Help continue 4-H Farm-to-Fair

Nov 28, 2012
4-H Farm-to-Fair includes four small “barns” representing areas of a working farm. At each stop, children perform a simple farm chore and collect a related product, such as a bag of wool or a toy box of blueberries, which they then “sell” at the farmer’s market, get “paid”, and go to a “store” to purchase a small item to keep. Jeremiah Miner of Camden National Bank is shown helping young fair-goers in the exhibit’s Blueberry Barn.

Union — The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association reports that the response from the public was resoundingly positive to Farm-to-Fair interactive exhibit at the 2012 Union Fair.

Local families and folks visiting the area from other states (and countries) praised the exhibit for being fun and informative. Many parents sited this as a great way to teach kids about how the food they eat and products they use are produced. The hope for the future of Farm-to-Fair will include more appearances of all or part of the exhibit at events throughout the year and throughout Midcoast Maine, according to a news release from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

In order to continue the success of this exhibit at Union Fair, two key volunteer roles will need to be filled as soon as possible. A volunteer coordinator is needed to seek out and organize the schedule of volunteers operating the exhibit for the eight days that the fair is open (Aug. 17-24, 2013). The person, or team of two, needs to commit to being available for all of these days. If there is a team of two, the times can be shared.

Also needed is a farm store coordinator, who will coordinate the products that kids will choose from to take home after they have been through the exhibit. This person will be responsible for procuring donations of locally-produced items to fill the store shelves every day the exhibit is open.

Monetarily, the group is seeking community support on many levels, including a top level of support, in which a business or individual can sponsor an entire barn for the year for $500. Also needed are smaller donations of funds, materials and volunteer hours. All donations are tax-deductible and sponsors and donors will be recognized.

As the youth development program of University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 4-H emphasizes the importance of building the life skills children ages 5-18 need to be successful adults. 4-H focuses on science and technology to help foster interest in those fields as future careers.

For more information about the 4-H Farm-to-Fair project, contact Cindy Rogers or Ellie Libby at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 832-0343.

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