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New Mexico 4-H Changing Lives Since 1912


New Mexico 4-H programming began in 1911, even before New Mexico became a state in 1912. During the spring, a Corn Club was organized near Las Cruces and the State College, with seven members completing their club work in agriculture.

With the passage of the Smith-Lever Act in 1914, and the permanent establishment of Cooperative Extension Service in New Mexico, more concentrated club work followed. Under the stress of the war emergency in 1918, the state enrollment in 4-H clubs reached 4,181 members. 4-H projects helped families grow food and manage resources in those difficult times.

Currently, New Mexico 4-H youth development programs reach more than 70,000 youth between the ages of 5 to 19. There are over 200 projects including animal sciences, home economics, natural science, engineering science, creative arts, family life, horticulture and agronomy, personal growth and development, and consumer education.

The 4-H program is dedicated to providing opportunities for young people to develop leadership and management skills, positive self-esteem, effective communication skills, a solid sense of personal responsibility, and the ability to make sound decisions. The life-skills learned in 4-H enable youth to become productive, well-informed, self-reliant responsible adults.

New Mexico 4-H is excited to promote the centennial by providing contests and events throughout the year. Celebrate with 4-H Alumni, share acts of service, and participate in photography, video, and cartoon drawing contests. Check back for additional information of the upcoming activities we have planned for 2012.

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"The life lessons I have learned and the friendships I have made have made me become the young woman I am today." -Hidalgo County 4-Her
  • Bernalillo County 4-Hers Celebrate the Centennial.