The Desha County 4-H has had a busy month, with multiple service projects and events occurring across the county.

4-H Orama

On April 11, the county youth participated in the county Orama. The event that challenges youth to compete in events such as public speaking, bicycle safety, BB gun marksmanship, bait casting and wildlife identification. The winners of the event are eligible to compete in a Delta-District level competition to be held in June at Forrest City.

Garden Prep

Garden prep for community garden

This week, the Pride of McGehee Club planted a small community garden at the county extension office, and the Foodology Club learned to make Omelets-in-a-bag.

Tri-County club officers

Tri-County Club officers

The Tri-County Club of Dumas has been learning about wildlife management and electing officers for their newly formed club, and the Dumas New Tech High School club will be constructing doodling robots and solar powered machines while the environmental education students will be learning about bird watching and ornithology. A new club is also forming in Backgate with a focus on community history and service. Youth in that club will be exploring prehistoric history of Desha County, as well as projects related to Desha County agriculture.

Earlier, in March, more than 65 4-H youth learned first-hand how conduct archeology at the Spring-Break Dig hosted by University of Arkansas-Monticello and Southern Arkansas University. The youth learned about food, prehistoric life, and participated in the actual archeological dig, where they aided in the screening of artifacts.

4-H is growing fast in Desha County and organizers are always looking for new clubs and youth to participate. Anyone interested in volunteering with the youth, contact Hope Bragg with the University of Arkansas-Division of Agricultures Cooperative Extension. She can be reached at 870-222-3972 or email at [email protected]

All 4-H events and activities are open to all youth between the ages of 5 and 19 without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should contact the county Extension Office, or other appropriate office, prior to the activity.