In his excellent article, “Does 4-H Matter Now More Than Ever” author Forrest Pritchard asserts that 4-H gives youth the opportunity to exercise productivity, develop intellectual curiosity, and provides peer-based support not necessarily found elsewhere. Pritchard says that this, coupled with concern about the aging of American farmers, paves the way for a resurgence of 4-H’s original “farming identity.”
Now, we all know that 4-H is more than just youth engaged in agricultural pursuits, but trends and interests change, and the pendulum of interest does often swing back and forth (I can’t be the only one who remembers the microwave cookery curriculum). What do you think? How do you predict project interests might change among our audiences over the next several years? Check out the full article at: “Does 4-H Matter Now More Than Ever” and post your thoughts in the comment section below.