Sussex County 4-H Weekly Newsletter March 11-18, 2022

4-H Public Presentation Reminders

  • Those participating in tomorrow’s March 11 Zoom must register for the zoom event.
  • Recorded Presentation are due by this coming Tuesday March 15.
    Late entries will not be accepted.
  • If you have changed your type of presentation or title please notify Tanya so she can correct it.

If you have any questions on the above, please reach out to Dave ( or Tanya (

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

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

March 23 at 7:00 p.m. –

An Evening Abroad Haiti

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 March 23 session, we’ll explore the beautiful island nation of Haiti from Haiti’s own Mr. Dugue, a friend of 4-H in Camden County. Register to receive a link for this hour long, fun, and in depth virtual exploration of Haiti. An Evening Abroad is fun for all 4-H members and their families and begins at 7:00 pm.

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

Junior Explorers Azerbaijan

Hey kids! Do you know where Azerbaijan is? Would you like to meet kids from Azerbaijan and learn about their culture? Well then, this is the club for YOU! We’ll be sharing what kids from NJ love to do while learning what Azerbaijani kids love to do. This club is open to 15 American youth and 15 Azerbaijani youth and will be completely in English. We’ll be making traditional dishes together (a list of ingredients needed will be provided after registration) and covering things like music and dancing, local legends and stories, and holidays. Register here if you are up for an adventure to explore another culture and make new friends from around the globe! This program is for youth ages 10–13. Sessions will run on Sundays from 10 a.m.–11 a.m. Starting March 13 through May 1 (no meeting on Easter Sunday).

Cool Chemistry STEP Club

Thursdays in April; 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, and 4/28 from 4–5 p.m.

Youth must be in grades 4–6

Put on your lab coats and get ready for some do-it-yourself science! Back by popular demand, Colgate Palmolive Scientists and IT specialists will guide you through the world of hands-on STEM. Get ready to engage your brain with exciting experiments in this four-session virtual series.

Register by March 17

NJ Pollinator Habitat Ambassadors

6:30–8 p.m. on four upcoming Thursdays: April 28, May 5, May 12, June 9.

Open to youth in grades 9–12.

New Jersey 4‑H is seeking teens like YOU to become Pollinator Habitat Ambassadors. Our goal is to help Teen Pollinator Habitat Ambassadors to educate more than 250 younger youth about the importance of pollinators in our state over the next year. Receive training and teach others in your home community about the importance of pollinators.

More information about the 4‑H Pollinator Habitat Ambassador Program

NJ4H Pollinator Habitat Ambassadors Zoom Training registration


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.

March’s PhotoCorps theme is Human Emotions: As a photographer, you are a keen observer of people. Let your photographs capture the human emotions you see in people’s faces and bodies. When we look at your photographs, we should feel the emotions of the persons you photographed. You can touch us through these human portraits.

You can download directions for joining PhotoCorps. The deadline for submission on this theme is 3/31. Members should receive comments and results by end of April.If you have any questions, please contact

NJ 4-H Dairy Cattle Art Show

March 19, 2022
MERCER County RCE Office 1440 Parkside Avenue, Ewing 

This event is open to all New Jersey 4-H Club members grades K to 13. The grade is determined by the grade in which the member is enrolled as of September 2021. Participants must also be a registered club member as of January 1, 2022, and be a member in good standing. Agent or staff members signature is required for verification.

Jr. Exhibitors are Grade 4-8, Senior Exhibitors are Grade 9-13. Cloverbud division K-3rd

All entries must follow a dairy cattle theme and the following rules followed:

  1. The 4-Her does not have to be present to participate. Entries may be brought and
    picked up by another person from your county.
  2. All artwork must be received by 9:15 AM and must be picked up by 1:00 PM that day.
  3. There will be three (3) division.
    a. Art/3-D Art ( ex. Ceramics, purses, door stops etc.)
    b. Fine Arts/Drawings (ex. water color, sketches, colored pencil, chalk)
    c. Photos (color or black and white)
  4. All art work must be the original art work done by the 4-H member. Photo’s must have
    been taken by the 4-Her. All items should be presented as a finished product.
  5. Limits – Each 4-Her may enter a maximum of 5 pieces per division.
  6. Artwork will be judged based on Originality/Creativity, Composition, Craftsmanship, Use
    of Materials, and Presentation.
  7. Photos – will be judged on Originality/Creativity, Composition, Focus/Clarity,
    Lighting/Exposure, and Presentation.
  8. The deadline for participation is March 13

Ribbons will be awarded for place 1st through 3rd in each division level. There will
be Special Awards for Division Winners in each level (Jrs & Srs). There will also be a Best
of Show Overall in the Junior Division and the Sr. Division.
Cloverbuds will receive participation ribbons and certificates.

Registration and more information can be found at:
NJ State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl : Dairy : Rutgers New Jersey 4-H

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.

Attention 1st-4th grade families –
Participants do not need to be in 4-H to attend.

Calling all 4-H volunteers, teen leaders, and parents! 

This 4-H virtual program is for anyone who wants to learn how to better handle conflict in any 4-H setting!  It’s recommended to participate in all 3 interactive sessions but they will also be recorded.  To register click here.

Feel free to contact Laura Eppinger with any questions or concerns.

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 Pre-registration is required by April 1, 2022.

Register here: click here 



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


This outdoor festival event offers fun activities for the whole family, taking place across every campus of Rutgers New Brunswick on Saturday, April 27, 2024.

Plan your Rutgers Day activities here: 

Ocean County 4-H Animalology 

Saturday, May 14.

Open to all NJ 4-H Members

Registration and more information can be found at:

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, or postmarked by April 1

For the Application go to:

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 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 (

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


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

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

Friday, May 13, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Asparagus Facts and Recipe Ideas
Friday, May 13-19, 2022 – CORE Training Program for the NJ Pesticide Applicators License (ONLINE)
Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Build a Better Beverage
Friday, May 20, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 4:30 pm – North Jersey Tree Fruit and Vegetable Twilight Meeting
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Benefits of Physical Activity for Seniors
Friday, May 27, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Strawberry Salsa
Monday, May 30, 2022 – ALL State and County offices closed
Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 3:00 pm – Live Well & Stay Healthy Webinar: Ten Inflation-Fighting Hacks for Older Adults

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

Friday, March 11, 2022, 10:00 amCentral Jersey Vegetable Growers Meeting (fee)

Friday, March 11, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Healthy Shamrock Shake

Friday, March 11-17 2022, Online – CORE Training Program for the NJ Pesticide Applicators License (fee)

Saturday, March 12, 2022, 9:00 am12th Annual Community Garden Conference

Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 2:00 pm – Fill Your Plate with Flavor: Latin Flavors at Home

Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 7:00 pmFight the Bite, Mosquito Information Session

Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Ask the Expert: Healthy Eating & Timesaving Tips

Friday, March 18, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Springtime Stove Top Potpourri

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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