Sussex County 4-H Weekly Newsletter June 3-10, 2022

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

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

Project books and fair paperwork is due in 28 days, on July 1 by the 4-H office’s close of business at 4:30 pm.

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.

Learn About Pollinators
June 9, 6:30-8 p.m.

The last online training for the NJ 4-H Teen Pollinator Habitat Ambassadors will be June 9, 6:30-8 p.m. You are invited to attend and learn more, even if you are not in the PH Ambassador program! Join us for a zoom meeting by using this link and info:

Meeting ID: 416 688 4189

Password: 929261

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

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

June 8 – In-person PRIVATE Pesticide Applicator Exam
at the Sussex County Extension Office.

Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education has announced an in-person session of the Private Applicator Exam, exclusively for the farmers and growers, to be hosted on Wednesday, June 8th at 10:00 am at the Sussex County Office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 130 Morris Turnpike, Newton NJ 07860-4914

The exam session can accommodate up to 18 people, so if the demand is there, 2 sessions will be held that day (10 am & 12 pm). Only Private Applicator Exams will be offered for this in-person testing event.

All examinees must be preregistered by the end of the day Monday, June 6 (details below), no walk-ins are allowed and no refunds will be given. If you register for June 8 and do not come to take the exam you will have to re-register and pay again. The examinees must be registered ahead of time in PACER, They should register themselves for an online exam, pay the $50 fee online, and then contact Jill Sullivan by phone at 848-932-7443 or by email at by the end of the day on Monday, June 6 to say they want to take the exam in-person. She will send a confirmation email with the time of the exam and location details.

For those who need help registering in PACER, please fill out the registration form and fax it to Jill at 732-932-1187. Please submit registration forms no later than Friday, June 3. Please contact Jill to provide her with payment information at 848-932-7443. REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED. Payments will not be the day of the exam.

Free Training on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

Concerned about Avian Influenza and your flock? Penn State 4-H is offering this free webinar on the topic to build your knowledge and keep your animals safe: 

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 3:00 pm – Live Well & Stay Healthy Webinar: Ten Inflation-Fighting Hacks for Older Adults
Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Brain Health: Connecting Your Mind and Body with Meditation
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

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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