Sussex County 4-H Weekly Newsletter September 10-17, 2021

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.

The Sussex County Board of Agriculture
“Chicken on the Fly BBQ”
September 25, 2021 from 5pm – 7pm.

 Take out dinners can be pick up at the SCBOA Pavillion at the Sussex County Fairgrounds on Plains Road in August, NJ. Cost: $15 per ticket. Includes half chicken, fresh local corn and tomatoes, dinner roll, and fresh baked local cookies.

To purchase tickets go to: Chicken BBQ Tickets (

If your club is interested in participating, contact Tanya ASAP to reserve your space.

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.


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

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Classes scheduled for next week are:

Friday, September 10 – Thursday, September 16, 2021; Online –CORE Training Program for the NJ Pesticide Applicators License

Sunday, September 12, 2021. 9:00 amTree Pruning (fee)
Monday, September 13, 2021, 6:30 pm Earth Day, Every Day Webinar Series – Fall 2021 (Day 1 of 8)
Tuesday, September 14, 2021. 12:00 pm – Hispanic Heritage: Air Fryer Blooming Onion
Thursday, September 16, 2021,12:00 pm – Hispanic Heritage: Smoothie Bowl
Friday, September 17, 2021. 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Chaffles
Saturday September 18, 2021, 9:00amPet First Aid & CPR Certification (fee)

Monday, September 20, 2021, 6:30 pm Earth Day, Every Day Webinar Series – Fall 2021 (Day 2 of 8)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 12:00 pm – Hispanic Heritage: Tostones with Guac
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 7:00 pmCaring for Houseplants in Fall and Winter
Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 2:00 pm Keeping Up the Beat: Self Management Techniques for Cardiovascular Disease
Thursday, September 16, 2021,12:00 pm – Hispanic Heritage: Vegetable Curry
Friday, September 17, 2021. 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Chicken Tenders Chic-fil-A Style

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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