Monday, March 29, 2010

4-H Exchange Program

Summer 2010
Host a youth from Japan!

Open your home to an exchange student and open your lives to the world. Families will have an opportunity to host Japanese exchange students, ages twelve through sixteen, for four weeks this summer, July 23 – August 19, 2010.

The youth will be visiting the United States as part of a 4-H Exchange Program. You don’t need to be involved with 4-H to host. You just need a willingness to share your lives and your friendship with a young person from another country.

The program is open to families who have a child within two years of the same age and of the same gender to the Japanese youth. One Japanese visitor will be matched to a family based on the host sibling’s gender, age, and interests. The homestays are only for a month during the summer, but the experience will last a lifetime!

There are also opportunities to host adult chaperones for 2- 4 weeks. Families who host chaperones are not required to have children in the home.
For more information and an application visit

Friday, March 5, 2010

Beginning Gardening workshops for Youth and Families

Thinking about starting a garden but have a black thumb? Want to encourage an interest in gardening with your children? Kids sessions on how to start a garden will be offered with this Beginning Gardening Series. These workshops are designed to interest kids in gardening, but will offer some basic information for beginning parent gardeners as well. The workshops are targeted for 5-12 year olds. We will offer some hands-on activities, some fun instruction, and support. We will offer lots of ideas on neat things you can do at home with plants.
Initial Dates are:
Saturday, March 20; 10:00-11:30
Beginning Gardening Kick-Off; The Wonders of Plants
Saturday, April 24, 10:00-11:30; Viva La Veggies! Pumpkin Project and more
Saturday, May 15, Flower Power: Start Your Sunflowers

The workshops are slated to meet at the Agricultural Conference Center, but please call to get on the registration list in case the location changes.