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North Shore 4-H Holds Fruit Fundraiser

For the past five years, the North Shore 4-H Club, led by Viola Hanson, has held a fruit fundraiser. The North Shore 4-H Club meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at Herringbone Farm, and the club’s focus is on com­munity service projects, crafts, educational events, learning about animals to be shown at the Lake Coun­ty Fair, and fundraising ac­tivities.

Five years ago, North Shore 4-H was looking for a different type of fundraiser. 4-H used to sell fruit, but it had been a long time since that was common, and there had been years with no fruit sold. “It takes time and or­ganization to put it together,” Viola Hanson explained. “So, as a club, we thought, let’s try it again.”

Each year, since North Shore 4-H restarted the fruit sales, many people will ask when the next fruit sale is, and request to be placed on a list to order fruit. “The fruit is very good, so selling it is very easy,” Hanson says. Many customers have come back year after year.

Viola Hanson is in con­tact with Minntex Fundrais­er, based in Windom, MN. “They are an easy compa­ny to work with.” She tells Minntex what price range North Shore 4-H would like. “I have always put us in the middle. It keeps the price reasonable for our customers, plus we are able to get some profit off of it.” Each 4-H member’s family receives an order form with a code. Customers can ei­ther place an order online using the code, or by filling out the form. North Shore 4-H has around 4 weeks to sell the fruit. “At the end of the sale, I submit all the or­ders,” Hanson says. She is then given a delivery date, and a semi truck comes on that date to deliver the fruit “a pallet or more”, to Her­ringbone Farm. There, it is sorted and ready to be de­livered.

Every year, $500 of the funds raised go towards blessing a Two Harbors family at Christmas. This year, funds will also go to­ward adding another per­gola to the 4-H building at the Lake County Fair­grounds. The pergola will feature flowers, lights, and a bench, and will be there during the fair. Other funds raised go towards support­ing the 4-H club members’ projects, and activities for them to “go and do”. In the past, these activities have included Blu, State Live­stock, and State Horse.

North Shore 4-H has a few upcoming activities – a monthly club meeting for all ages, a county club meeting for 6th-13th grade, and an Ambassadors meet­ing for 6th-13th grade. June 18 will be their Project Fun­day at the fairgrounds, and North Shore 4-H will be at the Lake County Fair Au­gust 8-11.

Great work with the fruit fundraiser, North Shore 4-H. It’s enjoyable to re­ceive some fresh fruit to cheer up a gray winter.

For those interested in learning more about 4-H, contact Tracey, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Devel­opment, at turne275@umn.ed or (218) 834-8379.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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