State 4-H Public Presentations

8th -13 grade 4-H Members that completed a county-level 4-h Presentation and received a score of 90 or above (blue ribbon) are eligible to participate in the State 4-H Public Presentations.
If you are eligible you should have received an email inviting you to participate a couple of weeks ago. If you believe you are eligible and would like to participate, but did not receive the information please contact Tanya for more information.

If you are eligible and plan to participate, register via 4-H Online on or before May 27th. Registration instructions are available here. Check out the State 4-H Public Presentations website (https://nj4h.rutgers.edu/comm/publicpres/) for additional information.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the 4-H Office.

2022 4-H Animal Project Representative

Applications for the 2022 4-H Animal project Representatives are now being accepted. Applicants must be members in grades 7-13, with priority given to those in 11- 13th grade.

https://www.sussex4h.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/SC-Animal-Rep.-Application-rev8.2021.pdf

Additional requirements to be eligible are:

  • Applicants must have completed three years in the animal project area they are applying for, and be a member in good standing in the club that relates to that project area.
  • Applicants must have given a county-level public presentation during the current project year.

The S. C. 4-H Animal Project Representative application packets must be completed and turned in to your 4-H club leader by May 15
Applications received by club leaders should be submitted to the 4-H office no later than June 1. 

In the event of a competition for the representative position (more than one application received for a specific species), the 4-H Office will schedule interviews judges will receive the contestants’ application packets before the interview portion.

By submitting this application, a contestant is also agreeing to attend the following mandatory events during the Fair:

 – Assist with specie shows and events. 
 – NJSF/SCF&HS Opening Ceremonies (and parade if applicable) on the First Day of Fair.
 – Queen of the Fair Contest on the first Saturday
 – Be available in your species barn from 5:00pm to 6:30pm on the Thursday of the Fair to assist Round Robin participants.
 – If not a participant, assist during the Round Robin event.
 – *MAS Livestock Reps Only– Assist with Market Animal Dinner and Sale (Tuesday evening)

Optional events you are encouraged to attend:
 – Daily Fair Tractor Parade (2pm daily during fair week)
 – Branchville Memorial Day Parade
 – Newton Holiday Parades

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

NJ 4-H Virtual Workshops

Biodiversity (click to register for the event)
May 14 at 10 a.m

What is biodiversity and why is it important for the planet? Learn about how to identify and encourage biodiversity right in your own neighborhood. Brought to you by the 4‑H Teen Russian/American International Leadership Program. (TRAIL)


An Evening Abroad: Peru! 
May 25th 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 May 25 session, we’ll explore the coastal South American country of Peru with Hudson County’s Claudia Urdanivia! Register to receive a link for this hour-long, fun, and in-depth virtual exploration of Peru. An Evening Abroad is fun for all 4-H members and their families and begins at 7 p.m.Participants will explore the coastal South American nation of Peru with Hudson County 4-H’s own Claudia Urdanivia!


Fires: The Science Behind our Changing Climate (click to register for the event)
May 28 at 10 a.m

Does it seem like dangerous and damaging wildfires are becoming more common every year? Unfortunately, they are! Join us to find out how climate change plays a role in the increasing fires around the globe. Brought to you by the 4‑H Teen Russian/American International Leadership Program. (TRAIL).


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 will be coming soon.

4-H State Teen Action Council (STAC)

8th through 11th grade 4-H Members are invited to participate in the first in-person 4-H State Teen Action Council (STAC) meeting this Sunday, May 15 from 11 am-1 pm. At this time they have room for more 4-H teens to attend. This is a terrific opportunity for those interested in growing their leadership skill while working on a state-level 4-H team. Future meetings will be a mix of virtual and in-person. If you have friends in other 4-H clubs who may also be interested in attending, please share this.

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2022
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: Middlesex County 4-H Building. 645 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Day of contact: 732 398 5264
Cost: $5 cash for lunch. (Pizza will be ordered, please let them know if you are gluten-free and/or vegan.)

 To officially sign up: https://forms.gle/1F6qjgaHy81aeaV28   

If you plan to attend and are interested in carpool options, please contact Mrs. Patrie.

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.

Sessions one and two will be available by request.

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

4-H Photo Corps – May 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. Mays’s PhotoCorps theme is:

As a photographer, what images do you see that show similarities and differences? These images could be of people, places, designs, and more! Through your photographs, inspire your viewers to appreciate the diversity in our everyday world! Entries for this theme are open from May 1 through May 31.

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.

Club Fundraising Opportunity

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

Open to all 4-H Members

For information and submissions email: info.worldwidewriters.ink@sc4-h.org

ATTENTION ALL MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLERS!
PARTICIPATE IN POETRY X HUNGER!

Expressive Arts 4-H is introducing Poetry X Hunger as part of National Poetry Month in April.

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 williams@njaes.rutgers.edu.

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. https://vetsites.tufts.edu/avm/ 


Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Florida 4-H Multi-State 4-H M.E.E.T. (Mingle Event for Excelling Together)

The M.E.E.T. Program is an opportunity for youth 4-H leaders from across the U.S. to connect with one another, to create new connections across America, and inspire others.

Open to youth ages 14-18. June 4, 2022, via Zoom.

Register here: https://go.rutgers.edu/q4i1wk3x 


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: https://go.rutgers.edu/rudc30pi 


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

Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 3:00 pm – Live Well & Stay Healthy Webinar: Ten Inflation-Fighting Hacks for Older Adults


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:

https://go.rutgers.edu/WorkshopWednesdays

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

🐝 Bee-ginner’s Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture

May 2-23, 2022 – SELF PACED ONLINE CLASS

Participants can complete the course content (which will take approximately 16-17 hours) at their own pace anytime during the period the course is open. There is an optional live Q & A session with the instructors during which you can ask questions about the course content.  

http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/programs/beekeeping.html

🐝 Sustainable Beekeeping

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

In the US, beekeepers lose 30% – 40% of their hives each year. This webinar will discuss ways to maintain your beehives in a more sustainable way, minimizing losses through management, using local bee stocks (your own or a local beekeeper), and creating resource hives.

http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/programs/beekeeping.html

🐝 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.

http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/programs/beekeeping.html

🐝 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.

http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/programs/beekeeping.html

Discounts are available!  For more information, BEE sure to contact Pamela Mayer at pspring@rutgers.edu

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