The internet has proven less than useful in this instance. It will tell me all about 4H programs and how wonderful they are for character-building, but I can't find anything telling me how it works. On the other hand, I now have a firm theoretical knowledge of how to milk goats and the best winter bedding for my (fictional) pig.
Anybody out there willing to help me out with the 4H? What I need is a quick primer on how involved my character might reasonably be with it, given his age and his economic situation (very poor). If the fact that his uncle (who is a mechanic and lives in a town) wouldn't pay for any extracurriculars even if he could afford them means Nick (my hero's name is Nick) wouldn't have been part of 4H, I need to know that, too. If you can help, leave a comment, and we'll find a way to move this to email, or even a phone call, because I don't need much, I just need enough so I can write a paragraph without sounding like the total urban ignoramus that I actually am.
Bless you in advance. Even if nobody knows what I need, just formulating it like this has already helped.