Ghent hosts July 12 farm field day; 4-H camp orientation set

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By TIM HENDRICK, Extension Agent

There will be a Farm Field Day Tuesday, July 12, at the Bob Luckhardt Farm on Pardue Road in Ghent.

Signs will be at Sharon Road and Hwy. 47 and at Pardue and Sharon roads. I think the road sign may say Purdue Road.

The day will begin at 6 p.m. and end with a twilight meal. Topics will be seeding techniques, restoring high traffic areas, warm season grasses, winter limit feeding of livestock, watering system options and dead animal composting.

After we eat, we will demonstrate how to use the one of the no-till drills that the Carroll County Soil Conservation District has for lease. We are trying to finalize someone from the Kentucky Beef Council as the speaker before we eat.

If you think you might be there, call by noon Monday, July 11 so that we can plan for food preparations.

4-H Camp orientation

4-H Camp orientation are Monday, June 27 and Thursday, June 30 at the Carroll County Extension Office, 500 Floyd Drive. The sessions begin at 6 p.m.

You need to attend only one of the camp orientation sessions. You will be signing up for your camp classes at the orientation and we will be going over camper expectations, what to bring, what not to bring and an overview of what will be going on during camp week.

I am excited because we have almost 50 kids signed up for camp this year.

4-H Camp improvements

Kentucky 4-H Camp is underway, and campers and volunteers are already enjoying the improvements made to each of the four camps in the past year.

Thousands of Kentuckians have attended 4-H camp over the years. More than 8,800 4-Hers and 1,050 adults attended camp in 2010.

Improvements include construction of the first Cabin of Tomorrow at West Kentucky 4-H Camp, five new cabins at North Central 4-H Camp, two new cabins at J.M. Feltner 4-H Camp and major renovations to two cabins at Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp. 

“All the new cabins will have a different look,” said Donna Fox, 4-H youth development specialist for camping with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. “They will have finished floors as opposed to concrete floors and more windows for better air flow.”

In addition to the new and renovated cabins, the camps received the following improvements:

• West Kentucky: maintenance shop, sewer project, renovations of Sparks Hall and horse arena and facility

• North Central: new cabin windows, pool renovations, a high ropes course and two new docks

• Lake Cumberland: a new boat dock

• J.M. Feltner: pool renovations, a high ropes course , a stage in the shelter, paddle boats and a dock

The public will have the opportunity to see the camp improvements during each camp’s open house. The dates for each open house are: West Kentucky 4-H Camp, June 20; North Central 4-H Camp, June 27; Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp, July 11; and J. M. Feltner 4-H Camp, July 29.

The West Kentucky 4-H Camp will begin at 1:30 p.m. CDT. The rest of the open house times have not yet been determined.

A $2 million appropriation by the 2008 Kentucky General Assembly made the improvements possible. Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, UK College of Agriculture, R.C. Durr Foundation, local camp improvement committees, Kentucky Horse Council, private individuals and organizations also contributed funds.

Improvements began after the 2009 camping season with replacement of the mattresses and bunk beds in all of the cabins at each camp.

The improvements are just a start to a larger 4-H Camp Improvement Campaign. Many of the camps were constructed in the 1960s with little to no improvements made until now. To replace all of the cabins at each 4-H camp would cost an estimated $14 million. This doesn’t include dining halls, bathhouses and other infrastructure needs. Three of the camps dining halls need expansions, and three camps need new bathhouses.

“I refer to the recent improvements as Phase I. We’re now turning our attention to Phase II,” Keith Rogers, executive director of the Kentucky 4-H Foundation, said.

The Kentucky 4-H Foundation has ongoing fundraising efforts for camp renovations. One such effort is through the sale of camp prints. The foundation commissioned John Ward, a national award-winning Kentucky artist, to create a scene from each of the camps. To view the prints or get an order form, visit the 4-H Camp Improvement Campaign Web site at www.ca.uky.edu/agcollege/4h/camp/improvement/index.htm.

Individuals wanting more information about the open houses or wishing to donate to a particular camp or improvement project should contact Rogers at (859) 257-5961, ext. 250.

RiverView Farmers Market

RiverView Farmers Market is open 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays on the Courthouse Square and starting at 8 a.m. Saturdays at Hometown Pizza.

Tomatoes are available at the market and the other crops are coming on. Last Wednesday, there was an offering of squash, zucchini, radishes, broccoli and Yukon Gold potatoes. Mike Humphrey will have home gown beef for sale. Debbie has blueberries and the birds and I have been harvesting raspberries this week. The market is again accepting WIC and Senior Citizen Coupons.

Tim Hendrick is the Carroll County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Call him at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to tim.hendrick@uky.edu.