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South Carolina 4-H Small Garden Project

Welcome to the South Carolina 4-H Small Garden Project!

The purpose of the Small Garden Project is to educate the youth of South Carolina on where and how their food is grown using hands-on, in-the-garden experiences.

Look for registration for the 2018 project in Feb/March 2018.  The registration deadline will be April 6, 2018.  

2017 Small Garden Project

May 2017 Newsletter (PDF 1.1MB)

July 2017 Newsletter (PDF 1.4MB)

September 2017 Newsletter (PDF 0.9MB)

Individual Project Winners

Upstate Region, Junior Winner - Maria Duckett (Anderson County) and Samuel Mock (Anderson County)

Midlands Region, Junior Winner - Charise Grabbe (Lancaster County) --> STATE Jr. Individual WINNER!!! 

Midlands Region, Senior Winner - Tabitha Swygert (Lexington County)

Pee Dee Region, Junior Winner - Chloe English (Marlboro County)

Pee Dee Region, Senior Winner - Morgan McCaskill (Florence County) 

Savannah Valley, Senior Winner - William Roberts (Dorchester County) --> STATE Sr. Individual WINNER!!! 

Group Project Winners

Upstate Region, Winner - Tamassee DAR School (Oconee County)

Midlands Region, Winner - The Marino Brothers (Chester County)

Pee Dee Region,  Winner - Conway Waldorf Homeschool Co-op (Florence County) --> STATE Group WINNER!!!



  • Open to all South Carolina youth (ages 5-18 years of age)  - ALL ages are calculated as of January 1, 2017
  • We offer individual and group projects.  If you are a member of a group project, you may also register as an individual. 
  • For individual project participants, we offer 3 age divisions:
    • Cloverbud, 5-8 years of age
    • Junior, 9-13 years of age
    • Senior, 14-18 years of age
  • For group project participants, we offer 2 age divisions: 
    • Cloverbud, 5-8 years of age
    • Junior/Senior, 9-18 years of age
  • Youth that have finished first overall in the state in previous years are not eligible to compete for prizes in the same division. This is true for both individuals and groups.  (For example, if you participated as a junior in a group project that won the state level in the past, you would have to register as an individual to be eligible to compete or have aged up to compete in the senior-level division.) 


  • Registration deadline - Friday, April 7, 2017
  • Planting deadline - Wednesday, May 31, 2017
  • Garden site-judging deadline - Friday, July 21, 2017
  • Record books due - Monday, July 31, 2017
  • County winners will be announced no later than mid-August
  • Regional and State winners will be announced no later than the end of September

2017 Materials  

Have you ever wondered what the judges look for when reviewing your 4-H Small Garden Project record book?!  For the first time, we are making our scoring rubric (PDF 0.3MB) available to you!!!

Project forms and documents for Individuals:

Project forms and documents for Groups:

Helpful Links:


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 individual Junior and top Senior record books from each county will be sent to the regional level for judging.  From there, top individual Junior and top Senior will progress to the state level, where one Junior and one Senior will be chosen as state-level winners. The top group Junior/Senior record book from each county will advance to regional judging and one group Junior/Senior record book will be selected as the state winner.  Awards given to regional and state winners are sponsored by the SC Master Gardener Program.  

South Carolina 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 local County Extension Office.

2016 Small Garden Project - Results

Newsletters - Keep up-to-date on what is happening by reading the Small Garden Newsletter:   

Individual Project Winners

Upstate Region, Junior Winner - Nataleah Melton (Pickens County)

Midlands Region, Junior Winner - Katelyn McCarter (York County)

Pee Dee Region, Junior Winner - Houston Reid Edwards (Marlboro County)  --> STATE WINNER!!! 

Pee Dee Region, Senior Winner - Kyra Smith (Marlboro County) --> STATE WINNER!!!

Savannah Valley Region, Senior Winner - Sarah Matchley (Hampton County)

Group Project Winners

Upstate Region, Junior Winner - The Poole Group (Oconee County)

Midlands Region, Junior Winner - The Three Gardeners (York County) --> STATE WINNER!!!

Midlands Region, Senior Winner - The Stalford Family (York County) --> STATE WINNER!!!

Pee Dee Region, Junior Winner - AGE Plantation (Darlington County) 

For Agents overseeing this project in each county:

The project registration fee should be deposited into your county 4-H account. This money is used to cover project expenses such as printing record books and to provide any other resources you see fit (rain gauge, printed resources from HGIC, etc.).  Project seed will be supplied to you for the youth.

The completed registration forms should be used to register youth online prior to the registration deadline, April 7, 2017.  This is a slight change from the past.  We can send you a direct link to register online without paying, since all the project funds stay in your county. For registration questions, please contact Alana West at

Throughout the project, all project participants and respective agents will be sent newsletters and other project updates and resources. These resources can be found on this website as well.

Agents with participating youth are asked to schedule and facilitate the judging site visit. This should be done prior to July 21, 2017.

Upon completion of this project, agents with participating youth are responsible for getting the record books judged on the county level. Agents are responsible for submitting ALL project evaluations and winning junior and senior books from each county, as well as the score sheets, completed electronically, from the county level.  County winners will move on to the regional level where they will be judged by the SC 4-H Natural Resources Committee or judges on their behalf.  Winning junior and senior record books on the regional level will move on to the state level for judging. Please utilize Master Gardeners for help with judging if need be. South Carolina Master Gardeners will supply the awards on the regional and state-level winners. County Agents are responsible for awards on the county level.