Published on : Monday, September 1, 2014
In celebration of 100 years of preparing young British Columbians with agriculture learning and leadership, the B.C. government is presenting B.C. 4-H with $87, 000 in funding and a Century Farm Award.
Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick made the announcement today at the 115th annual Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong.
The funding grant will support B.C. 4-H programs that help build youth development and leadership in local B.C. 4-H clubs throughout the province.
Originally known as Boys and Girls clubs, B.C. 4-H started in 1914 with more than 200 young people participating in competitions sponsored by the Department of Agriculture. The program originally focused on potato-farming activities and soon after expanded to include popular projects involving poultry, swine, beef and dairy. Non-agricultural projects such as arts and crafts were added in the late 1970s as more young British Columbians outside farming communities joined the program.
Today, more than 2,000 young people between the ages of six and 21 years are actively involved in the program in British Columbia. The four Hs stand for head, heart, hands and health, and B.C. 4-H inspires its members to become well-balanced leaders of their communities both as kids and adults.
Century Farm Awards honour agricultural organizations that have been active for 100 years. The Century Farm award program was created in 1994 to mark the centennial of the Ministry of Agriculture.
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