Greetings from Louisiana 4-H:
Thank you for your interest in the Louisiana 4-H Cloverbud Program. The overall purpose of the program is to provide a safe space for children to share, grow, and thrive as they learn about themselves and other.
The Cloverbud Ag Awareness curriculum is a series of 6 lessons that provide a link between youth and farming. Where does our food and fiber come from? This series of lessons provides resources to build a greater understanding of agriculture for students in the 2nd and 3rd grade. Agriculture touches the lives of youth every day through nutrition, textiles/fibers, and fuel. Agriculture also provides a wide array of jobs, supports local/state economies, and insures a food supply for citizens. Ag Education is an important addition to the curriculum schools provide for students. Topics for lessons included: Horticulture/gardening, Plant Science/cotton, Forestry/conservation, Poultry Science/eggs, Soil Science/composting, and overall agriculture/food production. Each lesson set included: lesson plan, ag literacy trade book, two or three hands on activities, an activity guide/newsletter for home/school connection.
Grades: 2nd – 3rd
After registering, you will receive an email with a link for series of lessons intended to promote discussion and awareness about accepting oneself while becoming aware and acceptant of likenesses and differences in others. The lessons do not need to be taught in any particular order.
An activity guide (newsletter) has been provided for each lesson. The purpose of the activity guide is to continue awareness and discussions within the home of each child. Please instruct children on what is inside of each activity guide and ask them to consider sharing new conversation at the dinner table or during family time.
For your reference on this webpage, you will find the National Cloverbud Policy outlining the intent of the program. As you will read, Cloverbuds is non-competitive and not a mini-version of the traditional 4-H program. Cloverbuds can be conducted as a Club in a Class or an After-School Program.
I look forward to further communication from you throughout this next school year. If you have any concerns, questions, or would like to discuss any issues as they relate to the Cloverbud program, please reach out to me.
Regards, Esther Coco Boe,