Jefferson County 4-H organizing gardening project club

Jefferson County 4-H extends an invitation to all county youth, ages 5 to 19, their parents and any interested adult volunteers to join the county 4-H Garden Club. An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the conference room of the county Extension office, 500 Idaho St.

According to Pia Woods, county Extension agent- 4-H Youth Development, this 4-H project club will engage Jefferson County youth in developing both gardening and life skills through the use of the 4-H Vegetable Gardening curriculum. The content of this curriculum has a broad focus and is designed to help youth develop project skills in six major areas — planning, planting, fun with plants, garden care, harvesting and storage and careers. The life skills involved in this gardening project include acquiring knowledge, using scientific methods, making decisions, solving problems, applying leadership skills and conserving the environment.

A key concept taught and utilized by this new garden club will be the benefits of raised-bed gardening. According to Lee Anderson II, county Extension urban storm water and horticulture agent, “raised-bed gardens are excellent for youth just beginning to garden and for adults and the elderly as well. They provide accessibility for persons with limited mobility and aesthetically — raised beds look neat and clean.”

Contact the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, at 870-534-1033 or e-mail for more information.

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