Eighteen-year-old Encinitas resident Samuel Sugarman was selected as the winner of the 2017 4-H Youth in Action Award for Agriculture. Over the past five years, Samuel has led hundreds of farm tours through his free Farm Tour Program, educating young people about sustainable agriculture, where food comes from, and respect for animals and nature. “As a teen leader, I hosted lots of project meetings at my farm and saw how beneficial it was for urban children to interact with the animals,” he said. “When children grow up disconnected from their food, from animals and from the earth, they miss opportunities to develop qualities of stewardship, compassion, patience, and gratitude.” Samuel was officially recognized at the National 4-H Council Legacy Awards in Washington, D.C. in late March. He received a $5,000 scholarship for higher education and will serve as a spokesperson for 4-H Agriculture programming.

4-H is America’s largest youth development organization – empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime. Learn more at www.4-h.org.