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

The Clover Foundation Youth Ag Fundraiser and Dinner – November 3rd!

Please join us for our MOST IMPORTANT event of the year!!! 

YOU can help the Clover Foundation support youth agricultural education and to provide access to livestock project management for any interested Santa Clara County Youth!! The Youth Ag Fundraiser is the place we generate the funds we need to do the work we do, and you can actively participate by simply joining us for an evening of great food and fun!  We’re changing it up this year, so bring your friends and family with you for an evening of fun games and prizes!! Bid on Live & Silent Auction items, try the Wine pull or Beer Pull, buy a playing card for a chance to win cash prizes, buy a box for a chance at some beautiful jewelry or take a chance on the Cow Plop for a share of the pot!!  A great Tri-Tip & Chicken dinner with all the trimmings, no-host bar with wine, beer & cocktails and a wonderful evening of fun for all!

We are also looking for auction items and travel destination donations or maybe something else ??   (Be creative – if you have something you think is wonderful give us a call and let’s talk!).  If you have an item of value or a vacation home or another great item to donate, PLEASE contact us at  information@thecloverfoundation.org.

To buy event tickets online, please select Get My Tickets!  $65 per ticket, or a table of 10 for $600!!

If you can’t attend, (and even if you can!) but would like to make a donation, please Select Donate! 

Last year, your attendance helped us give $55,800 to local 4-H and FFA youth in three ways:

  • College Scholarships – given to 4-H and FFA graduating seniors
  • Livestock Purchase Loans – make zero interest livestock loans accessible to all youth
  • Santa Clara County Youth Fair – keep the 4-day fair tradition going!

The New 2018 Youth Ag Fundraiser!!!!

Join Us on  November 3rd, 2018 – 5:30pm –  9:30pm!

5:30pm Doors open – Expo Hall, Tully Road, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

  • No Host Bar Opens
  • View the Youth Project display boards, Scope out Live Auction items. 
  • Bid on Silent Auction items
  • Try the Wine Pull or the Beer Pull! Buy a “Mystery Jewelry Box” or space in the “Cow Plop” for a chance to win!
  • See updates on Fairground evolution plans

7:00pm BBQ Dinner served

  • Awards & Recognition
  • Live Auction   &   “Surprise Raffles”

Followed by …

  • Announcement of Silent Auction Winners
  • By 9:30pm all auction items paid for and secured

PLEASE JOIN US – YOU are truly the key to our success!!

We look forward to seeing you November  3rd !!!

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.

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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