Suwannee Valley Open House Twilight Field Day, May 2nd


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 or

For more information see the attached flyer or contact Dilcia Toro at (386)362-1725 ext. 102 or

Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested.

2017Twilight Field Day Flyer


We love our TedTalks at Madison 4-H! Be sure to check out this informational article on TedxTeen, a Ted site molded for our youth.

Florida 4-H: Northeast District

Love TED Talks but looking for something that resonates even more with your 4-H youth?

Enter TEDxTeen.  Talks especially designed with teens in mind.  Check them out at:

How can you use TED Talks?

  •  To teach public speaking.  A great way to allow 4-H members to critique other speakers.
  • To learn new skills.   The magnitude of the scientific TED Talks available is mind-boggling.
  • To motivate.  Are you about to teach bullying prevention to 4-H camp counselors?  Find a video that paints the importance of looking out for one another.
  • To continue a conversation.  Have you been discussing the value of leadership in 4-H County Council meetings?  How about assigning a TED Talk of the month, and dedicate a few minutes of each meeting to discussion on how 4-H’ers can apply what they learned to their own leadership style.
  • Search TED-ed for lesson plans based on TED Talks!

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Give the Gift of Camp!

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


Ronnie Moore

Leigh Barfield (Political Advertisement)

Lisa Tuten (Political Advertisement)

Tim Sanders (Political Advertisement)

Bailey & Leigh Ann Browning (Political Advertisement)

Tommy Hardee (Political Advertisement)

Johnson & Johnson

Freddy Pitts

Deloris Jones


Journey 2050 Online Game Teaches Students Sustainability

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 by June 1, 2017 we will pay you $50. Just email Becky Sponholtz at 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 Please feel free to contact Lisa Gaskalla at if you have any questions.