Five local 4-H families had the privilege of hosting nine 4-H students from Arizona for a week. This is the first part of a 4-H exchange program. Next year Sleepy Eye 4-H members will travel to Arizona and stay with families there.
The students from Kingman, Ariz. explored Brown County while learning about the 4-H program in this area. Next year 4-H members from Sleepy Eye will stay with the youth who traveled here and experience the 4-H program in Arizona. According to the exchange students, the 4-H program in Arizona is very different from the program in Brown County.
They described the program and climate of Arizona to being completely opposite of Minnesota, saying that the program in Arizona is focused more on city projects.
While here, the exchange students, along with local 4-H members, toured New Sweden Dairy, AMPI, Gilfillan, an alpaca farm, the Jeffer’s Petroglyphs, Red Rock Dells and Mound Creek County Park as well as several 4-H members’ dairy farms.
The exchange students all agreed that dairy farms, green trees and mosquitoes were new items to them. The group said they enjoyed learning about was the dairy industry.