York 4-H

Want to learn by doing? Meet new people? Develop valuable leadership skills? York 4-H is the association for you! Members, from ages 6 – 22, take part in a variety of clubs across York Region run by passionate and creative volunteers. Clubs in York include many different livestock, life skills and special interest topics.

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Welcome to York 4-H! We are excited to welcome you to our 4-H Community and help you learn more about our association.

York 4-H Clubs 2021


The Potato Project

A whole project dedicated to potatoes? You bet. This versatile vegetable is so much more than French fries (but don’t worry, we love French fries). The Potato Project will teach you everything about potatoes from their rich history, to potato varieties and how to grow and prepare them.  Online only club. 

Rabbit Club

Rabbits make great pets but sometimes get overlooked. In the Rabbit Project, you’ll learn how to choose the right breed for you, as well as how to feed and exhibit rabbits. Handling rabbits, watching them grow and learning how to care for them is what this project is all about.  There will be a focus on Rabbit Show Jumping. Rabbit jumping started in Sweden early in the 1970s, when the first rabbit club started to arrange rabbit jumping competitions. This year would be a virtual learning space to train the rabbits for possible future competitions post-COVID. Online only club.

Cookie Jar 2: The Bar is raised

Did you love Cookie Jar Club? Do you enjoy baking yummy treats?  Then this could be the club for you!  We’re back but this year and we are diving into the delicious world of bars – think Nanaimo, Hello Dolly, Millionaire Shortbread!    Online only club.

Holiday Baking

The holidays are a great time to bake for friends and family!  Join us leading up to the holidays with this online baking club and learn to make some delicious holiday treats like gingerbread, fudge and Yule logs.  Please note that achievement in this club will be considered a  2022 club. Online only club.

Self-Determined Project

Are you interested in exploring some 4-H clubs on your own?  York 4-H has some clubs you can complete independently in your own time.  These include: A Greener House, Digital Photography, Community Involvement, Breadventure and Cookie Jar.  (If you have already completed these clubs you cannot repeat).  


Is there a 4-H club that you have always wanted to try? Senior 4-H Members may choose to plan, carry out and evaluate a project on their own.  This project must be approved by a York 4-H Leader to receive achievement.

Combination of Virtual and Online Clubs

Please note that in person meetings will only return in accordance with 4-H Ontario and local health guidelines.  Clubs will have limited numbers and will have safety plans in place. 

Sheep Club

If you have an interest in the lamb or sheep industry, ewe will love the Sheep Project! We’ll cover everything to do with raising and showing healthy sheep. Combination of online and in person meetings.

Markham Dairy

This is a Dairy Science based club, focused on highlighting different aspects of the dairy industry. Join us to learn about this important Canadian industry! Combination of online and in person meetings.

Canine Club

Are you a dog lover? So are we! The Canine Project will teach you how to care for a dog as a pet as well as how to safely work with our four-legged friends. Combination online and in person meetings.

Community Involvement

A good community changes and evolves over time, usually with the help of its residents. If there’s something in your community you’d like to support, build or change, this is the place to start!  You’ll explore the world of giving back, learn how to identify social issues that concern you and design action plans to address them.  Combination of online and in person meetings

Let’s Get Growing: Edible Garden Club

Unearth gardening in the Let’s Get Growing Project. From a large garden or field in the country, to a garden in your backyard, to a planter box on a balcony – we’ll show you how to make the most of your space any time of year.  In this project, you’ll learn: How to make a plan for your garden based on its soil, light and water, the benefits of and ingredients needed for compost, how to produce a wide variety of healthy seedlings and how to trim and prune your plants, plus the basics of pollination and diseases. We are hoping to partner with a local school to create a community garden. Combination online and in person.

Digital Photography 2

In The Art of Photography Project, you’ll explore the world of digital cameras and how to take spectacular photos.  This is a great continuation if you took Digital Photography last year but is also appropriate for new members.  Combination of online and in person meetings.


The Sewing Project is your opportunity to learn sewing basics in a fun and welcoming environment.

In Person Clubs

Please note that in person meetings will only return in accordance with 4-H Ontario and local health guidelines.  Clubs will have limited numbers and will have safety plans in place. 

Sharon Life Skills Cooking Club

Get cooking!  Relish the tastes of Poland, France, Hungary and Spain as we cook our way through Europe. After cooking, we will all share the meal together. We will cook an appetizer, a main course and a dessert at each meeting.  In person only.

Sports Club

We will explore some social distanced sports outdoors!  If you started with Sports Club last year before we were shut down those 2 meetings can count towards your achievement in this club. In person only.

Outdoor Living Club

Explore the great outdoors and learn some useful outdoor skills.  This club includes an overnight and will have an extra cost.  The club will only run if it complies with 4-H Ontario and local health guidelines.  In person only

To sign up for York 4-H 2021 clubs please complete the form.  Members will be contacted by the leaders if they have successfully been admitted.

York Members click here to sign up https://forms.gle/VSRGgy2iXxkw1yXt6

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4-H is a grassroots organization of leaders building leaders. 4-H can be found all over the world and is based on the “Learn To Do By Doing” philosophy. The four H’s stand for Head, Heart, Health, and Hands.

4-H members range from ages 9-21 and the Cloverbud Program is for ages 6-8. 4-H members learn about different subjects through hands-on activities and mentorship from adult volunteers. The Cloverbud Program focuses on multiple areas to give the members a look into the world of 4-H.

In 4-H members are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone, try something new, build new friendships, get involved in their community and interact with their environment. These values are highlighted in the 4-H pledge, which is we say at the beginning of each meeting and event.

4-H clubs and activities are designed to help develop leadership skills including public speaking skills, communication, decision making, parliamentary procedure, meeting management and networking. It also gives the members the opportunity to learn about different subjects. 4-H offers a safe environment and fosters personal growth and development.

4-H encourages team collaboration, peer-to-peer support, and independent learning. Leaders guide members through activities and provide them with the freedom to make mistakes and assist one another in the learning process.


4-H clubs must have a minimum of six 4-H members and two trained and screened leaders. The leaders choose a topic to teach the members through hands-on learning. The members spend 12 hours or more exploring the theme during the meetings. 4-H members may join as many clubs as they wish for a membership fee of $100.00 per year.


4-H clubs typically get together for six two-hour meetings. The meetings can be in many forms- tours, guest speakers, demonstrations, activities, etc. Some clubs require more time and effort than others. 4-H meetings have a formal meeting time and hands-on learning time. During meetings, 4-H’ers discuss club issues and opportunities while learning parliamentary procedure. After club business finishes, members move onto the hands-on activities focused on the club project topic. Members MUST participate in at least two-thirds of all club meeting time and participate in the club achievement program to successfully complete the project.


Each 4-H club consists of at least five positions. The roles are President, Vice President, Secretary, Press Reporter, and Photographer(s). Club members vote to elect their peers to these positions. The executive roles provide leadership opportunities for the members.

As the President, the member chairs 4-H meetings. Members vote using motions and communicating with the leaders regarding agenda items, amongst other duties. At the end of the 4-H year, there is a 4-H Awards Banquet where the President is expected to speak about what their club has done over the past year.

As Vice President, the member fills in if the President is not able to attend the meeting and will be assigned other tasks that may include introducing and thanking guests and members.

As the Secretary, the member is expected to take notes on what the discussions at each meeting, take attendance, and provide a report at the next meeting. At the end of the year, each club Secretary has an opportunity to enter for the Secretary’s Award, presented at the Awards Banquet.

As the Press Reporter, the member is expected to write at least two reports on what the club is doing or what they have done and submit them to either a local paper, the York 4-H newsletter, the York 4-H website, or to the 4-H Ontario website. At the end of the year, each club Press Reporter has an opportunity to enter for the Press Reporter’s Award, presented at the Awards Banquet.

As the Photographer, the member(s) is expected to take photos at all meetings and events. They can submit them to the York 4-H newsletter to show what they have done and to 4-H Ontario if they would like. At the end of the year, each club Photographer has an opportunity to enter for the Photographer’s Award, presented at the Awards Banquet.

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