Local Girl Needs Your Vote in 4-H Contest

“My goal is to educate the public about agriculture in California, which is sometimes hard to do in the Bay Area,” says 13-year-old Nicole Nielsen about her entry in the national Heifer Giveaway Contest.

Although most would consider San Carlos and surrounding communities the heart of suburbia, the young members of the San Carlos/Eaton Hills 4-H Club would like to spread the word of their work with livestock and agriculture right here in our own backyards.

And 13-year-old 4-H member Nicole Nielsen hopes to shed a little light on the importance farms right here on the mid-Peninsula.

Nicole has entered a national contest that is offered to 4-H and Future Farmers of America youth ages 6-18. The Heifer Giveaway Contest runs through midnight on Jan. 1, 2013, and Nicole is rallying the support of the community to view her video about why the local club should win the Sullivan Ranch heifer calf (and a year’s supply of feed. The calf would be raised at the Crystal Springs 4-H farm off of Hwy. 92.

“She would be shown at the San Mateo County Fair and would then be kept as a breeding heifer--she is not for food!” says Nicole, who raises small animals such as rabbits and chickens at her home in San Carlos, and a few larger animals at a 4-H farm in Redwood City, including three miniature sheep (pictured here).

 “I volunteer with my animals all over the Bay Area for organizations such as the Peninsula Humane Society, Riley's Place, Heifer International, Bethlehem AD, and of course 4-H. My goal is to educate the public about agriculture in California, which is sometimes hard to do in the Bay Area,” said Nicole.

“I have asked all my family and friends to vote for me and I am doing very well, but it would be great to take my contest public and get everyone involved.”

To vote for Nicole Nielsen, click here:

Nicole’s mother, Robin Nielsen, is supportive of her daughter’s 4-H efforts and encourages her experiences with livestock and agriculture.

“It’s good for kids in suburbia that we have these local farms,” said Robin of the 4-H farms that are located throughout the Peninsula.

She added that the San Carlos/Eaton Hills club is the largest in the county. There is a 4-H farm located in San Carlos, but it’s only open two months out of the year and the largest animals it can accommodate are rams, goats and swine. 

“Nicole is honored to be a member of San Mateo County 4-H and hopes to represent her club, county and state when she wins the heifer. Please, please support her by voting every day!” said Robin.

“Around here you don't usually hear about kids winning a cow to take home or raising one for Fair,” Nicole added.

To vote for Nicole Nielsen, click here:


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Jo Mama December 28, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Go Nicole! you have my vote.
Penny December 28, 2012 at 06:48 PM
We are so proud of you Nicole. Thank-you for making the historic village of Bethlehem come alive. From making costumes, providing sheep, rabbits,turkeys,geese and chickens and your family, we are so grateful. Good luck on winning the Heifer. Penny Richardson
Merrily December 31, 2012 at 05:57 AM
I cast my vote for you Nicole! Good luck! While watching your video, I see you work with Peggy, I recognized her house!!


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