Colchester County 4-H receives government funding for barn upgrades

Colchester County 4-H is getting financial help from both the province and the municipality to complete renovations of its barn on the NSPEC grounds in Bible Hill.

NS Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell, along with Deputy Premier and Colchester North MLA Karen Casey, were in Bible Hill Tuesday morning to announce the $50,000 funding commitment.

Half of the money was previously announced as part of a four-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU); the remaining $25,000 is new money.

The County of Colchester is contributing $30,000 to the barn renovation project.

Colchester County 4-H will use the money to install washrooms in the 4-H barn, plus fencing and other interior improvements.

The organization recently completed a number of exterior upgrades, such as extending each side of the barn to create outdoor pens and areas for washing cattle, and replacing the roof, siding and doors.

Nova Scotia has the largest 4-H membership in Eastern Canada with about 2,400 members province wide and about 850 community volunteers.

A number of people were on hand for Tuesday's funding announcement in Bible Hill.
L to R: Ella Porter, Teresa McNutt, Angela Masters (all with 4-H), Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell and Deputy Premier & Colchester North MLA Karen Casey (Staff photo)

A number of people were on hand for Tuesday's funding announcement in Bible Hill. L to R: Ella Porter, Teresa McNutt, Angela Masters (all with 4-H), Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell and Deputy Premier & Colchester North MLA Karen Casey (Staff photo)