Sampson Farm Bureau continues to support, strengthen relationship with 4-H
Women’s committee’s donation to help fund three 4-H projects
by Lauren Williams Staff Writer
The Sampson County Farm Bureau organization continued the long and treasured tradition of supporting both community agriculture and the community’s youth Monday night when the local chapter’s women’s committee made a generous donation to the Sampson County 4-H program, and therefore, an investment in the community’s future.
“We’ve supported 4-H for years, ever since I’ve been president,” said Tate Pope at the Oct. 14 meeting held at the Farm Bureau office on US Hwy. 421 in Clinton. “We support things connected to agriculture, to schools too, so 4-H and FFA are the two main things that we’re big supporters of. We strive to help young people.”
“We believe 4-H is a vital part of our future,” added Pope’s wife Jackie.
Following a time of food and fellowship, the organization’s local women’s committee presented 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent Amanda Bradshaw with a check for $500 for the work of the local 4-H program.
“I cannot begin to tell you how much of a blessing working with 4-H is,” Bradshaw told the group. “All the staff, we all enjoy everyday that we get to spend with the kids, the families, and the volunteers involved in 4-H.”
Bradshaw acknowledged that while her job has its challenges, it’s a job she loves, and she is thankful that others in the community, like Farm Bureau, love the program too. She stressed that it was good that others see how 4-H benefits the community as it “empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults” in an effort to better the world, “a world in which youth and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change,” according to the 4-H mission and vision as shared on the organization’s website.
“We couldn’t do what we do without people and organizations like you,” stressed Bradshaw to the women of Farm Bureau, explaining that monetary support is greatly appreciated but so is other kinds of support. “Sometimes we just need volunteers with hands, time, and passion to join us, so I may be calling on some of you sometime, asking if you know anything about this or that.”
“I just can’t thank you all enough for all that you do not only for 4-H but also for Sampson County,” continued Bradshaw, sharing with the group how she was raised in neighboring Duplin County and how she learned early on just how important organizations like Farm Bureau are to a community.
“I knew people like you there and I know, I’ve seen what it takes to keep a community going,” she noted. “What you do means so much.”
Speaking on behalf of the Farm Bureau’s women’s committee, Jackie Pope shard with Bradshaw that “we appreciate all that you do, too. I’ve seen you get dirty and stressed and still be cool…You do a great job.”
The donation from Farm Bureau will go to help fund three 4-H projects: constructing a privacy wall, adding and maintaining a strawberry patch and raised garden beds in the Cooperative Extension’s garden, and purchasing educational materials and resources.
“The privacy fence will be used in the picnic/exploration area of our school enrichment gardens. It will also be used as a hands-on board, featuring a bee and it’s buggy parts and a flower and its parts. Kids will be able to label each part on the board,” explained Bradshaw, adding that the fence “will also serve as a sound barrier for that area due to high traffic noise. We hope to add two more sections by the spring.”
Additionally, “we will have a strawberry patch added to our school enrichment gardens,” she continued. “During the summer the patch will be used to house herbs and provide a how-to station for our members of Sampson County. This area will really be used as a hands-own teaching station for all ages, not just our youth.”
Lastly, “the third portion of the funds will go to sponsor the purchase of book resources for teachers at L.C. Kerr School to help with our new gardening adventure there. A few sets of ‘Math in the Garden’ and ‘The Growing Classroom’ will be purchased and placed in the library as a resource for the teachers to have as they plan lessons for their classrooms,” noted Bradshaw, adding that “they’re two great books that I use a lot myself.”
Lauren Williams can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 117 or via email at email@example.com.
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