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VOLUME 19 | ISSUE 02 OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF 4-H ONTARIO

P I H S R E D A LESUMMER 2019 In Action #4His4me Check out some of our 4-H Champions

Ready to Rock!

4-H’ers try their hand at curling

From Farm to Table A 4-H family’s road to success

Revitalizing the Ag Community The Six Nations Garden Project


MESSAGE FROM THE

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ew and renewed. There seems to be a consistent theme at 4-H Ontario these days of renewal. New stories, new ideas – even the pledge has been dusted off by this generation of youth! With the support from our sponsor Kubota, we were able to hold our first ever provincial curling competition. Through generous sponsor support, we have been able to create new topics for youth and volunteers to learn and many of our resources have been renewed and adapted to reflect modern times. Just a few short years ago, 4-H Canada renewed our brand and freshened up our logo which has earned very strong brand recognition in rural Ontario due to the memorable experiences created by our leaders. Now, in 2019, the 4-H pledge has been updated to reflect that this generation of youth are thinking globally. I am so proud to be part of a progressive organization that not only listens to the voice of youth, but also responds with a resounding “YES!”. In addition to the pledge, there are some great examples in this issue that highlight how 4-H is continuing to strive to be more inclusive in our language and diverse in our programming. A brand new partnership with the Farmers Market Association of Six Nations has enabled a new club model to emerge. As we walk alongside indigenous

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peoples, we see new ways of partnering to build leadership and life skills in young people. We are learning to do by doing in grassroots community development in the Six Nations community. A big part of our trust building with indigenous communities is examining our language and traditions in 4-H to ensure that people who are unfamiliar with the program can relate to our words and actions. This creates common ground from which new ways of working together can sprout and flourish. As you can see from the new 4-H leaders receiving awards, we are reaching out beyond the traditional agriculture topics to embrace new clubs like “A World of Food in Canada”, and the “Computer Club”. One of these leaders even built an app by which members can sign up for clubs from their phones! 4-H volunteers are both creative and caring individuals who are always seeking to find ‘what’s next’. I offer my heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers for choosing 4-H as the place to make a positive contribution to their community, I hope you feel renewed and inspired when you attend a volunteer learning opportunity. There will be more learning opportunities this fall so be sure to watch the social media feeds for the topics! So, enjoy your summer with 4-H! Check out your local fair, support your local 4-H, and please consider leading a 4-H club this fall. With over 200 topics to choose from, there is a world of new opportunities with 4-H that will help you feel renewed in your energy and your spirit! Executive Director 4-H Ontario

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

LEADERSHIP In Action

This Project is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs

4-H ONTARIO STAFF LEADERSHIP

Executive Director Debra Brown

SUPPORT

Executive Assistant Danette Woodworth Employee Engagement Specialist Jocelyn Wells

FUND DEVELOPMENT

Manager, Corporate Giving & Philanthropy Katherine Smart Coordinator, Philanthropy Shannon Muir

COMMUNICATIONS

Manager, Communications Sheena Switzer Coordinator, Communications Laura Squires

FINANCE & ADMIN

PROGRAMMING

VOLUNTEER & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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2019 Spotlight to Date

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4-H'ers Try Their Hand at Curling

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2019 New & Updated Projects

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Revitalizing the Agricultural Community

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#4His4me

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2019 Outstanding New Leaders

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2019 Upcoming Events

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2019 4-H Ontario Ambassadors

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Scholarships, Awards, Competitions & Youth Positions

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Entrepreneurs From Farm to Table

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Hugh Mitchell Shares Why he Gives Back to 4-H

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4-H is FUN

Manager, Finance Dale Roberts Office Administrator Marissa Mallais Leadership In Action is the official publication of 4-H Ontario.

Sr. Manager, Programming Marianne Fallis Coordinator, Programming & Resources Elizabeth Johnston Coordinator, Programming Anikka Bolender Coordinator, Events Kathryn Lambert

Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden without the written permission of 4-H Ontario.

Sr. Manager, Volunteer & Community Engagement Evelyn Chambers Coordinator, Database Joanne McQueen Coordinators, Volunteer Support: Region 1 & Indigenous Community Engagement Meaghan Moniz Region 2 Cam Crogie Region 3 Megan Burnside-Poitras Region 4 Faith Kirk Regions 5 & 6 Stephanie Campbell

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SPOTLIGHT to date Curling Bonspiel February 8

4-H Ontario hosted its first annual Curling Bonspiel! 10 teams took part in the learn to curl tutorial and tournament. Attendees even had the opportunity to hear from and meet World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Brad Gushue! Thank you to Kubota Canada Ltd. for sponsoring this great event.

Provincial 4-H Leadership Camp March 9 to 14

This year 61 youth attended Provincial 4-H Leadership Camp (PLC), the flagship program for 4-H Ontario. Through hands-on activities and games, all youth left with confidence in their communication, leadership, goal-setting and teamwork skills. Thank you to Dairy Farmers of Ontario for sponsoring PLC!

Dairy Sen$e® May 2 to 4

19 youth aged 18 to 25 took part in Dairy Sen$e® at the University of Guelph. Delegates had the opportunity to listen to guest speakers, participate in case studies and facility tours, as well as network with industry leaders. The conference was co-managed by the Ontario Holstein Branch. Thank you to all of our sponsors including our Signature Sponsor, Dairy Farmers of Ontario.

Discovery Days May & June

A total of 204 youth took part in six Discovery Days across the Province to get a taste of what 4-H has to offer “down on the farm!”. Youth learned about the cow’s digestive system, made their own piggy banks, decorated a t-shirt to take home and made new friends! Thank you to Beef Farmers of Ontario for sponsoring Discovery Days.

Career Mania July 17 to 20

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This year, 21 youth participated in Career Mania at the University of Guelph. Youth not only learned about resumes and cover letter building, but about potential career paths and opportunites available to them after highschool. Thank you to all our sponsors, including Signature Sponsor, RBC.

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4-H’ers Try Their Hand at Curling

4-H Ontario and Kubota Canada Ltd. host first Curling Bonspiel

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019 has proven itself to be a year filled with fresh starts and new opportunities with the addition of the inaugural curling bonspiel event; the perfect opportunity for members to try something new in the winter months! On February 9, 2019, eight 4-H Associations across Ontario came together to experience a special day of curling that truly encompassed the “Learn To Do By Doing” motto. The event was held at the Brantford Golf and Country Club where a total of 45 members, 10 teams and 19 coaches represented the associations of Brant, Grey, Oxford, Waterloo, Perth, Wellington, North Simcoe and Niagara. Participants spent the morning learning the ins-and-outs of curling, and discovered the large impact teamwork has on the outcome of the game. They were taught about the goals of the game, team positions and scoring, along with different techniques such as how to walk and slide on the ice, how to sweep and properly throw the curling stone. All 4-H’ers left the morning activities with confidence in their skills to take on the afternoon tournament.

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“I learned that communication is crucial” such an amazing organization that has given me endless opportunities. I was able to spend my day playing a sport I love with friends I have made through all those 4-H opportunities while meeting so many more people who share the same passion for 4-H that I do,” said Lexi. The 4-H Ontario Curling Bonspiel wouldn’t have been possible without support from Kubota Canada Ltd. who so generously sponsored the Curling Bonspiel and brought Brad Gushue to the event.

Olympic Gold Medalist and World

Champion curler Brad Gushue made a special guest appearance

During the lunch break Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion curler Brad Gushue made a special guest appearance. Gushue discussed his journey to the international stage of curling and took the time to take photos and sign autographs, making his visit one to remember by all the members who attended. Following the morning practice sessions and meet and greet with Brad Gushue, teams made their way back to the ice to compete for the top spot on the podium. Each team took to the ice where they played several games and tested their skills over the course of the afternoon. As noted by Lexi Johnston, one of the 4-H Curling Bonspiel participants, “I learned that communication is crucial for a group of friends who have never played together.”

Lexi Johnston and some of her teammates pictured with World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Brad Gushue.

"On behalf of Brad Gushue, our dealers and staff, I'd just like to say how thrilled we were to support this 4-H Ontario initiative to bring a curling experience to their members. Many on the ice were first timers, but whether this was their first time curling or not, everyone had a great time, I know I did!", said Rob Allison, Director, Brand, for Kubota Canada Ltd.

Lexi and her team from Perth 4-H Association took home first place in the 4-H tournament. “For me I think the most memorable part was being able to share the championship title with my sister and two close friends who I met through 4-H. I’m thankful to be able to be involved in 4-H ONTARIO | LEADERSHIP IN ACTION | SUMMER 2019

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NEW & UPDATED PROJECTS Let’s Get Growing *Updated in 2019

Real Dirt on Farming *New in 2019

Canadian farming has an impressive story to tell and all Canadians deserve the opportunity to make informed choices about their food and to be part of Canada’s farm story. That opportunity though requires credible information based on sound science. In the Real Dirt on Farming project 4-H members will learn how to introduce themselves to the consumer - who you are, what you do and why you do it. This project is designed to help you address concerns, answer questions, debunk myths about food and farming and to learn how to tell your own agriculture story.

Sponsored by: Farm and Food Care Ontario, Crop Life Canada and Ontario Mutuals

Unearth gardening on any scale, whether it’s a large garden or a field in the country, a garden in the backyard, a community garden or container gardening on a balcony. This manual contains twelve units, three for each season. It doesn’t matter what time of year this project runs – there’s information and activities in this project for any time of year!

Sponsored by: Grand River Agricultural Society

Financial Fitness *Updated in 2019

An introduction to money management, short and long-term goals, and thinking about how money and finances affect everyone, this project directs 4-H members to help make the best financial decisions possible using sound financial principals and today’s technology. Money skills are an important part of navigating through life!

Sponsored by: Scotiabank

Farm to Table Connections *New in 2019

Locate the local food systems in your community and learn about the principles of local food and entrepreneurship. The possibilities are endless in this project as members discover how the innovative events, products and services that are a part of our communities fit within the local food system and how you can support by shopping local or creating your own small business as a part of your local food system.

Sponsored by: Grand River Agricultural Society

Ontario’s Tasty Fruits & Vegetables *Updated in 2019

Not only are fruits and vegetables nutritious and great for your health, they can be really tasty too! Discover the many ways that fruits and vegetables can be prepared using locally grown Ontario produce. Ontario produces an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, many that we can enjoy almost year-round! For those fruits and vegetables that aren’t available year-round, they can be preserved as canned, frozen or dried foods.

Sponsored by: Cowan Insurance Group

Agricultural Biotechnology

Cloverbud- Year 1

This project will introduce members to some of the intricacies of modern agricultural biotechnology in a fun, hands-on environment while also discussing the social factors affecting the acceptance of biotechnology. The topic of biotechnology is too big to ignore. It has an impact on agriculture today, and will have more in the future!

The Cloverbud program is an opportunity for youth ages 6–8 to learn about all facets of 4-H Ontario projects. In 2019, Cloverbud participants will now have the opportunity to take part in the following units: Personal Fitness, Financial Fitness, Let's Get Growing and Farm Safety.

Sponsored by: Grand River Agricultural Society

Sponsored by: Syngenta

*New in 2019

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Revitalizing the Agricultural Community Six Nations begins 4-H Garden Club

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n collaboration with the Six Nations Farmers Association, this June 4-H Ontario began a family gardening project in Six Nations.

Six Nations has seen a drastic decrease in their community’s agricultural participation so the Six Nations Farmers Association has been working to revitalize agriculture in the community. Many community members fear that their separation from agriculture will also result in a disconnect with the Haudenosaunee culture and traditions as the community becomes further removed from the land and food sources. This disconnect from agriculture has been particularly noted amongst youth; however, by delivering fun and educational 4-H programming, the community has been able to spark an interest in agriculture amongst youth. In the community gardening project, eight families are working together to learn how to build and tend to a garden of their own. While each family is working as a unit to build and care for their own garden they learn how to grow their own food and share their knowledge amongst the group. In keeping with the Haudenosaunee culture, there are no leaders in this project and the responsibility of planning for each meeting is shared amongst the group. This way everyone will have the opportunity to run a learning activity on a topic or skill they would like to share with everyone. In the first meeting the members learned how to start their seeds and how to care for their seedlings once they have sprouted. Chris encouraged the members to get their hands right into the soil so they could remember how it feels when it is time to do it themselves. Each family chose five different vegetables to grow in their garden along with the three sisters: corn, beans, and squash. It was important to the group to have the three sisters grown in every garden as they hold deep significance in the Haudenosaunee culture. Since the first 4-H ONTARIO | LEADERSHIP IN ACTION | SUMMER 2019

meeting each family now has all of their seeds planted and their gardens are starting to grow. The group will continue to meet until the fall, where they will showcase some of their best produce at the Six Nations Fall Fair. 4-H is excited by the model of this project with its focus on families and the community, as we feel it represents all the areas we strive to impact: youth, volunteers, families, and communities. This project will help generate interest in agriculture for the Six Nations community and we look forward to seeing what is to come!

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#4His4me The purpose of the #4His4me hashtag is to share the positive and inspiring message that is 4-H and celebrate those who live and breathe 4-H and its values. These are only a few of our 4-H Champions!

NEW PLEDGE

Youth Champion

At the 2017 Global 4-H Network Summit, it was noted that many other 4-H organizations had already included “and my world” in their pledge and that it is important for 4-H in Canada to reflect its vision beyond its physical borders.

‘I pledge My Head to clearer thinking, My Heart to greater loyalty, My Hands to larger service, My Health to better living, for my Club, my Community, my Country and my World’

Effective as of July 11, 2019

Emma Ryan “I like 4-H because no one cares if you are popular or have everything. All that matters is that you have a good time and you try your best. My favourite project was during craft club when we made pottery!”

Alumni Champion

Tim Henshaw “I learned so many life skills in 4-H; hard work, perseverance, teamwork, friendship. I have been privileged to give back as a leader, a resource person and a donor. The best part has been the friends that I have made along the way.”

Volunteer Champion

Sharon Halpenny “My favourite thing about the 4-H program is that it offers youth so many diverse opportunities to try new things, gain confidence and never let fear of failure to hold them back. I love to see the new members jump right in with whatever activity we are doing. 4-H participants grow throughout the program and constantly set new goals and challenge themselves. I am so proud to know that when our members graduate from the program they have developed and honed such a wide variety of skills that will benefit them throughout their lifetime. The skills they learn, the friendships they form are everlasting.”

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Outstanding 2019 New Leaders The 4-H Ontario Outstanding New Leader Award recognizes volunteers who are new to 4-H and doing great things for the youth in their clubs. One nomination is accepted per Association and one award is given out per Region.

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Aimee Flikweert Manitoulin 4-H Association

As a 4-H member in her youth, naturally Aimee sought out the local 4-H association shortly after moving to Manitoulin. Over the past three years, she has been a volunteer and led several clubs including Chocolate, Cake Decorating, Goat and Small Engines and has proven to be a great asset to the newly formed Cloverbud program in Manitoulin.

Cheryl Crowe KLH 4-H Association

Amanda Yule Perth 4-H Association

Amanda Yule is a 4-H volunteer in Perth 4-H Association and since becoming a leader in 2016, she has led multiple clubs including Quilting, Sewing, Cookie and Crafting. She enjoys giving back to her community and feels it is important to have youth involved in clubs where they can donate their time to the greater good.

Bonnie Bergeron Russell 4-H Association

Bonnie is a 4-H volunteer in the Russell 4-H Association and in the last three years, she has led nine clubs including Dairy, Maple Syrup, Cake Decorating, Go For The Gold and Square/Line dancing. As a 4-H alumni, Bonnie became a leader so she could provide the same 4-H opportunities she was given to her daughter and other youth in the local association.

Todd Radigan Waterloo 4-H Association

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Cheryl has been a 4-H volunteer in the Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton 4-H Association since 2016 and has led several clubs such as Beef, Chocolate and Cloverbuds. She is also an active member of the KLH Board of Directors. Cheryl is passionate and loyal to the program and promotes 4-H to all because she knows first-hand the benefits as an alumnus.

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Todd is a 4-H volunteer in the Waterloo 4-H Association and since 2017, has led various clubs including the Kitchener Market Club, Computer Club, Cloverbuds and Square Dancing. Since 2017, Todd has also sat on the Waterloo 4-H Board of Directors and is now the Vice President. Most recently, he even developed an app for members to sign up for clubs using their phones or computers.

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Christine Brekelmans Oxford 4-H Association

Christine has been a 4-H volunteer in Oxford 4-H Association since 2017 and has not only been heavily involved in the Oxford 4-H Swine club, but also led many projects in Thamesford 4-H such as Cookie, All Manner of Red Meat, A World of Food in Canada and Sporting Chance. She is passionate about 4-H and works hard to create the best experience for all members in her clubs.

Thank-you to Gay Lea Foods Co-operative for making it possible for 4-H Ontario to honour these excellent volunteers. 4-H ONTARIO | LEADERSHIP IN ACTION | SUMMER 2019

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2019

Upcoming Events ADVANCING WOMEN IN AG Join 4-H for this women-only, alumni and friends event celebrating the amazing 4-H women in our lives. Share your favourite 4-H memories with old and new friends and leave inspired for a fun conference.

CANADA’S OUTDOOR FARM SHOW 4-H Ontario invites 4-H Alumni & Friends to join us at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show for a 4-H get-together. Enjoy a free grilled cheese & beverage and test your skills in our fun “Sowing Seeds for the Future” seed judging competition for a chance to win great prizes. All current 4-H’ers and their families are welcome too.

Date: Monday, October 28, 2019 Interactive Breakfast: 7:30am - 9:00am Location: Sheraton On The Falls, 6361 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, ON Register by: October 11, 2019 at: 4-HOntario.ca/alumni-events Sponsored by SeCan

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm Location: VIP tent at: Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, 744906 Oxford Road #17 RR#6 Woodstock, ON N4S 7W1 Register by: September 3, 2019 at: 4-HOntario.ca/alumni-events Sponsored by SeCan and Stokes Seeds

WEBINARS & TELECONFERENCES Membership Coordinators Teleconference August 28 (12-1pm & 7:30-8:30pm) Youth Leader Webinars September 3 (7-8pm)

SHOW YOUR 4-H COLOURS November is 4-H month and across Canada 4-H’ers love to show their 4-H pride all month long. Wednesday, November 6, 2019 is the day to make a big splash - of green, that is! National 4-H Day in Canada— or Show Your 4-H Colours as it is best known—is your chance to wear green, celebrate 4-H and share what 4-H means to you as a member, volunteer, alumni or supporter, all while having tons of fun. Wear green, take selfies and share your 4-H pride with the world using the hashtag #ShowYour4HColours

New Volunteer Orientation Webinars September 10 & October 8 (7-9pm) Livestock Contacts Teleconference September 17 (12-1pm & 7-8pm) Volunteer E-Symposiums September 23 (7-8pm) Presidents, Vice Presidents & Association Representatives Teleconference October 3 (12-1pm & 7:30-8:30pm) Screening Contacts Teleconference November 19 (12-1pm & 7:30-8:30pm) Association Treasurers Teleconference November 25 (12-1pm & 7:30-8:30pm)

Am I a 4-H Ontario Alumni? Have you ever? • Completed a 4-H Ontario project(s), or club and received recognition (i.e. silver spoon, certificate, seal, plaque, year plate, etc.) • Attended a 4-H Ontario provincial camp or conference, or • Volunteered for 4-H in the past or currently volunteer for 4-H Join our email list to stay connected and learn of future alumni events and offers.

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4-H Ontario 2019 Ambassadors Our 4-H Ontario Ambassadors are putting our motto of "Learn To Do By Doing" into ACTION! Thank you for your leadership! 4-H Ontario Ambassadors have been all over the province this year representing the 4-H program at Discovery Days, golf tournaments, local fairs and much more! The 2019 Ambassadors are: Christie Annett (Lambton), Rebecca Stockdale (Peterborough), Rose Danen (Perth), Michaella Snyder (Waterloo), Mel Karpenko (Peel) and Allison French (Peel).

A special thank you to FS for being the fuel behind the success of our Ambassador Program. You are helping us build the leaders of tomorrow!

To book an Ambassador for your local event complete your request at: 4-HOntario.ca/amb-booking

Become a 4-H Ontario Ambassador!

4-H Ontario will be looking for applicants for the 2020 Ambassador team this fall. You will be able to find further details at www.4HOntario.ca/ambassadors by September 20, 2019. The deadline to apply for one of the 2020 4-H Ontario Ambassador positions is December 15, 2019! 4-H ONTARIO | LEADERSHIP IN ACTION | SUMMER 2019 11


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Scholarships, Awards, Competitions & Youth Positions Awards 4-H ONTARIO ARBOR AWARD Application deadline: November 29, 2019 www.4-HOntario.ca/arbor-award

Scholarships BERTRAM AND HAZEL STEWART Seed 4-HBomb DAIRY YOUTH EDUCATION AWARD & BURSARY

Application deadline: September 30, 2019 www.4-HOntario.ca/bertram-hazel-award

JUSTIN PARISH MEMORIAL BURSARY Application deadline: October 1, 2019 www.4-HOntario.ca/justin-parish-bursary

NATIONAL 4-H VOLUNTEER LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD Application deadline: October 1, 2019 www.4-H-Canada.ca

Competitions AMBER UNDERWOOD MEMORIAL NEWS COMPETITION

Supported by the Ontario 4-H Foundation Amber Underwood Memorial 4-H News Competition Award Fund Submission deadline: September 15, 2019 www.4-hontario.ca

Youth Positions ONTARIO 4-H COUNCIL DIRECTOR-YOUTH Information on availability for 2020 will be posted on the 4-H Ontario website by November 1, 2019, with an application deadline of December 31, 2019.

4-H CANADA YOUTH REPRESENTATIVEYOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE, ONTARIO Information on availability for 2020 will be posted on the 4-H Ontario website by November 1, 2019, with an application deadline of December 31, 2019.

PROVINCIAL GO FOR THE GOLD COMPETITION

Sponsored by Ontario Mutuals November 2019 (Royal Agricultural Winter Fair) 4-H Ontario members only Registration deadline: September 4, 2019 www.4-HOntario.ca/gftg Application fee: $70 per team

CANADIAN YOUNG SPEAKERS FOR AGRICULTURE

November 2019 (Royal Agricultural Winter Fair) For all youth ages 11–24 Registration deadline: September 30, 2019 www.cysa-joca.ca Application fees apply. Applications must be made directly through CYSA

Did you know you can also apply to take part in any 4-H Canada opportunities? 4-H Canada offers several conferences, exchanges and programs that you can take part in within your community, country and on a global scale. Learn more at:

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Entrepreneurs From Farm to Table

How the McArthur family learns to do by doing

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-H plays a role in many families. For Don & Melinda McArthur of Heatherlea Farms, 4-H has prepared them with tools and skills to grow a successful family business. Heatherlea Farms is located outside the GTA in the picturesque hills of Caledon. The McArthur family are 7th generation farmers and began farming in Caledon more than a century ago. They started as dairy farmers, and have been raising Black Angus beef for the past 40 years. We spent the morning with Don & Melinda McArthur and their three children Chloe, Kayleigh & James getting to know them at the family farm owned by Don’s parents Pat & Gord. Q: What is your background with 4-H? Don: I first joined 4-H when I was 12. I showed an Angus Heifer when I was 15 and continued with 4-H until I was 21. Melinda: I started with 4-H very late, I was dating my husband Don at the time and I started when I was 20. Q: How has 4-H helped you in your Career? Don: We use it all the time! Learn To Do By Doing! You learn a lot of life skills in 4-H, you build a lot of confidence, particularly in (competition) judging. You learn how to speak to people, how to get your point across, and it gives you confidence when you go into the professional world. Melinda: I find with our farm shop, every time we think about a new venture in the store whether it be adding a new patio, or espresso machine, it always comes down to learn by doing. Q: What does 4-H mean to your family? Don: Hmmmm, a lot of hard work, a lot of fun together, and a love for agriculture. Melinda: To me it means time that we get to spend together. Farming families don’t have a lot of time to do things off-farm so it’s a nice way to still be at the farm working, having fun and to get the kids engaged with the animals.

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kept asking for more and more local products, so it grew to what it is today. We’ve got a 5,000 square foot building with a fresh butcher shop, café, espresso machine, and a retail store which allows us to support a lot of other local farmers by buying produce and preserves and it’s a great spot to get a good selection of products from Ontario. The McArthur family encouraged their own children to explore the world of 4-H. This year Kayleigh is in her first year of Beef Club and Chloe is in her first year of Cloverbuds. James is 5 and even though he’s a bit too young for 4-H, loves to tag along! Q: Why did you decide to put your kids in 4-H? Don: Well, they had to be interested in it. We did it as something to do together. We’re all here on the farm, it’s a good activity that the kids can do to enjoy something together. It also gets the kids competing and taking pride in their animals. Melinda: It was continuing the generations of doing 4-H. We have the opportunity of having cows here and Kayleigh showed a lot of interest in spending time with her dad out on the tractor and with the cows. It really helps if the kids are showing an interest with animals. Q: How can 4-H be prepared for the future? Don: We have had discussions in our family about the future of agriculture and food. It's changing and so will 4-H. Agriculture is a great business to be in and kids really need to know that. People are always going to need to eat. Half of the kids in our Halton club aren’t farm kids, they are kids from town which is great! Melinda: We need to make sure we are engaging the younger generations by making them aware of the programs available to them. We’ve been to a few agricultural conferences and have talked a lot about social media, being a good representative for the agricultural community and drawing people in. I think if we can get young people involved from an early age, they have the connection and understanding to take farming into the future.

The Heatherlea Farm Shoppe specializes in ethically raised, pasture-fed Black Angus beef. They dry age at their in-house butcher shop and have a selection of cuts readily available for purchase and pre-order. Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your business? Don: The beef farm and butcher shop take up a lot of time but go hand in hand. With the land limitations we have in Ontario, directly connecting with the customers helps keep the farm viable. Melinda: Heatherlea Farm Shoppe has been in business for about 10 years, my in-laws Pat and Gord started long before that selling sides and quarters of beef from their farmhouse with chest freezers and a cash box. People just 4-H ONTARIO | LEADERSHIP IN ACTION | SUMMER 2019

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Hugh Mitchell Shares Why He Gives Back to 4-H

By Laura Squires

When asked about his ambitions for his newly established scholarship fund, Hugh said, “I am always interested in seeing young people succeed and it is rewarding for me to watch 4-H youth develop and be successful.”

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-H is more than just an organization for Hugh Mitchell, it's an experience that continues to shape his life in more ways than one. Hugh was part of the beef club as a 4-H member, and now as 4-H alumni, he is involved in the Middlesex 4-H Association through his work at the Western Fair District where Middlesex 4-H hosts their championship each year. Most recently, Hugh established the Hugh Mitchell/Western Fair 4-H Endowment Fund Scholarship in honour of the positive impact that 4-H has on youth.

Thank you, Hugh and the Western Fair, for your support of 4-H youth. Through your legacy, 4-H is able to provide opportunities that build youth as leaders in our communties.

Hugh is a dedicated supporter of 4-H and the way the organization promotes team work and responsibility, along with elements of independency and accountability: “If it is to be, it is up to me!” His favourite part of 4-H is the team work and camaraderie that occurs when like-minded people learn together and strive to work to a common goal. “As I look back on the 4-H learnings and teachings I come to rely on, I feel that those lessons are really important to young people” says Hugh. “If I can find a way to recognize young people while encouraging participation among 4-H members, this is a way I can give back.” Beginning in 2020, Middlesex 4-H members over the age of 15 will be eligible to apply for the Hugh Mitchell Western Fair 4-H Endowment Fund Scholarship. The winner will receive funds upon successful completion of their first year of post-secondary education in any discipline.

Special Occasion Giving Do you have a birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion this year that you will be celebrating? A contribution to the Ontario 4-H Foundation in lieu of gifts is a wonderful way to commemorate this special day in your life. You can choose to designate funds to a program near and dear to your heart—such as Youth Adventure Camp or Dairy Sen$e®. In return, the feeling of giving with purpose will last 4-H Forever! 4-H Ontario will send you a charitable receipt and your honoree will receive a special card of celebration, as well as acknowledge your generosity in our Annual Report. For more information please contact: Katherine Smart, Manager, Corporate Giving & Philanthropy at: giving@4-hontario.ca | 1.877.410.6748 x461 | 4-HOntario.ca

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4-H Ontario 4-HisFUN! Ambassador Program This Summer, try

This recipe is a summer favourite! Great for a picnic, pairs well with steak and is sure to be a hit at your next BBQ!

WATERMELON SALAD Equipment

Preparation

Paper towel, cutting board, French knife or Chef’s knife, 1. Read the recipe completely. Assemble all ingredients and equipment. small jar or bowl, salad bowl, two(2) forks or salad tongs 2. Wash greens. Pat dry. Tear into smaller pieces, if needed. Place in salad bowl. Ingredients • 6 cups (1.25 L) leafy greens such as arugula, 3. Add cubed watermelon and toss lightly with the spinach, Boston lettuce two (2) forks or salad tongs • 3 cups (750 mL) cubed watermelon 4. Sprinkle toasted sunflower seeds and feta on top. • 1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese 5. Drizzle dressing over all and toss gently to combine all ingredients. • Coarsely ground black pepper 6. Serve immediately.

Dressing: 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice 1 tbsp (15 mL) red wine vinegar 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

Yield: 4 servings

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

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