Staying Green in Quarantine

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Sussex County 4-H Weekly Challenge

This week in a sentence, photo, or drawing share you’re staying involved in 4-H during Quarantine (Staying Green in Quarantine). 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.

New STEP Clubs starting this week! Registration is limited.

June Interactive Webinars

June 2: Fairy Gardens (open to all grades)
June 9: Let’s Go on a Cookie Dig (Archeology) (open to all grades)
June 11: Exploring Pollinators (open to grades 4–8)
June 25: Globe Tasters—a Culinary Trip Around the World (open to grades 4–8)

More to be announced soon. Check the website for updated info.

Have an idea for a webinar 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.

What do you Love about the Fair?

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>
(Explaining “what you love about the fair” or “what you are looking forward to next year”)
– 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 

Sussex County 4-H Market Animal Scholarship Due June 15

Sussex County 4-H Market animal sale participants are encouraged to apply for the Sussex County 4-H Market Animal Sale Scholarship.

Applications are due June 15, 2020, and should be emailed to Becky Goldsworthy at

The application can be found at:

What to Learn More About Nature?

Check out Somerset County 4-H’s
Nature Inspired Blog

Nature Inspired provides encouraging stories of ecology, the outdoors, and nature as a whole. Ranging from your backyard to the whole planet, each post will delve into a different topic that will teach you something about this Earth we call home. Topics covered so far as been Spring Ephemerals, Ferns: Prehistoric Plants, and Monarch Butterflies & the Super Generation.

Calling Current 7th-9th Graders

This is open to any current 7th-9th graders, 4-H member, or not. The fee covers the cost of program materials that will be mailed to participants in advance, a program t-shirt, and recognition. Guest speakers will include 4-H Professional Staff, a high school career coordinator, and Rutgers University admissions staff.

4-H members WILL receive a certificate for community service hours they take part in during the program.

For more information contact Laura Bovitz (

Registration still open for NJ 4-H Fairy/Gnome/Troll Miniature Contest

To Enter:
– Take two pictures from different angles
– Send your pictures to Include you age and catagory in the subject.

Deadline to enter is June 15.

Save the Dates for
Virtual 4-H Horse Camp

July 13 -16, 2020

Virtual 4-H Horse Camp is being planned with educational programs that will help to prepare your 4-H Horse Club member for a better Show experience in the future. It will include clinicians and educational speakers on a variety of topics. Some that are planned are Showmanship skills, Preparing a Horse for Halter Class, Basic Equitation tips, and some others such as a vet talking about parasites, an equine dentist talking about your horse’s mouth, a farrier talking about hoof care, etc.

There most likely will be a nominal fee to cover any presenter costs. More info to follow. This program will probably be Zoom based.

Purina Giving Greatness Scholarship

Graduating seniors are the future of the show industry, and Purina is investing in their future with their new Giving Greatness Scholarship! One winner from each species – cattle, swine, goat and sheep – will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship to use towards furthering their education.

Interested? Here’s how to apply:
· Follow this link:
· Fill out personal information
· Thoroughly answer essay questions
· Submit!

The application is open until Tuesday, June 30, so think through your answers and tell Purina what the stock show world means to you.

Sussex County
4-H Class of 2020
Senior Spotlight

Jaqueline Slate

Jacqueline Slate is a senior at Vernon Township High School. While being a member of the Kicken’ Chickens 4-H, she has received many ribbons and trophies. She has also been an active member of 4-H since she was in kindergarten. In 2019, Jacqueline was honored to be the Poultry Princess at the New Jersey State Fair.

She is also a member of the V.T.H.S. Marching Band and National Art Honor Society. In the fall, Jacqueline will be attending Sussex County Community College and then transfer to a four year college.

Grace Maruska

Grace Maruska is graduating from Kittatinny Regional High School. She has had so many accomplishments in her lifetime already and between Marching Band, Wind Symphony, Tri-M, NHS, Swimming, 4-H Teen Council serving 2 years as club president and more, she has found time to have a steady job at a horse farm (since she was very young).

She is amazing, smart, hard-working, talented and creative. She lights up the room when she enters and always seems to put a smile on everyone’s face. She has not chosen a school or definite major yet, but has been accepted at several colleges and is leaning towards Journalism.

Congrats to Our
2020 Graduating
4-H Members!

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Leaders- Kahoot! Virtual Games to keep your Club members learning

If you’ve never done Kahoot! before…you can download their app on your cell phone or iPad and enter the Game PIN # or you can also participate by going to and enter the Game PIN #:

Livestock Members Should Know These!!- PIN # 03728337
Pork – Meat ID Challenge – PIN # 02709837
Lamb – Meat ID Challenge – PIN # 07802393
Sheep Breeds – PIN # 09955555
Swine Breeds – PIN # 01784152
Beef Breeds – PIN # 0946282
Dog Breeds – PIN # 01785462
Dog Agility – PIN # 08617120

These games were put together by a 4-H professional in Hawaii. They do time out after a certain number of days, but she has been trying her best to rest them when they do. IF you do use these please let us know so we can fill out the demographic data she is requesting.

And for our Horse Leaders

Learning Resources form Connecticut.

CT UConn 4-H Horse Activities
Activities to keep every 4-Her busy while they are learning from home
CT 4-H Horse Project Activities including conformation online judging, horses and humans for a healthy habitat
UConn Extension Facebook videos on horse books for youth and adults to read, model horses, horse movies[0]=created_time_descending

Rutgers Earth Day at Home Webinar Series

June 1, 2020
Plant This Not That – Avoiding Invasives in Your Yard. Some popular ornamental plants are actually garden “bullies” invading local ecosystems and destroying natural wildlife habitats. Learn about the importance of using native plants in your yards for supporting local ecology including examples of species you can use to replace invasives. Michele Bakacs, Associate Professor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension- Middlesex/ Union Counties.

June 8, 2020
Exploring Your Watershed from Home. We all live in a watershed and you can navigate yours from your computer. Learn about free online platforms and mapping websites that provide all kinds of information for you to explore local streams, habitat, water sources, soil types, and the environment right around your home. Sal Mangiafico, Associate Professor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension- Salem/ Cumberland Counties.

To register or for more information visit

http://Wellness on Wednesdays with FCHS

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. 

May 27 – Strong Bones for a Lifetime
Whether you have osteoporosis, have broken a bone, or are just interested in keeping your bones healthy, this osteoporosis program will discuss risks, calcium intake, vitamin D, supplements, medication, physical activity and falls prevention.  Kathleen Morgan, Dr. M.H., NDTR, interim department chair

June 3 – Sitting, the Silent Killer  
“Sitting Is The New Smoking” – COVID Couch Potato? Learn how sitting is affecting your health and little things you can do to decrease your sitting time  Alex DelCollo, MS, FCHS senior program coordinator, Salem County

“Ask the Ag Agent”

Weekly 1-hour sessions for farmers, will be hosted on Wednesdays starting April 15th and continue each Wednesday. The online conferencing/call-in events will begin at 7:00PM with an open forum to discuss ag-related questions about production, marketing, regulations, and any other topics farmers wish to discuss. All are welcome!  To access via WebEx on a computer go to
To join by phone +1-650-429-3300 USA Toll
Access code: 799 743 872

Online Beekeeping Workshops

Sustainable Beekeeping
June 9, 2020
This one-hour webinar will discuss ways to maintain your beehives in a more sustainable way, minimizing losses through management, using local bee stocks, and creating resource hives.

Small Scale Queen Rearing
June 16, 2020
This workshop covers queen and drone biology, stock selection, introduction to several queen rearing techniques, tools, and equipment, starter and finisher hives, setting up mating yards, and record keeping.

Visit our webpage at: to learn more! 

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