SHOWMANSHIP & SKILL-A-THON FOR THIS SUNDAY, MAY 2 HAS BEEN CANCELED! 

Youth must now choose a time to participate on SATURDAY, MAY 8. We have extended the hours to help accommodate everyone.  All rabbit, cavy & small animal youth must participate in showmanship and skill-a-thon to be eligible to receive fair passes for 2021. EACH youth must sign up for a 15 minute individual time slot on Saturday, May 8 from 8 am – 12 noon OR 3 – 8 pm.

If you had already signed up for a Saturday timeslot, nothing has changed.  In an effort to keep social distancing and participants moving through the building in one direction, youth will start out with showmanship and then move on to the Skill-a-thon and Round Robin tests. If you have any questions or problems, please email Melissa O. at mlordway1978@gmail.com. Good luck to everyone, but most of all have fun!

Showmanship & Skill-a-Thon Signup link: https://signup.com/go/hJRfpQT


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

Upcoming NJ 4-H Workshops


May 4th at 3pm: An Astronomy Adventure (grades K-4) https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a8EaLrbueT3QLBA 


May 7 at 7:30 pm: Multi-State Teen Social Night 
Come join 4-H teens from around the nation to play fun games and learn about each other!

Link to register: 
https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_enVTGK9sAgO7Ylo


May 10, 4pm:  What’s the Bee I See (K-6)  Learn about the different type of bees in your neighborhood.
https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6sMBWxJArxqVolo

May 19th at 7 p.m.- Virtual Improv Night (Teens)
Join our youth in a fun evening of performance and improvisational theatre!
Register here www.mtpl.org.

Current 4-H STEP Clubs

Let’s go on an AG-venture!

A journey from Farm Gate to Plate to see how food and other products are made! 

Have you ever wondered where food comes from or how it is made?  Join us for three days of exploring the science of agriculture!  Together we will learn how food and other essential products are made and how you play a role in your community.  Learn about livestock, crops, and life on a farm.  Each session will include lots of interactive games and activities focusing on agri-science.  It is going to be Ag-mazing! For youth Grades 3-6 

Sessions will take place on May 18, 19 and 20, 4-5pm

Let’s go on an AG-venture registration link


4‑H Victory Gardeners 

Join us for a virtual Short-Term Exploratory Program (STEP). Young people in grades 4–12 are invited to join us for virtual meetings to help grow an at-home vegetable garden! Whether in a container, on your windowsill, or in a backyard, youth will learn to grow food from seed to sprout! Each session will be step-by-step, interactive, and will include a review of gardening techniques, discussions, and show and tell. This STEP Club is ongoing and meets on the first Monday and third Friday of the month at 4:30 pm.

4‑H Victory Gardeners registration link


Photography Club for High Schoolers

In this STEP photography club, you will learn tips and ideas to help you become a better photographer. Topics include, for example, f stops, shutter speeds, depth of field, and composition. Bring to the club a camera with changeable settings or a smartphone with optional apps. Come explore your creativity through your photographer’s lens!  Sessions will run June 7 -28th from 3 PM to 4 PM 

https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_509lDEJxsklA43c



Ask A Polar Scientist

4-H youth and families Are invited to another live Scientists webinar panel focused on Research in Polar Science,  Thurs., May 6thfrom 7-8PM EST. Registration is a must, and just like our other online programs, questions for the scientists are requested to be sent in prior to the program. Links for both registration and to submit a question are on the flyer and web listing.


Spring 2021 Paper Clover Fundraiser at Tractor Supply

Two times per year, National 4-H Council partners with the nation’s leading rural lifestyle retailer, Tractor Supply Company (TSC), to host a national Paper Clover promotion! 

The Paper Clover event is a consumer-driven fundraising promotion where Tractor Supply customers can support 4-H by making a paper clover donation of $1 or more at the checkout while at their local store or with their purchase online purchase using TSC app or on the TSC website. The Spring 2021 4-H Paper Clover event will be held from Wednesday, April 28 through Sunday, May 9.

During the semi-annual event, we invite friends and family to support 4-H by donating in stores or online at checkout to contribute to scholarships that allow 4-H members in our county to participate in 4-H leadership and camp experiences.


REGISTRATION OPENING SOON!



Introducing the New Jersey 4-H Photo Corps

NJ Expressive Arts 4-H is pleased to introduce the New Jersey 4-H Photo Corps program! You are invited to join to share your photographs and learn about photography.

Each month there will be a different theme/topic for you to explore through photography. You’ll take a picture based on the theme and submit it to the Photo Corps website. Experienced photographers (juror/mentors) will evaluate your photo and share tips to help you take better pictures.

Your photo will be posted along with others from Photo Corps members on the NJ 4-H Facebook page along with a gallery on the NJ 4-H Flickr site. When Covid restrictions allow, Photo Corps photos will be displayed in public venues.

The juror/mentors will make their selections for the top photos based on each month’s theme. Additionally, the public will be able to a people’s choice favorite through the NJ 4-H FB page.

The NJ 4-H Photo Corps is open to youth in grades 4-13 (one year out of high school). You do not need to be enrolled in 4-H to join Photo Corps. 

To join…. Download directions here!

Once you’re registered in Photo Corps, you can submit your photo for the month. This month’s theme is, All About Water. Remember, these must be current photos; not photos you’ve taken in the past.

Think about water and the many ways we interact with it. From the Delaware River bordering the west, to the Hudson in the North and the Atlantic Ocean along the eastern and southern coasts–NJ is a state defined by water! Water, we depend on it for life. We see it as rain, waves, and mist. Water is all around us. 

Now go out and photograph it!

The submission deadline is April 30th.  By the end of May, you will receive feedback on your photograph from Jurors/Mentors


USDA Agency Launches New Site for Science-Minded Students
AgLab, a new science-education website operated by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, is now “open for business” to students and educators alike. For more information go to https://aglab.ars.usda.gov/.


AMERICA’S HARDEST WORKING BOOT SUPPORTS AMERICA’S HARDEST WORKING KIDS IN 4-H

Georgia Boot is a proud partner of the National 4-H Council. We believe every kid should have the opportunity to be #GeorgiaBootStrong and create a better path #Fourward through the hands-on learning experiences that 4-H offers. These programs help build confidence, creativity, leadership, and resiliency, shaping our future leaders.

APRIL PROMOTION
Apply the promo code 4HKIDS in your cart to get any kids’ Carbo-Tec LT boot for only $49.99, plus $5 per pair sold will be donated back to 4-H youth.

https://www.georgiaboot.com/4-h


Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Rutgers NJAES Calendar: All Statewide Events

Classes scheduled for next week are:

Monday, May 3, 2021; 6:30 pm: Gardening@Home Series – Perennials for All Seasons (Day 4 of 4) (fee)
Tuesday, May 4, 2021; 3:00 pm:
Live Well & Stay Healthy Webinar- The Health Benefits of Herbs
Tuesday, May 4, 2021; 7:00 pm: Tick Talk
Tuesday, May 4, 2021; 7:00 pm: Agritourism/On-Farm Direct Marketing Risk Management Webinar Series
Getting Ready for Pick-Your-Own – Do’s and Don’ts for the Upcoming Season
Wednesday, May 5, 2021; 7:00 pm:
Get More Dirt on Your Soil – “Breaking Ground on Composting” (Day 3 of 3)
Thursday, May 6, 2021; 1:00 pm: Rutgers Lunch and Learn course – Resistance: Turning Lemons into Lemonade (fee)
Thursday, May 6, 2021; 6:30 pm:
RU Ready 2 Preserve Food at Home- Jams, Jellies & Spreads
Thursday, May 6, 2021; 6:30 pm:
RU Ready 2 Garden FREE webinar- Why Garden Off the Ground?


Tuesday, May 11, 2021; 7:00 pm:
Agritourism/On-Farm Direct Marketing Risk Management Webinar SeriesAgritourism Operation Checklists and Self-Assessment During the Pandemic
Thursday, May 13, 2021; 1:00 pm: Rutgers Lunch and Learn course – Psychological Safety: Creating a Safe Zone in the Workplace (fee)
Thursday, May 13, 2021; 6:30 pm:
RU Ready 2 Preserve Food at Home- Pickles
Thursday, May 13, 2021; 6:30 pm:
RU Ready 2 Garden FREE webinar- Getting Back to Our Roots with Root Crops
Friday, May 14, 2021; 12:00 pm: Helpline Live – Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, May 15. 2021; 8:30 am: Home Gardeners School @Home: Cultivate Summer Blooms and Bounties (Fee)



Agritourism Safety and Liability: Updating Best Risk Management Practices for the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 2021 Webinar Series

No charge but you must register in advance.
Webinar link/phone in information will be sent via email once registered.



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