Sussex County 4-H Weekly Newsletter December 30, 2021 – January 7, 2022

The Sussex County RCE/4-H Office will also be closed Friday, December 31 for the New Year Holiday.
The office will reopen on January 3, 2022.

Rutgers Covid-19 Restrictions Update

Effective immediately, all in-person 4-H events, classes, programs, club meetings, camps, and other group activities organized by or under the auspices of RCE – 4-H Youth Development are suspended through January 31, 2022. 

If your club would like to schedule a Zoom meeting please let us know.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the 4-H Office.


Last Days to Re-Enroll for the 2021-22 Program Year!
Time Has Run out!
Deadline is Jan 1.

Each year 4-H members and volunteers must renew their enrollment by January 1 to be considered in good 4-H standing. To do so, go to: https://v2.4honline.com/

Directions to assist you in the process can be found at the following link:
https://www.sussex4h.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/4HMmbrRnrlmnt_9-29-20.pdf

If you have any questions, or experience difficulties with 4HOnline, please contact Dave or Tanya for assistance.


4 Days Left to Register!

Registration for the 2022 County-Level 4-H Public Presentations is now open thru 4-H Online.

While we had hoped to hold our county-level public presentations program along normal, pre-Covid, lines, we’re again in uncertain territory for meeting safely in public. We haven’t given up on holding presentations in-person, but we are offering alternatives for public presentations this year. 

Option One: Zoom Presentations 

Zoom public presentation nights will be held on March 4 and 11. Like last year, these will be scheduled with judges and presenters meeting initially and then being directed to pre-as18signed breakout rooms for presentations.  

Tips for making Zoom presentations will be provided. 

Option Two: Recorded 

You can set up a phone/camera and record yourself giving your presentation. Afterward, you’ll post it to YouTube (or another video hosting site) and provide us with a link to access the video. We’ll share your video presentation with judges for evaluation and feedback. The deadline to submit Videos will be March 15.  

Tips for recording and posting your presentation will be provided. 

Option Three: Two Nights of In-Person Presentations* **

*Numbers will be limited.  

We have reserved High Point Regional HS on March 18 and Kittatinny Regional HS for March 25 

Animals will not be permitted at these locations. Participation will be limited to one presenter and one parent/guardian to allow for safe social distancing in the classrooms. Masking will be required for everyone. Presenters will be permitted to remove their masks, but only during their presentations. 

Other restrictions may apply pending approval from Rutgers Cooperative Extension, our host schools, and local health authorities. 

**Warning- if Covid restrictions prevent in-person meetings, these nights will be converted to virtual presentation via Zoom 

We will again be using 4-H Online to register for presentations. Please use the following guide to help you: How to Register for Events in 4-H Online 2.0. The deadline to register is February 1. 

For any questions or concerns please contact Tanya Patrie (patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu)


Workshops and STEP Clubs are open to all, 4-H members and non-4-H members.

An Evening Abroad: Ireland! 
June 22nd at 7 PM

The New Jersey 4-H “family” includes people from all over the globe. An Evening Abroad highlights members of our extended family to show off just how diverse the NJ 4-H program truly is! In this June 22 session, we’ll explore the Emerald Island known as Ireland from Warren County 4-H volunteer, Sinead Twohig. Register to receive a link for this hour-long, fun, and in-depth virtual exploration of Ireland. An Evening Abroad is fun for all 4-H members and their families and begins at 7 p.m.

NJ 4-H Virtual STEP Clubs

New Virtual STEP Clubs coming soon.

Workshops and STEP Clubs are open to all, 4-H members and non-4-H members.

Upcoming NJ 4-H Virtual Workshops

Tuesdays in January and February from 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Virtual Winter Fun Programs information and registration

NJ 4-H Virtual STEP Clubs

Bridge to 4-H Teen Leadership Club

Bridge to 4-H is a monthly virtual 4-H club for youth in grades 6 and up, exploring leadership, healthy living, and life skills. Join us as we learn about how to make a menu of food we like while keeping a budget, adopting healthier habits, and caring for ourselves inside and out. Make friends across the state of NJ! We meet on the third Thursday of every month over Zoom.

Bridge to 4-H Teen Leadership Club Registration Link

NJ 4 H Global Food Security Coalition

New Jersey 4-H is recruiting a team to participate in the World Food Prize Research Project. Youth members will work with a team to develop individual research projects addressing global food security issues. Participants will meet once a week with mentors and peers to prepare their research project. Projects will be presented at the Rutgers University Youth Institute Summit on March 11. During this day-long program, students get to learn about critical global issues, network with local leaders, engage in hands-on-activities, and explore exciting ways to become effective change agents in their own communities, conscientious global citizens, and tomorrow’s scientific humanitarian leaders. We are hosting an info session on December 20. Sessions will run on Thursdays, 7–8 p.m. starting January 6 through February 1.

NJ 4 H Global Food Security Coalition Registration Link

Young Researchers: A Youth Club on Publication

Have you ever thought to publish your own writing? In partnership with John Wiley and Sons, youth are invited to learn about the process of publishing, careers in publishing and will work on a team to publish their own product!

Youth researchers will walk through the author’s journey to create content that will be published online by global publishing powerhouse, John Wiley and Sons. Friends, family, teachers, and the public will be able to view their published work live online. Youth will learn about academic research publishing and tips to spot out non-credible and credible research. Youth researchers will craft their own content with support and guidance from professionals that work across the publishing landscape. Youth will also have a chance to share some of their pre-written work to learn to improve their work for publication.

Young Researchers: A Youth Club on Publication Registration Link

Monologue & Screenwriting Class

The program extends from September 20, 2021, to June 20, 2022; classes meet on the first and third Monday evenings of the month, 7 PM to 8:30 PM. There is no cost for the program. Youth are invited to attend all sessions that their schedules allow and can attend in person at the library or access the sessions via Zoom.

For questions or more information contact Ellen Williams (williams@njaes.rutgers.edu)


Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Conference
has been Postponed.

This program will be scheduled for a future date when in-person meetings can resume.

The Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference is for 4-H members in grades 6-8. While attending the conference, middle school youth will have fun, meet new friends, and develop leadership and personal development skills that they can utilize at home, in school, in their 4-H club, and in their community. To accommodate 4-H’ers throughout the state, the conference is held in two locations and on two separate dates each year.


4-H Animal Science Video Contest and Film Festival

New Jersey 4-H, in cooperation with the New Jersey Junior Breeder Symposium, is sponsoring the 4-H Animal Science Video Contest and Film Festival to include ALL 4-H animal project areas.

Youth may work individually or as a team to create short educational videos (3:30 minutes or less) about alpacas, cats, cattle (beef/dairy), dogs, goats, herpetology, horses, llamas, poultry, rabbits, sheep, small animals, and swine to enter in the 4-H Animal Science Video Contest.  Youth must upload their video, entry form, and media release by the end of the day March 7 (see informational flyer for details).  A selection of videos will then be shared at the film festival in the Round House at the Rutgers Cook Campus Farm during an afternoon session of the Junior Breeder Symposium on Saturday, March 26.  Youth of the top scoring videos will receive awards, including gift cards.  Videos will be scored on educational value, creativity, clarity, pacing, and technical quality (sound, lighting, etc.) – 20 points each, total of 100.  Youth are encouraged to have fun and be creative in designing their video entries!

Details are available on our website at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/animals/film-festival. The informational flyer, an entry form, and media release are all available on this website.  The top four scoring videos from each of the past six years are also featured on the website, http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/animals/film-festival/winners.asp.


The World Food Prize New Jersey Youth Institute Invites any youth in grades 9-12 to apply.

For more information go to New Jersey Youth Institute – The World Food Prize – Improving the Quality, Quantity and Availability of Food in the World



Plan for Summer 2022 now…
Registration for the Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp is OPEN!

Register today at: https://lgcook.campbrainregistration.com

For more information about this amazing camp, that registered 4-H members receive $25 off registration costs, go to Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp (New Jersey 4-H) (rutgers.edu)


AMERICA’S HARDEST WORKING BOOT SUPPORTS AMERICA’S HARDEST WORKING KIDS IN 4-H

Georgia Boot is a proud partner of the National 4-H Council. We believe every kid should have the opportunity to be #GeorgiaBootStrong and create a better path #Fourward through the hands-on learning experiences that 4-H offers. These programs help build confidence, creativity, leadership, and resiliency, shaping our future leaders.

From now until August of 2023, we will offer various promotions on our website and at select retail partner locations. A portion of sales from these promotions will be donated to National 4-H Council to provide critical resources needed to support the organization’s efforts to empower our youth. Georgia Boot has committed to a minimum donation of $75,000 in 2021, $75,000 in 2022 and $85,000 in 2023.

https://www.georgiaboot.com/4-h


Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Attention Leaders

4-H CLUB TREASURY ANNUAL REVIEW Forms are OVER DUE. Please return to the OFFICE ASAP

All 4-H Club Treasury Annual Review Forms were due to the 4-H Office by November 1.
The following is is the link to the forms that need to be completed

4-H Club Treasury Annual Review Forms

If you have questions please contact Tanya (patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu).


Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

Friday, May 13, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Asparagus Facts and Recipe Ideas
Friday, May 13-19, 2022 – CORE Training Program for the NJ Pesticide Applicators License (ONLINE)
Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Build a Better Beverage
Friday, May 20, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 4:30 pm – North Jersey Tree Fruit and Vegetable Twilight Meeting
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Benefits of Physical Activity for Seniors
Friday, May 27, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Strawberry Salsa
Monday, May 30, 2022 – ALL State and County offices closed
Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 3:00 pm – Live Well & Stay Healthy Webinar: Ten Inflation-Fighting Hacks for Older Adults

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

Friday, December 31, 2021 – All County and State offices Closed

Friday, January 7-14, 2022 – CORE Training Program for the NJ Pesticide Applicators License (ONLINE) (fee)

January 10-12, 2022, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 pm 2022 North Jersey Ornamental Horticulture Online Symposium (fee)

Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 12-1:00 pm – RCE Homesteading Academy: Woodland Management for Private Landowners in New Jersey

Monday, January 17, 2022 – Martin Luther King Day – State and County Offices Closed


STARTING SOON, DON’T WAIT TO REGISTER!

Sussex County 2022 Gardening Education Series

For more information contact Program Coordinator Lisa Chiariello lisa.chiariello@rutgers.edu


Home Gardeners School is Back!

Gardening for Everyone

February 26, 2022 | 8:00am – 1:00pm EST | Online | $80

Whether you are a Master Gardener or don’t yet know a trowel from a spade, the 2022 Home Gardeners School @Home has something for you!  

Choose from 15 individual workshop sessions covering a wide array of horticulture topics and experience levels. Select the topics most relevant to your gardening interests on the day of the program.  

New this year:
– A virtual “room” devoted to topics for beginning gardeners
– A “room” with workshops specifically designed for advanced growers
– Ample breaks between sessions
– An optional discussion session to connect with and learn from other gardeners  
Click on Gardening for Everyone: Home Gardeners School @Home Online Event | Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education for details!

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