This is the third year for the SC 4-H Small Garden Project. SC 4-H Is pleased to announce that the SC Master Gardener Program will again sponsor this project and provide awards for Regional and State winners.
The purpose of the Small Garden Project is to educate the youth of South Carolina on where and how their food is grown, all with hands on, in the garden experiences.
In addition to preparing, planting, maintaining, and harvesting a minimum 100 square foot garden with at least 3 crops, youth will be required to upkeep and return a project record book. There are 2 record books based on ages: Cloverbuds (ages 5-8) and Juniors and Seniors (ages 9-19). Books are divided into sections based on project timing and topic: preparing, planting, maintaining, and harvesting. Youth will also be required to keep up with financial expenses and any income generated from the garden, write a short story, record precipitation amounts, sketch a map of the garden, and document the project in photos.
Youth should expect at least one site visit from the Extension Agent or someone on their behalf. This visit will be for judging purposes and the participant is encouraged to be present. Visits will be scheduled by the Agent. The score sheet from this site visit, in addition to the completed record book, will be used in judging these projects on the county level. The top Junior and top Senior record books from each county will be sent to the regional level for judging. From there, top Junior and top Senior will progress to the state level, where one Junior and one Senior will be chosen as winners. Awards given to regional and state winners will be sponsored by the SC Master Gardener Program.
SC 4-H wishes everyone the best of luck during this year's gardening season! Should you have any questions throughout this project please do not hesitate to contact your county Extension Office.
Forms and documents for this project:
For Agents overseeing this project in each county: