Hatch, Milk and Grow

A Brunswick County 4H Cloverbud Group

What is 4H?

Hatch, Milk & Grow is a new 4H Cloverbud Group in Brunswick County for youth ages 5-7. Our activities and projects will surround the basic question: “Where does our food come from?”.

Hatch, Milk & Grow is a Brunswick County 4H club located in Winnabow, NC. Many of our members are in New Hanover county but enrolled in our club.

Our club has a focus on sustainable agriculture- we seek to answer the question: “Where does our food come from?”

⁃ We volunteer at local community gardens

⁃ We volunteer about time and talent for local community service projects

⁃ We are participating in the local regional 4H poultry project- our kids are raising laying hens and meat birds (broilers) to show in May.

⁃ We volunteer at the Cape Fear Fair and Expo livestock tent.

⁃ We have our very own club veggie garden

⁃ We take field trips to animal sanctuaries and even demonstrations from local livestock vets

⁃ Participate in local livestock shows.

⁃ Hands on learning experiences with in the garden and our dairy goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks and rabbits.

So, where does our food come from?

A simple question, but one with many answers. We believe helping children become more “in touch” with food and how it’s made encourages a lifetime of healthy eating habits. Our group will learn how veggies our grown, how to maintain a garden, how to harvest vegetables, where eggs come from, how chicks are hatched, where milk comes from, how animals (including insects!) can help us grow our food, how to prepare healthy food and more!
Where did this egg come from?
How do carrots grow?
How can rabbits help grow a garden?
How can we encourage pollinators?

4 H is a Community for all Kids
“In 4 H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. 4 H is delivered by Cooperative Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. For more than 100 years, 4 H has welcomed young people of all beliefs and backgrounds, giving kids a voice to express who they are and how they make their lives and communities better. Through life-changing 4 H programs, nearly six million kids and teens have taken on critical societal issues, such as addressing community health inequities, engaging in civil discourse and advocating for equity and inclusion for all.”

Who can join?

Youth must be at least 5 years old as of 1/1/2022. Though our club is based in Brunswick county, youth from surrounding counties are allowed to join. 4H has a strong emphasis on equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice- we encourage any child who is interested, regardless of race, religion, gender identity, income, or disability to join. Learn ore about 4H’s stance here:

“Access, equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential elements of 4-H’s goals related to positive youth development and organizational sustainability. For more than 20 years, 4-H has been intentional in building an organization and culture of belonging by actively inviting the contributions and participation of all youth.
As a system, Cooperative Extension believes that diverse perspectives, values, and beliefs help generate better ideas to solve the complex problems of a changing—and increasingly diverse—world.”

What is a Cloverbud?

“The primary goal of the 4-H Cloverbud program is to promote children’s healthy development—mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally.

The 4-H Cloverbud program is an informal educational experience through which parents, other interested adults, and youth help young people develop confidence, social skills, decision-making abilities, subject matter knowledge, and physical skills. The program allows for and encourages creativity and play. It is an excellent opportunity for children to reach their fullest potential because early life experiences, even subtle ones, affect future development.
Typically, 4-H Cloverbud children explore these subject areas: healthy lifestyle, environmental and earth science, citizenship and civic education, plants and animals, consumerism and family science, science and technology, personal development, and community and expressive arts.

The 4-H Cloverbud program is developmentally age-appropriate for youth age 5 and in kindergarten to age 8 and in the third grade. Children are involved in noncompetitive group activities, rather than individual projects. In doing so, the children learn life skills, which include getting along with others and feeling good about themselves.
The program brings members, parents, and volunteers together to have fun and learn to work together in meetings, activities, and special events. Parents are encouraged to become involved.

How much does it cost to join?

There will be no family out of pocket costs. No club dues. Supplies are covered by the NC Cooperative Extension office.

Our Meetings:

We will meet 1-2 times a month on Saturdays at 10AM.

The meeting our held at the leader’s personal homestead.