag Society Equine Activities Disclosure (for horse projects)
  • Dog Permission to Participate (for dog projects)
  • Club Charter Checklist (1 per club)


2016 Franklin County 4-H Trip Scholarship Winners
Sponsored by the Franklin County 4-H Council

Buckeye Leadership Workshop: Caitlyn Kelley

Citizenship Washington Focus: Amanda Morgan

Citizenship Washington Focus: Noor Alshafie

Forestry Camp: Courtney Bair

Leadership Washington Focus: Lindsey Bair

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: Sarah Coon

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: Callie Caoua

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: Sara Deakin

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp: Jacob Mishne

Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge

The Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge gives 4-H Cloverbuds the opportunity to work cooperatively in teams to problem-solve using STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) skills. A new theme is selected each year and teams research a topic, build a working model of their solution to the Challenge issue and create a poster to illustrate their findings. Cloverbuds, team advisors and families come to the Nationwide Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in May, for the Challenge event. Teams present their models and findings to a team of reviewers, learn about other Cloverbuds’ projects, participate in age-appropriate STEM activities and are recognized at a closing celebration with medals and a team certificate. Click here for more information on how to register your club!

Walk & Serve - Spread the Word!

Saturday, April 16th, 9am-12pm

4100 Columbia Street

Hilliard, OH

Make a difference in your community

Our new 5K Run/Walk raises money to help buy supplies for the community service projects to support area non-profit organizations. Any funds raised beyond those needs will directly support the youth and 4-H program of Franklin County.

The SERVE portion of our event promotes community service and is free! There is no requirement to participate in the 5K. Area 4-H clubs adopt a local non-profit organization. Club members educate the public about the needs of their organization and how they are filling that need by completing the project. The members demonstrate how to make the item and coach event participants to complete each item.

Click here for more information including how to register for the Clover 5K or to get your club involved with the Serve event.

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Franklin County 4-H Cloverbud Day Camp

Friday, June 10th, 9:30am

Homestead Metro Park, 4675 Cosgray Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026

Click here for registration information.

Cloverbud Connections

Looking for something to do with your Cloverbuds? Check out the latest edition of the Ohio 4-H Cloverbud Connections at:

Horse Stall Donations Still Needed

Please consider helping the Franklin County 4-H Horse Advisory Committee raise funds for new horse stalls at the fairgrounds. A good start was made to replacing all of the stalls in barn 24 last year but there are plenty more to do! A lot of comments were made about how beautiful the stalls and the sponsor plaques are and we appreciate that! Gold, Silver, Bronze and Friends of 4-H levels of sponsorship are available. If you or anyone you know is interested in sponsoring a stall, please contact Lori Raugh at 614-581-6497 or at She would be happy to discuss the additional benefits, cover more details and answer any questions you may have.

Livestock Requirements

The livestock requirement summary, identification forms, and much more can be found at If you plan to take an animal project in 4-H this year, don't delay in getting the information about deadlines.

Poultry Project News

Poultry Ban Lifted: Currently, the ban on poultry project exhibitions at Ohio fairs has been lifted. Members can plan to take poultry projects to this year's fair, but please be aware that circumstances can change at any time which could mean that the ban could be put back into place.

Poultry Resource Book:
Unfortunately, the Ohio 4-H Poultry Resource Book will again not be published this year. The good news is that there is an alternative for poultry project members. Franklin County 4-H has decided to utilize Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry as the resource book. Information from this book will be what judges base their questions on during project evaluations. Storey's Guide is widely available. The book is available for purchase at the Extension Office for $15.50, can be checked out at many local libraries, or can be purchased from several online book sellers.

Bi-State Youth Poultry Clinic
: This clinic will be held in Wooster at OARDC, Fisher Auditorium, Saturday, April 2. Registrations are to be postmarked by Monday, March 21. More information is posted on the Poultry Events and Resources pages at

Camps at Ohio 4-H Center

Information and registration materials are now posted at the link below for summer camp programs at the Ohio 4-H Center, including: Camp Tech, AstroCamp and Engaging with Insects

Save the Date - 4-H Camp

Franklin County 4-H Camp Registration Materials Coming Soon!
Date: June 13-17, 2016
Campers: Ages 8 - 13

OHIO 4-H WEEK, MARCH 6-12, 2016

4H Grows Here, Ohio 4-H Week 2016

Livestock Quality Assurance

Thursday, March 24th, 6:15pm

7877 U.S. 42

Plain City, OH

4-H Members taking food animal livestock projects are required to participate in a Livestock Quality Assurance (LQA) program in order to be eligible to show at the fair. This is one of the possible programs to receive credit for LQA. Other options will be posted in future newsletters.

ASE Feed & Supply Store is hosting a Quality Assurance Program. Free pizza and beverages provided. *This year's program will focus on sheep and goats, but other species are eligible for QA Program credit. There will be separate sessions for sheep and goats on topics including:

1. Practice Good Environmental Stewardship
2. Maintain Proper Workplace Safety
3. Provide Proper Animal Handling & Care

(The Franklin County 4-H LQA option will be held April 26, 6:30pm, Ohio 4-H Center.)


4-H supporter, Tractor Supply Company, will be holding the annual spring Paper Clover Drive April 13-24, 2016. Clubs can do a bake sale, project displays, project demos, etc. to help generate paper clover sales. We are aiming to be top in the region this year and would like Franklin County 4-H to get as big a check as possible! Galloway TSC store manager and former Franklin County 4-H member, Jeremy Harless, would love for clubs to be a part of this fundraiser and awareness program and we thank him for his support of the program!

If your club is interested in being a part of the festivities during the Paper Clover campaign, please contact Jeremy at

Feb. 27 Events Were a Big Success!

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