We would like to invite all of you to join the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center to our upcoming Open House Twilight Field Day on the evening of Tuesday May 2nd from 5pm to 8:30pm.
We have divided the evening into five tour options and you will be able to join any two of the five tours during the event. The tours include: Agronomic Crops, Vegetable Crops, Greenhouse / Hydroponics, Whole Farm Integrated Pest Management, and Diversified Fruit Orchard Crops. Each tour will give a brief overview of the research and demonstration activities being conducted at this Center. In addition, youth ages 5-18 can join a Youth Tour that will include an introduction to Florida 4-H with some activities like taste testing, entomology, and a couple of other surprises. This event is open not only to farmers but to the community and to anyone in the region interested in learning about what we do.
The cost is $5, and admission is free for children less than 5 years of age (dinner is included).
Registration is required.
Online registration is available at http://www.2017twilight.eventbrite.com or https://tinyurl.com/l5hjhww
For more information see the attached flyer or contact Dilcia Toro at (386)362-1725 ext. 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested.
2017Twilight Field Day Flyer
If you are interested in supporting the 2017 Madison County 4-H summer programs or the general fund, please contact the Madison County Extension Office. Our office hours are 8a.m. to 5p.m., Monday through Friday. You can reach us at 850-973-4138.
Thank you to our 2016 summer sponsors!
4-H is a national and international non-profit organization that depends heavily on generous supporters to maintain our quality programming and activities. Madison County 4-H is proud to have the wonderful support year-in and year-out from our community. Even the smallest monetary donation or provision of supplies allows us to give our youth the opportunity to develop into bright, independent, contributing citizens.
We would like to thank our 2016 Summer Sponsors who helped send 110 youth to summer camps, day camps, and leadership opportunities:
Madison County Community Bank
Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Jeff & Mina Bloodworth
Leigh Barfield (Political Advertisement)
Lisa Tuten (Political Advertisement)
Tim Sanders (Political Advertisement)
Bailey & Leigh Ann Browning (Political Advertisement)
Tommy Hardee (Political Advertisement)
Johnson & Johnson
Via Florida Ag in the Classroom:
Hello, Florida middle and high school teachers. On days when you have a half hour or so to fill and you need to teach your students about sustainability in an engaging way, Florida Agriculture in the Classroom has the answer.
Journey 2050 is an online educational platform that allows students to compete against each other to become the most sustainable farm. They can play individually on hand-held devices or lap tops or computers, or as a class with the game projected on a screen. If you play the game, conduct a couple of the activities available on the Journey 2050 website and complete a short Survey Monkey poll at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Journey2050 by June 1, 2017 we will pay you $50. Just email Becky Sponholtz at email@example.com and let us know you completed the project.
To learn more about the Journey 2050 educational platform and to register as a teacher at no cost, please visit http://www.journey2050.com/teacher-experience/ Please feel free to contact Lisa Gaskalla at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
We know the important impact UF/IFAS, Extension, and 4-H make on Florida. Check out the numbers that prove how true that is: http://economicimpact.ufl.edu/
Learn by Doing, the motto that leads us all. Now that we’ve concluded our Stress Manangement Series, we’d love to hear from you! Share what you’ve learned by posting on any of our social media sites with the hashtags #madco4h and #4HGrowsHere
Have you tried out any of the suggested stress management techniques?
What have you learned from those that you’ve tried? Were they helpful?
How did you modify them to meet your needs or the needs of the youth in your life?
Would you make any suggestions to others?
Per request we are publishing the “Stress Management” series published in our monthly column for the Madison Enterprise Recorder.
Congratulations! We’ve successfully navigated the first month of 2017! As we rounded out 2016 we were exploring stress management techniques for our youth, families, and ourselves. Have you been able to be mindful of keeping your stress in check? Have you noticed your efforts rubbing off on those around you, especially your kids? Remember “Lean By Doing” is not just the 4-H motto, it’s the most successful method for breaking bad habits and building new ones. Managing stress is often a trigger habit to help you and your family stick with those New Year’s Resolutions. The American Psychological Association offers tips on navigating stress to reach healthy habit goals.
APA offers the following tips to get you and your family started down a healthy path:
- Evaluate your lifestyle.As a parent, it’s important to model healthy behaviors for your children. Children are more likely to lead a healthy lifestyle and less likely to associate stress with unhealthy behaviors if the whole family practices healthy living and good stress management techniques. So, ask yourself ― How do I respond to stress? Do I tend to overeat or engage in other unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and drinking alcohol, when I feel stressed? In what ways could my stress coping skills be improved?
- Talk about it.If you notice that your children are looking worried or stressed, ask them what’s on their minds. Having regular conversations can help a family work together to better understand and address any stressors children are experiencing. Low levels of parental communication have been associated with poor decision making among children and teens.Talking to your children and promoting open communication and problem solving is just as important as eating well and getting enough exercise and sleep.
- Create a healthy environment.Your home, work space and even social environment can influence your behaviors. Altering your environment can help alleviate stress. For example, cleaning up a cluttered environment can help. Look around your home and even your car and ask yourself, does this space feel clear and relaxing? Clearing up your home space for the family is something you and your children can control, and it teaches children to focus on those things they can control when feeling stressed.
- Focus on yourself. The correlation between health, obesity and unhealthy choices is strong. When you and your family are experiencing stress, make a conscious decision to take care of yourselves. Get adequate doses of nutrients, physical activity and sleep. When you feel overwhelmed it is easy sometimes to fall into cycles such as eating fast food, plugging into sedentary electronic activities like playing video games or watching TV, or not getting enough sleep. Research shows that children who are sleep-deficient are more likely to have behavioral problems. And, parents have an extraordinary amount of influence on their children’s food choices. A healthy dinner followed by an activity with your family, such as walking, bike riding, playing catch or a board game, and topped off with a good night’s sleep can do a lot to manage or to lessen the negative effects of stress.
- Change one habit at a time.You may aspire for your family to make multiple important changes at once such as eating healthier foods, being more physically active, getting a better night’s sleep or spending more time together. However, if you are already overextended from juggling many different responsibilities, doing all of this at once can feel overwhelming. Changing behaviors usually takes time. By starting with changing one behavior, you and your family are more likely to experience success, which can then encourage your family to tackle other challenges and to continue making additional healthy changes.
- Seek Professional Help. If you or a family member continues to struggle with changing unhealthy behaviors or feels overwhelmed by stress, consider seeking help from a health professional, such as a psychologist. Psychologists are licensed and trained to help you develop strategies to manage stress effectively and make behavioral changes to help improve your overall health.
Check out our very own Ms. Neva Baltzell on this week’s Camphacker podcast! We’re lucky to have such a talented and big-hearted person as our 4-H Camp Cherry Lake Director and UF/IFAS Florida 4-H State Camping Coordinator. Go Ms. Neva Go!! #gorillapride