4-H helps youth discover their passions

Provided Photograph Renee Uberty, right, a fourth-year member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club, recently interviewed Jaime Mowry, left, about her 4-H memories on a Sunday afternoon after helping with barn chores. Jaime Mowry is a Cornell University graduate and works full time on her family’s dairy farm, Mowacres, in Le Roy.

Members of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club recently completed a series of interviews with 4-H alumni in Genesee County.

The goal of the project was to learn about the alumni’s 4-H experiences and learn how 4-H has changed during the last 70 years. The alumni include local leaders, business owners and mentors.

Sixteen interviews were conducted, including today’s interview with Jaime Mowry, a former Genesee County Dairy Princess who was interviewed by Renee Uberty, a fourth-year member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club.

Renee took a few minutes after helping with barn chores on a Sunday afternoon to talk with Jaime Mowry about her 4-H memories.

Jaime is a Cornell University graduate and is currently working full time on her family’s dairy farm, Mowacres, in Le Roy.

The interview:

What is your name? “Jaime Mowry.”

When were you in 4-H? “When I was 9 years old until I was 18. Approximately 2002 to 2011.”

What clubs were you a member of? “I was in dairy the entire time. I did swine club for one year and beef club for one year. I was in it for only one year because I had to raise the animals for one year and then sell them and it was too sad.”

What was your favorite club? “Dairy Club, of course.”

How many people were in the club at the time? “Approximately 20 people”

Do you have a favorite memory? “My favorite memory is always fair week.”

How do you think things have changed in 4-H? “I think there is more field trips and things to participate in now, like being able to have a dairy steer. I think it has gotten a lot better.”

How do you think 4-H has helped you as an adult? “It has helped as an adult because it taught me leadership skills. It helped me discover my passion for farming and cows. If it wasn’t for 4-H I don’t think I’d be on the farm working today.”

Thanks, Jaime for sharing with me about your 4-H memories.

– Renee Uberty

The first of the 4-H interviews appeared in the May 9 Lifestyles/Extra. The story featured Esther Johnson, who spoke with Bing Zuber. Last week, Alicia Keller was interviewed by Otto Uberty, a second-year member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club.

The series has also featured Carol Beideck, who was was interviewed by her grandson, Jake Beideck, a fourth-year member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club; Anika Gianforte, who was interviewed by her nephew, Tate Zuber, a first-year 4-H member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club and Chops and Hocks Swine Club, and Elizabeth Jurs, who was interviewed by Annalise Syberts, a second-year member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club.

Look for additional interviews in upcoming Lifestyles/Extras.

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