Sussex County 4-H Weekly Newsletter October 8 – 15, 2021

THe RCE/4-H Office will be Closed Monday, October 11 in honor of Columbus/Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Re-Enrollment for the 2021-22 Program Year In 4-H Online Is Now OPEN.

Each year 4-H members and volunteers must renew their enrollment by January 1 to be considered in good 4-H standing. To do so, go to:

Directions to assist you in the process can be found at the following link:

If you have any questions, or experience difficulties with 4HOnline, please contact Dave or Tanya for assistance.

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

Upcoming NJ 4-H Virtual Workshops

4-H Smart Cents / TD Ameritrade presents:

Family Fun with Financial Literacy

Friday Evening 10/08
7-9pm on ZOOM

Use the following link to register 4-H Smart Cents Family Fun with Financial Literacy Night ( and direct any questions you may have to

Youth Summit on Financial Literacy on Thursday, 11/18!

Sign up to attend our Youth Summit on Financial Literacy on Thursday, 11/18! We hope you will learn how to discuss topics ranging from setting priorities and goals to career pathways and how to make good financial decisions. Post-event survey responders will receive a bronze “Money Management” pin and a personalized certificate of participation.

Financial Literacy Youth Summit Application

Financial Literacy Fun for Tweens and Teens
on 12/10 @7-9pm!

4-H and NJCEE, are happy to provide you with resources and support so you can learn about interesting financial literacy concepts successfully.

For this evening event, Teens and Tweens are encouraged to learn about topics ranging from setting priorities and goals to career pathways and making good financial decisions. We’ll wrap up with a Kahoot that will test your knowledge about financial literacy and offer prizes to the top three youth with the most points!

Plus, post-event survey responders will receive a bronze “Money Management” pin and a personalized certificate of participation

Financial Literacy for Teens & Tweens Registration

NJ 4-H Virtual STEP

4-H Teen Russian/American International Leadership Program (T.R.A.I.L.)

Teens are tomorrow’s leaders but have the potential for leading TODAY. Join us on a free journey to Russia! We’ll be meeting teens from Russia who have the same concerns about the world as you. This program gives teens the chance to partner with each other to teach younger youth environmental stewardship practices that will affect both sides of the planet! This program is 100% virtual and runs from October 2021 – February 2022 for teens 16–19. Teens will receive a certificate upon completion and a T.R.A.I.L t-shirt. The first meeting is Sunday, October 3 at 1 p.m. EDT.

T.R.A.I.L. Registration Link »

Bridge to 4-H Teen Leadership Club

Bridge to 4-H is a monthly virtual 4-H club for youth in grades 6 and up, exploring leadership, healthy living, and life skills. Join us as we learn about how to make a menu of food we like while keeping a budget, adopting healthier habits, and caring for ourselves inside and out. Make friends across the state of NJ! We meet on the third Thursday of every month over Zoom.

Bridge to 4-H Teen Leadership Club Registration Link

The program extends from September 20, 2021, to June 20, 2022; classes meet on the first and third Monday evenings of the month, 7 PM to 8:30 PM. There is no cost for the program.  Youth are invited to attend all sessions that their schedules allow and can attend in person at the library or access the sessions via Zoom.

For questions or more information contact Ellen Williams (

New Jersey 4-H Day at the New York JETS

All 4-H families and their friends to attend the New Jersey 4-H Day at the New York JETS vs BILLS game on Sunday, November 14, 1:00 PM and the JETS vs EAGLES on Sunday, December 5, 1:00 PM at MetLife Stadium located in East Rutherford. Depending on location, tickets for the 11/14 game range from $50.00-$91.00, and tickets for the 12/5 game range from $59.00-$95.00. Each ticket purchased will be entered into a drawing for on-field access. Tickets can be purchased at: JETSGROUPS.COM/nj4h.

The State 4-H Association is conducting this fundraiser to assist in raising money to cover the cost of the bus for the New Jersey 4-H delegates attending Citizenship Washington Focus in July 2022. The State 4-H Association will receive $10.00 for every ticket purchased using the link above. You do not have to be a 4-H member or volunteer to order tickets from the link above at this reduced ticket price.

Show your @4-H pride in the barn or at the show with the 4-H Classic Nylon Halter from State Line Tack!

For a limited time, the halter is on sale! Get yours now before the up to 50% off online deal is over:


Georgia Boot is a proud partner of 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

Fall Back into 4H Leader Appreciation on Saturday, October 9 at 7pm

All Leaders are invited to attend our Fall Back into 4H Leader Appreciation meeting on Saturday, October 9 at 7 pm in the Shotwell Building. This will be a chance for leaders to socialize and get to know one another, as well as meet some of the new 4-H leaders. We also plan to highlight and recognize the hard work you, our leaders, continue to do to support our 4-H members and families.

Light refreshments will be served (coffee, tea, water) as well as cookie trays will be provided. 

Coping with Covid complicated our 4-H meetings (and lives!) over the last 16 months! We’ll go over some 4-H basics such as club rules and best practices to make sure everyone is on the same page as we start the new project year. It would be greatly beneficial to have at least one leader from each club represented so all clubs receive this information. 

Afterward, we will screen the annual Protection of Minors video (~25 minutes)-required by Rutgers for your re-enrollment. If you’re able to stay, we can check off this requirement for your appointment. (For those who struggle with technology, this may be a great option!)

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Classes scheduled for next week are:

Monday, October 11, 2021 – RCE/4H Office is Closed
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 12:00 pm – Hispanic Heritage: Arroz con Gandules
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 12:00 pmRCE Homesteading Academy: Getting Started with Backyard Poultry
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 6:30 pm – Earth Day, Every Day Webinar Series – Fall 2021 (Day 5 of 8)
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 2:00 pmWellness Wednesday: The 8 Components of Wellness
Thursday, October 14, 2021, 12:00 pm – Hispanic Heritage: Spaghetti Squash
Friday, October 15, 2021, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Cinnamon Baked Pear

Friday, October 15, 2021 – Thursday, October 21, 2021CORE Training Program for the NJ Pesticide Applicators License (ONLINE) (fee)

Monday, October 18, 2021, 6:30 pm – Earth Day, Every Day Webinar Series – Fall 2021 (Day 6 of 8)
Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 7:00 pm – Daylily Basics
Wenesday, October 20, 2021, 9:00am-1:00 pm – Online Emergency Pesticide Recertification Seminar (fee)
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 2:00 pmWellness Wednesday: Bringing Vegetables to the Table: A Celebration of the Harvest
Friday, October 22, 2021, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Spooky Black Bean Hummus

Earth Day Every Day Fall Webinar Series

Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s “Earth Day, Every Day” educational webinar series is back this fall. Open to the public, these free sessions focus on steps everyone can take to protect the environment. We can all do our part to take actions that make our homes more sustainable, from controlling invasive pests to collecting environmental data to protecting your local watershed. These actions, more than ever, start at home.

Join us every Monday starting September 13th online at 6:30 PM to learn and ask questions of the experts at Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Every week we will cover a different topic and leave you with small actions that, together, will reduce negative impacts on the environment. The fall lineup will cover seven topics ranging from the spotted lanternfly and the new plastic reduction law to the science of rain gardens. Our last 3 sessions will focus on specific issues affecting our cities and urban communities. Learn about safe practices for urban soil, combined sewer overflows, and urban wildlife.

This year, share with us the eco-friendly changes you’ve made at home or in your community. Participants can post pictures on social media of how they are making every day Earth Day with the hashtag #e2d2 (Earth Day, Every Day).

Each live webinar will be one hour and will be presented via Zoom. To join, you need either a computer, tablet, or smartphone with speakers. More information about these free sessions and a link to registration can be found here:

9/13/21An Update on the Spread and Management of Spotted Lanternfly in New Jersey
9/20/21How Does a Rain Garden Grow?
9/27/21RU Ready for NJ’s New Plastic Pollution Reduction Law? 
10/4/21YOU Can Be a Citizen Scientist!
10/12/21 (Tues)E2D2 In The City! Safe Soils for Urban Gardening
10/18/21E2D2 In The City! The Past, Present, and Future of Combined Sewers in New Jersey
10/25/21E2D2 In The City! RU Wildlife Wise: Successfully Navigating the Urban Wild

Rutgers Cooperative Extension introduces the “Homesteading Academy”

A new, once-monthly lunchtime webinar series for anyone curious about home-grown sustenance and self-sufficiency. From October through December, we invite you to join us on the second Tuesday of each month for live sessions with our invited speakers. The webinars will take place from noon to 1 p.m., so bring your lunch!

This first set of three sessions will feature speakers on backyard poultry, mushroom production, and beekeeping. The series will be ongoing, with potential future topics of sheep/beef/goats, seed saving and heirloom varieties, engine conversion to waste vegetable oil, troubleshooting for two-cycle engines, cut flowers, food preservation, small-scale grain milling, and more.

Upcoming Webinars

  1. October 12: Getting Started with Backyard Poultry
    Presenter: Hank Bignell (Sr. Program Coordinator–Livestock Production, RCE of Warren County)
  2. November 9: Joy of Growing Mushrooms
    Presenter: Ayesha Dolassa (Owner, Noble Mushrooms)
  3. December 14: What To Do To Get Started Keeping Bees On Your Property
    Presenter: Tim Schuler (Owner, Schuler’s Bees, and Former State Apiarist, NJ Dept. of Agriculture)

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