BY KIM HUGHES –
Polk County 4-H’s biggest fundraiser is Poinsettia sales and they are now at the Extension Office and ready for pick up. If you pre-ordered plants, the 4-H members can deliver them to you if you don’t want to pick them up. Colors available this year are red (various shades), white and pink. Profits go to support education programs for Polk County 4-H members so your support helps our kids here locally.
Once you purchase your poinsettia, how do you care for it? Although some gardeners keep their poinsettia alive for years, it is more common that poinsettias are killed in record time with improper care. If exposed to cold temperatures, they can decline rapidly. To keep them looking their best, poinsettias need bright light and even moisture. Overwatering is a leading cause of death, but so is low light. Place your poinsettia in an area that receives either direct sunlight or very bright light for a minimum of several hours a day.
The 4-H program, conducted by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, receives no financial support from public sources. The only support for the program is through salaries for the county agents responsible for providing the 4-H opportunity for our youth. This means that all the financial support needed to provide educational opportunities for 4-H members must be raised by donations and other fundraisers.
The profit from our fundraisers goes toward camps, seminars, tours, retreats and competitions for 4-H members on a county-wide, as well as district, state and even national level. The 4-H Foundation also provides recognition and awards for volunteers involved in the 4-H program as well as to the youth who learn to set goals and reach them through 4-H achievements. During last year, we had 13 4-H clubs with over 300 4-H members led by over 50 adult volunteers that benefited from these 4-H programs and events.
To purchase your poinsettias, priced at $10 each, go by the Extension Service at 211 DeQueen Street, Mena, or call 479-394-6018. Poinsettias can also be delivered to your home, business, or other location.