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Valentine’s Day rose program to help 4-H
by Jamie Hansen
Feb 03, 2010 | 225 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
IRON COUNTY – Local valentines can show their affection while supporting 4-H youth gardeners this February, thanks to a fundraiser being coordinated through the Iron County Utah State University Extension Office.

“This is the (fundraiser’s) first year, and I’m really excited about it,” said Candace Schaible.

As water wise landscape/horticulture educator for the USU Extension and Central Iron County Water Conservancy District, Schaible is coordinating this event with help from the Master Gardeners.

She said she thought of the event while brainstorming how she could utilize the strengths of staff and volunteers for a 4-H fundraiser. When the Master Gardeners agreed to arrange and deliver the flowers, she knew she had a plan.

“Who doesn’t like roses on Valentine’s Day?” she added.

This year, 4-H supporters can buy one, two, six or a dozen red roses arranged in a glass vase by volunteer master gardeners. Prices range from $8 for the single to $55 for a dozen. Delivery is free.

Proceeds will fund the 4-H Youth Gardening Program, which Schaible hopes to expand greatly this year with proceeds from the 4-H Valentine’s fundraiser and other donations.

“Last year, we were much smaller. We took some field trips, but almost everything we did was inside,” Schaible said. “This is the first year we have a space to go back to every day.”

That’s thanks to the Central Iron County Water Conservancy District, which is providing seven acres of Water Wise gardening and educational space. This summer, over a series of four-day day camps, children between ages 8 and 12 will help plan and plant a garden while learning from experts about conserving water, insects and pollinators, harvesting crops and more.

“It’s a great way for kids to see how to conserve water and learn smart ways to make beautiful gardens,” Schaible said.

With the funds raised from this Valentine’s Day project and others, Schaible hopes to make the camps free, or as inexpensive as possible, for children who want to attend.

Those interested in ordering flowers or attending this summer’s camps should visit the USU Extension office at 585 N. Main St. in Cedar City or call 586-8132.

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