The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 30, 2012

4-H reports green sales

By Ian Faulkner, Staff Writer
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Friday, November 30, 2012 — The Stanly County 4-H Holiday Greenery Sale ran from Oct. 3 to Nov. 7, and orders became available for pick-up Nov. 20.

4-H offered 26 inch Fraser Fir wreaths for $20; Fraser Fir Christmas trees, six to seven foot for $45 and seven to eight foot for $55; 75 foot rolls of white pine garland for $30; and hand-made bows for $10.

“4-H members earn scholarship money from the Greenery Sale. They can use it to pay for 4-H camp, 4-H Congress, some of our summer activities. Any of the teen events throughout our district, they earn money to cut the cost to their families,” said Ashley Smith, extension agent and 4-H Youth Development at the Stanly County North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

Smith detailed that 4-H members earned $5 per wreath, $10 per garland and $15 for Christmas trees in the Greenery fund raiser.

According to Smith, 4-H members did a little better with the sale this year than last.

Last year they sold 266 wreaths, this year 237; last year they sold 29 garlands, this year 38; and finally, they sold 12 Christmas trees last year and 36 this year, tripling last year’s sale.

The greenery came from Brookgreen Farms, which is run by a former 4-H agent, Felicia Joyce. 4-H purchases the greenery and then resells it.

The greenery is sprayed with Greenzit, a product that helps the flora retain moisture. Also, if one will spritz their greenery with a water bottle, it will keep longer.

“This is our biggest fundraiser for the year, so we’ll probably continue doing it,” Smith said.

“We offer so much here at 4-H. People traditionally think of us as dealing with livestock, home economics or family consumer science. We still do that, but there’s more to it than that. We offer many school enrichment programs and other extracurricular activities.”

Smith explained that 4-H put on an embryology class, where they study quail eggs. They offer this class to second through eighth graders. The curriculum aligns with the new Common Core Essential Standards recently put in place by the state.

For more information on 4-H or Cooperative Extension Service, visit stanly.ces.ncsu.edu.