By Emily Bialkowski
Houston County welcomed its newest 4-H coordinator Nov. 12 when David Foley began work for the University of Minnesota Extension. Foley comes to the county with a great deal of experience in 4-H programming and even has his own herd of dairy goats.
Foley took some time with The Caledonia Argus to answer a few questions and introduce himself to the county.
Education: I am a recent graduate of Minnesota State University-Mankato with a bachelor of science degree in recreation, parks and leisure services with a natural resource management career track.
Family/pets: I grew up in Dundas, Minn., where my family has a small herd of dairy goats. Fortunately, my awesome parents (Debbie and John Foley) are taking care of my animals until I find a permanent location for them. I like to call the goat herd my 4-H project gone crazy. I have one sister (Erin) who lives in Lakeland, Minn., with her husband (Charlie).
Town of residence: Currently living in West Salem, Wis.
Q: Tell us about your prior work experience.
A: During college I was fortunate enough to hold 4-H summer assistant positions in the counties of Steele, Goodhue and Dakota. Prior to starting my position here in Houston County, I was working as the interim program coordinator for Goodhue County 4-H.
Q: What are you looking forward to in your new role as the Houston County 4-H coordinator?
A: I am very much looking forward to meeting the families of Houston County. I enjoy working with adult and youth volunteers to provide fun, new and quality programs.
Q: In August the Houston County Board voted in favor of helping to fund the 4-H coordinator position full time. How do you think the program will benefit from this?
A: I think this is a very exciting opportunity for the Houston County 4-H program to grow. Having this full-time position will allow me to make those important partnerships in the surrounding community and will allow time for new programs to develop.
Q: What areas of expertise do you possess that will translate well in your new role?
A: I believe my strong background with the 4-H program will be a huge benefit for me in my new position. My knowledge and history in livestock projects as well as traditional general projects will allow me to promote and encourage youth to get involved. 4-H has a lot to offer, and I believe I can be a great advocate for the program.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: I enjoy being around my family and friends, exploring the state of Minnesota (I even have a bucket list of attractions I’d like to see!) and I also enjoy showing in open class dairy goat shows around the state.
Q: Anything I didn’t ask worth mentioning?
A: I am very excited and fortunate for this opportunity and I look forward to maintaining the current programs and developing new opportunities for the youth in Houston County. 4-H has so much to offer, it really is an amazing program for youth to have fun, build friendships, learn responsibility and express themselves. Have a question about 4-H? Ask me!
David Foley can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at