Club Goals: Support families & projects related to sustainability & resilience
 
 

------------  2014  ------------

 

August

We explained 4-H and talked about our year. Leaders attended Harris County 4-H's leadership camp.

 

September

Angela Chandler taught us how to make Self-Watering Container Gardens.

October

We got some buckets from All We Need Farms, some extra PVC, and some soil and seeds and made self-watering container gardens for the community center.

Field Trip

We went to one family’s neighborhood to look at different types of backyard vegetable gardens.  We also looked at the family’s log cabin, chickens, and root cellar.

November

We did a “Food Bank Fiesta”--we tried to figure out what parts of plants the different foods we eat come from.  Then we left all our food in the Food Bank box at the community center. One weekend, some members attended a one-day 4-H cooking and food safety event at Bear Creek.

Service Project:  Care Kits for the Homeless

The club met at a family’s house and two of the members taught the others how to make t-shirt bags.  We filled them with essential toiletries like toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, pens, and paper.  We took the bags to Lord of the Streets when we took our coat and clothing donation in December.

Chia pets!

 

December

First, we gathered coats from people in our community.  In the end, our club had a trunk full of coats and sweaters to deliver!  Then, we made chia pets out of panty hose and soil, and we decorated them with buttons, paint, and a hot glue gun.

 

------------  2015  ------------

 

January

We brought newspaper, soil, and seeds, and two members taught the rest of the club how to make newspaper pots for transplanting seedlings. One weekend, some 4-H'ers attended sewing service workshops at Bear Creek with 4-H and Master Gardener volunteers.

February

We experimented with using Skype, a VoIP (Voice over IP) app that allows videoconferencing.  County-level competitions began for some projects.

 

March

Harris CERT invited us to a meeting with LifeFlight from Memorial Hermann.  We watched the helicopter land and take off, and we got to talk to the paramedic, flight nurse, and pilot.

April

We took a break to get ready for D-9, a district-level competition weekend at Alvin Community College.

May

We harvested carrots from our container gardens, and took the containers home for the summer.  We talked about plans for next year.  We decided we would have more meetings over Zoom.us so that more people could come without driving so far or worrying about homework.

 
 
 
Resources:
 
Randall, Bob. Year Round Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers for Metro-Houston: A 
 
Natural Organic Approach Using Ecology. Year Round Gardening Press, 2006.
 
JMG Teacher/Leader Guide, Level One.
 
Paper Pots: http://www.gardenbetty.com/2011/03/how-to-make-recycled-
newspaper-pots-for-seed-starting/