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Alabama 4-H Ambassadors

4-H Ambassadors

The following information pertains to how to become an Alabama 4-H Ambassador. Our 4-H Ambassadors are our state’s 4-H youth representatives. They exemplify all of the 4-H core values, and they strive to learn how to be better every day. They are also our youth leadership for the state 4-H program. Please consider applying to become a 4-H Ambassador!

• Must be enrolled 4-H member through 4HOnline
• Must be at least 15 years old by January 1, 2017 of the starting term year
• Be a high school sophomore, junior, or senior
• Must have completed at least one full club year as an active 4-H member
• Must have participated and demonstrated leadership in a variety of youth development activities
• Must demonstrate commitment to community service and volunteerism
• Must have experience in planning and delivering events and activities
• Must demonstrate ability to work as a team member and individually with both youth and adults
• Have diverse knowledge of the total Alabama 4-H Youth Development Program

• Opportunity to further develop leadership, communication, and organizational skills
• Gain experience in planning, implementing, and participating in statewide educational,
leadership, and service-related programs
• Greater understanding of the 4-H Youth Development Program
• Being able to represent 4-H and Alabama as a 4-H Ambassador Delegate

• Supporting the mission and vision of Alabama 4-H
• Supporting various local, county, regional, and statewide programs and activities, including
public presentations, leadership development opportunities, and community service
• Assisting with an innovative and high-profile Ambassador Community Service Project
• Providing leadership for Midwinter Teen Leadership Retreat, Alabama 4-H State Competitive Events
Day, and other 4-H events as assigned; the Ambassador president will have additional meeting

Interview dates will be on June 27 and 28.
• Only an application through 4-HOnline of sufficient quality will merit an invitation to
Be aware of the high commitment and standards that come with being an Alabama 4-H Ambassador. As a 4-H Ambassador, you are the face of Alabama 4-H at all times. You must demonstrate high ethical
standards. Below are the mandatory meeting dates:
*Note that you may be asked to participate in other state, county, or regional events that are not
• Ambassador planning meeting July 25 and 26 at the Alabama 4-H Center
• State 4-H Competitive Event Day July 27 at the Alabama 4-H Center
• Midwinter planning meeting January 5 and 6 at Auburn University
• Midwinter preparation meeting February 8 at the Alabama 4-H Center
• Midwinter Retreat February 9 through 11 at the Alabama 4-H Center

For more information, contact Heather LeGrand, 4-H FREA at the Baldwin County Extension Office by calling 251-937-7176 or email hll0004@aces.edu.

4-H Senior Achievement Time

4-H Youth Leadership

4-H Senior Achievement identifies outstanding Alabama 4-H members who have excelled in one of the nine Achievement Areas of Alabama 4-H. These areas include:

  • Animal Project—Production, Large Animal (beef, dairy, swine)
  • Animal Project—Production, Small Animal (sheep, goats, poultry, meat rabbits)
  • Animal Project—Companion Animal (dog, rabbit, cat)
  • Equine Science
  • Communications (Public Speaking, Judging Teams, Photography)
  • Foods and Nutrition/Family and Consumer Science
  • Leadership/Citizenship
  • Natural Resources (Environmental Science, S.A.F.E., Wildlife, Forestry, Plants and Soils)
  • At Large Achievement.

Senior Level I participants must be age 14 or 15 on January 1, 2017. Winners will receive a trip to the Southern Region Youth Leadership Conference and a trophy.

Senior Level II participants must be age 16 to 18 on January 1, 2017. Winners will receive a trip to National 4-H Congress and a trophy .

Achievement link:  http://www.aces.edu/4-H-youth/AL4-H/resources/other/achievement/senior.php

Applications are now open in 4-H Online, and will close on May 8th!! If you are interested in applying for Senior Achievement, please notify Heather LeGrand, 4-H FREA as soon as possible so that your application can be reviewed before submission. This is a great resume builder for youth.

Please direct questions to Heather LeGrand at the Baldwin County Extension Office by calling 251-937-7176 or email hll0004@aces.edu.

4-H Music Education Matters Summit

Jennifer Nettles and 4-H Youth Dancing

There’s a new summer opportunity for 4-H youth (rising 7th-Seniors) interested in furthering their music education at the 4-H Music Education Matters Summit. This spectacular event is happening this summer, July 18th-20th at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Georgia.

This program was influenced by 4-H Alum, Jennifer Nettles.

Youth have the chance to be trained on:

Tools of the music trade
Music Business Basics

Specialty areas include:

Music Production
Musical Theater

Registration is $110, and due to the Baldwin County Extension Office by March 27th. Please make checks payable to the Alabama 4-H Foundation. Scholarships are available. Please contact Heather LeGrand, 4-H FREA to receive a scholarship application. Application deadline is March 21st at 12 pm. Late entries will not be accepted. Applications will be reviewed by a 4-H FREA committee, and the awards will be announced before the registration deadline.

This is an incredible opportunity for the 4-H youth of Baldwin County!! Please contact the Baldwin County Extension Office with any further questions or concerns: 251.937.7176 or email Heather LeGrand, 4-H FREA at hll0004@aces.edu.

Check out our Facebook page for more information about 4-H in Baldwin County!

4-H Poster Contest: “Baldwin – Keep It Beautiful”

4-H Community Service

Rules for the 2017 Baldwin County 4-H Poster Contest are as follows:

  1. Posters are due to 4-H Leader by April 7th. They should be done on standard poster board cut in half to 14″ x 22″ size.
  2. Put the title “BALDWIN- KEEP IT BEAUTIFUL” on the poster.
  3. Posters should picture some of the natural beauty found in Baldwin County and ways we can help protect, preserve and improve it.
  4. Drawing your poster is best, but you may use pictures from magazines, brochures, etc. which must be very securely glued to the poster board.
  5. Do not try to put too many different things on your poster – this will make it look crowded.
  6. Use colors or black and white – it does not matter. Whatever you use, make sure the pictures are clear and the lettering is large enough (1″ looks fine) and easy to understand.
  7. On the back of your poster write clearly:






  1. KEEP POSTERS FLAT – do not roll them up, please.

Awards will be given for the best posters and will be provided by the Alabama 4-H Foundation.  Winning posters will be displayed at the Mobile Bay Earth Day Exhibit in Fairhope.

**This contest is open to all 4-H’ers and Cloverbuds in Baldwin County. (Ages 5-18)**

For more information, please contact Heather LeGrand, 4-H FREA through the Baldwin County Extension Office at 251.937.7176 or email her at hll0004@aces.edu. To sign up for 4-H in Baldwin County please visit 4-H Online and register your child today!

2017 4-H Horse Club Meeting Schedule

Baldwin County’s 4-H Horse Club is kicking off this month, and if you’re child is interested in learning more about horses please keep reading! You do not need to own a horse in order to participate in this club. Meetings will be held every third Saturday of the month, unless otherwise announced, at the Foley Horse Arena in Foley, Al from 2-4 pm. Eligible 4-H’ers must be enrolled in 4-H Online, and must be at least 9 years old as of January 1st, 2017. Youth ages 5-8 years may participate in the Cloverbud’s portion of the meeting led by 4-H agent, Heather LeGrand.

  • January 21, 2017, 2:00 pm

City of Foley Horse Arena

Horse Care, Behavior, Safety, Mounting Horse/Walking

  • February 18, 2017, 2:00 pm

City of Foley Horse Arena

Parts of a Horse/Conformation, Gaits of Horse, Riding Walk and Trot.

  • March 18, 2017, 2:00 pm

City of Foley Horse Arena

Breeds, Color, General Terminology, Riding working patterns

  • April 15, 2017, 2:00 pm

City of Foley Horse Arena

Grooming, Halter/Showmanship hands on getting ready for May Livestock Day Show.

  • May 20, 2017, Time TBA

This meeting will be hands on at our Livestock Day Event at Robertsdale Arena where kids will show a Horse in Halter/Showmanship Class.  This is the last meeting except Awards night. I will pass out information on July State 4-H Show in Montgomery for those interested in going to show.

  • May 25, 2017

Awards Night evening time and place TBA

If you have not joined 4-H yet please go to al.4honline.com to Register.

Find us on Facebook:

Baldwin County, Alabama 4-H

*January through April meeting will be from 2:00-4:00 pm followed by Central Baldwin Saddle Club Show with exhibitions starting at 4:30 pm and Show at 6:00 pm for those interested find more information – Facebook Central Baldwin Saddle Club.

4-H Horse Club Leader: Jamie Blackwell bbrider66@yahoo.com

Heather LeGrand, 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent

Baldwin County Extension Office

251.937.7176 | hll0004@aces.edu | 251.402.9533

Healthy Holidays



Stay healthy during the holiday season with more attention to food safety.   This is the season of sharing food with family and friends.  Whether you plan to take your favorite dish to a party or host an event at your home, it is important to follow some basic rules to keep everyone safe from bacteria and food borne illness.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety offers entertainment serving tips on the website, www.fda.gov  or with a toll free telephone line (1-888-SAFEFOOD).  The FDA recommends multiple steps to safe handling of food.  The first step in the process is cleaning.  Washing hands, sanitizing surfaces and utensils, are important in avoiding contamination and in limiting the spread of germs.  What is the best way to clean?  The answer is simple, hot soapy water.   The second food safety tip is to avoid cross-contamination.  Keep knives, trays and cutting boards separate, if you use them in preparing raw meat.  Clean thoroughly before transitioning from cutting raw meat, to cutting vegetables or other food products.    The third step in food safety is proper cooking temperature.  Use a food thermometer to be sure that foods reach a safe temperature.   Visit the website: www.aces.edu and search the publication tab for a printable article, “There’s No Place Like Home for Food Safety.”   This download provides recommended cooking temperatures for various products as well as a guide to warming leftovers.   The final step to consider in keeping food safe is refrigeration.   Avoid leaving food at room temperature for more than two hours.  Chilling is important for such foods as dips, cheese, and other dairy products.

Serve your holiday meals and maintain buffets at the appropriate and safe temperature of 140F for hot foods.  Cold foods should be kept at 40F or colder.  Holding cold foods in the refrigerator until the last possible moment before serving, helps assure safer food.   When it is time to add more food to your buffet or party area, bring a fresh portion in a clean dish.  Remove the previous serving dish and clean it.   Generally, it is up to the host or hostess to monitor the temperature of the foods in your home and the length of time your food selections are left at room temperature.  Build a habit of watchfulness so that your family, friends, and guests enjoy the freshest and safest holiday offerings.

2017 4-H Summer Camp

4-H Youth Climbing

Summer Camp will be here before we know it, and we all know that there are deadlines to be aware of before we head off to camp.

Counselor in Training (CIT program: Ages 15-17):

  • CIT registration is open November 21st – January 9th through 4honline
  • 8 CITs will be selected for each full week of camp
  • Must have a referral from your County Extension Office
  • Interview and be selected for a position: Interviews will be held February 5th at the 4-H Center after the Mid-Winter Retreat
  • Must attend an overnight training May 5-7, 2017. There is also an optional Lifeguard training for youth age 16 and older.
  • CIT Camp fee: $50

Please notify Heather LeGrand, 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent, or the Baldwin County Extension office if you are interested in participating in the CIT program. We are happy to help with the CIT application process.


4-H Summer Camp (Ages 9-14):

$100 per person* — Camp Rate includes three days/two nights lodging, six meals, a summer camp T-shirt and lots of summer fun! Baldwin County will be attending Session 1, May 31st – June 2nd. We only have 16 open slots for our county. They will be filled at a first come, first serve basis. Please be aware that 4-H camp will be open to all community based clubs, as well as, In-school/After school clubs.

* – Cost does not include transportation to camp.

  • A Non-Refundable $25.00 deposit is due at the 4-H Center for each Camper, Volunteer and 4-H Staff by March 1, 2016.
  • Final Payment and ALL County Registration Forms are due to the 4-H Center by May 1, 2016.
  • No Camp Refunds will be given after May 1, 2016.
  • Camper health forms are due two weeks prior to their camp session.

You may find all camp forms needed at the 4-H Center’s website. Please contact Heather LeGrand, 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent, or the Baldwin County Extension Office with any questions or concerns regarding 4-H Summer Camp.

Sweet Potato Contest Winning Recipes

One of my favorite foods that we can purchase locally during the fall is sweet potatoes.   Sweet potatoes contain these nutrients, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and dietary fiber.

Each year since 1998, our Baldwin County Sweet Potato Growers, Baldwin County Farmers Federation, and other sponsors have coordinated a Sweet Potato Recipe Contest.  Middle and High School students from Family and Consumer Sciences and Culinary Programs in the county have the opportunity to participate.  I look forward to seeing the creative and delicious recipes.  The students are asked to prepare a recipe using at least one cup of sweet potatoes.  The students participate in a local contest at their school.  The county contest is held at the Baldwin County Fair.     The judges for the 2016 contest were Hope Cassebaum, Baldwin County Farmers Federation; David Holloway, Alabama Media Group; and Chef Hurtubise, Faulkner State Community College.

The students placing in the Junior Division (6th-8th grade) were 1st place, Rucker Beasley, Daphne Middle; 2nd place, Paulette Wallace, Foley Middle; 3rd place, Zander Prevatt, Gulf Shores Middle; Honorable Mention, Austin Evans, Spanish Fort Middle and Marli Ridaught, Central Baldwin Middle School.

The award winners in the Senior Division (9th-12th grade)  were 1st place, Braswell  McMeans, Gulf Shores High; 2nd place, Grace Ellison, Robertsdale High; 3rd place, Melissa McFeely, Spanish Fort High; Honorable Mention, Zechariah Defee, South Baldwin Center for Technology; Malia Fanning, Foley High; and Michaela Thompson, Fairhope High.

Un “Brie” lievable Grilled Cheese

Braswell McMeans-Gulf Shores High School
1st Place-Senior Division-2016

Bread Ingredients:

1 ½ cups white sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup vegetable oil
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 eggs
1/3 cup water
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup dried cherry cranberries
½ teaspoon salt
& honey toasted pecans

Combine sugar and oil; beat well. Add eggs and beat. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture alternately with water. Stir in sweet potatoes, cranberries, and pecans. Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until done.

Grilled Cheese Ingredients:

4 oz. Brie Cheese
Fig Jam

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Place a slice of buttered bread with about 1.25 oz. of brie cheese into the pan. Add the second slice and spread fig jam on one side and butter on the other on top. Cook each side until browned and the cheese is melted.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Rucker Beasley-Daphne Middle School
1st Place-Junior Division-2016


3 cups sweet potatoes
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup melted butter


½ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
1/3 cup flour
1 cup chopped pecans


Combine first 6 ingredients. Pour into buttered casserole dish. Mix remaining ingredients together and sprinkle over top. Bake 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes until hot and brown.


The Family and Consumer Sciences and Culinary Teachers with students participating in this year’s Sweet Potato Recipe Contest are:  Ms. Benton, Dr. Coker, Ms. Newton, front row

Back row:   Ms. Bernasconi, Ms. Ojard, Chef Herndl, Ms. Taylor, Chef Navarro, Ms. Thorjusen, Ms. Hopper and Ms. Carpenter.  Not shown:  Ms. Leverett