South Burlington--Vermont 4-H'ers with an interest in sheep or poultry had the chance to learn more at the 4-H Fantastic Flocks Activities and Potluck, Feb. 8.

The afternoon gathering took place at the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H Office in South Burlington. Chittenden County 4-H sponsored the event, which included a quiz bowl-style review and a skill-a-thon for hands-on learning about biosecurity, predators, body parts, zoonotic diseases and related topics. 

The 4-H'ers learned about the life cycle of a chicken and how to do needle felting to make catnip balls to be donated to Homeward Bound, the Addison County Humane Society shelter in Middlebury. In addition, they were asked to prepare and bring a savory dish using either eggs or sheep's milk cheese for the potluck supper.

The Crowd Favorite Dish Award went to Luke, Miriam and William Lawson of Cambridge for their eggy bread with bacon. The siblings, who are member of the High Hopes 4-H Club, received a trophy of a chicken standing on the back of a sheep.

In addition to the Lawsons, other 4-H'ers who participated in this event, by club, were:

Caledonia Critters: Amos Dedam, Groton; Ari Moragues, Barnet

Feathered Friends: Cooper Honeycut, Jericho

Flying Hooves: Morgan and Ryker O'Brien, Milton

Green Mountain Moovers: Bayden and Ella McAllister, Morrisville

High Hopes: Chelsea Ferland, Fairfax

Kingdom Critters: Howie, Max and Nora Demaine, West Glover

Assisting with the program were 4-H teen Annika Cooper, Colchester, and adult volunteers Paul Beaumier and Amanda Gifford, both from Fairfax; Jake Jacobs, Salisbury; Katja Nystrom, Colchester; and Elizabeth Ploof, Westford. Rose Garritano, UVM Extension 4-H educator for Chittenden County, coordinated the event. 

For more information about the Vermont 4-H poultry and sheep programs and clubs, contact the UVM Extension State 4-H Office at (802) 651-8343 or (800) 571-0668 (Vermont calls only).


Rosemarie M. Garritano
A female student studies the life cycle of a chicken through paper worksheets.
Chelsea Ferland, Fairfax, studies the life cycle of the chicken at the 4-H Fantastic Flocks Activities and Potluck. (photo: Rose Garritano/UVM Extension 4-H)
A male students learns how to stitch together a catnip ball for a local animal shelter.
Groton 4-H'er Amos Dedam concentrates as he tries his hand at needle felting a catnip ball to donate to Homeward Bound, a Middlebury animal shelter. (photo: Rose Garritano/UVM Extension 4-H)