Sheila G. Kelley What is old as dirt yet still new? Colorado 4-H. Colorado 4-H turns 100 years old this year and, although that makes it pretty old, …
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Sheila G. Kelley
What is old as dirt yet still new? Colorado 4-H.
Colorado 4-H turns 100 years old this year and, although that
makes it pretty old, innovative projects and activities keep it
According to the National 4-H Headquarters, 4-H didn’t start at
any one time or place. It is the result of the work of many people
in different parts of the United States who were concerned about
young people. From its conception, 4-H tied both public and private
resource together for the purpose of helping young people.
When Congress created the Cooperative Extension Service at USDA
in 1914, it included boys’ and girls’ club work. This soon became
known as 4-H clubs — Head, Heart, Hands and Health.
Two forces generated the idea of 4-H. One was the concern for
education in rural areas. The second was a need for advancing the
new agricultural technologies produced by research at experiment
stations of the land-grant university system.
The farming community did not readily accept these new ideas and
techniques. So, what’s the best way to change adult’s ways of
thinking? Teach it to their children.
The transfer of hybrid corn technology to the general corn
producing sector of agriculture was made possible by first
introducing the hybrid seed to 4-Hers. This was the first noted
success story in a long line of many in which the 4-H program was
the conduit for the education and transfer of technology to the
Today, after more than 100 years, 4-H is the largest
out-of-school youth program in the United States — both in rural
and urban areas throughout the country. It offers youth
opportunities in communications, leadership, career development,
animal and plant science, home improvement and technology.
With ever-changing world issues, new projects such as the Power
of Wind, Geospatial and Robotics will help Colorado 4-H continue to
grow and develop with the head, heart, hands and health of today’s
If your child is interested in joining 4-H, or you would like
further information, contact either Elbert County Extension office
at 303-621-3162 or 719-541-2361. 4-H is a cooperative effort
between CSU Extension and Elbert County.
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