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…]

Local Members Participate in 4-H Leadership Conference

Sixty-nine 4-H members representing 18 counties will be participating in the 4-H Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference scheduled for March 21, at Rutgers University in Middlesex County… The Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference will to provide an opportunity for middle school age youth to learn about and develop leadership knowledge and skills through large and small group interactive workshops, hands-on activities and guest speakers. In addition, conference participants will meet 4-H’ers from across New Jersey; make new friends and gain valuable life skills including understanding self, communicating, getting along with others, decision making, and working with groups… The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station – Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13 (one year out of high school).

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Middlesex County EARTH Center Offers “Discover Power Gardening” Seminar

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is marking the start of gardening season with a new workshop, Discover Power Gardening… This seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick… The concept of Power Gardening combines elements of gardening and landscaping to create one rewarding pursuit. It is designed to help participants keep fit in addition to keeping their garden in order… Middlesex County’s Extension Office is part of a nationwide network that brings the research of the state land-grant universities to local people. Rutgers Cooperative Extension offices throughout New Jersey are cooperatively funded by; the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers University- New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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NJ 4-H Avian Bowl Winter Event Contestants Gear-Up for State Qualifier Event Set for September

4H avian 3Nineteen 4-H members were part of six teams representing four counties (Hunterdon, Middlesex, Ocean, and Salem) who competed in the New Jersey 4-H Avian Bowl Winter Event held on February 28 in Gloucester County. This event was co-sponsored by Click Flic and held in conjunction with the State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium.

The 4-H Avian Bowl is a double elimination contest for teams patterned after other knowledge bowls. Teams consist of 2-4 members per team for both the Junior and Senior Divisions. Avian Bowl is an educational project, in which 4-H contestants must have a comprehensive knowledge of subject matter for several species of poultry, food safety, physiology, nutrition, eggs and other related subjects. [Read more…]

4-H Community Members Spend MLK Day Baking and Making for Others

To honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Middlesex County 4-H Junior Youth Council came together to help others as part of their annual service project on Monday. Approximately 20 students in sixth through eighth grades, plus five team leaders from the high school level, spent their day off from school Jan. 19 baking breads for Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen and making Valentine’s Day cards for children who are patients at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick at the Middlesex County 4-H Center in East Brunswick.

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