2017-2018 4-H Country Ham Project 

Project Leader:  Kevin Mills

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Putting Hams to Cure Day

As is the tradition in KY 4-H, project members will kick-off the 2018 4-H Country Ham project with "putting the hams to cure" on Monday, January 15, 2018.  Time TBD.

The country ham has been a food tradition in Kentucky and throughout the southeast for hundreds of years.  The Kentucky 4-H Country Ham project continues the tradition of the country ham. 

The project began in the late 1990’s with less than 40 4-Hers to currently over 775 4-Hers from greater than 65 Kentucky counties. 

The project begins in the cold winter months of January and ends in August at the Kentucky State Fair, where the hams are judged by members of the Kentucky Country Ham Producers and the students present a 3 to 5 minute speech on the project. 

Throughout the project the 4-Hers learn about food production and how the country ham fits into Kentucky’s food heritage.

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4-H Country Ham Project Information

         NOTE: follow county deadlines per county contract

How to Make a Country Ham