The 4-H Bayou Gazette Newsletter 4th-6th Grade Edition December 2020

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St. Martin Parish Cooperative Extension
114 Courthouse Street
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
337-332-2181 Fax: 337-332-2870
Website: www.louisiana4h.org/stmartin
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Social Media: Search “St. Martin Parish 4-H” on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest


Clover Events Calendar

December

2 Livestock Exhibitor and Parent Meeting / Livestock Entry Forms and Fees due

4 Possession date for swine; Validation deadline for market hogs and com. Gilts

10 Food for Families Food Drive

15 Virtual Holiday Contest Entries

22 Livestock Premier Exhibitor Workshop

January

16 St. Martin Parish Livestock Show and Sale

25-30 Acadiana District Livestock Show

NOTE: The 4-H Office will be closed from Thursday, December 24, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021.


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Have you ever noticed that if some fruits and vegetables sit out for a while that they will turn brown? Maybe you have wondered why this happens or if you can stop it. This process is called enzymatic browning.

On the outside of a cell membrane sits the cell wall that protects the cell. These cells make up fruits and vegetables. Different cells have certain things in them called “enzymes.” When these fruits and vegetables are cut into the cell wall and membrane are damaged and all the substances from the cell mix together. The cells are also exposed to oxygen from the air. When all this happens- the fruits and vegetables start to turn brown, also known as enzymatic browning.

Anti-browning agents act against oxygen. Vitamin C or citrus interact with the enzymes and prevent them from interacting with the oxygen. If oxygen did get to interact with the enzymes, it would turn the fruit brown. We can use lemon juice or vitamin C to keep our fruit from turning brown and bring our fruit as a snack!


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Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 10, 2020. All 4-H clubs are, once again, invited to collect nonperishable food items and/or monetary donations for this very worthwhile event. Clubs can organize the collection of items and arrange to have them delivered to the drop off locations on that day.

Some examples of items include: applesauce, canned beans, canned chicken or fish, canned vegetables, cooking oils, crackers, dried herbs and spices, fruit (canned or dried), granola bars, instant mashed potatoes, meals in a box, nuts, pasta, peanut butter, rice, powdered and shelf stable milk, soup, chili, and whole grain cereal.


4-H Holiday Contests

Your school club leader may be having a contest at school. Check with them for a due date. If not, take a picture of yourself (the 4-H member) and your entry then email it to stmartin4h@yahoo.com by December 15th.

Cookie Contest Rules (Judged on Appearance)

1. Cookies must be made by 4-H member. Cookie mixes may be used, but store bought cookies and may not. Cookies must have a Holiday look to them, so use cookie cutters, red & green sprinkles, colored icing, etc.

2. 4-H’ers must do most of the work when making the cookies. This contest is for 4-H’ers, not for parents, although adult supervision (especially around the oven) may be helpful.

3. Only cookies are allowed in this category; no brownies or cookie bars, rice crispy treats, fudge, or any other candy.

4. Each 4-H member is allowed to enter only one exhibit in the cookie contest. The exhibit should include 3 cookies.

5. Cookie exhibits will not be returned, so please use disposable plates for exhibiting your dish. Please keep in mind that the containers are not judged.

6. Please label the bottom of the dish with the child’s name and grade.

7. Cookies will be judged on taste.

Ornament Contest Rules

1. Ornament must be handmade by 4-H’er.Parents can assist, but 4-H member must construct the majority of the ornament.

2. Ornaments previously entered in this contest cannot be entered again.

3. Ornaments must be able to be hung on a tree.(Large wreaths and/or wall hangings should not be entered and will be placed in the white ribbon category)

4. Label the ornament with the 4-H’ers full name and grade.

Decorated Holiday Treats (Judged on Appearance)

1. 4-H’ers must do most of the work when making the treats. This contest is for 4-H’ers, not for parents, although adult supervision (especially around the oven) may be helpful.

2. Treats must have a Holiday look to them.

3. Treats will be judged on appearance only—not taste, so use your creativity. Create a Holiday treat with edible items such as candy, rice crispy treats, pre-made sandwich cookies, brownies, fudge, cake balls, etc.

4. Each 4-H’er is allowed to enter only one exhibit in the decorated treats contest. The exhibit should contain 3 treats. Exhibits will not be returned, so please use disposable plates for exhibiting your treats.

5. Please label the bottom of the dish with the child’s name and grade.

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Have Fun, Use Your Creativity, and Show Off Your Skills!


Clovers to These 4-Hers

The following 4-H members attended 4-H Fun Day:

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BBE: Gian Denais
CAT: Piper Laperouse, Kody Bourque
CJHS: Hunter Farrar, Cullen LeLeu
PMS: Landon Champagne
SBS: James Gauthier, Riley Meaux
Teche: Aubrey Prioux
At-Large: Damon Norton

Congratulations November Trivia Contest Winners

Last month’s trivia question was “Can you tell which egg is fresher, A or B?”The correct answer was B.

Congratulations to the following prize winners:

BBE4: Gian Denais
Teche 4: Aubrey Prioux
Teche 5: Rylei Pommier
St. Bernard 4: Harli Martin, Anna Frederick, Caroline Simon, Malia Cambre, Kami Dupuis, Cole Theriot, Camille Brou
At-Large: Hannah Ellender, Aiden Edgar



question markpng4-H Trivia

Each month, we will have a trivia contest in the newsletter. If you are one of the first 5 members of your club to email the correct answer to us, along with your full name, school you attend and your grade level, you will receive a prize at your next club meeting. Remember, your answer must be correct!

December 4-H Trivia Question:

What can we put on our fruit to stop the enzymatic browning when we bring it to school as a snack?

Email us the answer along with your full name, the school you attend, and your grade level by 12/21/2020 to: stmartin4h@yahoo.com



Livestock News

Below are many important dates for livestock exhibitors and their families. Good luck with your projects! If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Mrs. Hannah Devall at 337-332-2181 or hdevall@agcenter.lsu.edu

Livestock participants should have received important information in the mail with entry information as well as upcoming workshops and clinics.

Livestock Show Dates:

St. Martin Parish Livestock Show: January 15-16, 2021 (BBHS Barn)

Acadiana District Livestock Show: January 26-30, 2021 (Lafayette)

St. Martin Parish Poultry & Rabbit Shows: February 6, 2021 (BBHS Barn)

LSU State Livestock Show: February 13-20, 2021 (Gonzales)

LSU State Rabbit Show: March 6, 2021 (Alexandria)

Acadiana District Horse Show: July 1-3, 2021 (New Iberia)

LSU State Horse Show: July 2020 (Gonzales)

Other Important Dates:

December 17, 2020Poultry Workshop (Virtual, 5:30-7:00pm)

December 22, 2020 Livestock Premier Exhibitor Workshop (1:30-4:00pm)

January 13, 2021 Parish Premier Exhibitor Testing / Barn Yard Bash


Shooting Sports

Shooting sports mandatory safety meetings were conducted in November and practices are now underway. Project books were disbursed during the safety meetings. Members should be working in their project books to learn more about their project areas while practices are underway.


How to Make Healthy Holiday Choices

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It is easy to overdo it on unhealthy foods during holiday dinners with family. Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our stomachs so start with small serving sizes instead of piling your plate high with food. Fill your plate with a protein, a grain, fruit, vegetable and dairy before unhealthy foods. Try makings half your plate fruits and vegetables.


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The Louisiana 4-H Youth Development Program is proud to partner with the National 4-H Council in bringing The Camp Grant Walker 4-H Youth Academy’s “Camp-in-a-Box” program nationwide!

Camp-in-a-Box provides youth with a custom packaged box set of themed supplies, lessons, and activities. Each box will also include a Camp Grant Walker 4-H Youth Academy Art Apron! The first box option, available on November 30, 2020, will introduce kids to beginner arts & crafts concepts and mediums. Future box options, including Environmental Science - Forestry, and STEM – Mini Drone Operations, will be available early next year! The STEM and Environmental Science boxes will include materials based on current Louisiana education science standards.

Online ordering will begin on November 30 at the National 4-H Shop website, located at: shop4-h.org A specific page link to the box is coming soon. Boxes will be mailed directly to youth, and all lessons and activities can be completed in a self-directed format. For any questions at all, please contact Camp Grant Walker 4-H Program Coordinator, Adam O’Malley, at: aomalley@agcenter.lsu.edu


Questions?

Contact the St. Martin Parish Extension Office
St. Martin Parish Cooperative Extension
114 Courthouse Street
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
337-332-2181 Fax: 337-332-2870
Website: www.louisiana4h.org/stmartin
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Social Media: Search “St. Martin Parish 4-H” on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest

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