Tigges Farm co-owner Kathy Rickart inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame

Kathy Rickart, Long-time Weld County resident and co-owner of Tigges Farm Produce and Pumpkin Patch has been honored for her work in helping connect kids to agriculture through local 4-H programs.

Rickart traveled to the Kellogg Conference Hotel on Oct. 12 at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., where she was inducted as a member of the 4-H Hall of Fame Class of 2021. The 4-H program is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving over 6 million young people across the U.S. The program teaches youth leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills.

Greeley local, Kathy Rickart, second from left, is one of 20 laureates nationwide, nominated by the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals in recognition of her work as a 4-H professional. (Photo courtesy Kathy Rickart)

Rickart’s list of career achievements and volunteer work is extensive and includes serving at Weld County Fair Agriculture Division Superintendent, Weld County Fair 4-H Awards Chair, co-coordinated the Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference and was part of the church council for Bethel Lutheran Church.

“I was also humbled in 2008 when I received the Greeley Tribune Panoramic Unsung Hero Award,” Rickart wrote in an email to the Greeley Tribune. “In fact, the Unsung Hero Award is the only one I dug out of the award box the last time we moved and put up on my desk hutch. I have the rest in storage and maybe I will get time someday to dig the others back out. But for now, it is the Unsung Hero and this plaque for the National 4-H Hall of Fame that will be on the wall.”

While volunteering, Rickart continued to work alongside her two siblings at their family farm, Tigges Farm Produce and Pumpkin Patch, growing and selling pumpkins, chilies and other produce along with carrying a variety of unique gift items. The farm also offers school children and 4-H clubs the opportunity to have fund raising activities and learn the ins and outs of how a farm operates.

“I spent 31 years leading kids in community service projects so I am ‘walking the talk’,” Rickart wrote. “I served on the Weld County Fair Board for 6 years. Then turned my focus to Tigges Farm in 2008 with the goal to make it a Weld County agri-tourism destination farm.”

When the pandemic put a halt to visitors to the farm, Rickart revved up her sewing machine to make 400 facemasks and 18 PPE gowns which were distributed to grocery store workers, farm customers and a nursing home in Fort Morgan.

Kathy Rickart is the fourth person from Colorado and the second from Weld County to be inducted in the National 4-H Hall of Fame since it was founded in 2002. (Photo courtesy Kathy Rickart)


The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents along with the National 4-H Council and National 4-H Headquarters founded the National 4-H Hall of Fame in 2002 as a way to recognize volunteers, financial supports, staff and pioneers who have made an impact at the local, state and national level. Inductees for the hall of fame were chosen based on their contributions to the 4-H program as well as their citizenship, leadership, character and career accomplishments.

“These individuals have touched the lives of many people, from 4-H staff and colleagues to thousands of 4-H volunteers and members throughout the nation,” said Jeannette Rea Keywood, chair of the National 4-H Hall of Fame.

In addition to Rickart, fellow 4-H Hall of Fame Class of 2021 inductees include:

  • Daryl Buchhols, Kansas
  • Stephen L. Censky, National 4-H Council
  • Bryan Chadd, Arizona
  • Louisa Bauer Cole, New Jersey
  • John E. Dooley, Virginia
  • Karen L. Hinton, Nevada
  • Nancy Kissel, Wisconsin
  • Mike Klumpp, Arkansas
  • Julie Best Landry, North Carolina
  •  Jeffrey O. Orndorff, West Virginia
  • Rev. Dr. Clementa Carlos Pinckney, South Carolina
  • Dr. Robert M. Ritchie, Indiana
  • Jan Scholl-Kennedy, Pennsylvania
  • Carol Schurman, National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals
  • Dr. Janice A. Seitz, Illinois
  • Sandra Clarkson Stuckman, Michigan
  • Darrel Thomas, National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals
  • Bette Jo Clinton Van Kavelaar, Delaware
  • Harlene M. Welch, Kentucky

For more information on 4-H programs in Weld and Larimer counties as well as across the U.S., go to www.4-h.org.

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