Sussex County 4H Weekly News June 28 – July 3, 2020

We have a NEW Facebook Page! Follow Us @SussexNJ4H 

Sussex County 4-H Weekly Challenge

This week in a sentence, photo, or drawing share what is your favorite Fair Food? Post your responses under Sussex County Facebook post of our weekly challenge or email them to to be counted.  And don’t forget to hashtag them #SussexCounty4HWklyChallange and @SussexNJ4H.

At the end of the week, one winner will be chosen and win a 2021 Teen Council Dairy Barn gift certificate. All entries must be submitted by 4:30 pm on Friday to count. Only one entry person per week.

June/July 4-H from Home Webinars

June 30:
Science Fun – Make It Shine (grades K–3)

July 2:
The Colors in My Heart
(grades 4–8)

Coming Soon:

July 7: Outdoor Investigators – rescheduled from May
July 9: TBA
July 14: My Puppet and Me (grades K–3)

More July 4-H From Home Webinars Themes to be announced soon. Check the website for updated info.

Have an idea for a Webinar or Virtual STEP Club and/or interested in hosting one.
The 4-H from Home Team is looking for 4-H volunteers/Club leaders, 4-H Teens, etc.  who may be interested in teaching youth a specific topic. Contact the 4‑H From Home team at to share your thoughts or volunteer.

STEP Clubs Starting Soon
Registration is limited.

Explore 4‑H Fun (4‑H STEP Club)

Youth in grades 2–5 are invited to join us for four consecutive sessions to learn more about anything and everything—science, art, magic, cooking, games, and more. Each program will be fun and interactive! 4‑H Fun is limited to 15 youth. We will share information and materials needed prior to each session. Sessions will run on Tuesdays in July from 10:00am–11:00am.

Explore 4‑H Fun registration link

Globetasters’ Monday MEATBALLS

Sessions will run on Mondays from 4pm–5:30pm Starting July 6 thru August 10

Youth in grades 5–12 are invited to experience cultural cuisine through a 4‑H STEP Club. Get your chef hats on and we will spend six consecutive Monday’s making MEATBALLS from around the world. With adult supervision, you can cook right along with us, or watch and make later. We’ll travel the world learning about different cultures and customs while creating a delicious dish for your family’s dinner!

Globetasters’ Monday MEATBALLS registration link

Virtual 4-H Horse Camp
July 13 -16, 2020
Registration Now Open

Who: All 4-H Horse Project Members Grades 4- 13
What: Virtual 4-H Horse Camp
Where: Your Own Computer (will be a Zoom log in every night)
Why: To have fun while learning about horse topics
When: July 13th– July 16th from 6:45pm9pm
Price: $25 (includes a 4-H t-shirt)

4-days of fun Horse related topics taught by Equine Industry professionals and 4-H leaders.  Some topics include First Aid for your horse, Equine Anatomy, Parasites, Hay Selection, Braiding, Banding, and Clipping,  Ranch Riding, and Showmanship.

Please email the registration form to by July 1st then send a $25 check made payable to New Jersey 4-H Horse Project Advisory Council to Emily Vail, 6 Giancarlo Road, Newton NJ 07860

For more information see below:
2020 Virtual 4-H Horse Camp Schedule
New Jersey 4-H Virtual Horse Camp- Presenter bios

Please Share What You Love About the Fair with the S. C. Milkmakers.

The Sussex County Milkmakers are organizing a video montage of 4-H members answering the questions “what they love most about the fair” and/or “What are you looking forward to doing next year at the fair”.

They would love to have other 4-H members from other clubs participate as well. Their hope is to gather video or audio clips, alongside a compilation of favorite photos from the fair in years passed to compile into one complete video. 

If you are interested in participating complete the information below.
Submission Requirements:
Years in 4H:
Audio or video clip
: <max length 1 minute>
Photo attachment: <5 photos max>

Submission will be due July 1, 2020, to Nora Swanson (S.C. Milkmakers Leader).
Please Email entries and or questions to 

4-H T-shirt Fundraiser
Look Cool While Supporting 4-H Programs!

Middlesex County is holding a 4-H T-shirt fundraiser to help keep the bills paid for their 4-H Center. Normally the building would be supporting itself though rental use of it from outside parties, but as with everything those are on hold due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

You have the option of 2 designs in 2 different colors.

The “Stronger Together” t-shirts are $15 each. Your choices are Green/White tie-dyed or Multi-Tie-dyed, both with black lettering.

The “I NEED A NAP” t-shirts are $10 each. Your choices are Black or Burgundy, both with white writing.

The deadline to order directly is July 10. They hope to be able to begin to distribute them around August 1.

There are a variety of shipping options, but if you would like to take part in a bulk Sussex County order to reduce shipping costs, contact Tanya ( with your order no later then July 7.

Is your family… 

  • Interested in growing their own food? 
  • Curious to learn how to make healthy, tasty meals? 
  • Excited to eat foods you grow and prepare? 

The New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative is excited to announce the launch of “Grow. Prepare. Eat.” — a free virtual food literacy program offered during Summer 2020 for children in grades 3rd-5th.  Participants will engage in a 6-week virtual food literacy class to learn about the source of their food, the process that food goes through from seed to plate, and how to choose, prepare, and enjoy healthy, safe, and tasty meals and snacks.  The program has two main components: Twelve (12) 30-minute live/recorded lessons covering a wide variety of food literacy topics; and post-class hands-on activities that parent/guardians and children will complete together.
 Spaces are limited. Register early to reserve your spot. 

Program Information: 
July 6th to August 13th 
Two (2) 30-Minute lesson per week 
AM and PM sessions offered 

Cost: FREE* and all program materials will be provided! 
*Program requires a one-time $50 registration fee which will be returned upon completion of the program.  If registration fee presents a hardship, please contact NJHKI Program Development Administrator Erin Comollo at: 

For more information or to register, please visit the following link:

Sussex County
4-H Class of 2020
Senior Spotlight

Vincent Boutillette

Vincent Boutillette has been a member of the Sussex County Capricians 4-H goat club for 11 years. During that time, he was Vice President of his club for 3 years. He was the 2018 Caprician representative at the fair. He also won Senior Showmanship that year. His first goat was a Toggenburg. He then added alpines and nubians to his herd and enjoyed showing them all at the Fair.  He has been a great role model to our younger club members and has always been willing to help out wherever he can.  He has also been active at the Fair as a member of the New Jersey Antique Engine and Machine club where he could be seen driving in the daily tractor parade.

He is a senior at Sussex Tech majoring in the automotive maintenance program. He is currently looking for employment since this pandemic has forced him to wait until the fall to take his certification exam for vehicle maintenance.

Vince, your Caprician family wish you all the best in your future endeavors!  

Alice Beutel

Alice is one of the founding members of the Sussex County Pony Express.  We started in 2012.  She has been president for 2 terms and held other offices through out the years.  She has received “excellent” on her county presentations every year.  She has shown her horse and others at the 4H horse show at the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show.  She has earned countless ribbons showing at this show.  Alice loves to work with younger members and share her knowledge of horses. 

Alice is graduating from Vernon Township High School this year.  She will be attending the University of New Hampshire next year and plans to study Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology.  All of us at the Pony Express wish her the best next year and will miss her!!

Congrats to Our
2020 Graduating
4-H Members!

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Check out the Rutgers NJAES Online Calander to see all of the classes and seminars that are available.
And most are free!

Rutgers NJAES Calendar: All Statewide Events

Rutgers Earth Day at Home Webinar Series

June 29, 2020
Understanding the 2019 Harmful Algae Blooms in NJ. Harmful algal blooms (HABs) plagued many aquatic waterways in 2019. This talk will cover what it is, what to look for, health effects, and how you can do your part to prevent them. Mike Haberland, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Associate Professor/County Agent- Burlington/ Camden Counties.

To register or for more information visit

Wellness on Wednesday webinars with Family & Community Health Sciences will focus on a variety of topics related to food, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles.  This series will walk you through the easy steps that you can take to add positive health behaviors into your day.  From reducing the amount of food waste you produce in your home to understanding how to read the new nutrition facts label, now is the time to make some of those small changes that will improve your health in a large way.

All sessions are free, will last approximately 45 minutes, and be provided via Webex.  To join, you will need either a computer, tablet, or smartphone with speakers. You must register to participate. 

July 1Nine Staple Foods of the Mediterranean Eating Plan
Eating a Mediterranean diet may lower your risk of a heart attack, stroke, and death by up to 30 percent, according to a highly publicized study done in Spain and published in The New England Journal of Medicine.  Help your heart and overall health by adding the following key foods which were staples of those following the Mediterranean eating plan.  Karen Ensle, EdD, RDN, FAND, CFCS, FCHS educator, Union County

July 8 – Make Time for Snack Time
Snacking can be an important part of your daily eating habits provided you are making good choices. Learn the benefits of snacking and how to work healthy snacks into your daily routine. Chris Zellers, MPP, FCHS Educator

Just a Reminder that all State and County Office will be closed July 3 in honor of Independence Day.

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