This past weekend, my daughter and I had the opportunity to attend a local 4-H function – And definitely had some lessons learned!
The day-long event we attended had a schedule of about 20 classes that we could choose from for a pretty small registration fee. There were 4 sessions available, with some of the classes lasting for two sessions. Since I was “tagging along” with her, I let her plan out our day. We were both pretty excited!
First on the agenda was a Food Preservation class (two session class). Even though I have been canning for at least 15 years, I was still excited to attend and see what else I could learn. We were put in a group that learned how to make plum jam (the other group made apple pie jam). We were able to take home a couple jars of each. Emma had such a great time! A kid taking notes on a Saturday? That’s motivation! And in case you are wondering, I DID learn some new things! For one, I never knew their was such thing as a steam juicer – which I have heard is an uber cool tool! Also, I have now been discouraged to double my jam batches (GUILTY) as it can affect the set of my jams. Whoops.
My daughter is currently in her first year of 4-H – with hopes to show Totes in the pack-goat division of the fair. Although the dairy division was her first choice, Totes has horns, which eliminates her from all but the pack-goat project. For our afternoon session, she chose a Pack-Goat basics class (two sessions). Personally, I found this class SUPER informative! I still consider ourselves newbie goat owners (after a year) with so much more to learn. Quite a large part of our class was regarding goat basics, to include food and health – with LOTS of handouts! Yes! We also (of course) learned lots about using goats for packing, which sounds like a lot of fun – although I think I might want a BIGGER goat! I know, crazy… But after seeing the goat we interacted with, you might change your mind too. He was a 250-lb Ober/Nubian. Look at that face! (After the JUMP!)
So, what else did I learn at the 4-H day? I learned that these classes are extremely helpful to the development of my child. She learned how to preserve the product of our land – safely. She learned how animals can help us in our day-to-day life – and how to properly care for them.
What did I learn about myself? I was reminded how much I LOVE canning – and am now considering obtaining more training so I can teach my own food preservation classes!
All in all, a most excellent day. Lots of memories made with my daughter! Have you had any experience with 4-H? What did you learn?