Sussex County 4-H Weekly Challenge

Every week we will be posting a change and choosing one winner of a 2021 Teen Council Dairy Barn gift certificate from all those that participate (one entry per person, per week) on Friday (at 5pm-ish) of that week. All entries must be submitted by 4:30 pm on Friday to count.

This week in a sentence, photo, or drawing show  “how I’m making the BEST BETTER at home ”. Post your responses under the Sussex County 4H Facebook post of our weekly challenge or email them to to be counted.  And don’t forget to hashtag them #SussexCounty4HWklyChallange and @SussexNJ4H


If you wish to participate in county-level presentations, you must register through your 4HOnline account. Sussex 4-H Members may participate in two ways.
1. Submitting a video of their presentation (must be submitted by May 15).
2.  Participate in one of the two (2) Zoom presentation nights scheduled for Friday, May 1, and Thursday, May 7 with live judges.  

Once you register, you will be sent further instructions.

Have questions about giving a Virtual Public Presentation (VPP)? Visit the State VPP 4H website for some of your answers as well as links to how to give a great presentation.

8th -13th grade members who receive a blue ribbon at the county level will then be able to submit their video for the 4-H Virtual State Presentation Competition.

For questions or more information, contact Tanya Patrie (

4-H Animal Science Resource Blog Contest

Is your club one of the Sussex County 4-H Animal Clubs participating in the 4-H Animal Science Resource Blog Contest for a chance to win up to $200.

If so, don’t forget to participate in this week’s (Week #3) activities to earn up to 5 points for your club for each activity you complete.

Calling all gardeners, crafters, and outdoor enthusiasts!

Digital 4-H Invitational Rabbit & Cavy Show Sponsored by Warren County Hare Raisers

Registration open now. Entries due by June 1, 2020.
More information and registration can be found at:
Or        @WCHRInvitationalShow

LAST CHANCE TO SHARE YOUR 4-H PHOTOS – MannaPro 4-H Photo Mosaic Contest

MannaPro, an animal feed company, is hosting a 4-H Photo Mosaic Contest until April 30, 2020.
We are asking EVERYONE (4-H members, volunteers, parents, and alumni) to upload FIVE of your favorite 4-H PHOTOS (4-H projects, events, club member and /or volunteer activities, and any animals or pets you own) to the MannaPro website: Tiny pieces of the pictures submitted will be integrated together to make a photo mosaic.

Manna Pro is providing cash prizes to the three states that upload the most photos. Show your New Jersey 4-H SPIRIT and SHARE your 4-H photos by APRIL 30!

Reminder for those pre-registered for this week’s 4H from Home webinars.

Tues. April 28 – Cooking From the Pantry with your Family
Thurs. April 30 – Small Animal Show and Telle

If you registered and you do not receive a link please reach out to

All sessions are full at this time, but please check back often as they are adding sessions. You can also send them an email ( to be added to their mailing list.

4-H Teen Talk Weekly Zoom Meeting

Every Wednesday the Teen Council will be hosting weekly Zoom meetings at 3:30 pm for 4-H members in 7-13th grade to drop in for a virtual meet up. It a chance to meet other teen 4H members in Sussex county, learn about other clubs, play some virtual games, talk about how your handling (or not) the new “normal”, get to vent who might be feeling the same way and have maybe a little fun. We would also love to hear what are teen leaders’ thoughts and ideas on what 4H is doing in this crisis and what you would like to see done.   
 To participate contact Tanya Patrie at for the Zoom meeting link.

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

*NEW* Sussex County NJ 4H Leader Facebook Group

We have created a place for Sussex County 4H Leaders to come together to share thoughts and ideas. Please join us to resources or collaborate with other clubs.

Together leaders can brainstorm new and innovative ways to modify existing lessons and/or programs or plan new ones. So please share what your clubs has or is doing to keep your 4H members involved and engaged in 4H. Has/is your club doing something to use their hands for larger service, let us know. Got an idea on how others can help, share your idea. Have you done an activity your club enjoyed? Share with the group. Are you covering a topic other clubs might find interesting, invite them to join your meeting.  Let’s use the mind hive of all of us together to continue to make 4H a great and memorable experience for all our 4H members.

4H leaders help youth develop and become productive citizens meeting the needs of a diverse and changing society. Now more than ever we need to work together to make the best better.

Educational Resources for Clubs

New York 4-H shared with the group the resources they have gathered from what other states have developed that we can access. Check out this site for a wide variety of specie educational recourses that you can use with your clubs.

“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 7:00 PM 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

Rutgers Earth Day at Home Webinar Series

Monday, April 27, 2020
Environmentally-Friendly Landscape Care. Want to reduce chemical use on your lawn and garden? Bill Hlubik will focus on earth-wise land care practices everyone should use including using proper plant genetics, using the right plant, right place concepts, having the soil tested, using appropriate cultural practices, and educating yourself and the public about the dangers of chemical over-application to home landscapes. William T. Hlubik, Full Professor/ County Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County.

May 4, 2020
Creating Wildlife Habitat in Your Yard. All creatures need to eat, drink, hide from predators, take cover from harsh weather, and safely raise their young. Whatever the size of your yard, learn how you can transform it into a haven for wildlife. Kathleen Kerwin, Program Associate, Wildlife Conservation and Management Program, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

To register, or for more info visit

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