A Rushing Rivers 4H member works on a garden that will be part of a project next year for the Rushing Rivers club. Submitted photo

Not all 4H projects say ‘oink’

Popular youth club open to wide range of hobbies through Rushing Rivers 4H Club

The 4H program is largely thought of as a youth development program that is exclusively for those involved in agriculture. 4H in BC has expanded the offered projects so this is no longer the case. Rushing Rivers 4H club offers three different non-animal projects. Last year, we introduced Photography and Crafts into the District for the first time, that I am aware of, and had interest in both projects.

Now for the first time in years in Chilliwack, the project Gardening is being offered in the Rushing Rivers 4H Community Club. Gardening members learn about seeds, fertilizing, sun and shade, chemicals and weeds — everything they need to know to successfully grow their own vegetables! Different units allow the members to have the option of exploring vegetable gardens, community gardens, container gardening, worm composting, a flower garden for butterflies, and a larger garden. Members would come out only twice a month; once for a project night where they will be taught what they have to do that month and how to do it, and another time for a business meeting.

Belonging to a 4H club also gives members the opportunity to present a speech, do a demonstration, judge classes of animals, show at fairs, and win awards for your accomplishments. All these activities assist in developing youth into confident, contributing, and responsible members of society. One benefit of belonging to a multi-project club is that half of your competition is among the members project. There are far more awards given out in a multi-project club than in a single project club.

So if you are interested in the 4H program, but don’t have animals, there is always the option of having fun growing your own garden, developing your photography skills, or being creative making crafts along with having the benefits of belonging to the 4-H program!

If you would like more information on our club and it’s projects, you can visit our website at

www.rushingrivers4hclub.weebly.com

Jessica Meir is a member of the Rushing Rivers 4H Club.

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