Please support the Sussex County 4-H Food Drive in cooperation with the Sussex County Library System to help fill local food pantries in the coming winter months.

Non-perishable food and Personal hygiene item donations may also be dropped off at the 4-H office.

We will also be collecting donations at each of our
4-H Public Presentation events.

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

The 4-H office is looking for help individuals, Middle and High School members, to volunteer to serve as Room Hosts for our 4-H Public Presentations in-person programs. 

As the Room Host, your responsibilities will be to introduce those presenting and assist them with setting up their presentation. Community service hours will be granted to those who volunteer.

Please contact Tanya Patrie at for more information or to sign up. You may also use the following link to sign up to volunteer

4-H Public Presentations NEEDS Volunteers

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

Presentations are being held on and at the following dates and places:
March 1 – Frankford Twp. School, 2 Pines Rd. Branchville (live animals allowed)
March 8 – Frankford Twp. School, 2 Pines Rd. Branchville (live animals allowed)
March 15 – High Point Regional High School, 299 Pidgeon Hill Rd, Sussex
March 22 – Kittatinny Regional High School, 77 Halsey Rd. Newton

Please use the following link to sign up to serve as a presentation judge:, contact the 4-H office at (973) 948-3040, or email Tanya at

If you know someone who would like to serve or be a good fit to serve as a 4-H public presentation judge, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Tanya at

For any questions please contact the 4-H Office.

The Town of Newton along with the
Newton Fire department will be hosting the
Annual St. Patrick’s Parade
March 18, 2023

They invite you to register to be a Participant, including Sponsors, or volunteers. The parade steps off at 11 am on Spring St. in historic Newton, NJ! The parade will go on rain or shine. However, if there is a risk to public safety – the parade will be canceled.

The parade starts at Lower Spring St and continues down Moran Street and ends at Memory Park. Floats must enter from Woodside Ave onto Quantum Drive and must be in place by 9:30 am. Walking participants must arrive before 10:30 am. Fire Departments and First Aid Squads are to line up on Halsted Street starting at 9:30 am.

Please use the following link to access the parade registration application: Parade-application-2023.pdf (
The deadline to submit registrations to parade organizers is March 3, 2023

Horse Project Events Taking Place Soon

New Jersey State 4-H Spring Model Horse Show

April 8, 2023, 1-5 p.m. at the David C. Wood 4-H Center, 3210 Route 50, Mays Landing NJ 08330. Open to all 4-H members interested in model horses. For registration and information, contact Joe Morgan, and visit here: 

New Jersey State 4-H Championship Horse Show

August 25-27, 2023 at the Gloucester County DREAM Park

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/or swine to enter in the 4-H Animal Science Video Contest.  Youth must upload their video and media release(s) by the end of March 4 (see website for details).  The videos will then be shared at the film festival in the Round House of the Rutgers Cook Campus Farm during an afternoon session of the Junior Animal Science Symposium on Saturday, March 23.  

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.  A tip sheet and a description of the judging criteria are both available on the website, along with the top scoring videos from prior years. Youth are encouraged to have fun and be creative in designing their video entries!

Details are available on our website at

2023 Rutgers NJ Junior Breeder Symposium

The Rutgers Junior Breeder Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the George H. Cook Campus of Rutgers University. This symposium is not just for breeders, but for any youth or adult who would like to come learn!  Hands-on workshops in Equine, Large Ruminant (Cattle), Small Ruminant (Sheep & Goat), Swine, Poultry, Rabbit, Cavy (Guinea Pig), Small Animals, and Beekeeping! This event is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture Junior Breeder program in cooperation with Rutgers Cooperative Extension faculty and staff 

Interested in marine science? Have a passion for collecting data? Want to spend time living and working aboard a real-life research vessel?

If yes, consider applying for the NJ 4-H S.H.A.R.K. (Scientific Hands-on Applied Research Knowledge) program!!

Youth in grades 9-12th will meet once a week (virtually) to learn from marine scientists about actual research taking place, and will eventually take their knowledge gained and apply it during a practicum experience aboard the research vessel Garvin!

Participants will put together a project capturing their knowledge gained!

Virtual sessions: THURSDAYS | MAR 21 – APR 11 | 7 PM – 8 PM
Cost: $2,500 per person (estimate), all-inclusive

Packet available HERE

For more information, please contact Matthew Newman at

Be a part of the NJ 4-H Legislative Leadership Experience

Sign up for information

Calling all 8th- 13 Grade 4-H members.

Full information and registration can be found

Deadline to Register is April 1

Attention 4-H Members in 9-12th grade
Plans are underway for the 2024 Citizenship Washington Focus conference scheduled for June 20-27, 2024. 

The deadline to Apply is March 8.

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is National 4-H Council’s premier leadership and civic engagement experience held each summer in the Washington, DC area. It is a week-long event (Thursday – Thursday) for 4-H members in grades 9-12 (14-19 years old). The program is based on the principle that democracy requires skills and strategies that must be learned and practiced and it teaches participants to be active, responsible citizens and leaders. The program utilizes Washington, DC as a working classroom to learn about the government, citizenship, and civic engagement and provides hands-on opportunities for our teens to promote “Better Citizens Today, Better Leaders Tomorrow.” 

During the CWF program week, delegates will:
•Strengthen communication, leadership, and civic engagement skills on a national level
•Understand the importance of Youth Voice and the skills necessary to make a change in their community, such as civil discourse and media literacy
•Exchange ideas, practice respect and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds
•Experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of our nation’s capital city, Washington, DC, as their classroom
•Create a plan and work with fellow delegates to develop the steps to carry out the plan upon their return home, to make a difference in their community.

The New Jersey delegates will travel by coach bus for the week and will experience all that Washington, DC has to offer. We will join approximately 250 4-H members representing a variety of states

Information can be found on the New Jersey 4-H website at the following link:
Event Scholarships may be available. Contact the 4-H Office for more information.

The deadline to have the application turned in to the office is March 8.

Attention High School Seniors
Scholarship Opportunities

Sussex County 4-H Foundation Fund Scholarship
Due April 1.

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 or postmarked by April 1
For the Application, go to:

Gladys “Beth” Pool Memorial Scholarship
Due April 1

Any high school senior who has participated in New Jersey 4-H or FFA, and is interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, are 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  

For the Application, go to:

Ag. Division of the NJ State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show Scholarship
Due April 15

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. 

The application can be found here: Agricultural Scholarship (

Mail the application to the Ag. Scholarship Selection Committee, c/o G. Danko, P.O Box 2456, Branchville, NJ 07826. 

Gracie’s Scholarship

Seldom in one’s life does one meet a truly dynamic personality. We all had the privilege of meeting such a spirited soul. That person was Grace Honigsberg. She was not just involved in Agriculture, Agriculture was her way of life, and her life’s passion.
She was very active in Sussex County 4-H as a member in her youth and as a leader of several livestock clubs as an adult. She was the 2013 Sussex County Youth Agricultural Ambassador and a member of the Sussex County Board of Agriculture and received the Next Generation of Agriculture Award in 2015. She was a member of the NJ Farm Bureau and served as past president of the NJ Young Farmer’s and Ag Professionals. Her passion for agriculture led her to travel nationally, representing the state of NJ at several American Farm Bureau events, with a focus on accurate agriculture education.
It is in Gracie’s honor that the Sussex County Board of Agriculture announces the formation of a new yearly Agricultural Scholarship of $500 a year to any student focusing on her/his education in the field of Agriculture. If you are interested in continuing your Agriculture education this scholarship is open for you, college or technical school, student or adult. For more information and application, please contact your high school guidance counselor or Lori Space-Day.

Registration link can be found here:
2023 Foods Day Registration (

Sussex County 4-H Club News

1st Annual 4-H Rhapsody in Color Music and Fine Arts Festival

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser
by Bunnies N Buddies and Regal Rabbits

Orders and payment can be Mail to
45 Dogwood Dr. Newton NJ 07860
Order Deadline is March 7, 2023.

For questions please contact

Sussex County 4-H
2023 Hersey Park Advanced Group Ticket Sales

Tickets can be used any day, all seasons until January 1st, 2024
Admission tickets @ $45.00 each ($41 savings)
Meal deals are also available.

Orders are due by March 21, 2023
Order and Payment should be mailed to
45 Dogwood Dr. Newton NJ 07860
Checks made payable to Bunnies-N-Buddies

If interested please complete the following form:

For questions, please contact

Plan Ahead

Warren County 4-H is so excited to have a clinic in our area to help youth learn more about their projects. There will be a focus on not just market lambs but also breeding sheep, slick shearing, fitting, and both meat and wool breeds. We will also have speakers on nutrition, and animal care.

This is open to youth beyond 4-H!

Poetry x Hunger: Poetry Call from Middle and High School Youth

Do you want to help eliminate hunger and poverty through the power of your pen? NJ Arts 4-H is introducing Poetry X Hunger. Join in the Poetry X Hunger project promoted by Expressive Arts 4-H of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. If you would like to learn more about the many forms of poetry you can choose from, contact Ellen Williams, Expressive Arts 4-H Agent at

For more information visit

Tufts Adventures in Veterinary Medicine

Do you know an aspiring veterinarian? Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (AVM) is a fun and engaging career exploration program for middle and high school students who are interested in pursuing a veterinary career. We invite your 4-H youth to apply to AVM and discover if this exciting career is right for them! AVM attendees will explore the wide variety of opportunities available within veterinary medicine and see first-hand what attending veterinary school is really like. Sessions include lectures by Tufts faculty and vet students, interesting laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities with animals. Applications for summer 2023 are now available! For more information on the program, including dates, eligibility, and tuition please visit the AVM website or contact us at 

Adventure awaits in Australia Summer 2024 with EF tour

This trip is open to all members age 14 and up (at the time of travel) as well as adults (anyone over 20 is considered an adult).

Come learn about the itinerary, activities, academic opportunities, and the cost of the trip at this meeting. Find meeting details below:

·        Date: September 27th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Zoom

Please register for the meeting here:

This is not a 4-H sponsored trip and is open for anyone to attend.
It is being coordinated by Kathy Kula, 4-H Teen Council Leader, and Jefferson H.S. Teacher.

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Sussex 4H Clubs are invited to Participate in the
1st Annual 4-H Rhapsody in Color Music and Fine Arts Festival

Rhapsody in Color 4H Music and Fine Arts Club is hosting its first Club Fundraiser at the Fairgrounds on Sunday, March 26, 2023, from 10 am to 4:30 pm. They are inviting 4-H Clubs to apply at a reduced rate of $30 per 8-foot table space prior to inviting public vendors. Space is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. A table rental fee (which includes 2 chairs per table) is an additional $5. They will open up applications to the public on January 20th. 

Link to the application form:
Please let them know as soon as possible if you are interested in being a part of this special event.

Their club will have art for sale and will perform throughout the day.  Simultaneously, there is another event being held in the Richard’s Building. There are collaborating with that event host as well to advertise the event, so we expect a great turnout!

Please reach out to them directly for questions and/or for more information: or 973-841-7189

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