University of Arizona Cooperative Extension 4-H Program


Paideia Academy has partnered with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension 4H to enrich our extended-day and leadership club learning program!

The 4-H Pledge

I pledge my head to clear thinking,
my heart to greater loyalty,
my hands to larger service,
and my health to better living
for my club, my community, my country and my world.

The purpose of the 4-H program is to provide opportunities for whole-child growth of our scholars through purposeful project activities and learning. The emphasis is for scholars to initiate learning in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) with the guidance of adult leaders. The emphasis for the adult leaders is on the growth of the scholar rather than simply the products made for the project.

Learn by Doing

Through he Paideia 4-H program scholars will learn valuable skills and new ideas by following the “learn-by-doing” ideology”

The “learn-by-doing” approach allows scholars to experience something with minimal guidance from the adult leader. Instead of being told “the answers”, they are presented with a question, problem, situation or activity which they are encouraged to make sense and find answers for themselves.

Activities using the “learn-by-doing” model helps young scholars to learn valuable skills as well as how to apply the things they learn to their every day life.

Experiential Learning

Experimental learning is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as “learning through reflection on doing.” Experiential learning is distinct from rote or didactic learning, in which the learner plays less of an active role. In the Paideia 4-H program, scholars are presented with a variety of discovery topics based in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Each topic may last from 2 to 6 weeks culminating with a project demonstration.

4-H Urban Farm Project

Paideia scholar leadership teams also participate in the 4-H learning activities. The Urban Farm project is made of scholars in grades 3 – 8. These scholars operate the urban farm project consisting of vegetable gardens, flower gardens, herb gardens, fruit orchards and the poultry project. This is an after-school club project requiring

The Paideia Urban Farm Project is a scholar run garden/orchard/chicken coop project. Paideia Academy’s mission is the upbringing of the whole child (body, mind, heart, spirit) which includes healthy living and the care of the earth. Through the Urban Farm Project, scholars deeply learn urban farming skills – gardens, orchards, and laying hens. Our garden projects extend inside the building as well as the traditional outside gardens. Beyond the obvious learning of managing our earth and healthy eating habits – the scholars learn leadership by managing the produce from the garden, orchard, and chicken coop.

The urban farm project began with a few 3rd,through 6th grade scholars as apprentice urban farmers. After completing a series of 4-H learning and application experiences and qualification requirements the scholars go from apprentice to journeyman to master urban farmers. The master urban farmers become the Farm Team Leader consultants to the rest of the scholars and teachers in growing their own classroom gardens, orchard trees, and/or laying hens.

The Urban Farm Team scholars also learn entrepreneurial skills through making available the produce and eggs during a regular farmer’s market for monetary donations.

Present and ongoing needs:

  • Farming supplies and equipment – shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows etc.
  • Volunteer time from parents, guardians and community members
  • Cash donations to assist with infrastructure and operational costs
  • Your Urban Farm Project cash donation qualifies as an ECA Tax Credit

Thank you, for any assistance you can provide to the Paideia Urban Farm Team.

Empower the Whole-Child Body, Mind, Heart, Spirit – through education.

Lifelong learning, good citizenship, solid careers, and healthy families…