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).