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New 4-H gardening club open to Lehigh children

September 5, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange is proud to announce its partnership with 4-H, offering edible gardening education to youths ages 8 to 18.

The "4-H Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange" is the only garden project 4-H club in Lee County. The newly formed club is also the only 4-H club in Lehigh Acres.

4-H is a non-formal, practical educational program for youth. The Florida 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach and caring adults to help youth gain the knowledge and life skills they need to be productive, responsible citizens.

To achieve its mission, 4-H accesses the expertise and resources of the University of Florida and a nationwide network of Cooperative Extension Service faculty and staff.

Interested 4-H members will meet at 5:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Veterans Park Recreational Center, with the exception of December. The 4-H meetings will run about 15 minutes prior to the regular meeting of the Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange.

During the meeting, 4-H members will plan activities, assign responsibilities and organize community service projects with adult guidance. Afterward, 4-H members will stay for the regular edible gardening meeting, plus the raffle, free exchange and snacks.

The cost to join the 4-H Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange is $1 per member to cover secondary medical insurance.

This month's guest speaker for the Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange will be Tom Becker, who is the Lee County Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program Extension agent. He will teach about soil improvement, use of organic matter, composting, water conservation, irrigation, mulching and Florida Yard and Neighborhood practices.

The regular Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange meeting will start at about 5:45 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Veterans Park Recreational Building, at 55 Homestead Road. It lasts about two hours.

Regular members are welcome to sit in on the 4-H meeting at 5:30 p.m.

All members require a once-in-a-lifetime membership fee of $10 per person to Veterans Park after one free "trial" visit. There is no fee for the Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange.

A raffle ticket is provided to every member that brings in an item to exchange, whether it be seeds, cuttings, plants, fruit, veggies, or a healthy drink or snack.

For more information about the 4-H Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange, contact Karen Harty at or (610) 530-8883 between noon and 3 p.m.



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