Sussex County 4-H Weekly Newsletter June 10-17, 2022

The RCE /4H Office will be closed Friday, June 17 in honor of Juneteenth.

Project books and fair paperwork is due in 21 days, on July 1 by the 4-H office’s close of business at 4:30 pm.

Be on the LOOK out!!
2022 ‘Prepare for Fair’ coming soon

New Jersey 4-H has a new Facebook Page!

Please ‘LIKE’ to stay in the know of what is happening in NJ 4-H
& connect with other 4-H members!

4-H Senior Spotlight


-Lenape Valley Regional High School:  Class of 2022
-4H Member in Love on a Leash Club since 2016
-Best Friend Award:  The Seeing Eye 2017
-Rutgers Day Dog Show, 1st place 2019
-County and State Level Public Presentations
-Citizen Washington Focus Group 2021
-Seeing Eye Scholarship Award 2022

Philip will be attending SUNY Cortland College in the fall, majoring in Business Economics with a concentration in Financial Management and a minor in Psychology. He will also be in The Air Force ROTC program.  4H and raising Seeing Eye dogs for the past 6 years has taught Philip so much.  The responsibility of having to care for a puppy from 7 weeks old to 15 months old was something Philip took very seriously.  He has been given so many opportunities because of Love on a Leash.  Philip was given permission by The Seeing Eye to make a video that was viewed by 2.3K people on YouTube; he had addressed an entire school at a Veteran’s Day assembly about community service that was also televised.  He has provided a service to young children where they read to the pup after school. He has also visited the USS New York where he met and spoke with many of our service men and women.

Help requested In honor of Grace Honigsberg – 4-H Leader

You may or may not be aware that Grace Honigsberg, who was a Sussex County 4-H Leader, was in a severe car accident two years ago and recently passed. She had been an active 4-H member before coming a leader, and then served as a leader for Awesome Alpaca Adventures, Goats Galore, Hooked on Fishing, and Top O’ Jersey Beef.

Lori Space Day, past president of the Sussex County Board of AG, is spearheading volunteer help to prepare the Hidden Pastures Farm for the memorial celebration of Grace. Gracie’s mom, Natalie Berger has been secretary for the Sussex County Board of AG ever since she can remember, Dad, Mike Burger is the current Board of AG President.

Starting at 3 p.m., Thursday, June 23rd we will be tidying up the farm- please bring your own equipment- rake, shovel, etc. Many Hands make light work!

On Friday, June 24, tables and chairs will be delivered between 9 am and 10, if the weather is good we can unload and set them up. Needless to say, come dressed for outside work, and pack a lunch if you will be at the farm at lunchtime.

If you have a few hours on either day please call Lori Space Day, 973-919-1748, to co-ordinate times. We know our 4-H and farming community can pull together to help the Berger family for Grace’s memorial celebration.

2023 National 4-H Congress
Applications are now being accepted

National 4-H Congress is a unique opportunity for 4-H members in grades 10-12 to come together with youth from all 50 states, that focuses on leadership, youth empowerment, community service, career development, and cultural diversity. The event brings over 1,000 4-H members over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend (November 24-28) in Atlanta, Georgia.

More information about the program and the application form is available on the New Jersey 4-H website at:   

The deadline to submit applications to our Sussex 4-H office is Tuesday, July 18.
This is open to 4-H members in grades 10-13 as of September 2023.

4-H members and Families, Alumni, Retired 4-H leaders, and NJSF enthusiasts – Ag Division Farm Fun is looking for help.

There’s a Lot to Do in 2022!

The newly appointed NJSF Ag Education director (aka Ag Farm Fun), Donna Mesinger (retired 4-H leader), is looking for help with supervising the fun activities of Farm Fun in Barn 6 this year. If you are interested please contact Donna M. at (862) 268-0805.

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

NJ 4-H Virtual Workshops

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.

4-H Photo Corps – JUNE Challenge

The NJ 4-H Photo Corps is open to youth in grades 4-13. You do not need to be enrolled in a 4-H Photography Project to join PhotoCorps.

June’s theme….

There is beauty in the everyday routines of living, but we often take these routines for granted. As a photographer, you can elevate their importance by capturing them in your photographs. Through your photos, help the viewer appreciate the wonderful spectrum of everyday routines! Entries for this theme are open from June 1 through June 30.

Registrations will now go through the member’s 4-H Online account. Youth members (grades 4-13) will, click Register under each month’s theme, answer a few questions about their photo, and then upload it. Directions are attached and available for download at,

If you have any questions, please contact

NJ 4-H Igniting Your Leadership Potential: The Art of Self Leadership

Before we lead others, we must be able to lead ourselves. The Art of Self Leadership focuses on how youth can build character based on integrity and emotional security, develop habits of self-discipline and initiative to achieve goals, and choose their own set of core values for making wise life decisions.

During each class meeting, we will examine images that represent leadership ideas based on the work of Dr. Tim Elmore and take part in reflect and respond questions, a self-assessment, and an exercise that students can apply to their everyday lives.

From 4pm-5:30pm, youth will log in once a week for a face-to-face with the instructor on the dates below and then complete some assignments asynchronously.

Tuesday, July 5th

Thursday, July 7th

Tuesday, July 12th

Thursday, July 14th

Cost is $25

For more information contact Sharon Kinsey; 908-406-0280 x2 or to register go to

Reel Into Fishing: For Youth in Grades 5 to 10

The Reel Into Fishing program will be held from August 16-18. Open to all NJ youth.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Ocean County, along with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), present, Reel Into Fishing!, a free program for youth in grades 5-10.
Registration is open through August 5th.
Click HERE to fill out the form.

This event is being funded by the IGFA.

Club Fundraising Opportunity

Contact the 4-H Office for more details if you are interested in participating as a club.


Do you want to help eliminate hunger and poverty through the power of your pen?  Join in the Poetry X Hunger project promoted by Expressive Arts 4-H of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Write poems that inspire your readers to prevent and eradicate hunger and poverty.

Your poems will be posted on the Expressive Arts 4-H website, with the potential for inclusion in the national Poetry X Hunger website.  You can read your poems at 4-H, school, and community events. Through your poetry, you will encourage your audience to become advocates against hunger and poverty. Your poetry can spark social justice legislation and community service volunteerism such as food pantry work and food collection.

Poetry X Hunger was created in 2017 by Dr. Hiram Larew, former Director of International Programs at the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture and award-winning poet. Aware of the power of poetry, Larew has rallied the public to write poems that motivate the world to end hunger.

If you would like to learn more about the many forms of poetry you can choose from. or have questions about submitting your poetry to Poetry X Hunger, contact Ellen Williams, Expressive Arts 4-H Agent at

For more information about Poetry X Hunger visit their website.

Tufts Adventures in Veterinary Medicine

Tufts Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (AVM) is a fun and engaging career exploration program that will give you a deeper understanding of the veterinary profession and the demands of veterinary school.

Explore the wide variety of careers available within veterinary medicine and discover first-hand what attending veterinary school is really like. 

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

Friday, June 10, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip
Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 12:00 pm – Homesteading Academy: Preventative Practices to Support the Health of Small-Scale Poultry
Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: BeneFITS of Walking
Friday, June 17, 2022 – Juneteenth – State Offices Closed
Friday, June 17, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Father’s Day Mocktails
Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Foods that Fight Pain: Separating Myth from Fact
Friday, June 24, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: No-Bake Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Eating Patterns for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

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:

For more information please call 908-475-6507 or email

As Luck Would HIVE it …..
Customers are BUZZING about these Beekeeping Classes

🐝 New!  The Ins and Outs of Treating Your Colony

  June 15, 2022 – 6:30 pm – 8 pm – LIVE IN ZOOM

It is the goal of every beekeeper to maintain healthy, productive colonies. This can only be accomplished by reducing the frequency and prevalence of disease within beehives. It is important for beekeepers to be aware of, learn to identify, and effectively manage pests and diseases to maintain healthy colonies. This is particularly important because the health of one beekeeper’s colony can impact another beekeeper’s colony in the surrounding area. Review recommendations for detecting and treating colonies for parasites and pathogens in a sustainable way for the long-term health of your colonies.

🐝 New!  Take Note of Your Hive: Record-keeping for Beekeepers

June 22, 2022 – 6:30 pm – 8 pm – LIVE IN ZOOM

While even experienced beekeepers can learn from hive notes, it is an even more important part of beekeeping for beginners. Good hive notes promote a better understanding of the dynamics of the hive. Beginning to keep proper beekeeping records (no mental notes!) is one means of assuredly improving your beekeeping success. This means fewer bee losses, more honey production, and better broods. We’ll discuss the why, what, and how of beekeeping records. Then you can decide what’s right for you.

Discounts are available!  For more information, BEE sure to contact Pamela Mayer at

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