New Jersey 4-H Youth Develop Skills at Leadership Washington Focus Conference

LWF delegates at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center

LWF delegates at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center

Fifteen New Jersey 4-H youth are ready to take on the challenges of leadership in the 21st century after experiencing the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Leadership Washington Focus (LWF), an intensive 4-H leadership development program for middle-school youth. The conference was held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, from July 15-19.

The four-day 4-H conference provided 135 youth and 30 adult chaperones from 15 states with the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in experiential learning that boosted leadership competency in the four key areas of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and confidence. In addition, the LWF conference also prepared youth to return home with important skills to make positive changes in their own communities. [Read more...]

2014 Rutgers Snyder Farm Open House and Great Tomato Tasting

DSC06581The ever-popular annual Great Tomato Tasting at Snyder Farm continues to grow and expand, and this year there will be more to experience than ever. Hosted by Rutgers Snyder Research Farm  in Pittstown, the event will take place on Wednesday, August 27 from 3 to 7:30 p.m.

In addition to the 80 varieties of tomatoes to taste, activities will include a chef’s cooking demonstration and tasting, guided educational wagon tours of the farm’s research plots, tastings of various fruits and herbs, access to the farm’s gardens with opportunities to ask questions and get answers, insect displays, information booths on various foods grown in the Garden State, and much more. [Read more...]

New Jersey 4-Hers Boost Leadership and Civic Skills in Washington, D.C.

New Jersey 4-H delegates to the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus on the steps of the Capitol.

New Jersey 4-H delegates to the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus on the steps of the Capitol.

New Jersey 4-H members learned about government processes in the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), an intensive 4-H civic engagement program for high-school youth held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The New Jersey 4-H delegation of 30 youth and three adult chaperones attended week 6 of the conference from July 6-12. [Read more...]

Tomatoes: Ripe for the Tasting

DSC06652The summer issue of the Star Ledger’s Inside Jersey magazine features some of Jersey’s summer highlights. No New Jersey summer listing would be complete without mention of tomatoes and the Rutgers NJAES Great Tomato Tasting at Snyder Research Farm on August 27.

Hunterdon cow-breeding innovation changed the nation

It’s no longer just "cows and cooking," as the 100th anniversary of the Cooperative Extension System approaches. While originally the role of county agricultural agents and the 4-H program was helping farmers and rural youth, the system’s work is much different. The county is celebrating the anniversary of the 1914 federal Smith Lever Act, which funded outreach endeavors at Rutgers and other land-grant universities through vocational, agricultural, and home demonstration programs in rural America. Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon is marking the anniversary the week of May 4, with a big open house on Sunday, at the Extension Center, county complex, 314 Route 12, Raritan Township. It runs noon to 3 p.m.

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