Alfred Heim
Published On: Fri, Apr 25th, 2014

4-H in South Stormont – This is not your Grandmothers 4-H Club by Kathy Coffey

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South Stormont News – 4-H celebrated its 100th anniversary in Canada in 2013 and will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in Ontario during 2015. With the threat of closures of the two agricultural colleges in eastern Ontario, the club becomes even more important to the community at large to carry on the tradition of hands on learning and mentorship.

In 1915 the club was started as the “Boys and Girls club” by the Department of Agriculture in Ontario with the objective of teaching the youth of Ontario Agricultural skills. The 4-H name was adopted in 1952 along with a change to focus more on the development of the individual rather than the project outcomes.

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In 2000 the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) handed over all responsibility for the club to the Ontario 4-H Council.

In 1915 youth learned agricultural skills in their clubs, growing potatoes, raising cattle and crops. During the 1960’s 4-H clubs were offered to teach cooking and sewing called “homemaking clubs” as well as the various agricultural clubs such as calf, beef, swine, and corn clubs. Today, a wide variety of 4-H projects are available from marketing to bird watching in addition to the sewing, cooking and agricultural clubs. What has remained consistent is the focus on “Learn to Do by Doing” and the teaching of leadership qualities.


More information on how to become a member or a volunteer leader can be found on the 4-H Ontario website. or contact in Stormont