A local 4-H club member has transformed the rewarding time she has enjoyed with the group into a desire to pursue an agriculture-related degree in a subject she feels is important.
Sara Sherman Henderson, who has been a member of the Scotsburn 4-H Club, has decided to attend Dalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill in September.
Henderson hopes to earn a bachelor of science diploma in agriculture and environmental science. She is also the Nova Scotian recipient, one of 12 total across the country, of 4-H Canada’s 2021 TD 4-H agriculture scholarship worth $2,500. The scholarships go to students who have chosen post-secondary education in agriculture, agricultural science, or agricultural business.
She said moving from Westville to West Pictou five years ago crystalized her desire to study agriculture in some form.
“I started 4-H in Westville but I didn’t want to go to Dal-Ag until I moved to the country and became more involved with 4-H,” she said. “The deeper I got into it, the more interest I gained in livestock and agriculture. I never thought I’d even move to the country.”
Henderson graduated this year from Northumberland Regional High School. She took advantage of a new course in agriculture when the school offered it and also took biology in the school’s International Baccalaureate program. She felt those decisions better prepared her for the university program she’s entering and its emphasis on conservation.
“I think (conservation) is an important thing for governments to get into,” she said. “It will always be needed.”
Henderson’s 4-H interests vary from small and large livestock, cake decorating and public speaking. She said she always looked forward to the annual Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition that was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic restrictions.
“Public speaking is my favourite time of year,” she said.
She also learned in June that she received a 4-H Nova Scotia Ambassador Award at the county, regional and provincial levels. The award includes a vast array of duties recipients are required to perform.
Henderson sees the irony in her love for both livestock and cake decorating. She has no large livestock at her home but there may be some once a barn is built. Meanwhile, she does have two goats, some chickens and two Guinea hens that are penned, and a Flemish giant rabbit she keeps in her room.
She’s worked for two years decorating cakes at the New Glasgow Market and has been able to show dairy cows from Lloyd MacConnell’s farm on the Meadowville Road.
She did farm sitting recently in Sherbrooke.
“I get my passion from livestock to go to school and passion for non-livestock to get my jobs,” she said. “I got my cake decorating through 4-H so that’s really cool.”
Previous awards confirm her varied talents.
She was presented with the Jack Adamson Jersey Award in 2019 and a senior homemaking award in 2018.