The RCE/4-H Office will be closed Monday, February 21, 2022 in honor of Presidents Day.

Room Host NEEDED!
Community Service Hours Available for High School Members

Middle and High School Members in need community service hours, the 4-H office is looking for help for individuals to volunteer to serve as a Room Host for our 4-H Presentations Zoom programs and in-person programs. 

As the Room Host, your responsibilities will be to introduce those presenting and assist them with setting up their presentation. We ask they those who volunteer for our Zoom evenings must have a basic understanding of Zoom and the ability to help presenters troubleshoot problems.

If you would like to volunteer please contact Tanya Patrie at patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu to volunteer.

4-H Public Presentations NEEDS Volunteers

Caring adults are needed to volunteer to help us evaluate those 4-H youth taking part in our presentations program.

There are 3 ways to volunteer this year. Options are to judge presentations live via Zoom (2 evenings), judge presentations in-person in local high schools (2 evenings), and/or judge pre-recorded presentations from the comfort of your own computer.

If you or someone you know would like to serve as a 4-H public presentation judge, please contact Tanya at patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu for more information about how you can help. Or you may go ahead and sign up to serve as a presentation judge at: https://forms.office.com/r/shFjt8jPs4.

Fundraiser to Support
Bunnies& Buddies and Regal Rabbit
4-H Rabbit Clubs

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

NJ 4-H Virtual Workshops

An Evening Abroad: Peru! 
May 25th 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 May 25 session, we’ll explore the coastal South American country of Peru with Hudson County’s Claudia Urdanivia! Register to receive a link for this hour-long, fun, and in-depth virtual exploration of Peru. An Evening Abroad is fun for all 4-H members and their families and begins at 7 p.m.Participants will explore the coastal South American nation of Peru with Hudson County 4-H’s own Claudia Urdanivia!


Fires: The Science Behind our Changing Climate (click to register for the event)
May 28 at 10 a.m

Does it seem like dangerous and damaging wildfires are becoming more common every year? Unfortunately, they are! Join us to find out how climate change plays a role in the increasing fires around the globe. Brought to you by the 4‑H Teen Russian/American International Leadership Program. (TRAIL).


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.

NJ 4-H Virtual Workshops

Tuesdays in January and February from 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

February 22 – Starting a Windowsill Garden (grade 4 and up)
Starting a Windowsill Garden… Learn how to Grow Your Own Salad, lettuce, radishes, carrots, and dill indoors. Seeds will be provided.. all you need is some potting soil and a container.

You can participate in one or all.

Virtual Winter Fun Programs information and registration

NJ 4-H Virtual STEP Clubs

Travel Bugs United States

We may not be able to travel right now, but we can still take a trip out-of-state to learn about unique cultures in other US communities. Join us each week as we embark on adventures to New York, DC, Cape Code, and Hawaii! This program is open to youth in grades 6–9. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on March 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Travel Bugs United States Registration Link

Computer Science Exploration and Design

Youth will work with Rutgers University College Students who are also 4-H CS Educators where they will explore the many areas of computer science including coding, sequencing, decoding, debugging, algorithms, game design, etc. Youth will learn both important computer science/STEM skills while practicing computer science with and without (unplugged) a computer. Students will be invited to join other students from Northern NJ who have participated in this program to participate in a 4-H CS Pathways Showcase. There will also be opportunities for youth to learn more about the various computer science fields (from computer science professionals). Sessions run on Saturdays, March 5–26 from 10:30a.m. –12:00p.m.

Computer Science Exploration and Design Registration Link

4-H PHOTO CORP – FEBRUARY CHALLENGE:

The NJ 4-H Photo Corps is open to youth in grades 4-13 (one year out of high school). You do not need to be enrolled in a 4-H Photography Project to join PhotoCorps. There is no cost to join or participate, and  the submission deadline is the last day of every month.  The February photo theme Theme for February is “Treasures”.

When you hear the word “treasure” what comes to mind? Your relationships, your memories, a gift with special meaning? Through your photographs, you can preserve those treasures for others to see. Your photographs then become more treasures!

Register here:
https://nj4hphotocorps.fairentry.com/Fair/SignIn/15369 

NEW YEAR, BETTER YOU – FEBRUARY “HEART” CHALLENGE

For February our 4-H youth are challenged to focus on belonging, include and kindness.  Complete as many “random acts of kindness” as you can by the end of the month. For ideas visit https://www.bradaronson.com/acts-of-kindness/ … or reach out to a new 4-H member and help them feel welcomed in the club. Record what you did here and you will receive an emailed certificate for your accomplishments.

NEW JERSEY
4-H HORSE BOWL

The 2022 Horse Bowl will be held VIRTUALLY. Seniors will compete on Saturday, February 26th beginning promptly at 9 am. Juniors will compete on Sunday, February 27th beginning promptly at 1 pm.

NEW THIS YEAR! We are offering Cloverbuds a chance to check out Horse Bowl. Registered Cloverbud participants will be able to try a Horse Bowl round on Sunday, February 27th beginning at 12 pm. Cloverbuds will receive a special participation ribbon.

Weekly practices are offered now so youth can get used to our virtual contest format. Practices will be held on Thursdays beginning January 20 and going until February 24. Practices will begin at 7:30 pm and will last for approx. 1 hour. To join the zoom meeting: 

https://rutgers.zoom.us/j/96970424463?pwd=WVBGcm5GajlpWjZxOEloQ1paK2tIZz09

Meeting ID: 969 7042 4463       Password: 339181

The rescheduled dates for the Discover the Leader in You! Conference

Sat., March 12 in Mercer County and Sat., April 2 in Camden County

Registration for the March 12 date is due by March 4. The April 2 date is due by March 25.

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.

More information and registration information can be found at:

NJ 4-h Discover the Leader in You! Registration Packet (rutgers.edu)

2022 New Jersey 4-H Equine Presentations Contest

Open to all 4-H Members in Good Standing

Participants DO NOT need to be horse project members to participate. The only requirements are that participants are members in good standing and their presentation must be equine themed. 

2022 NJ State 4-H Equine Art Show

Open to all 4-H Members in Good Standing

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.

2022 Junior Breeder Symposium

Join us for a Day of Interactive Workshops from Experts Across New Jersey!

This year’s NJ Junior Breeder Symposium will be held IN PERSON on Saturday, March 26 at the Rutgers Cook Campus Farm in New Brunswick.  We have put together an all-star line-up of Rutgers professors, veterinarians, animal care professionals, graduate students, and volunteers.  Register today to learn about animal care, behavior, training, breeding, showmanship, and more through interactive sessions that you choose!  Our experts will engage both youth and adults through live demonstrations, discussions, illustrated talks, and games.

  • Saturday, March 26 (check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., opening session at 9:00 a.m., finished at 3:00 p.m.)
  • IN PERSON – Rutgers Cook Campus Farm (check-in and opening in Round House, College Farm Road and Sheepfold Lane)
  • All Youth and Adults Must Register by March 12
  • $12 per person (includes lunch), payable at the door (cash or check)
  • More details will be emailed to all registrants a week before the event.

Sessions are designed for those interested in horses, cattle, sheep, goats, swine, poultry, rabbits, cavies, small animals, and beekeeping.  There are also some more general sessions that are useful for those in any animal project.

SOMERSET COUNT 4-H RABBIT, CAVY & SMALL ANIMAL SHOW
Re-scheuduled

DOORS OPEN: 8:30 AM

Open to 4-H Members Only

  • Cloverbud/Prep Showman Ship Entries – No Charge
  • Junior Showmanship (Grades 4-6) Entries – $3.00 Registration Fee per Category
  • Intermediate Showmanship (Grades 7-9) – $3.00 Registration Fee per Category
  • Senior Showmanship (Grades 10-13) – $3.00 Registration Fee per Category

Join us for the Costume Class and Silent Auction!

Pre-Registration closes on April 15th.

For more information and to register Click Here

Any questions please contact sc4hsaentry@yahoo.com

2022 4-H FOODS DAY

This event, sponsored by Somerset County 4-H will be held April 9, 2022

9 AM – 2 PM on April 9, 2022 at the 4-H Center in Bridgewater. It is open to 4-H members registered in the foods project areas and includes workshops, a cooking challenge, skillathons and more.  Registration is due April 1.  For more information and registration go to:  2022 4-H Foods Day Flier or contact 4hmasterchefs@gmail.com. Pre-registration is required by April 1, 2022.

Register here: click here 

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS!
Sussex County 4-H Foundation Fund Scholarship due April 1.

4-H logo

Applicants must be currently active in the 4-H program and for at least five (5) years, four (4) of which should be in high school.

Applications are due to the 4-H Office, by emailed to foord@njaes.rutgers.edu, or postmarked by April 1

For the Application go to:
https://www.sussex4h.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-SC4HFndtn-Schlrshp-App_forms_ue_1-17.pdf

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS/COLLEGE STUDENTS –
Agricultural Scholarships are now available

Agricultural Scholarships are presented each year by the Ag. Division of the NJ State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show and applications are now being accepted for any Sussex County graduating high school senior or college student currently enrolled in an agricultural program pursuing a two or four-year degree, or graduate studies in one of the many fields of Agriculture. 

For more information and the application please go to Sussexcountyfairgrounds.org and click on Fairgrounds/Ag/Ag. History for the PDF application.  Information is also available in local guidance offices. 

The application can also be found here: Agricultural Scholarship (sussexcountyfairgrounds.org)

Mail application to the Ag. Scholarship Selection Committee, c/o G. Danko, P.O Box 2456, Branchville, NJ 07826.  The deadline is April 15th.

GLADYS POOL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Any high school senior who has participated in New Jersey 4-H or FFA, and is interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, is eligible for this $1000 Scholarship. Students interested must submit the completed application along with an essay on how agriculture “feeds your soul” and a letter of recommendation from a 4-H Leader or FFA Advisor.

The application, essay and letter are due by April 1st. The Scholarship winner will be selected and notified by April 30th. Please email your application to traced444@gmail.com.


https://www.state.nj.us/agriculture/ag_ed/ffa/scholarships/TheGladysBethPoolMemorialScholarshipApplication.docx


Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

Friday, February 18, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Vegetable Orzo Recipe

Saturday, February 19, 2022, 9:30 am – Coffee Talks for Home Gardeners: Native Grasses for New Jersey Landscapes (Day 3 of 4)

Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Ask the Expert: Food Safety Myth vs Truth

Friday, February 25, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Air Fryer Chicken Recipe

Saturday, February 26, 2022, 8:00 amHome Gardeners School @Home: Gardening for Everyone

Saturday, February 26, 2022, 9:30 am – Coffee Talks for Home Gardeners: Natural Born Killers, Body Snatchers, and the Crawling Dead: A Mind-Blowing Look at Beneficial Insects (Day 4 of 4)


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!


Rutgers Cooperative Extension introduces the “Homesteading Academy”—a once monthly lunchtime webinar series for anyone curious about home-grown sustenance and self-sufficiency. We invite you to join us on the second Tuesday of each month for live sessions with our invited speakers. The webinars will take place from noon to 1 p.m., so bring your lunch!

The series will be ongoing, with potential future topics of sheep/beef/goats, seed saving and heirloom varieties, troubleshooting for two-cycle engines, fruit and nut crops, cut flowers, food preservation, small-scale grain milling, and more.


Join us at 10am on the third Wednesday of the month to brush up on your horticultural knowledge.

To register follow the link or scan the QR code above:

https://go.rutgers.edu/WorkshopWednesdays

For more information please call 908-475-6507 or email lwaclawski@co.warren.nj.us

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