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The latest news from The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County.

2018 Scholarship Winners

Scholarship winners announced during the auction at the 2018 Santa Clara County Fair.  This is temporary and new picture coming!

 

Congratulations to each of the FFA and 4-H Clover Foundation Scholarship winners for their dedication, leadership, and community involvement. The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County wishes each recipient the best in the pursuit of their academic, career, and life goals.  2018 is the 5th year in a row of providing over $10,000 in Scholarship awards and was increased to $13,000 in addition to the Heritage Hog Scholarship.  This is made possible through the generosity of community support and direct contributions from businesses and individual donations to the Clover Foundation.

 

The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County is extremely pleased to award 7 graduating 4-H and FFA High School seniors academic scholarships to support their educational goals. The 7 received scholarships based on their:

  • Contributions to the community
  • Personal Development
  • Development of others  
  • Agriculture pursuit in college and life

 

2017 Scholarship Winners:

  • Winner – Astoria Ho
  • Winner – TJ Suit
  • 1st Runner up – April Alger
  • Runner up – Rylie Weaver
  • Runner up – Jada Ho
  • Runner up – Conner Lydon
  • Gold – Sarah Leal
  • Gold – Wyatt Wolfe
  • Gold – Lauren McDevitt
  • Gold – Katherine Boynton
  • Gold – Casey Cowern
  • Gold – Geno Beltran
  • Gold – Bethany Pyke

Congratulations to each of the FFA and 4-H scholarship winners for their dedication, leadership, and community involvement. The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County wishes each winner the best in the pursuit of their academic, career, and life goals.

Heritage Hog – Ilona Mauro & Shamrock!

 

This year’s Heritage Hog, Shamrock heads to the auction at the Santa Clara county fair on Saturday, August 4th, weighing in at 259 pounds. Coming into this, I knew that I would get more out of it then just the scholarship. Raising this year’s heritage hog came with its own challenges, especially when he got ulcers. I had to contact a vet, administer medication, and change his feeding program in order to help him. I had to learn how to write speeches and how to market myself and the foundation to outside groups. I am so thankful for this experience and growth that I have gained this season.  I am grateful to the Clover Foundation for the opportunities they have provided me as I head of to college at the University of Nevada Reno this fall. 

 

 

 

 

Iloana Mauro, 2018 Heritage Hog Winner

I am Ilona Mauro.  At school I am known for my roles in the theater and dance productions.  But I am more pleased to introduce myself here as this year’s recipient of the Clover Foundation Heritage Hog Scholarship. I also serve on the Santa Clara County Junior Fair Board and I am in my eighth year as a young agriculturalist in the Hilltop 4-H Club.  Our small club size means everyone has to pitch in helping each other with projects and taking on leadership roles. As club President, it is my responsibility  to schedule meetings, create meeting agendas, delegate jobs, and to keep my executive board on task.   Working together with other youth has also taught me about community, and how we need to support each other, be a good citizen, friend, leader, and competitor. It’s not all about winning, but the experiences that you get along the way.  I plan to continue the team spirit and “learning by doing” I have learned in my livestock experience with new generations of young agriculturalists, as I leave for college in the Fall for  a career in Agricultural Education.  I will be raising a hog for the Clover Foundation to auction off at the 2018 Santa Clara County Fair.  It will be my 9th hog.  I look forward to coming around Santa Clara County over the next several months to talk with all of you about the Clover Foundation and youth in agriculture right here in Santa Clara County.  I look forward to meeting you.  If you are interested in having me speak with your group, please contact the Clover Foundation.  I’ll be posting more about my year here in the the upcoming months.   

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John Haggerty – You will be missed!

We are deeply saddened to announce that John Haggerty, Board Member of The Clover Foundation,  died unexpectedly on June 7th, 2018.  We mourn the loss of our amazing dear friend and our thoughts and prayers go out to John’s wife, Carol, and his children, Colleen, Jeannie, Jill and Julie and Joanne.

John was a very active member of our board and in our agriculture community, helping to assure the youth of Santa Clara County could be educated and supported around agriculture.  He helped fiscally drive success within our organization and was never shy about bringing forward ideas and concerns to make the organization stronger. 

John joined the Clover Foundation Board in 2000 and has also served as the Santa Clara County 4-H Small Animal Chairman, the Fairgrounds Management Corporation (FMC) Board of Directors, appointed by the Santa Clara County Supervisors and longtime member of the Santa Clara County Fair Livestock Committee. He had seen the positive benefits of 4-H first-hand with his children and those around them as he guided his five daughters through 25 years in the program as a parent, leader, and volunteer. John owned a business, taught college part-time and resided in Saratoga. 

A funeral mass will be held at this Saturday at 11am at the Sacred heart Church in Saratoga located at 13716 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070.

John will be greatly missed, but a part of him will always remain in the spirit of The Clover Foundation.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in John’s name to The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County. To make a donation, please visit the Clover Foundation homepage or mail your gift to The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County, P.O. Box 2013, Cupertino, CA 95015-2013

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After you select donation amount, directly below you will be able to select “Add special instructions to the seller:” and signify donation is in remembrance of John.

For more information on The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County, please contact us at Information@thecloverfoundation.org or call 408-390-6618.

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Meet the 2018 Clover Foundations Heritage Hog Winner – Ilona Mauro!

Iloana Mauro, 2018 Heritage Hog Winner

I am Ilona Mauro.  At school I am known for my roles in the theater and dance productions.  But I am more pleased to introduce myself here as this year’s recipient of the Clover Foundation Heritage Hog Scholarship. I also serve on the Santa Clara County Junior Fair Board and I am in my eighth year as a young agriculturalist in the Hilltop 4-H Club.  Our small club size means everyone has to pitch in helping each other with projects and taking on leadership roles. As club President, it is my responsibility  to schedule meetings, create meeting agendas, delegate jobs, and to keep my executive board on task.   Working together with other youth has also taught me about community, and how we need to support each other, be a good citizen, friend, leader, and competitor. It’s not all about winning, but the experiences that you get along the way.  I plan to continue the team spirit and “learning by doing” I have learned in my livestock experience with new generations of young agriculturalists, as I leave for college in the Fall for  a career in Agricultural Education.  I will be raising a hog for the Clover Foundation to auction off at the 2018 Santa Clara County Fair.  It will be my 9th hog.  I look forward to coming around Santa Clara County over the next several months to talk with all of you about the Clover Foundation and youth in agriculture right here in Santa Clara County.  I look forward to meeting you.  If you are interested in having me speak with your group, please contact the Clover Foundation.  I’ll be posting more about my year here in the the upcoming months.   

Pig Heads to Market – Gilroy Dispatch

Juliana Figone with the Heritage Hog

Gilroy Disptach

Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2017 11:06 am

 

Early in the morning as the rest of the city sleeps, out in the rural edges of town past the Sonic Drive-In and the last Subway before Pacheco Pass, Gilroy teen, Julianna Figone, is already awake and doing her morning chores at her step-dad’s ranch where she is raising a market hog for the upcoming Santa Clara County Fair.

Called Agatha, the 200-pound Yorkshire Cross is the county fair’s Heritage Hog, a special pig whose sale proceeds at the fair’s junior auction go towards supporting youth agriculture programs in the county.

Figone, 18, was selected earlier this year by the Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County to raise and sell the Heritage Hog at the county fair, a prestigious honor that also came with a $4,000 scholarship for the recent Gilroy High School graduate and member of the school’s FFA club.

“I had to do a two-minute speech on youth in agriculture in the county as part of the application process,” explained Figone, who plans on converting a lifetime raising and training livestock into a degree in ag economics at the University of Idaho. “I competed with other FFA and 4-H members in the county.”

Figone has been a member of 4-H for 13 years and raising market hogs since she was 9 years old. She competes in five county fairs a year and for the second year in a row will show at the California State Fair in July.

The experience has taught her responsibility, leadership skills and a desire to help the planet. After college she aims to get a law degree with a focus on water resources.

“I think it’s important with the drought we’ve had and all the problems we have with water in the state,” she said.

Until Figone starts on this latest chapter of her life, she is out with Agatha everyday to get her show-ready. Part of the training involves working with a whip that Figone uses to guide Agatha around the ring. During the swine show part of the fair, when Agatha and Figone both get to shine, the teen will attempt to keep the hog on full display in front of a panel of judges, a technique that is called a “ham sandwich.”

Due to the summer heat and because pigs don’t sweat, Figone does most of the training in the early morning. But, even to someone so experienced in the way of the hog, it can be a bit challenging.

“It’s all up to the pig if she wants to work,” said Figone, as Agatha dips her snout into the cool mud. The hog was washed the night before, but as Figone said, “she’s a pig and likes to be dirty.”

Agatha and other livestock will be up for auction at the Santa Clara County Fair in August.

Proceeds from the sale of the Heritage Hog at the junior auction will go to support programs like the FFA (Future Farmers of America) and 4-H. To get top dollar for the hog and its noble aims, Figone has sent numerous letters to businesses and organizations in the county, including major technology firms Apple and Google.

In neighboring Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties, where the agriculture industry is more robust and the tradition of buying livestock at auction remains strong, the Heritage Hog can fetch tens of thousands of dollars at auction. Anything over market value can be a tax deduction and businesses often pool their resources to donate a nice sum to support the sale’s charitable aims. After the sale at auction the animal goes straight to the butchers. Some businesses offer the meat as corporate gifts or give to their employees.

Figone and other young FFA and 4-H members are carrying the torch for an industry that is slowly being forgotten in Santa Clara County. To show your support, go to the Santa Clara County Fair, August 3-6. The junior auction is on August 5 at 10 a.m. Place your bid for Agatha, and remember you saw her first in the Gilroy Dispatch!

 

Meet the 2017 Clover Foundations Heritage Hog Winner – Julianna Figone!

Hi! My name is Julianna Figone and I am a senior at Gilroy High School and a fourth year member of the Gilroy FFA. All my life, I have been involved with the agricultural community and the cattle industry. I am very proud of the fact that I am a third-generation agriculturalist in Santa Clara County.

At the age of five, I joined 4-H and have raised rabbits, swine, sheep, goats and cattle. I have served as a club officer and All Star for the past two years and have attended many leadership conferences.

In Gilroy FFA, I have served as a chapter and sectional officer, raised sheep and goats, and have attended annual leadership conferences as well. I have a growing passion for agriculture and am excited to attend University of Idaho in the fall to earn a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Economics. I hope to eventually earn my master’s degree and become a water attorney representing agricultural interests in the United States.

This year, I am fortunate enough to receive the opportunity to raise the Heritage Hog that will be sold at the 2017 Santa Clara County Fair Livestock Auction. Along with the hog, I was awarded a scholarship which will help me achieve my goals of becoming a water attorney. When my hog is auctioned, all profits will go toward future college scholarships and zero interest loans for youth in Santa Clara County that are involved in 4H or FFA.

The Clover Foundation has provided tremendous support to 4H and FFA members for many years and I’m extremely thankful to be given the opportunity to help support future youth. I am looking forward to raising awareness of The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County and furthering the progress of the organization.

Clover Foundation Heritage Hog Program & Scholarship

Due Date: Monday, November 6, 2017

No application packets will be accepted beyond this date

The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County is looking for a local Santa Clara County Youth Exhibitor (Recipient) to raise and sell The Clover Foundation Heritage Hog at the Santa Clara County Fair. The Clover Foundation will cover expenses for the purchase of and feed for the animal. The Heritage Hog will be exhibited by the Recipient, judged as a market animal, and sold during the Junior Livestock Auction. All proceeds from the sale of the Heritage Hog will go directly to The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County. The applicant awarded the privilege to show and sell the Heritage Hog is also allowed to sell an additional exhibitor-owned animal through the auction per Junior Auction Rules. The 2018 Fair will be held the week of July 30 – August 5, 2018.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

All applicants are required to complete the following documents and submit the completed application packet to the address listed below. Mailed packets must be postmarked no later than no later than the Due Date listed above.

 

  1. APPLICATION: The completed application form with essay attached
  2. AGREEMENT/Recipient Terms and Conditions: Upon selection, the Recipient will be required to meet certain terms and conditions as outlined in the ‘AGREEMENT’ document between The Clover Foundation and the Heritage Hog recipient. Please review this document carefully. This form must be signed by the applicant, his/her parent or guardian and his/her 4-H Leader or FFA Advisor.
  3. LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION/4-H Leader or FFA Advisor: This form must be completed by a 4-H Leader or FFA Advisor and returned in a sealed envelope with the Leader/Advisor’s signature across the seal and the applicant’s name printed on the front of the envelope.
  4. LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION/Personal: This form must be completed by a personal reference who is not a family member, 4-H Leader, or FFA Advisor and returned in a sealed envelope with the signature of the person who completed the form across the seal and the applicant’s name printed on the front of the envelope.
  5. PHOTO: Current photo of applicant

Send the complete application packet than no later than Monday, November 6, 2017 to:

Heritage Hog Applications
The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County
P.O. Box 2013
Cupertino, CA 95015-2013
-or email-
scholarships@thecloverfoundation.org

Interviews will be required. Applicants will be notified by phone or email if an interview is requested.

 

 

ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Upon selection, the Recipient will be required to meet certain terms and conditions as further outlined in the ‘Agreement’ document between the Clover Foundation and the Heritage Hog recipient. Please review this document carefully.

CLOVER FOUNDATION HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP:

The individual who is awarded the privilege of raising the Clover Foundation Heritage Hog is automatically the only finalist for the Clover Foundation Heritage Scholarship of $4000.00. This will be awarded during the senior year in High school. To receive the scholarship the applicant must comply with all agreed upon requirements and complete the project by selling the animal at the Jr. Livestock Auction. The money will be sent to college upon proof of enrollment in an accredited college.

The winner of the Clover Heritage Scholarship is not eligible for any additional Clover Foundation Scholarships.

Please download APPLICATION PACKET below and read through the document and provide all required information and signatures:

APPLICATION PACKET 2018- heritage hog

 

If you have any questions, please contact:

Vicky Bosworth
The Clover Foundation Board Member
The Clover Foundation Heritage Hog Committee Chair
scholarships@thecloverfoundation.org

2016 Heritage Hog Winner – Meet Jackie Penner

IMG_3572 cropMy name is Jackie Penner.    I grew up in Santa Clara County wanting to live on a farm and raise livestock.  Living in the heart of Silicon Valley, miles from a rural area, made my dream seem impossible to achieve.  Until, one day my Aunt told me about her neighbor that had a pig and was part of an organization called 4-H. Through a google search I found out that youth can learn about livestock in 4-H and there was a 4-H community ranch very close to my home. I signed up immediately and started learning about livestock.

I have been in 4-H for seven years now.  4-H gave me the opportunity to participate in club, county, section, state, national and international events.  4-H helped me find my voice, my confidence and become a better communicator.  When I first joined 4-H, I was very shy and quiet.    I grew up with speech and language challenges, which made it difficult for me to talk with people that I didn’t know. To accomplish my goals in 4-H, I had to do a lot of public speaking, so this pushed me to break away from my inner fears and build confidence.  Now I am not afraid to talk with people and I feel more confident.   I have also learned many life skills like leadership hard work and goal management.

Today, I am a California 4-H State Ambassador and the Youth Chair for the California 4-H State Animal Science Education Advisory Committee. At our 4-H community ranch I learned that kidding season is serious business, but it can also be very rewarding.  I enjoy helping to deliver kids and seeing the miracles of life be born.  I hope to continue my journey that started as a dream of raising livestock and pursue a degree in nursing at Washington State University.  One day I want to have a small farm and become a pediatric or delivery nurse.

This year I was selected to raise the Heritage Hog and receive a scholarship from The Clover Foundation, which I am really excited about!  Having the opportunity to raise the Heritage Hog is an honor, because the Clover Foundation has done so much for the youth our county.

The Clover Foundation is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the development and growth of youth in the Santa Clara County. The foundation provides college scholarships, provides no interest loans to help youth purchase market animals, and donates funds to help keep The Santa Clara County Fair and agriculture alive in our community.

The Heritage Hog, Lilly, will be auctioned off at the Santa Clara county fair on Saturday, August 6th at 10am.  I would like to invite you to attend the auction and buy this fabulous pig for a really good cause.  I am raising the hog in a healthy and nurturing environment, which includes a lot of cuddles.   I hope to see you at the auction.  If you have any questions or if you are interested in the Heritage Hog, come see me.  Thank you for supporting the Clover Foundation by attending the Gala.hh-display-2016

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Fairgrounds – You made an impact! Thank You!

Thank you everyone for your tremendous support with sending emails, letters, social media postings as well as attending the Board of Supervisors Meeting last Tuesday.  The attendance at the meeting was fantastic and youth in attendance made the largest impact!  Below are a few of the Board of Supervisors comments captured during the meeting:
Cindy Chavez ” . . .Thank you all for turning out today. Thank you to all of the extremely poised youth who spoke.”
Mike Wasserman “Young people were the best part of the meeting. They were so articulate, intelligent, and respectful. It taught me a lot.” And, he added, “Fair- Yes. . . I’m not in favor of moving the FAIR . . .”
Ken Yeager  “Keep the Fair at the Fairgrounds . . . let’s integrate it into the 150 acre plan.”

Dave Cortese “We have extraordinary, articulate young people, and leadership within this county . . we want proposers to help us think about space better and we have to have sustainability . . .”

Joe Simitian “Give those students extra credit for coming today. I am abstaining from voting on the Fairgrounds. It’s not that I have a lack of enthusiasm for the Fair, I need to see how to make it work for the long haul. I’ve seen the Fairgrounds struggling . . . economics are important.”
What was your impact to the Board of Supervisors’?
  • 100’s of emails were sent and they have been acknowledged
  • “The Fair needs to stay put and the Fairgrounds needs to remain intact.”
  • The Board of Supervisor’s Chamber was packed with 75 youth and adults who spoke at the microphone for nearly 2 hours.  Over three hours were spent discussing the Fairgrounds and Fair.
You can view the public speakers like the one below by selecting here!
 

As a result of your comments what did they Board of Supervisors discuss?

  • Acknowledged the Fairgrounds serve a diverse community as a unique gathering place
  • More focus on a lengthy period of public input in large community forums.
  • Suggested holding community meetings where people at tables of 10 gave input on the layout.
  • Discussed not starting from scratch and did not want to negatively impact existing buildings
  • More than 30 acres is needed for a Fair, including parking, the midway, plus storage
What is next?
Full steam ahead . . . This year’s Fair slogan – Science, Technology, Agriculture/Arts and Math

  • This is just the beginning and there is a lot of work ahead
  • Press your Supervisor for bottoms-up, community planning, not the top-down approach by the consultant
  • Attend public community input meetings and bring others
  • Stay in touch with your Supervisor – keep the Fair and Fairgrounds top of mind
  • Watch for additional communications for future public input meetings
  • Spread this message via social media and encourage them register for our email bySelecting Here!
  •  Think big picture, include The Fair, but think creatively about best year round use of Fairgrounds
  • We can build this Fairgrounds for the 22nd Century – Join us!
At the end of this email is a response email from Cindy Chavez, Supervisor, District 2.  She sent this out to those that have emailed her regarding the Fair and Fairgrounds.
Thanks again for your help and we will continue to keep you informed and updated on opportunities to provide input and volunteer.
Regards,
David Peck & Board
The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County
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A letter I received from Supervisor Cindy Chavez from District 2:
Thank you for emailing me with your thoughts on the future of the County Fairgrounds.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors, the Board considered this topic for over three hours.  We heard from over sixty members of the public and received hundreds of emails and calls.  Every Board Member especially appreciated hearing from the scores of passionate and articulate youth in attendance, who were primarily advocating for the continuation of FFA and 4H activities at the Fair.
At the end, the majority of the Board voted to continue our process to improve and enliven the Fairgrounds by seeking the formal presentation of ideas (called Requests for Qualifications).  We are also looking for ideas on how to improve the Fairgrounds facilities and ideas on how to pay for that.
The Board has voted to seek ideas that will develop the entire Fairgrounds into a grand public space that can house year-round events, recreation and open space for the community.  We will not sell the Fairgrounds – it will remain in public ownership.
We are hoping that this RFQ process will attract the best ideas that our team can mold into a final plan for the Board to consider late in 2016.  We are hoping that there will be proposals for many community amenities and attractions that can complement the Fair and each other by sharing parking, storage and flex space.
We are Master Planning the Fairgrounds transparently and publicly   This is taking some time, but I ask for patience because we are seeking to get it right and in plain sight.  Our public outreach in 2014-15 included three community meetings at the Fairgrounds and a fourth earlier this month that was specifically requested by the Board of Supervisors ourselves.  Our consultants also gathered public opinion at several community kiosks throughout the County and set up an on-line survey.  This process collected over 5,000 individual opinions from the public.  The Board of Supervisors has discussed the Fairground Master Planning during our open and public meetings on February 24, September 29 and December 15, 2015 and January 26, 2016.
The next step will occur when our County staff and consultants returns to the Board of Supervisors in March for approval of the actual RFQs to be issued.  At Tuesday’s Board meeting, the Board insisted on additional community meetings before that Board meeting.  I encourage you to continue to participate in this process.  You can see all of the materials provided to the Board at our previous meetings (and even watch the videos of the meetings themselves) at http://sccgov.iqm2.com/citizens/default.aspx?frame=no.  You can keep current on the Master Planning process by visiting our website at www.fairgroundsvision.org. There is an especially rich treasure trove of studies and reports on the Fairgrounds at https://www.sccgov.org/sites/faf/cp/mp/fg/Pages/Downloaded-Files.aspx.
Again, thank you for emailing me, and I appreciate your continued involvement.
Be well,
Cindy Chavez
Supervisor, District 2