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Uh - what exactly is a 4-H, you say? Well, we're glad you asked.
4-H Clubs - an acronym for "head, heart, hands and health" - were originally set up by the United States Department of Agriculture to train the rural youth of America in hands-on skills like agriculture and raising animals.
Essentially, the goal was to make public school education more connected to the country life, while fostering a sense of community and personal responsibility.
The programs have since expanded to more urbanized areas and focused in on overall nutrition and well-being, but a number of clubs still get their hands dirty by helping raise and sell livestock to the likes of locally-driven chefs like Kelly Liken.
Kelly Liken is the executive chef and owner of Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail, Colorado; she was also a contestant on "Top Chef" Season 7.
Five Reasons to Buy from Your Local 4-H: Kelly Liken
When you buy a whole animal you have a responsibility to it, to use as much of it as you can. This is a responsibility that we do not take lightly."
2. 4-H animals are some of the best quality in the nation
3. 4-H supports the education of local children
Most importantly, all the money raised by the sale goes into the child’s individual education fund."
4. Knowing where your food comes from is not only very important but it teaches a life-long lesson to children, while shaping their future decisions with regards to food, cooking, and nutrition
Removing the transportation of animals along with the multi-person handling out of the equation allows for a more streamlined simple choice."
5. It’s fun!
Listening to the auctioneer and seeing how excited the children get when their animal is purchased is an incredibly fulfilling experience."
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