The 4-H Clubs have been instrumental in fostering partnerships, challenging communication skills, and building leaders through this project. Highlighting the 4 "H's" of 4-H: Heads, Hands, Heart, and Health, the group started by putting their heads together planning a project to promote Howard County. They utilized many hands to makelight work, making a difference and warming the hearts of residents and tourists with a palette of color on the barns and promoting agriculture, the health of Howard County.
Howard County ISU Extension wanted to emphasize the historic role of barns and quilts while benefiting the county economy. As with all good ideas,now you will find individuals throughout the county who have taken this great project idea and started their own small business making Barn Quilts. Community partnerships, tourism and entrepreneurship go hand in hand in Howard County!