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Britta (Monson) Fisher: "4-H propelled me into a life of service."

Britta (Monson) Fisher was raised on a family farm in Sibley County. Her parents, Mark Monson and Denise (Harjes) Monson Alms, met during a 4-H Radio Speaking Contest in 1972. Britta is the eldest of their 4 children, all of whom grew up as second-generation members of the Be Square 4-H Club near Gaylord, Minnesota.

"4-H gave me so many fantastic opportunities to see older kids modeling behaviors that I wanted to emulate," reflected Britta recently. "Their modeling made me aspire to early leadership roles in my club and community."

And Britta's 4-H leadership roles were many. She was her club's recreation leader when she was nine years old, followed by historian, treasurer and president in subsequent years. Following in her mother's footsteps, she served as a 4-H State Ambassador ('95-'96), traveling throughout the state representing and advocating for 4-H.


"I was one of the youngest Ambassadors, but the older youth totally embraced and en…

How one 4-H club's service learning project continues to have a BIG impact

It's been eight years since recycling became a part of the Redwood County Fair. And we can thank one very special 4-H club for making it happen.


The Redwood Rainbows 4-H Club, located in Redwood County, Minnesota, saw the absence of recycling at the Redwood County Fair as an excellent community service opportunity. In 2006, with the assistance of several grants, including ones from the MN 4-H Foundation and the Redwood County 4-H Federation, the club purchased 50 red recycling barrels. They attached labels, cut small holes into the lids and posted signs around the grounds to educate fair attendees on what items were recyclable and should be put in a red barrel instead of in a garbage can. Fairgoers used the recycling barrels, volunteers sorted the plastic, glass, cardboard and aluminum and the county recycling center picked up and process the items collected.


After the initial success of this project, the club's passion for recycling and educating people on how easy it is to …

Support summer learning through volunteering

More than half of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. (www.summerlearning.org). When I first read this I thought, if only all youth had access to 4-H! 4-H members stay active and engaged in learning all summer long.

Throughout the summer months 4-H'ers are researching their projects, practicing demonstrations, training animals, growing gardens, experimenting with photos, working with wood and so much more! They are learning! They continue to use math and science skills, decision making and problem solving skills, and writing and language skills while they work on making the best project they can to show at their local fair. Then when they are judged at the fair they learn what they did well and how they can make it better next time.

All the fun that youth are having in 4-H over the summer is really providing them with educational opportunities that can help them do better in school! S…