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4-H 4-U

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4-H 4-U - The impact of 4-H in the community

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4-H 4-U: Meet a first generation lavender farmer
Farm to skin you say? That's right. In this episode we chat with Julie Thurgood-Burnett, first generation farmer and owner of Hereward Farm, a lavender farm located in East Garafraxa, Ontario. At Hereward Farm, they not only grow lavender but use it to create their own products, crafted and sold on the same site they are grown. Julie shares about her family, the learning that comes with owning a farm and small business and advice for those interested in becoming first generation farmers. 
September 16, 2022
4-H 4-U - The impact of 4-H in the community
Did you know the 2022 topic of the Amber Underwood Memorial News Competition is," How does 4-H impact your community?" Joining us to discuss 4-H in the community and share heartfelt stories are Paulette Macdonald, volunteer and Hannah Ethier, youth from the Sudbury 4-H Association. Paulette and Hannah have been part of many community involvement projects within the Sudbury 4-H Association and have a wealth of experience when it comes to community initiatives. In fact, their community club is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022. Tune in as they reminisce on some of their favourite memories and discuss the importance of 4-H in the community.  About Hannah Ethier Hannah Ethier has been a member of the Sudbury Clever Clovers 4-H Club since she was 10 years old. Now at 21 years old, Hannah is headed off to the University of Toronto to begin a second degree. Having loved the experiences she has been part of and memories I have made in 4-H over the last 12 years, she notes that she is "Really savouring this last year I get to be a 4-H member! 4-H has been a huge part of my life and I am very thankful I have gotten to be a part of many projects that engage our community in wonderful ways!" About Paulette Macdonald Paulette Macdonald started out in Renfrew County as a 4-H member and later, became a 4-H leader in the Arnprior area. After moving to the City of Sudbury, Paulette and her husband opened the Sudbury 4-H Club, the first truly urban 4-H club in Ontario. Paulette believes that creating a sense of inclusivity and belonging are the foundation to building community and that youth who have positive community experiences will, in turn, build community. Currently, the club, situated in Sudbury District, offers 4-5 projects annually, and manages the Westmount 4-H Club Community Garden and Shared Harvest program. 
August 30, 2022
4-H 4-U - A History of 4-H in Ontario, Regions 3, 4, 5
Head, Heart, Hands and Health, a History of 4-H in Ontario was released in 1994 as part of the celebration of 4-H Ontario's 80th anniversary. Did you know that when this book was written in 1994 that the province was divided into 16 council regions? In this episode we read from the history chapters of regions 3 (Algoma, Sudbury, Manitoulin), 4 (Parry Sound, Nipissing, Muskoka) and 5 (Renfrew, Ottawa-Carleton, Lanark).  To hear about regions 1 and 2, circle back to season 2, episode 8. 
August 18, 2022
4-H 4-U - Virtual Judging Competition
In the latest episode, Kathryn Lambert from the 4-H Ontario programming joins us to discuss the virtual provincial judging competition on now until August 15. 4-H'ers ages 6-21 can take part in this virtual competition to test their critical thinking skills. There are eight categories to judge ranging from dairy heifers to birthday cakes. Find out more in the virtual judging competition handbook. For the best experience on the judging platform, use a Chrome browser (can be downloaded here.) The 4-H Ontario provincial virtual judging competition is sponsored by Kubota Canada Ltd. 
August 05, 2022
4-H 4-U - The 4-H Facilitator Experience
Did you know 4-H volunteers can be facilitators at provincial programming opportunities? In this episode, long time 4-H facilitator, Justin Williams joins us to chat about his experience as a 4-H facilitator. Justin is a 4-H volunteer from the Prince Edward 4-H Association who has been a facilitator at 4-H's Youth Adventure Camp for more than a decade. He walks us through a day in the life of a 4-H facilitator at Youth Adventure Camp, some memorable moments and why volunteers should become 4-H facilitators themselves.  Learn more about being a 4-H facilitator and other ways you can get involved as a 4-H volunteer on our website -  4-H Ontario is still looking for bus chaperones to help with Youth Adventure Camp 2022. If you are interested, please contact Nicole French by email at 
August 02, 2022
4-H 4-U - Social media tips and tricks to promote 4-H
Join the 4-H Ontario communications team as they discuss all things social media as it relates to the promotion of 4-H. In this episode you'll learn tips and tricks for understanding your audience and leave with some ideas for content creation as a 4-H association, volunteer or parent looking to share their 4-H story. Interested in joining the 4-H Canva account to gain access to branded templates that can be used to promote 4-H in your area? Sign up using the form on our website.  Learn about each of the 4-H Ontario communication team members: Laura Goulding, Manager, Communications Over her three year tenure with 4-H, she has developed a great understanding for effective communication and marketing strategies. She comes to 4-H with a degree and diploma from the University of Guelph-Humber with a specialization in public relations and experience in community engagement within Indigenous communities across Ontario. Nitasha Asnani, Coordinator, Communications Nitasha earned her degree and diploma in media communications, specializing in public relations from the University of Guelph-Humber. She is a passionate storyteller with a love for helping people and experienced in all things communications. Rachel Woolsey, Communications, Assistant Rachel earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph in Marketing Management and Sustainable Business. She is driven by her passion to communicate with people and make all communications accessible. She also loves the outdoors and being an active participant in her local community.
July 27, 2022
4-H 4-U - Let's learn about regenerative agriculture
Joined by Gillian Flies of The New Farm, the first farm in Canada to be certified regenerative organic agriculture. Regenerative agriculture is a way of producing food that leaves the soil healthier than it was while improving environmental impact. The New Farm is located in Creemore, Ontario and was established by Gillian and her partner, Brent 15 years ago when they moved from Toronto with a goal of cultivating the type of healthy food they wanted to give their children, all while contributing to the environment.  In this episode Gillian discusses regenerative agriculture and its benefits, along with other resources for people looking to learn more. Please see links below to more information:  Farmers for Climate Solutions The New Farm GILLIAN FLIES, CANADIAN FOOD PRODUCER AND REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE ADVOCATE, NAMED AS IICA “LEADER OF RURALITY”
June 30, 2022
4-H 4-U - The new volunteer experience
In this episode we welcome Joseph Carrubba to the 4-H podcast to discuss his experience as a new 4-H volunteer. Joseph became a 4-H volunteer in 2021 and serves as the Coordinator, Communications within the Middlesex 4-H Association, wearing many hats in his role.  Joseph says, "I am proud to be the Communications Coordinator for Middlesex 4-H Association.  I strive to effectively promote our brand through marketing, media and public relations, communications and other channels.  I enjoy motivating those I interact with so they may follow their passions. By being themselves and by elevating others to be the best version of themselves they can be." Looking to become a 4-H volunteer? Visit the Become a Volunteer page on our website. 
June 17, 2022
4-H 4-U - Meet the Ontario Youth Advisory Committee Representative, Kayla Emmerton
In this episode, Kayla Emmerton, Ontario Youth Advisory Committee Representative tells us about her experience on this national committee and her trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia for the 4-H Leadership Summit in April 2022. Here's more about Kayla: Kayla Emmerton has been part the Peel 4-H Association for 11 years, completing over 70 projects. Throughout her 4-H career, Kayla has held many leadership positions, including Club President, Vice President and Press Reporter, as well as serving as the 2019 Peel 4-H Ambassador. She also had the opportunity to attend the U.S National 4-H Conference in 2019 and is a Provincial Go for the Gold champion.  In her second year as the Ontario Representative for the Youth Advisory Committee, Kayla holds the position of Vice Chair and sits on the 4-H Canada Board of Directors. Kayla is currently in her second year at Queen’s University, pursuing a degree in Concurrent Education. 4-H has fueled her passion for leadership, which she is excited to develop further as a prospective educator.
May 30, 2022
4-H 4-U: Let's play Go For The Gold
Did you know the first Go For The Gold game was played in 1982 when it was called Reach For The Top? Go For The Gold is 4-H's trivia style competition where youth ages 9-21 compete locally, regionally and provincially for the title of Go For The Gold champion.  In this episode we learn about the history of Go For The Gold and what to expect in 2022, hear Go For the Gold sponsor, John Tayler, President, Ontario Mutuals and sit on the sidelines of a short Go For The Gold game played by John Taylor and Christine Oldfield, Executive Director, 4-H Ontario. Listen to hear who wins! 
May 17, 2022
4-H 4-U : Meet the 2022 4-H Ontario Ambassadors
Join us as we learn about our four 2022 4-H Ontario ambassadors: Allison French, Dougie Robinson, Ashley McClellan and Rhiannah Gallagher. Looking for an energetic 4-H'er to be part of your next event? Request an ambassador for your 4-H event on our website here  The 4-H Ontario Ambassador program is proudly sponsored by FS. 
April 27, 2022
4-H 4-U : Meet the New President of the Ontario 4-H Council
Laurie Farquharson of Middlesex 4-H Association became the new Ontario 4-H Council president on March 26, 2022. Laurie has been a 4-H volunteer for over 20 years and has worn many hats throughout this time from club leader to association executive, co-chair of multiple provincial committees and Director on the Ontario 4-H Council. She was a 4-H member in the North Simcoe 4-H Association and continued participating in clubs through university where she received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Learn about Laurie and her passion for 4-H in this episode!
April 19, 2022
4-H 4-U - A History of 4-H in Ontario, Region 1 and 2
Head, Heart, Hands and Health, a History of 4-H in Ontario was released in 1994 as part of the celebration of 4-H Ontario's 80th anniversary. In this episode we look at the chapter called, "A Place Called Home" regional histories of 4-H in Ontario. When this book was written, the province was divided into 16 council districts and in this episode we hear about Region 1: Kenora, Rainy River, Thunder Bay and Region 2: Cochrane, Temiskaming. 
April 04, 2022
4-H 4-U - Virtual 4-H Cooking Clubs
In this episode, 4-H Volunteer John Drummond joins us to chat about the virtual cooking clubs they have been hosting for youth across the province. If there was a silver lining of the pandemic, this would be it. Three years ago none of us could have pictured over a hundred 4-H'ers logging in over zoom on a Saturday morning to cook a delicious meal for their family. Listen and learn with today's episode.  More about John Drummond Born and raised in Smiths Falls, Ontario, John Drummond is a proud product of the Lanark and Leeds 4-H programs. Now in his 37th year as a leader in Waterloo Region, John has been active with many clubs, including Paintball, Dairy, Veterinary, and the Kitchener Market 4-H Club. John was the President of the Ontario 4-H Council in 2006-08, Syngenta Arbor Award Winner in 2006,  and Canada's 4-H Volunteer of the Year in 2013.
March 07, 2022
2022 New and Updated 4-H Projects
4-H Ontario is pleased to announce two NEW projects and one UPDATED project will be coming to you in 2022. In this episode, Elizabeth Johnston from 4-H Ontario joins us to chat about each of these projects 1) Technology and the World Around Us (NEW), 2) Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NEW) and 3) Goat (UPDATE).  Technology and the World Around Us - This project provides a great introduction into the world of technology and how it affects our everyday lives by looking at new and emerging technologies such as robotics, GPS, genomics and precision agriculture. This project examines the implications of new and emerging technologies in the agri-food sector, such as decreased environmental impact, cost reductions, reduced labour requirements and production efficiencies. The development of this project resource has been made possible through the support of funding provided by the Stanley Knapp Foundation and Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada. Innovation and Entrepreneurship - This project has been designed for the “go-getters”, the enthusiastic 4-H members across Ontario who want to make a difference. The difference may be in seeing a need or a problem and starting a new business venture. It may be about beginning a new service or event in the community. It may be about being a better employee or student. Go-getters carry an entrepreneurial spirit. This project begins by looking at successful Canadian entrepreneurs and innovators and the characteristics and skills they possess. The project then challenges 4-H member how to better develop what it takes to make a difference. The development of this project resource has been made possible through the support of funding provided by the Grand River Agricultural Society. Goat - The goat industry is a growing industry in Ontario with increasing demand for goat milk, cheese and other dairy goat products as well as chevon (goat meat). This project has full sections on health, nutrition, housing, reproduction & genetics and the business of goat farming including marketing & regulations. The development of this project resource has been made possible through the support of funding provided by Gay Lea Foods Co-Operative Ltd. 2022 Cloverbud releases - In 2022, the following three Cloverbud Units will be added to the Year One curriculum: Goat, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Technology & the World Around Us. The development of these Cloverbud Units was made possible through the support of Syngenta Canada.
February 23, 2022
4-H 4-U - 4-H Award Recipient Spotlight
In this episode we are joined by Evan Krebs and Caleigh Slits. Evan is the winner of the 2021 Scott Van Kampen and Don McCutcheon Memorial Award. Evan was raised in Hensall and was a member of the Huron 4-H Association. He completed projects with the Hensall Life Skills Club, Sodbusters and South Huron Sheep Club. Evan is in his fifth year of mechanical engineering at the University of Guelph. He also has a full fleet of used farm equipment and does custom farm work on 150 Acres of cash crops. Caleigh Slits is part of the Scott Van Kampen and Don McCutcheon Memorial Award Committee. She grew up in Dufferin County on a Dairy, Beef and Sheep farm. She was involved in 4-H from ages 10-21 and completed over 70 clubs. Caleigh is now a 4-H leader in Perth County where her and her husband operate their dairy farm. In addition to the farm, Caleigh works at RBC Royal Bank as an Agriculture Account Manager. In this episode, Caleigh tells us about the Scott Van Kampen and Don McCutcheon Memorial Award and more. 
February 14, 2022
4-H 4-U - Youth and STEM
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - did you know one of 4-H's leadership development pillars is "Science and Technology"? Though as you'll hear in this episode, STEM is so much more than science and technology and there are so many skills and learnings that come within STEM 4-H clubs.  In this episode we are joined by four 4-H volunteers to discuss the importance of youth in STEM and the ways 4-H contributes to just that. Learn about each of the volunteers below:  Jennifer Pollock is a Professional Engineer with a degree in Materials Engineering from McMaster. Throughout her 4-H career she completed 42 clubs, attended Provincial Leadership Camp, Inter-provincial exchange, and was a 4-H Ambassador. Since becoming a 4-H leader, Jennifer has led multiple STEM based clubs including Lego Engineering, Engineering, and Cloverbuds. She has presented on STEM in 4-H at 4-H Ontario volunteer symposiums and the 4-H Canada Leadership Summit. Tayler Black spent twelve years as a 4-H member completing over thirty clubs on a variety of topics and participating in both provincial and national opportunities. Tayler continues his 4-H journey as a leader with the Wellington 4-H Associations and as a Trustee with the Ontario 4-H Foundation. In addition to 4-H, Tayler volunteers in leadership roles with various other community organizations including the local fair and pipe band. Currently an IT Systems Administrator and Business Manager with Husky Farm Equipment Limited, Tayler pursues his passion for agriculture and technology through his work both professionally and in his spare time. Megan Pollock has been involved in 4-H for over 20 years, as both a member and a leader. She has participated in a wide range of lifeskills clubs, ranging in topics from square dancing to international cooking to computer programming. She is currently working as a User Experience Designer at Zeitspace, a software consulting company in Waterloo. Todd Radigan is currently the President of Waterloo 4-H, and works as a Software Engineer in Kitchener.  He has led a variety of life skills clubs, from cooking to computer programming.  He enjoys opportunities to share his passion for technology with 4-H members through STEM clubs.
January 31, 2022
4-H 4-U - Youth In Agriculture
In this episode, we are joined by LeaAnne Wurmli, Director of Communications at Beef Farmers of Ontario to talk about youth in agriculture and more specifically their new program – the Ontario Beef Youth Alliance, a program designed to support young beef farmers and industry youth ages 18 – 35.  Here is a message from Beef Farmers of Ontario:  Beef Farmers of Ontario is please to introduce the Ontario Beef Youth Alliance (OBYA) – a powerful group of individuals between the ages of 18-35 with energy and enthusiasm to grow, protect and advocate for Ontario’s beef industry. We look forward to supporting these individuals through this initiative by sharing important resources, funding and career opportunities, programming and events and a provide a place to chat with other like-minded folks from across the province. To find out more To join as a member of the OBYA Beef Farmers of Ontario is longstanding sponsor of 4-H Ontario and we are so appreciative of their continued support of our program and youth across the province
January 24, 2022
4-H 4-U - 4-H Ontario Ambassador Alumni
Join us as welcome Anikka Bolender, Nicole French and Michaella Snyder, three 4-H Ontario Ambassador Alumni, to share their 4-H stories, ambassador experiences and wise words of wisdom for future 4-H ambassadors.  Anikka graduated from the York 4-H Association after more than a decade of outstanding memories. As a member, she completed over fifty clubs, was a youth leader, enjoyed many 4-H opportunities and was a 4-H ambassador. Anikka is now a teacher working for a not for profit organization called Teach For Canada where she recruits, prepares, and supports teachers working in First Nations communities in northern Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta. Nicole French is a long time 4-H member who is graduating the program this year. She partook in many 4-H opportunities during her tenure at the local, provincial, and national level, including being a 4-H Ontario ambassador for 2017 and 2018. This past spring, she graduated from Brock University, and is now working full time for 4-H Ontario as Program Coordinator. Michaella Snyder is a 4-H volunteer from Waterloo Region and past 4-H Ambassador in 2019. She was a member for 12 years and got to attend many provincial, national, and global 4-H experiences. In her spare time, she enjoys making pottery, tending to her sheep herd, and taking part in her local 4-H's projects and events. The 4-H Ontario Ambassador program is proudly sponsored by FS. 4-H Ontario is greatly appreciative of FS's support of this program for more than 15 years. 
November 26, 2021
4-H 4-U - Conversations with Carm - Carm Hamilton and the Living Archives
Join us on a throwback all the way to December 1994 when the book Head, Heart, Hands, Health. A History of 4-H in Ontario was released. In this episode we will be reading the chapter, Conversations with Carm - Carm Hamilton and the Living Archives. Hope you enjoy!
October 27, 2021
4-H Ontario FYI Podcast: Summer Survival Guide Edition
In our last episode of season one, we wanted to draw your attention to our NEW Summer Survival Guide that is now available to ANYONE as is completely free when signing up for our mailing list. The Summer Survival Guide contains games and activities for rainy days, 15 4-H recipes that you can try at home, super fun science experiments that will keep your kids learning all summer and so much more!  Visit our website to get your FREE copy now: We also wanted to thank everyone who has taken the time to listen to our FYI Podcast and engage with it, we are truly grateful for all of the support! If you have any ideas or if you would want to be a guest on season two, reach out to 
July 16, 2021
4-H Ontario FYI Podcast: Explore Edition
Now more than ever, it is important to explore the world around you (safely, of course). Studies show that when you get out and explore with your young people, you are not only teaching them confidence and independence, but how to appreciate the little things. Not to mention, the opportunity to spend quality family time with them outside. Please keep in mind all current Ontario COVID-19 regulations when exploring. For more information, you can visit our website:
June 23, 2021
4-H Ontario FYI Podcast: Physical Activity & Healthy Living Edition
In 2020, ParticipACTION released The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, which is the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada. Studies show that, youth are more sedentary than ever because of the widespread availability of social networking.  In our 5th episode, we are joined by a very special guest: Dr. Leigh Vanderloo, the Knowledge Translation Manager at ParticipACTION. A special thank you to Dr. Leigh Vanderloo and ParticipACTION for joining us on the 4-H Ontario FYI Podcast. The Healthy Living Initiative resources that we mentioned are available here:  For more information on ParticipACTION and how to get involved in their initiatives, visit their website:
June 02, 2021
4-H Ontario FYI Podcast: Critical Thinking Edition
This month at 4-H Ontario we were focusing on our critical thinking skills. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone has had to live through extremely, dare I say unprecedented times. With that comes this overwhelming need to create some sort of resolution to our lives or our circumstances. Which also means there is an even larger chance of miscommunication and misinformation. Especially, in our very dynamic digital landscape, when every individual can share their opinions which the click of a button. Thank you to our sponsor, FS, for their ongoing support and leadership of the Ambassador Program.
April 28, 2021
4-H Ontario FYI Podcast: Reflection Edition
This month marks one whole year since COVID-19 first hit Ontario. We sat down with our 2021 4-H Ontario Ambassadors to reflect on the year we have had and what we have been able to take away from it. Thank you to our sponsor, FS, for their ongoing support and leadership of the Ambassador Program.  To be featured on the 4-H Ontario FYI Podcast, or you have ideas on a topic you think we should discuss, reach out to  We are developing a series of supports and material called Taking Our Mental Health to Heart which will be available later this year. If you or anyone you know is struggling with anything and would like to talk to someone, please reach out and get help.  You can call Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6888 or Text 686868.
March 23, 2021
4-H Ontario FYI Podcast: Mindfulness Edition
With COVID-19 having an impact on mental health, mindfulness is a conversation we have been having a lot at 4-H Ontario. Jocelyn Wells, helps us define and learn to practice mindfulness in our everyday lives. 
February 09, 2021
4-H Ontario FYI Podcast: Gratitude Edition
In honour of our first episode, we wanted to showcase our appreciation for our volunteers and youth and spend some time talking about gratitude. Due to the pandemic, as an organization, we had to continue to pivot, but our volunteers and youth stood alongside us all along because of their dedication and passion for 4-H. That makes this such a good place to start! The staff at 4-H Ontario are so grateful to work with such passionate individuals who care so much. We’ve had a lot of amazing stories of youth & volunteers this year and wanted to share a little bit of that.
January 20, 2021