Return to rural roots

Published 9:52 am Thursday, August 18, 2016

WINTON – Regina Moseley is Hertford County’s new 4-H agent. She started July 1 and already has ideas for making 4-H bigger and better.

Moseley is originally from Edgecombe County, where she participated in 4-H, raising and showing sheep and cattle.

She got her degree from NC A&T before becoming the Carteret County 4-H agent.

“I wanted to get back to rural living,” she said about taking the Hertford County position.

She, her husband Paul and their three children have a farm in Edgecombe County. She commutes to work, Paul works in the water department in Edgecombe County and her children all raise animals.

Her oldest son, Tommy, raises sheep; her son, Joey, raises pigs, and daughter, Mary, raises goats.

The kids do all the work and they all keep the proceeds from the livestock they sell, which Moseley said keeps their operations afloat and occasionally yields a profit.

Her husband is a volunteer for Edgecombe’s 4-H program. He serves as a shooting instructor, which includes guns of different types as well as bows and arrows. 4-H participants learn safety, how to care for their equipment, and everything they need to know to safely enjoy their hobby.

“It’s a great program,” Moseley said, “I hope get one started here.”

Other programs she wants to get started that she implemented in Carteret County is a County Council, which includes teens and volunteers to help design new 4-H endeavors. At their meetings, the County Council operates professionally using Roberts Rules of Order.

She also wants to work more closely with Hertford County Schools. She wants a strong Science Fair in the school system.

Moseley also wants to establish a Teen Council to establish a media team so students to “express opinion correctly.”

She also hopes to get 4-H more involved with wildlife studies with a Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program.

She also wants to work with the school system to enhance embryology studies and to start Junior Master Gardeners’ clubs.

“This all fits into the school curriculum,” Moseley said, emphasizing the 4-H is no longer a purely agricultural organization, but also emphasize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.)

4-Hers these days are heavily involved with community service.

“We’ve changed,” Moseley said.” 4-H works with kids so they learn leadership and responsibility.

“It’s about learning and responsibility,” she said. “4-H members are able to get scholarships based on their learning and experience.”

She added, “4-H is the youth component of North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and provides young people ages five to 19 with exciting and educational experiences through general and specialty 4-H clubs.”

She said she wants more 4-H Clubs established in Hertford County, which now has one centralized club with only 17 members.

With more clubs, she expects more kids participating in this scientifically rich environment. To accomplish this, more volunteers are needed in the county to lead the clubs and teach kids the life skills they need.

To learn more about 4-H in Hertford County, contact Moseley at 252-358-7822 or drop by the Cooperative Extension office at 301 Tryon Street in Winton.