Wishing all our 4-H Dads a Happy Father’s Day!

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

Project books and fair paperwork is due in 14 days, on July 1 by the 4-H office’s close of business at 4:30 pm.

Check out the Prepare for Fair Guide for more information.

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!

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 coordinate 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: http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/leadership/nat4hcongress/   

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 PhotoCorps theme is:

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.

As a photographer, what images do you see that show similarities and differences? These
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, https://www.sussex4h.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/4HOnline-Event-Registration_Youth.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact williams@njaes.rutgers.edu.

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 4 pm-5:30 pm, 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 sbkinsey@njaes.rutgers.edu; 908-406-0280 x2 or to register go to https://ce-catalog.rutgers.edu/coursedisplay.cfm?schID=86346

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.

Are you in grades 8-13 (one year out of high school) and interested in global citizenship? If so, see how you can get involved in a teen research project this summer!

Sharon Kinsey, 4-H Agent/Associate Professor in Camden County, is also a doctoral student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the Global Studies in Education Program. She hopes you can help her understand how youth see themselves in the world and whether youth identify as global citizens. 

There are two ways you can participate: 

1) Complete an anonymous 10-15 minute online survey relating to your views on global citizenship.


2) Actively participate in a 4-week online course with other teens about global citizenship in July or August 2022 for about 1.5 hours per session. Complete pre-post surveys and weekly assignments. Certificate of completion provided.

Parental Consent Form must be completed prior to participation in either option: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b4a64P4csmfJJb0 

If you jhave questions please contact Sharon Kinsey at skinsey2@illinois.edu.

Club Fundraising Opportunity

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

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. https://vetsites.tufts.edu/avm/ 

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

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 lwaclawski@co.warren.nj.us

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

🐝 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 pspring@rutgers.edu

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