Mini Dirt Diggers First Spring Meeting!

— Written By Paige Lilley

The partnership between Mano al Hermano and 4-H has blossomed into a second year! The Mini Dirt Diggers 4-H Club had their first meeting on April 4, 2018. Mano al Hermano supports Latino families in Dare County through a family literacy program, the Roanoke Island Community Garden, and educational outreach. Providing support for our growing Latino population is an important community development initiative. It only makes sense to partner with 4-H, which helps to empower young people through engaging and educational projects!

4‑H is delivered by Cooperative Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. Kids complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and citizenship, in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Through Mano al Hermano, young people in Dare County are given an all-encompassing approach to family development.

Rachel Veal and a few members of the Mini Dirt Diggers 4-H Club

Educational segment with Rachel Veal and a few members of the Mini Dirt Diggers 4-H Club.

At the first 4-H meeting of 2018, 4-Her’s participated in a fun day at the Roanoke Island Community Garden where they planted potatoes and radishes, as well as harvested carrots. Rachel Veal, the Community Garden Manager, encourages lessons like these to get our young kids outside and in the field. It is important to provide hands-on examples of where our food comes from. After the meeting, participants of the Mini Dirt Diggers 4-H club were able to bring fresh produce home to their families. Through this lesson, these young Dare County kids were able to see the entire process of food production; from planting the seeds to cooking the produce.

members of the Mini Dirt Diggers club

Harvesting carrots with Ama Frimpong (the director of Mano al Hermano), Rachel Veal (Community Garden Manager), Paige Fuselier (4-H Extension Agent), and members of the Mini Dirt Diggers club!

For more information on Mano al Hermano, please visit or check the Mano al Hermano Facebook page. For more information on Dare County 4-H, please contact 4-H Extension Agent Paige Fuselier at or visit the Dare County 4-H Facebook page. Through both organizations, Dare County citizens can find ways to participate in meaningful activities like this!

kids digging in dirt

Getting our hands dirty!

Press Release – Mini Dirt Diggers First Meeting