New program seeks uniforms for 4H, FFA youth


Wendy Weidler had a creative idea. The FFA and 4-H mother had observed over the years that there were children in the programs who may not be able to present animals at the Nevada County Fair because they did not have the required formal attire. 

Why not, she wondered, organize a uniform exchange closet with no fees and no requirements except they be used by the farming organization members for a competition?

“Children grow fast. Last year’s uniforms may no longer fit,” she said.

Weidler went to the Soroptimist International of Grass Valley seeking advice and assistance to put together The White Barn project, a closet of donated used and new uniforms available at no cost to all FFA and 4-H youngsters before the Nevada County Fair, which runs from Aug. 8-12.

Kate LaFerriere, Soroptimist member and development director for the Interfaith Food Ministry, has arranged for donations to be dropped off every Tuesday and Thursday at the Ministry building at 440 Henderson St. in Grass Valley. Other locations are expected to be announced later.

Soroptimist Club co-President Judy East is using Soroptimist Youth Committee funds to buy 12 clear poly storage units for the clothes. A two-day distribution will be held July 20-21 at the county fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Soroptimist and Fair Board member Shanti Emerson helped arrange the use of the fairgrounds. Soroptimists will help with the distribution under Weidler’s direction.

Anyone wishing to donate uniforms or funds to purchase uniforms can contact the project at

About the photo:The White Barn Project is now collecting uniforms at the Interfaith Food Ministry building in Grass Valley. The uniforms will be distributed July 20-21 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds