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4-H Newsletter Leflore County

A Note From the Agent

Whoa!!!! April flew by faster than March and now May is here! With that, May is always a hard time for me. A lot of my kids are graduating and going off to college. They are “leaving” me for new adventures. I see these young people as my own kids and it is a bittersweet ending after sometimes working with these kids for many years. I have been blessed by each and every youth I’ve had the privilege to work with and wish all of them congratulations and good luck on the next chapter of their lives.

Christina Meriwether
Extension Agent III/ 4-H

YOUth Succeeding

Congratulations to ALL my high school seniors who have made it through this year to graduate—Jessica Fulgham, Mary Kathryn Shaw, Ebone Chandler, Shaniya Johnson, Roosevelt Roach, Mariah Gardner. Good Luck on your future endeavors!

Congratulations to Rachel Carr for winning one of the top 7 spots on the Mississippi 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team. They will compete at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky.

4-H Record Books

Record keeping is an important skill. The 4-H record keeping process encourages members to develop skills in observation, gathering data, collecting and manipulating data, and general bookkeeping skills. The 4-H record allows 4-H members the opportunity to set goals and keep records on the progress made toward reaching those goals. The record book also allows the 4-H member to record losses, profits and other helpful information about their 4-H project work. The age categories are: Juniors age 8-9; Juniors age 10-11; Intermediates age 12-14; and Seniors age 15-18.

Record Book Categories

  • Achievement
  • Agriculture
  • Beef
  • Breads
  • Citizenship
  • Clothing/Textiles & Fashion Revue
  • Conservation of Natural Resources/Wildlife
  • Dairy [Includes Dairy Goats]
  • Foods (includes Food & Nutrition, Food Conservation and Safety)
  • Forestry and Wood Science
  • Garden and Horticulture
  • Horse
  • Leadership
  • Photography
  • Sheep
  • Swine
  • Pet Care/Dog care

Other Project Categories

  • Bicycle
  • Careers
  • Child Development
  • Computer
  • Consumer Education
  • Dairy Foods
  • Engineering
  • Fitness Leadership/Health • Home Environment
  • Home Management
  • Meat Goat
  • Personal Development
  • Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Poultry
  • Public Speaking
  • Recreation/Expressive Arts
  • Safety
  • Veterinary Science

The deadline to submit Jr, Intermediate and Sr. Record Books is July 1. For more information click HERE or contact Christina Meriwether at or 662.453.6803.

4-H Congress

While this year’s Congress will look very different from previous State Congress events, we are excited to be able to once again offer contests and events face to face. This year, youth can participate in contests held at ANY region, regardless of where they live. Youth will also have the opportunity to attend more than one regional Congress event. Special thanks to the MSU Regional Extension Coordinators, Extension Specialists, and agents for their work and dedication to make this possible.

Registration opens on May 3, 2021 and closes June 1, 2021.

NE—Verona: June 15

  • Robotics
  • Meats Judging
  • Consumer Judging
  • Agronomy Bowl
  • Interior Design

SW– Raymond: June 17

  • Dairy Bowl
  • Dairy Products Judging
  • Public Speaking
  • Photography Judging

NW—Stoneville: June 29

  • Wildlife Judging
  • Horticulture Judging
  • Livestock Bowl
  • Child Development

SE—Gulfport: June 30

  • Forestry Judging
  • Poultry Judging
  • Egg Preparation
  • Clothing Selection

4-H Officers & Ambassadors

COVID had an impact on our world and most everything in it, including normal operations for 4-H as you all have experienced along with us. We are implementing a position of president- elect at this time. In order for this transition to work, we will have both a Vice-President and a President Elect for a short time. When we resume our normal schedule of elections in June 2021. The officers below will have a formal induction ceremony via zoom in the very near future. They will complete a service project and participate in the State 4-H Leadership Training. We are thrilled to have them on board to provide leadership for the district and state events that are getting back on our calendar. Though the time in office is abbreviated from a normal year, the experiences should be rich and fulfilling. Current state leadership members will have a face-to-face training June 7-8 at MSU.

Current Mississippi 4-H State Council Officers

President Conner Hidalgo, Lee County
President-Elect Savanna Ashley, Wilkinson County
Vice President Peyton Horn, Bolivar County
Secretary Reed Lindsey, Prentiss County
Reporter Lacy Raines, Union County
Parliamentarian Coltie Young, Oktibbeha County
Song Leader Jessica Fulgham, Leflore County
Southwest VP Amy Grase Estes, Amite County
Northeast VP Isabella (Bella) Juarez, Choctaw County
Southeast VP Anna McFetridge, Wayne County
Northwest VP Mary Kathryn Shaw, Leflore County

Deadline for 2021-2022 State Council Officers and Ambassadors May 10, 5pm. Applications available at the office.

4-H Summer Camp

Summer is right around the corner and so is summer camp! There will be two opportunities for 4-H’ers to register for camp:

4-H Summer Camp Explore

  • Junior 4-H’ers 8-13
  • June 7-9, 2021
  • Lake Tia O’Khata, Louisville MS
  • Cost—$200
  • “First Come—First Serve” Basis. Only 20 kids will be allowed to participate. So, don’t wait to register and pay!

4-H E.A.R.T.H Camp (Environmental Awareness through Technology Recreation and Health

This Environmental Sciences Summer Camp will include a wide array of learning opportunities such as, entomology, wildlife, fish, camping, and Native American Cultural origins...just to name a few. There will also be time for fun and leisure with opportunities to swim, hike, go birding, and participate in scavenger hunts and other challenges.

  • Junior 4-H’ers 10-12
  • August 2-4, 2021
  • Lake Tia O’Khata, Louisville MS
  • Cost—$120
  • “First Come—First Serve” Basis. Only 20 kids will be allowed to participate. So, don’t wait to register and pay!

Covid-19 wellness practices will be applied to all 4-H activities and events until further notice. For more information, contact the Leflore County Extension Office.

Horse Art & Photo Contest

The Northwest Region is having the Horse Art and Photography Contest this summer at the Northwest District Horse Show in Winona. You can submit your digital horse photos to and your horse art to Christina Meriwether at the Leflore Co. Extension Office. The top five entries in each category will compete against the other regions for the top 3 places in each category in the state. The deadline is Friday, May 28th to the Leflore Extension Office. Rules for the Horse Art and Photography contests can be found HERE on pages 68 and 69. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email or phone 662.453.6803.

4-H Horse Art Workshops

Leflore will be hosting Horse Art Workshops at the Ext. Office. You must register by calling the office 662.453.6803 by the Friday before the workshop. No Cost. Ages 8-18 years old. If you miss a meeting, don’t worry! It will be recorded and posted on our county webpage. Come have FUN with us!

Workshop 3 May 15th, 1pm, String Art

Workshop 4 May 22nd, 1pm, Painting

Summer Day Camps

There will be 2 Day Camps this summer: June 21 & 22; July 12 & 13, both start at 10am-2pm. Lunch will be provided. These camps are for ages 8-13 year-olds. We will be learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through scientific inquiry and problem solving in hands-on activities. NO COST. LIMITED TO 6 PARTICIPANTS FOR EACH CAMP. DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS JUNE 11 FOR THE FIRST MAKERSPACE CAMP AND JULY 1 FOR THE SECOND MAKERSPACE CAMP.

4-H Leadership

The leadership club will meet Tuesday, May 18th at the office from 8am to 2pm. We will be working on Congress preparation, community service hours and summer programs. The June meeting will be on the 1st and we will continue with our sewing projects.

Quick Bites - May 2021

Quick Bites programs are offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service and provide information in a wide variety of topics through Zoom. The programs are held during lunch (12-1 pm) on Thursdays. Sessions will be held in Bost 409 for those who are on campus. Contact your county office for more information.

For County Offices: Counties may sign up via the Zoom registration link if they plan to host a program within their office area according to the current face-to-face numbers and meeting space guidelines. Or, counties may make the registration link available to their clients for the individual client to view the programs from their personal computers. Individuals will register for each program and will receive the program link automatically upon registration completion.

May 6

Flowers Just Like Mama Made

Lynette McDougald, Instructor Plant & Soil Sciences

We will take a nostalgic look at floral design this month. Everything from containers, mechanics, and collected flowers just like our moms might have used.

Zoom registration link

May 13

FireScaping Your Landscape

Holly Campbell, Public Service Assistant; Daniel B. Warnell, School of Forestry & Natural Resources

Join in to learn about an advanced educational program on FireScaping. Holly will share how to teach others how to design a landscape that is fire safe. This program is an introduction to the topic to determine additional interest for programs.

Zoom registration link

May 27

Let's Make: A Marble Clay Dish

Jennifer Williams, Extension Agent, 4-H Lincoln County

Looking for something to hold all those knickknacks and jewelry? Here's the perfect solution. Not only is this project cute, but it's budget friendly. Join us to learn how to make a marble clay dish. This project is fun, easy, and practical.

Zoom registration link

In the Garden

Try rosemary and thyme in home gardens, containers

When looking at all the plants growing in landscapes, I’m reminded that each plant has a role in the story of that garden. And most garden stories have plants with sidekicks that you always find side by side.

A garden story that I recently enjoyed was the British TV show, “Rosemary & Thyme.” Rosemary Boxer (a university lecturer) and Laura Thyme (a former police officer) were a dynamic duo in the garden. They solved mysteries -- mostly murders -- while working as gardeners in beautiful landscapes all across Europe. And like the TV characters, the plants rosemary and thyme make a great duo in my home herb garden.

Rosemary has needle-like leaves that typically are a dark green with silvery undersides. The leaves are very aromatic. When used in a freshly prepared dinner, that sweet aroma warms the entire kitchen. Try adding fresh rosemary to hearty chicken and lamb recipes. Rosemary can be finicky to grow in the garden, especially when given too much attention, such as watering and fertilizing. I’ve found that rosemary is one of those garden plants that thrives on neglect. This means I try not to even look at it as I walk by, but I can’t help touching the plants and releasing their sweet scent. Typically, rosemary has a more upright, spreading growth habit. I love the selection Prostrata, which is perfect for growing in hanging baskets. Rosemary was named a Mississippi Medallion winner in 2016.

Thyme is a great culinary herb that smells like summer to me.

Thyme has a low and spreading growth habit. The small, fragrant leaves are produced on thin, woody stems. There is a wide selection of aromas and flavors available, like lemon or variegated thyme, but my go-to favorite is the common green variety, English thyme.

It’s amazing how the pollinators are attracted to the pinkish flowers when thyme begins to bloom. Be sure to encourage the plants to produce more growth by pruning the plants back by a third after flowering.

Thyme adds a savory flavor note to many dishes. For example, I love fresh thyme with my morning eggs. Use thyme to enhance pork, beef and fish dishes. It’s also delicious to add to roasted root vegetables like turnips, rutabagas, and carrots. Both rosemary and thyme thrive in similar growing conditions, beginning with full sun. They can be grown with the best success, in my opinion, in raised beds; even better, in containers. This ensures the proper drainage these plants need. Growing in droughty conditions -- the drier the better -- concentrates the aromatic essential oils.

Both rosemary and thyme can be grown from seed, but that requires real patience. For these herbs, I always suggest buying transplants from your favorite independent garden center or nursery. Then you can create your own rosemary and thyme combinations.

Dr. Gary R. Bachman

Reuse Coffee Grounds

Have you ever wanted to reuse your coffee grounds? They are actually very useful in the garden! Whether you add them to compost or your gardening soil, they will add nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium back to the environment they are placed in over time.

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Portrait of Ms. Christina A. Meriwether
Extension Agent IV