Agriculture, livestock, farming, canning … this is probably right where you went when I said 4-H.
Well, let’s unravel the mystery of 4-H to open your eyes to the world of possibilities. 4-H is the youth component of the University of Tennessee. In the early 1900’s, the country was embattled in a war. A majority of the families in the country still made a living through a connection with farming. Universities across the country saw a major need to equip youth with skills needed later in life. Guess what area most students would be working later in life – agriculture. Thus, 4-H and agriculture were unified.
The story doesn’t end there though.
4-H’s mission continues on by teaching life skills through interactive projects, Learning by Doing. Needs and landscapes change with time and so has the priorities of 4-H.
4-H takes on the lifeblood of its community and delivers opportunities to meet the needs of today’s youth. Once solely a farming community, Williamson County has transformed into an innovative, technology-based community, while maintaining its deep roots in agriculture. All the while maintaining a connection to agriculture, 4-H has evolved to provide innovative opportunities to challenge the minds of Williamson County youth. Whether you want to learn 3-D design, robotics, forensics, programming, fashion design, culinary arts, or even horses and livestock, 4-H is the place. So next time you see the four-leaf clover, open your mind to the possibilities to develop life skills in learning by doing.
To learn more, please visit our Open House Thursday, Sept. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin.
https://extension.tennessee.edu/Williamson/Pages/4-H-Youth.aspx for more information.