Colchester County 4-H can confidently move ahead with barn renovations, thanks to funding from both the province and county.
During a gathering at the 4-H barn, on the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds, on September 4, Minister of Agriculture Keith Colwell and Deputy Premier Karen Casey presented a cheque for $50,000, and Colchester County Mayor Christine Blair handed over a $30,000 cheque.
“I remember the first time I walked through this barn after I was elected- not long elected- and the barn was falling down,” said Colwell. “You could see out around the garage door, and the big drive at that time was to get a new door, so you’ve come a long ways in a short time.”
Major renovations were recently done to the building, and the new funding will go toward construction of a washroom, more fencing and other improvements.
“We signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the 4-H a while ago for $100,000 over four years,” said Colwell. “That actually, today, is going to be moved up to $125,000. $25,000 of the $50,000 today is new money.”
Blair said because Colwell assured the county that the building belongs to 4-H, they are able to assist financially. The county’s $30,000 is to help with the electrical system.
Earlier this year, the sides of the barn were extended to create outdoor pens and areas for washing livestock, and the roof, siding, doors and lights were replaced.
“The 4-H barn, and investment in it, provides members with a venue to showcase their work to the public," said said Angela Masters, co-chair of the 4-H barn committee. "This helps them gain confidence, pride in workmanship, and provides an opportunity to communicate about 4-H and agriculture. Through the year, the building will be used for clinics, achievement days, meetings and workshops.”
The barn is used during exhibition and, when it’s held in this area, for the provincial 4-H show.
Nova Scotia has about 2,400 4-H members and about 850 volunteers involved in 85 clubs. There are more than seven million members in 80 countries.