NJ 4-H Members to Attend National 4-H Citizenship Conference

New Jersey 4-H representatives for the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference

New Jersey 4-H representatives for the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference

Thirty 4-H members have been selected to represent New Jersey at the 2015 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Conference. This conference, now in its 56th year, will be held July 5-11 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Citizenship Washington Focus is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth. Delegations from across the country attend this six-day program at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, located just outside Washington, D.C. The program is aimed at enriching young people’s lives by broadening their appreciation and respect for themselves and others in the world. Participants attend workshops, committee meetings, field trips and social events, giving them hands-on opportunities to learn and grow. They learn and practice skills that will make them better citizens and more successful individuals. [Read more…]

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County Complete Major Planting Projects

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County completed major plantings at the Women’s Heritage Marker, the Global Village Immigrant Memorial, the Meditation Garden at the Seabrook Buddhist Temple, and at the Cohanzick Zoo… On June 10, Master Gardener Coordinator, Pam Burton, led four members in planting, weeding and  beautifying these gardens and their accompanying historic markers.

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Rutgers 4-Hers Shine at County Government Day

Cumberland County 4-H member Gabe Guenther with Cumberland County freeholder and Rutgers Cooperative Extension liaison Tom Sheppard.

Cumberland County 4-H member Gabe Guenther with Cumberland County freeholder and Rutgers Cooperative Extension liaison Tom Sheppard.

Three Cumberland County 4-H youth participated in Cumberland County Government Day on May 26. Karleen Wilford, Gabe Guenther and Nina Callavini are all Cumberland County 4-H members who had the opportunity to take advantage of this exceptional program. The students shadowed county employees and learned about their job, what skills are required, what subject areas are emphasized and the importance of working well with other people. Wilford and Callavini shadowed employees in the sheriff’s office. Gabe Guether, who attends Wallace Middle School, shadowed Rutgers Cooperative Extension liaison Freeholder Tom Sheppard and attended a mock freeholders meeting.

4-H Program Assistant Cheryl McCormick was deeply appreciative of the opportunity. “We are very thankful to Kim Wood and her staff for promoting such a wonderful youth development program each year. We were excited to have some of our members again participate in this exceptional leadership and life skills program.”

State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium Drew Participants from Nine Counties

Rabbit hopping in action.

Rabbit hopping in action.

Nearly 100 4-H members and volunteers representing nine counties (Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem, and Warren) attended the State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium on Feb. 28 in Clayton, New Jersey.

“The State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium is an annual event, now in its second year, that offers  4-H’ers an opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in topics related to poultry, reptiles, small animals, cavy and rabbits,” said Jeannette Rea Keywood, New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program – Small Animal Project Advisory Council liaison. “In addition, the event provides a venue to compete at an advanced level and meet other 4-H members from around the state.” [Read more…]

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County Training/ Accreditation Courses

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County’s training/accreditation courses continue in February and the following three-hour courses are open to the public. This includes intensive topic training from experts in their field, handouts and light refreshments… All classes are held at Rutgers Cooperative Extension Education Center, 291 Morton Ave., Rosenhayn. For further information or to register for a session, call 856-451-2800, Ext. 4.

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