LEVEL A: SEE THEM SPROUT (GRADES 3 AND 4)
LEVEL B: LET'S GET GROWING (GRADES 5 AND 6)
For Levels A and B: Each year members are required to complete a minimum of three (3) activities, (1st year from the "a.” activities; 2nd year from the "b.” activities). Within a 2 year period, members should have completed a minimum of 6 activities. Record sheets are not to be removed from the project manual.
LEVEL C: TAKE YOUR PICK (GRADES 7, 8 AND 9)
LEVEL D: GROWING PROFITS (GRADES 10, 11 AND 12)
For Levels C and D: Each year, members are required to complete a minimum of three (3) activities, (1st year from the “a.” activities; 2nd year from the “b.” activities; 3rd year from the “c.” activities). Within a 3 year period, members should have completed a minimum of 9 activities. Record sheets are not to be removed from the project manual.
Completed record sheets and manuals are due into the Extension Office on or before June 29, 2020, 4:00 PM. No records, or late/incomplete record sheets/manual will result in an exhibit being considered for EXHIBITION ONLY—NO PLACING.
OPTIONS FOR FAIR EXHIBIT:
For County and State Fair exhibit, see 4-H 970-W "Suggested 4-H Garden Exhibits” for a description of vegetables and display information. Contact the Extension Office for a complete list of vegetables for State Fair exhibit, from the State Fair Premium Book.
Exhibitor may include a display of garden flowers, in one (1) container. Any small, clean container is acceptable. Flower displays should be varieties that stay nice several days. Bouquets may be changed during the Fair.
YOU MUST FURNISH YOUR OWN DISPOSABLE PLATES FOR DISPLAY.
I. PRODUCE EXHIBIT: Garden exhibits will now be in accordance with State Fair.
Each 4-H’er may enter:one (1) garden collection of three (3), four (4), or five (5) plates and not more than five (5) single vegetables, one (1) tray of potatoes and/or three (3) herbs.
Garden collection entries should be labeled with 4-H’ers name, township, common name of vegetable, Latin name of vegetable, and vegetable variety. The vegetables in all three (3) classes MUST be selected from the single vegetable list. A collection exhibit will be lowered one (1) ribbon grade if two (2) or more vegetables of the same type are included.
Garden collections will be judged as follows: All 3 plate collections together; all 4 plate collections together; all 5 plate collections together; regardless of the 4-H’ers grade in school.
Single vegetable entries should be labeled with 4-H’ers name, township, common name of vegetable, Latin name, and variety of vegetable.
Single vegetable entries will be judged as follows: all vegetable types will be judged against each other (i.cucumbers will be judged against other cucumbers) regardless of 4-H‘ers grade in school.
A) Members may exhibit up to 3 herbs (all edible types).
B) Herbs must be in a 8” maximum diameter pot, one (1) plant per pot.
C) Exhibits must be labeled with both a common name and Latin name.
D) Planters must have drainage and provide for water retention (i.e. have a saucer under the pot).
E) Members must choose from the following potential exhibits:
12) Sweet Marjoram
14) Coriander or Cilantro
Herbs – Each plant is judged as a separate exhibit, with all basil (etc) exhibits being judged against each other regardless of 4-H’ers grade in school.
POTATO EXHIBIT: Exhibit 24 to 36 potatoes in a tray 12 1/2" x 18" (outside diameter) in size. Bring your own container. Potatoes may be placed in the tray in any arrangement.
II. SPECIAL ACTIVITIES (Judged separately) (Anyone may complete these, but members in Levels C and D of the Garden project SHOULD exhibit one (1) of the following activities in addition to the Produce Exhibit.)
1. Exhibit four (4) plates containing two (2) cultivars of two (2) different kinds of vegetables in your garden. For example: display tomato Rutgers and tomato Roma on two (2) plates and spinach Melody and spinach America on two (2) plates. Label the cultivars you exhibit.
2. Identify and exhibit three (3) unusual vegetables (may or may not be discussed in your 4-H Garden Manual) you grew in your garden this year. If not listed in the vegetable display chart, check with the Extension Office. Example: spaghetti squash, head lettuce, cowpea, etc.
Refer to 4-H Poster Construction Rules on page 24 of your handbook for correct procedures on how to construct your 4-H Poster.
3. Make a poster of five commonly found diseases in vegetable gardens, the damage caused by each, and the control options for each.
4. Make a poster of five (5) commonly found vegetable garden insects: beneficial (good guys) and/or injurious (bad guys), benefits or damage caused by each, and the related management practices (how to keep the beneficial, and how to control the injurious insects).
5. Make a poster of a maximum of ten (10) pests (diseases, insects, weeds and/or rodents) you found in your garden this year, damage caused, control measures used, and results.
6. Make a poster explaining a computer garden program or mobile application.
7. Make a poster showing a picture story of what you did in your garden this year. Example: how you planned, planted, and maintained your garden.
8. Make a poster showing your financial record for your garden.
9. Make a poster of pictures showing your experiences in hydroponics.
10. Make a poster explaining various career options working with vegetables/herbs and gardening.
11. Make a poster explaining types of pollinators and their importance in vegetable and fruit production.
12. Make a poster that shows the different types of plant parts that are consumed by humans. Be sure to identify the fruit or vegetable and categorize it by root, stem, leaf, or flower.
13. Make a poster that shows different storage methods for vegetables.
14. Make a poster showing how to create a raised bed OR container vegetable garden.
15. Make a poster discussing how herbs listed on the last page of 4-H Garden Publication 4-H 970-W are used and have been used throughout history. Be sure to include both culinary and medicinal used as well as other unique uses, if any.