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San Carlos 4-H Garden Club members receive blue ribbons at the County Fair

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 9th, 2012

Millie Titla/ Courtesy photo
These students won first place ribbons at the Gila County Fair last month. They are members of the San Carlos 4-H Garden Club and include (l-r) Jeremy Paddock, Braiden Titla, Noah Titla and Ryan Stiffarm.

San Carlos The San Carlos 4-H Garden Club members all received first place blue ribbons for their Apache squash and corn entries at the Gila County Fair in the 4-H Member Division and Junior Division. Members of the 4-H Garden Club who submitted entries were Amber Hosay, Kelsea Mariano, Brian Mariano, Noah Titla, Ryan Stiffarm, Braiden Titla, and Jeremy Paddock. Noah Titla, a seventh grader at the San Carlos Junior High School, also received the Grand Champion Award for his entry and interviewing skills.

The San Carlos 4-H/Community Youth Garden Club, with a total of 14 members, began its six weeks of garden instructions in June at the San Carlos UA Cooperative Extension Office with a grant funded by USDA Rural Development. Millie Titla, 4-H Leader and NRCS District Conservationist, helped the Club members install the water drip system and taught the members when and how to plant the seeds, and how to make compost. The members also learned about the soil, parts of a seed and the plant, and important garden tool safety.

Gardening has been a traditional activity for the Apaches for thousands of years. Many Apaches have lost the culture of growing and harvesting traditional crops, changing their diet dramatically in the past 100 years, with adverse health consequences. These problems include diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Titla said she wanted to volunteer as a leader because she wanted to teach the youth the appreciation of gardening and how fun it can be. Future plans for the Garden Club are traditional cooking demos and expanding the types of foods planted.

If you would like to participate in the 4-H/Community Youth Garden Club next year, please contact Sabrina Tuttle, Extension Agent, at the UA Cooperative Extension Office at 475-2350.

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