Sussex County 4-H Weekly Newsletter May 9 – 15, 2021

Happy Mother’s Day to all our 4-H Mom’s both Volunteers and Parents!

Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Sussex County 4-H Animal Project Representative Applications due this
Tuesday, June 15.

4-H Members in grades 11-13 who have completed three years in an animal project area are encouraged to apply to represent their animal species as this year’s 2021 Animal representative. Members applying must have completed a County level public presentation for the current project year to be considered.
In the event of a competition for representative, more than one person applies; independent judges review the contestants’ application and schedule an interview portion for each applicant. Individual interviews will last approximately ten minutes with each judge asking 1-3 questions. Contestants applying will need to be able to attend the following required events during the fair if chosen:

 – NJSF/SCF&HS Opening Ceremonies (and parade if applicable) on the First Saturday.
 – Queen of the Fair Contest on the first Saturday
 – Be available in your species barn from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on the Thursday of the Fair to assist Round Robin participants.
 – If not a participant in Round robin, assist during the Round Robin event.
 – *Livestock Reps Only– Assist with Market Animal Dinner and Sale (Tuesday evening)
– Assist with species shows and other tasks as requested by your animal area coordinator.

Applications can be downloaded at:

The S. C. 4-H Animal Representative application packets must be completed and turned in to your 4-H club leader.  The applications received by club leaders should be submitted to the 4-H office no later than June 15, 2021. 


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.

From now until August of 2023, we will offer various promotions on our website and at select retail partner locations. A portion of sales from these promotions will be donated to National 4-H Council to provide critical resources needed to support the organization’s efforts to empower our youth. Georgia Boot has committed to a minimum donation of $75,000 in 2021, $75,000 in 2022 and $85,000 in 2023.

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Restarting In-Person RCE Programs

As of May 2021, pre-approved RCE programs, meetings, and events can take place in-person in an outdoor setting with no more than 25 total participants (including volunteers, participants, parents, etc.).  Social distancing and face masks must be utilized.

We are pleased to share that we are beginning to restart in-person Extension programming. We know that some of you may still not feel ready or comfortable with in-person activities and that is okay. We also know that many of you are eager to resume in-person participation and we want to make that happen.

We are optimistic about restarting in-person RCE 4-H activities. It is important to note this process will be phased. All in-person RCE 4-H activities (including programs, meetings, and events) will be small, for now, that means 25 or less total people. They will also need to take place outside. Face masks will be required for all people present. All participants will need to complete an RCE Health Screening Form prior to arrival. These requirements will be revisited as conditions change and new information emerges.

Visit the Restarting In-Person RCE Programs website ( for more details. We will follow the guidance from Rutgers University and will send out changes to our guidelines when they occur.

Rutgers NJAES Calendar: All Statewide Events

Classes scheduled for next week are:

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

Friday, May 14-20, 2021: ONLINE CORE Training Program for the NJ Pesticide Applicators License (Fee)
Saturday, May 15. 2021; 8:30 am: Home Gardeners School @Home: Cultivate Summer Blooms and Bounties (Fee)

Tuesday, May 18, 2021; 7:00 pm: Agritourism/On-Farm Direct Marketing Risk Management Webinar Series – What to Do When Something Goes Wrong, Incident Response and Media Relations
Thursday, May 20, 2021; 1:00 pm: Rutgers Lunch and Learn course – What’s Your Style? Communication Preferences for Success
Thursday, May 20, 2021; 6:30 pm:
RU Ready 2 Preserve Food at Home- Tomatoes & Salsa
Thursday, May 20, 2021; 6:30 pm:
RU Ready 2 Garden FREE webinar- Growing Organically: 5 Keys to a Bountiful Home Garden

Saturday, May 22. 2021; 9:00 am: Pet First Aid & CPR Certification (fee)

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