Byrum passes along love for 4-H as Extension agent
By Anna Goodwin McCarthy
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Growing up in Chowan County, Camaryn Ivie Byrum always enjoyed participating in 4-H.
Now as the Extension agent for 4-H Youth Development in Chowan, she’s helping pass along her love of 4-H to new generations.
“I was born and raised in Chowan County,” said Byrum. “I knew that I wanted to work with the youth in the community.”
Byrum started participating in 4-H activities at age 5.
“My favorite memory of 4-H was the livestock show,” she said.
Byrum said she showed lambs and goats at the livestock show between ages 5 and 17.
“I have been around farming and agriculture my entire life,” said Byrum, who is from the Tyner community in Chowan.
Byrum said she is looking forward to this year’s annual livestock show in April where there are expected to be 75 participants.
Byrum graduated from North Carolina State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in agriculture and Extension education.
Byrum started her position as an agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension last July and really likes her work.
“Everyday brings a new and exciting challenge,” she said.
Byrum said there are three 4-H clubs in Chowan County: the Ryland 4-H Club, the Edenton Eagles 4-H Club and the Kids and Cops Club for teens at John A. Holmes High School. Byrum said each club has its own leaders, and she serves as a resource for the programs.
Byrum likes to incorporate hands-on activities in 4-H that engage youth. Summer programs for youth include workshops geared toward sewing, canning and the food preservation process.
The 4-H Junior Chefs culinary week-long camp during the summer has become an annual favorite for kids.
Byrum said there’s even a “Chopped” competition at the conclusion of the camp that is similar to the television food competition show. In the competition, the kids are given random ingredients and asked to prepare a meal.
Byrum said 4-H’ers are able to show their creativity during the activity.
“Everybody loved it last year,” she said.
4-H is always looking to get more young people to participate in its programs.
“We would love to get them involved in 4-H,” Byrum said.
4-H activities and camp information are available online at https://chowan.ces.ncsu.edu/. Byrum can be reached at 482-6585.