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Hutchinson 4-H Club Cookbook Project

Hutchinson 4-H Club of Jefferson County began in 2014 with a handful of parents and 11 kids as an after school program at Hutchinson Elementary School. The primary focus was General and Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) projects most suited towards the suburban area. Six years later the Club supports a current enrollment of 40, ages 5-18, with 10 leaders leading groups from all 4-H project areas, including a broader range of FCS and general projects as well as some livestock and shooting sports. Members have or currently serve on many of the Jefferson County 4-H Councils and regularly attend state-level leadership conferences. The club also boasts a strong enrollment in the Youth and Families with Promise Mentoring program, both as Mentees and as Mentors.

The past couple of years the Hutchinson 4-H Club has made it a mission to assist our youth in participating in the various State 4-H Conferences and Colorado State Fair, as well as to provide financial support for 4-H project supplies. This year, the club has developed a community cookbook as a method of raising funds.

The cookbook design and layout was chosen by the Hutchinson Youth Cookbook Committee, and contains 150 recipes by over 40 contributors. Featuring appetizers to desserts, as well as an interesting collection of eclectic recipes in the This & That section, our Cookbook Committee has worked hard to make sure that the book contains a solid mix of recipes that are fun and easy to prepare. This is a collector’s cookbook that we are so excited share with the community. Pre-orders are available for purchase for $10 each via Paypal and will be ready by the end of the summer.

Reserve your copy today by filling out this form

It’s Tough to be a Tree in Colorado

Trees and shrubs along the Front Range are now showing brown/brittle needles and leaves, or are very late to leaf out. The damage is due to a combination of the sudden temperature plunge last October (where the temps went from daytime 40's and 50's to single digits within a day or two), and the April 10-13 freeze. In October, plants hadn’t yet hardened off before winter, resulting in the scorch/burn symptoms. Leaves that emerged before the April freeze were stunted or killed. Any needles or buds that were killed will not recover, but new growth will emerge and fill in the gaps over time. So, watch and wait.

More information:
Winter Burn (CSFS)
Spring Frosts and Snows 

Democracy in Action

Aaron Roybal, 2018 Family Leader, shares his story and talks about COVID issues with Colorado House Representatives Hugh McKean (Republican) and Jeni Arndt (Democrat) during a recent Family Leadership Training Institute Democracy in Action virtual event. The Democracy in Action events are coordinated to provide direct interactions between Family Leaders and our elected representatives. Aaron has been pursuing his community project to enable youth to become their best selves and develop essential leadership skills. He is currently working as an Americorps member to encourage youth to cultivate positive attitudes, make healthy choices, and comprehend the importance of education.

Activity Kits for Kids

Now that school is over, we are all looking for ways to keep kids busy. CSU Extension has developed a free program to provide fun, science based activities that can be done at home during the current safer-at-home order. Activity kits are delivered to your house, or picked up at the Jefferson County Extension Office, once a week, for six weeks. Each kit contains projects that use household materials to get kids thinking about science, engineering and the natural world around them! Register today for this six-week session (June 8-July 13) of Activity kits! 

Questions? Contact Diana Solenberger

Grow Food. Share the Harvest.

Introducing Grow & Give, a CSU Extension program designed for these unprecedented times. Fresh produce distributed to those in need is the core component of Grow & Give, as is mental well-being for our volunteers and the public. Gardening is our way to promote a healthier, more mindful, and more sustainable lifestyle. The program is designed to promote backyard gardening and the donation of produce to local hunger relief organizations throughout Colorado. CSU Extension staff from all around Colorado are developing new gardening materials on a weekly basis for this program. 

More information

4-H Goes to Wyoming and Alaska… Virtually!

Every Wednesday in May, Jeffco 4-H members have had the chance to learn what life and 4-H is like in Wyoming and Alaska through virtual parties. Each state had their own night to shine and highlight what makes them unique. The youth had a great time comparing and contrasting their lives and hope to participate in an in-person exchange someday!

Help Schools, Grow Produce

Jeffco Schools are looking for summer assistance at school gardens where there may be empty plots due to impacts from COVID-19. 

Plots are currently available at: Leawood Elementary (Littleton), Slater Elementary (Lakewood), Bear Creek K-8 (South Littleton), Eiber (West Colfax, Lakewood), Westwoods Elementary (West Arvada) and Fairmont Elementary (North Golden, Southwest Arvada).

For questions or to express your interest in a garden contact:

CSU Extension - Jefferson County

15200 W. 6th Ave. Unit C
Golden, CO 80401

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