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Durham County 4-H Clubs

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4-H Clubs

The first 4-H clubs were believed to be Corn Clubs for boys and Tomato Clubs for girls, whose purpose was to provide youth with research based practices for growing crops in rural settings where farmers resisted new agricultural practices. These clubs were so successful in spreading university-based research to these communities that 4-H became the largest youth organization in the United States. While 4-H values its agricultural roots, 4-H clubs include any gathering of at least 5 youth from 3 different families, meeting for a common interest. This can range from a coding club, to an environmental education club. A clubs’ focus may include such a range of topics as: raising pets, cooking, camping, shooting sports, sewing, community service, world cultures, health and drug abuse prevention, performance arts, collecting, gardening, and more. Clubs typically meet at least six times in a year, and are lead by an adult volunteer with assistance from the 4-H agent.

Durham County 4-H Clubs

  • Middle Ground Homeschool Gardening Club meets twice a month to learn about different gardening skills including seeding, mushroom growing, orchard maintenance, and bee keeping. They volunteer at the Briggs Ave Community Garden and Urban Community Agronomics.
  • Pura Vida Horse Club gathers each week at the Pura Vida Horse Farm in Bahama to learn how to care for and train horses. Each club member is paired with a foal that they can grow with and learn from overtime.
  • Hub Farm Afterschool Club is held for 7-9 year olds at Durham Public School’s outdoor learning center, The Hub Farm. Kids meet every other week to learn through a variety of environmental education classes.
  • Farm to Fork Club is led by our FCS agent. It is a small, focused club that aims to provide 5 Durham youth with meaningful culinary skills and experiences.
  • Kids Being Kids serves as a neighborhood club in eastern Durham. Club members (5-18) participate in a wide variety of 4-H activities and projects where they’ve presented at county, district, and state events. Teen leaders also take a strong role mentoring youth.
  • Cooking Club currently serves members between the ages of 10-18. Started originally as a poultry club, cooking club helps teach youth about food safety and gives them hands-on experience cooking a wide variety of meals.
  • Orange-Durham Livestock Club serves youth interested in learning more about showing and raising livestock. Typically meeting in Hillsborough, this club is composed of Durham and Orange County natives, and club members routinely participate in the Central Piedmont Junior Livestock Show.
  • 4-H Teen Council is a club for teens 13-18 interested in developing leadership skills. These teens often are dual-enrolled in other clubs and serve as ambassadors for 4-H, planning community events, performing community service, and recruiting additional members. Note: Durham Teen Council will not be meeting until Fall of 2023 in order to rebuild our existing clubs. If you are currently enrolled in a club and would like to join Teen Council, please contact 

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Potential Club Topics (4-H Leaders Needed):

The following include clubs topics that members of the community have expressed interest in.

  • Sewing Club: We traditionally provide a sewing camp to the community each summer, and many participants would love to continue to practice sewing, crochet, and crickut in a monthly or bi-monthly club setting.
  • Earth Club: Our office has a large collection of environmental education resources, and our parks and other preserves provide excellent opportunities for environmental science activities, conservation, hiking, and camping. Durham Public Schools hosts several outdoor education courses, and environmental/recycling clubs with members who might benefit from a program outside of school.
  • Other ideas welcome!!!

Contact Information

If you’re interested in leading, joining, or creating a new club please contact your Durham 4-H Agent, Adrienne Mauney by email at

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