“I give my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty and my hands to larger service and my health to better living….” That is how the 4-H Pledge starts out and is just what Fillmore County 4-H’ers have done for five years in a row! In collaboration with the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conversation Service offices in Geneva, 4-H’ers recently planted vegetables for those who might not otherwise have access to fresh produce.
Over the summer, 4-H’ers, FSA and NRCS staff will take turns caring for the garden, increasing their horticultural skills while learning responsibility, service and other important life skills. This has been a great project each year allowing youth to not only learn, but also fulfill the purpose of 4-H by using their hands for larger service.
Special thanks to Barbur Floral for donating the vegetable plants and Roddy Salmon for tilling the garden and residents at Pioneer Manor for assisting as well! If you or your organization is interested in contributing or participating in the Fillmore County Community Garden this year, please contact the Fillmore County Extension Office.