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Archuleta County 4-H youth raising funds

One of Archuleta County 4-H’s most successful fund-raisers is underway.

Local 4-H youth have started their annual cookie dough sale. Every 4-H members participates in selling $12 and $14 tubs of cookie dough to everyone in our community and beyond. The overall 4-H goal this year is 2,500 tubs, which would almost double last year’s total. With the fantastic incentives we have in place we feel that our goal can be reached.

All funds raised will be dispersed between the seven different 4-H community clubs and the 4-H Council. They will use it for sending 4-H members to educational programs such as: YouthFest, Leadership Development Conference, Colorado 4-H State Conference, an overnight trip to the State Fair, Community Service projects, scholarships for 4-H member re-enrollment fees for next year, or other individual club projects. 

4-H’ers will be selling these great flavors: Triple Chocolate with White and Dark Chips, Snickerdoodle, Monster Cookie, Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chunks, Chunky Chocolate Chip, Made with M&M’s, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin, Sugar, and White Chocolate Macadamia. The cookie dough comes in three pound tubs (about 96 half-ounce cookies each) that can be refrigerated or stored in the freezer. The cookie dough can even be eaten raw because it is made with pasturized eggs instead of raw eggs. Supporters have until March 11th to order as many tubs as they want. The cookie dough will be delivered starting around March 28th by 4-H youth.

If anyone would like to order cookie dough but cannot find a 4-H member to order from, then contact the Archuleta County Extension Office at 264-5931 to place an order.

4-H is family and community-oriented. Parents play a critical role in volunteering with the program to support their children. A corps of more than 630,000 volunteer 4-H leaders share their time and talents to help 4-H’ers “learn by doing.” Work on projects takes place at home, in the yard or around the kitchen table, with guidance from a parent, an older brother or sister, or a neighbor. The 4-H member needs the support and encouragement of a family and growing together through 4-H strengthens the family. 4-H members devote time to community service in a wide variety of projects, ranging from helping the elderly and disabled, to restoring historic sites, to landscaping public buildings to helping preserve their environment. Archuleta County 4-H has 180 youth enrolled in projects this year. Their ages range from 5 to 19.

4-H is a publicly-supported informal education program. County, state and federal funds are combined in a unique partnership to support this educational youth development program. The curriculum is provided through your land-grant university, which in Colorado is Colorado State University. Private funds from individuals, businesses and organizations enhance the 4-H program by providing support for special events, awards, and recognition and support supplemental educational materials. For more information please contact the Extension Office at (970) 264-5931.

Tree and seedling sale

The San Juan Conservation District is offering local landowners the opportunity to purchase a variety of high-quality, reasonably prices seedling trees and shrubs for different conservation uses, shelter belts, reforestation and wildlife habitat enhancement. Seedlings come from the Colorado State Forest Service nursery in Fort Collins. Bare root trees are available in multiples of 50 per species and potted trees are available in multiples of 30 per species. Orders are being taken through March 25 and will be available for pick up on April 13. Need an order form? You can stop by the Extension Office at the Fairgrounds or go by the San Juan CD at 505A Piedra Road (next to Piedra Automotive).

For more information, please call the San Juan Conservation District at 731-3615.

Calendar

Feb. 17 — 8 a.m., Beef Cattle Symposium, Durango.

Feb. 18 — 2 p.m., 4-H Dog Agility project.

Feb. 18 — 3 p.m., 4-H Rabbit project.

Feb. 18 — 4 p.m., 4-H Turkey project.

Feb. 21 — Office closed in observance of President’s Day.

Feb. 23 — 3:30 p.m., 4-H Shooting Sports, Ski & Bow Rack.

Feb. 23 — 3:30 p.m., 4-H Sportsfishing.

Feb. 24 — 5 p.m., 4-H Cake Decorating.

Check out our webpage at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and information.

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