This is the second year for the SC 4-H Small Garden Project. SC 4-H Is pleased to announce the SC Master Gardener Program as the sponsor for this project.
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 produced 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 expected 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. Junior winners will receive the Junior Master Gardener: Health and Nutrition from the Garden book. State winners will receive an EarthMinded Rain Station 45 gallon rain barrel.
SC 4-H wishes everyone the best of luck during this years 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:
The new SC 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project is a spin-off of the old SC 4-H FACE Project (Food And Cover Establishment for Wildlife) that had been around for nearly 35 years. This year, SC 4-H welcomes project sponsor QDMA: Quality Deer Management Association on board. QDMA will be providing the project seed and awards. Together, we plan to make this new food plot project, targeted towards fall wildlife species, an even bigger success than its predecessor.
The purpose of the 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project is to educate the youth of South Carolina on the proper techniques of food plot establishment to the benefit of game animals and other wildlife species. The program also teaches many of the life skills that are the core of 4-H, such as responsibility, leadership, record keeping, creativity, and becoming stewards of the land.
In addition to preparing, planting, maintaining, and observing a wildlife food plot, participants will be required to upkeep and return a project record book. There are 3 record books based on age divisions: Cloverbuds (ages 5-8), Juniors (ages 9-13), and Seniors (ages 14-19). Each book is broken down into sections based on project timing and topic: preparing, planting, maintaining, and observing. Youth will also be required to keep up with financial incomes and expenditures, write a short project story, record precipitation records, sketch a map of the plot, collect plot samples such as feathers and/or pictures of tracks, and document the project in photos.
While this project provides the opportunity for youth to hunt over the food plot, it is certainly not a requirement. We realize that the goal of some youth is to harvest an animal, while the goal of others is simply to enjoy the wildlife in their natural surroundings.
Youth should expect at least one site visit from their Extension Agent or someone on their behalf. Visits will be scheduled by your Agent.The score sheet from this visit and the record book will both be used in judging the food plot. The top Junior and Senior from each county will move on to the regional level. The top Junior and Senior in each region will be awarded and then will move on to the state level. The top Junior and Senior at the state level will be declared winners. Awards will be sponsored by QDMA.
SC 4-H and QDMA wish everyone the best of luck with their food plot. Should you have any questions throughout the season please do not hesitate to contact your local Extension Agent.
( Forms and documents for this project are provided below.)
Project Registration Form
Project Check List
Food Plot Seed Mix Planting Guide
Cloverbud Record Book (ages 5-8)
Junior Record Book (ages 9-13)
Senior Record Book (ages 14-19)
QDMA Rack Pack Registration (will be distributed with seed)
Instructions for Using the Food Plot Score Sheet
Project Score Sheet
Friday, August 15 Deadline to register for the contest
Wednesday, October 1 Deadline to plant food plot
November-December Site visit from judge, date determined by local Extension Agent
Friday, January 9 Record books due to local County Extension Office
County winners Announced by the end of January
Regional winners Announced by mid-February
State winners Announced by the end of February
Please utilize help from Forestry and Natural Resource Agents if need be.
Mail completed registration form to: York County Extension Office, 120 North Congress St., York, SC 29745 or firstname.lastname@example.org