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4-H for Hawai‘i

4-H for Hawai‘i 8 June 2017

4-H for Hawai‘i

It's not just livestock

Beyond livestock, 4-H promotes youth well-being, leadership skills, community engagement, and STEM activities, says state coordinator Jeff Goodwin.

The Bee’s Knees

The Bee’s Knees 7 June 2017

The Bee’s Knees

Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences’s Scott Nikaido explains the importance of pollinators to Hawai‘i crops and how people can support pollinator health by using fewer insecticides and more pollinator-friendly plants.

Prepared Youth

Prepared Youth 17 May 2017

Prepared Youth

Hawai‘i is the second state that trained adults to instruct kids in a youth preparedness national pilot project. 3 4-H agents were certified through the Hawai‘i Youth Preparedness Initiative.

A Web Winner

A Web Winner 11 May 2017

A Web Winner

Hawai‘i Association of County Agricultural Agents nominated Andrea Kawabata for their national organization’s Communications Award for her coffee berry borer beetle website.

GoFarm Grows

4 May 2017

GoFarm Grows

The GoFarm Hawai‘i beginning farmer training program received new grants from the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and Kamehameha Schools.

Prevent the Parasite

4 May 2017

Prevent the Parasite

With new cases of rat lungworm reported in the Islands, Extension Agent Jari Sugano was featured on Hawaii News Now offering some tips on reducing the risk of the disease.

Gut Feeling

Gut Feeling 4 May 2017

Gut Feeling

GoFarm and Ag Incubator alumnus and entrepreneur Rob Barreca and graduate student Surely Wallace promoted fermented foods in a recent Honolulu Star-Advertiser article.

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13 June 2019

4-H for Health

4-H for Health

There’s a laudatory article on the many benefits of 4-H in the May–June issue of the Hawai‘i Island-focused Ke Ola Magazine—appropriate, since “ola” can mean “health,” and that’s just what one of the four H’s stands for. The article quotes state 4-H program leader Jeff Goodwin, who estimated that 4-H reaches about 1,300 kids on the Big Island alone, with activities relating to animals, robotics, riflery and archery, agriculture, cooking, sewing, gardening, and more—something for every youth, and just about every youth could probably benefit from this century-old yet future-focused youth-development program.

East Hawai‘i’s 4-H Extension agent Becky Settlage adds that an important aspect of 4-H is the community service in which its participants engage: local clubs have visited the elderly, cleaned up beaches, cared for dogs made homeless by last year’s volcanic eruptions, and helped out at farms. A Kona club is now working on a food-gardening project to benefit a homeless shelter.

The article also describes the livestock activities that more people may traditionally associate with 4-H—youth can work with horses and raise cattle, hogs, goats, lambs, and other livestock for show and sale. This teaches them a variety of attitudes and skills, from responsibility and poise to record-keeping and budgeting.

With all these great benefits to youth and the community, many parents would probably like to get their children involved in 4-H. But adult volunteers are needed to keep the clubs going, the article emphasizes. Interested in enrolling your child in 4-H or offering your own time and skills to mentor others? Find out more about 4-H here!