4-H Club’s Been Busy

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

April 19, 2024

Members of the Morro Bay 4-H Club Leadership Group recently did a cleanup project at Morro Bay High School. The kids removed eight bags of trash just from the school’s parking lot. From left are: Kingston, Kaya, Bailey, Mollie, Koen, Aiden, and James [no last names given]. Submitted photo

The members of the Morro Bay 4-H Club have been busy with club activities, community projects, and getting ready for their annual big event — the Mid State Fair in Paso Robles.

Club Reporter, Bailey Dunn reported, “This year we have kids showing sheep and pigs for the California Mid State Fair. The kids that already have their animals have been very busy working with them and making sure that their animal is calm and healthy.”

On March 24, Dunn reported, the club Leadership Group policed the Morro Bay High School campus. Just around the school parking lot, the 4-Hers collected and removed eight bags of trash. It’s something they do a lot around Morro Bay.

“The community service group,” Dunn said, “has done a couple trash pickup days around Morro Bay and has brought animals to different events around Morro Bay and Los Osos.” 

They’ve also been respectful of their elders. “The Morro Bay 4-H group,” Dunn said, “also made Christmas and Valentine’s Day cards along with other decorations and delivered them to the residents at Casa De Flores.”

Casa de Flores is a senior living and assisted care facility on Teresa Drive in Morro Bay.

The Mid State Fair is set for July 17-28. After several months of caring for their critters, hundreds of youngsters from local high school FFA and 4-H Clubs will show a variety of small animals and livestock, auctioning them off to the highest bidders, earning hundreds of dollars for their efforts.

The club is also rebounding from devastating floods last winter at their club farm on Chorro Creek Road. As we reported at the time, San Bernardo Creek, one of several tributaries to Chorro Creek, overflowed a levee and washed down past Chorro Creek Road. It flooded the 4-H Farm, and some private homes along the short country road, located off Quintana Road below Cerro Cabrillo. The floods left mounds of mud and covered the farm’s pasture, pens and farmyard.

EBN asked adult club leader, Tammy Haas, for an update. “We had two farm clean up days last year,” Haas wrote in an email. “The swine project was able to use the farm for their fair projects last summer.”

However, “We are still not completely open again,” she added. “The farm has a ground water draining issue, which has slowed the clean up of the excess storm debris and silt that was washed in last Jan. 9 and again March 10, 2023. At this time we just need the ground to dry in order for the kids to use the farm for their projects.”

The name 4-H, stands for Head, Heart, Hands and Health, the four values the organization strives to instill in youth. According to the organization’s website, (see: www.4-h-learns.org), 4-H “is a positive youth development movement based on skill building activities and meaningful leadership roles supported by caring adult volunteers.”

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