The Summer of 4H

Hey everyone, I am Jenna! I’m a sophomore here at Manor College and for the first time, I’m living away from home and in the dorm! So if you’re in the dorm too, you might see me around, as I am also a Resident Assistant, or RA, within the dorm.

IMG_7282It’s all quite a transition, moving into school. I’m used to my little farm in central New Jersey, surrounded by all kinds of animals. Back home, my animals are my life. For a few years now I have been part of my county 4-H, which basically takes up most my summer months. I just graduated out, and now I’m working to become a junior leader within 4-H. I loved my 4-H family so much, I can’t just leave them behind, that’s for sure.

Early on this summer, around the 4th of July, I spent a weekend down at the shore with my sister, grandmother, and my brother-who came to visit from Virginia. It was the small bit of downtime we had together before the insanity of 4-H kicked in. It was an enjoyable, albeit short time together, with pleasant weather.

This is Eleanor and her mama Lucy! A pygora goat is a fiber goat, so they produce a soft, fluffy fiber, and often resemble sheep. But they are absolutely 100% goat.

This is Eleanor and her mama Lucy! A pygora goat is a fiber goat, so they produce a soft, fluffy fiber, and often resemble sheep. But they are absolutely 100% goat.

After Eleanor (the goat), Norah (also a goat) had her kids on June 26th. She had gorgeous twin does which we named after their mother, in a way.

After these love bugs, Grainne (another goat) had her kids, much to our surprise. We weren’t expecting her to kid for another few days, and then she had her kids before anyone was up, four days early on July 15th. She also had twins, though she had a buck and doe. At first we couldn’t tell the two apart, but later on, the buck, Pluto, turned a wonderful shade of chocolaty brown.  This made for all of our babies for the season! We then had a grand total of eleven goats on the property. This meant it was just about time to get ready for the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair. All fair photos can be found at the bottom of this blog post. The fair is six straight days of nonstop goat showing, and all around fun! There’s plenty of animals to see, rides to enjoy, and strange foods to eat (even alligator gumbo). By the time the fair came to its halt on August 23rd, it was time for me to start packing up to prepare to move into the dorms.

On August 30th I moved myself into the dorm with help from my sister and my dad. For the next week I was learning my way around my new RA position. It was all a new experience for me, and is sometime that I never would have expected to see myself doing. It’s an incredible opportunity for sure, though, I do miss my goats, and my mini horse, my cats, my rabbits, and my dog back home.

While I didn’t really do any traveling this summer, I had one of the best summers of my life so far. Now classes have started up, and club activities will start up soon as well. I’m excited for another year at Manor, and I am so happy to be able to document my experiences and share them with all you guys. Enjoy the fair photos below!

Little baby Norah'Easter, who we're keeping this year!

Little baby Norah’Easter, who we’re keeping this year.

Little boy, or buck, Pluto's Heart, or Pluto. A natural born screamer.

Little boy, or buck, Pluto’s Heart, or Pluto. A natural born screamer.

Pluto's darling sister, Supernova Sky, or as we call her Nova. She has a ducky on her tummy.

Pluto’s darling sister, Supernova Sky, or as we call her Nova. She has a ducky on her tummy.

Libby, the multicolored silky fainting goat!

Libby, the multicolored silky fainting goat!

Norah and I in senior showmanship at the New Jersey State Goat Show.

Norah and I in senior showmanship at the New Jersey State Goat Show.

Here is Norah and I taking fourth in senior showmanship at the County show.

Here is Norah and I taking fourth in senior showmanship at the County show.

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