Stephen Gaffney knows "the farm" as a garden behind a historical society building that’s "got chickens in it." On Friday, the opening day of the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show, he got to see many more farm animals, from beef cattle to goats and sheep. And yes, there were chickens, too. Gaffney, 9, was among 35 youngsters from Montclair who traveled to the fair as part of their two-week summer "camp," the fourth time that the Montclair club has brought summer campers to Sussex County. "These are all children we’re trying to get interested in the 4-H program," said Marisa Blodnik, a Rutgers Cooperative Extension agent whose primary duty is overseeing the 4-H club. "We did have what’s called an ‘urban’ program, but, with Rutgers involved, we thought why not do an ag-based one," she said.
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