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How to Get Started. It takes a Team! 4-H Agents ANR Agents FCS Agents VCE-MG Volunteers 4-H Volunteers Parents Youth. How to Get Started: What is a 4-H JMG Club?. Minimum of 2 adult leaders Minimum of 5 youth Obtain JMG sm materials JMG registration 4-H enrollment.

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how to get started
How to Get Started
  • It takes a Team!
    • 4-H Agents
    • ANR Agents
    • FCS Agents
    • VCE-MG Volunteers
    • 4-H Volunteers
    • Parents
    • Youth
how to get started what is a 4 h jmg club
How to Get Started:What is a 4-H JMG Club?
  • Minimum of2 adult leaders
  • Minimum of 5 youth
  • Obtain JMGsm materials
  • JMG registration
  • 4-H enrollment
how to get started recruitment
How to Get Started:Recruitment?
  • Create awareness
    • Community events
    • Media
    • VCE newsletters
    • School and community organizations
    • Mailings to green industry
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How to Get Started:Recruitment?
  • New groups
    • Schools, home schoolers
    • Community centers, community gardens
  • Existing groups
    • Other youth organizations
    • Existing 4-H Clubs
    • Existing JMGsmgroups
how to get started enrollment
How to Get Started:Enrollment
  • Complete JMG Registration Agreement form
  • Complete 4-H group enrollment form
  • Complete 4-H leader enrollment
  • Obtain VCE-MG project approval
  • Submit all forms to Unit Agent
    • agent sends copy of forms to Joe Hunnings at the state 4-H office
how to get started why enroll in 4 h
How to Get Started:Why Enroll in 4-H?
  • Support from VCE 4-H and MG vols
  • VCE horticulture support materials
  • Liability protection for 4-H youth and adult volunteers
how to get started resource materials
How to Get Started:Resource Materials
  • Teacher/Leader Guide & Youth Handbooks
    • Available through the national JMG office
    • And the National 4-H Council Source Book
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How to Get Started:Resource Materials
  • Unit Office and VCE Intranet
    • 4-HEnrollment forms
    • JMG book order form
    • Trainee record keeping sheets
    • Chapter completion stickers
  • State 4-H Office
    • Certificates
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How to Get Started:Resource Materials
  • Existing VCE Materials
    • VCE-MG Handbook, Extension publications, existing VCE educational programs
  • Other Support Materials
    • Websites, books, existing 4-H curriculum
how to get started program costs
How to Get Started:Program Costs
  • Enrollment is FREE!
  • Handbook costs-
      • Level 1 Youth – approx. $20; Leader Guide $40
      • Youth handbooks are not required for each child
  • Activity supplies
      • Most activities use common household and garden materials
  • Any needed garden supplies
when to get started
When to get started?
  • Anytime
  • Indoor and outdoor


  • A garden is not a


  • No time requirement for completion
    • we recommend 6 months to 1 year
additional benefits of jmg sm affiliation
Additional Benefits of JMGsm Affiliation
  • Your group will receive a cool registration certificate
  • Your own JMGsm web page
  • JMGsm Updates on upcoming JMGsm news

and events

  • Use of JMGsmService mark
activities for 4 h junior master gardeners
Activities for 4-H Junior Master Gardeners:
  • Serve as junior 4-H JMG leaders
  • Serve as a local spokesperson for JMG
  • Participate in additional volunteer opportunities
  • Participate in advanced


hey how about another break
Hey, how about another break?

OK, let's do another activity!

instructional design chapter planning
Instructional design - Chapter planning
  • Work towards goals
  • Avoid random acts of education
planning your club s activities
Planning Your Club’sActivities
  • Identify outcomes for the goals of
      • environmental stewardship
      • horticultural knowledge
      • life skill development
  • Identify an educational community service project
  • Identify activities to support educational community service project and outcomes
examples of outcomes
Examples of Outcomes
  • Determine environmental stewardship outcomes
  • Awareness: community environmental assets
  • Attitudes: create community pride
  • Behavior: increase use of recycling
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Examples of Outcomes
  • Determine horticulture knowledge outcomessuch as:
    • Importance and use of Plants
    • Balance and interactions in nature
    • Understand the value of
    • healthy eating habits
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Examples of Outcomes
  • Determine Life Skills Outcomes:
    • Problem solving
    • Caring for others
    • Working in a team
    • Preventing disease
identify your educational community service project
Identify Your Educational Community Service Project
  • Select a project that
    • Meets your goals
    • Meets identified community needs based on VCE unit or school priorities
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Identify Your Educational Community Service Project
  • Select a project that:
    • Provides youth an understanding of their community and a connection to it
    • Provides motivation for completion and certification
select activities that
Select Activities that:
  • Provide opportunities to reach life skill outcomes.
  • Develop environmentally sound, awareness, attitudes and behaviors
  • Teach horticultural knowledge and skills
  • Advance towards JMG certification
conducting activities
Conducting Activities
  • Plan
      • Involve youth & parents
      • Involve the community
  • Practice first
      • Make sure it works!!
  • Prepare
      • Collect resources
      • Ensure that the activities fit the child’s ability and financial resources.
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Conducting Activities
  • Ensure safety
  • Involve the youth in the entire process
  • Help with set up
  • Help with clean up
  • Provide time to record
  • the day’s accomplishments
  • …pictures, writing, stories, charts
  • Keep your VCE records, too
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Conducting Activities
  • Celebrate the small steps
  • Highlight the FUN
  • Encourage through the hard parts
  • Be free with compliments
  • Laugh
4 h junior master gardeners
4-H Junior Master Gardeners

Let’s look at the books!

the jmg sm teacher leader s guide
The JMGsmTeacher/Leader’s Guide
  • Complements youth handbook
  • Guide contains:
    • 392 page guide (black&white)
    • Introduction and management guide
    • Chapter group activities
    • Community Service/
    • Leadership projects
teacher leader guide
Teacher/Leader Guide
  • Helpful appendices
    • “Working with young people” pp.228-229
    • “Teaching techniques” pp.230-231
    • Stages of Growth/Development pp.232-236
    • Work sheets, fun pages, songs, and additional resource materials
youth handbook
Youth Handbook
  • Eight exciting chapters
  • Many enjoyable activities
  • Suggested Leadership/ Community Service Projects
  • 186 pages of full color
jmg junior master gardener curriculum
Chapter 1: Plant Growth and Development

Chapter 2: Soils and Water

Chapter 3: Ecology & Environmental Horticulture

Chapter 4: Insects and Diseases

Chapter 5: Landscape Horticulture

Chapter 6: Fruits and Nuts

Chapter 7: Vegetables and Herbs

Chapter 8: Life Skills and Career Exploration

JMG Junior Master Gardener Curriculum
things you can do in the program
Make plantable greeting cards...

Discover insect habitats...

Use candy to learn about soil aggregates...

Find out how trees help save money...

Create your own weed mats...

Conduct a veggie taste test…

and more!

Things You Can Do in the Program ...
thanks for your attention

Thanks for your attention!

“It is marvelous to plant a bed and watch it grow. The kids do it themselves, watering, staking, weeding; they do it all!

I can’t begin to express the added joy and learning that has gone on in my classroom because of this program. You will see not only a garden grow, but your students grow as well.”

Jennifer Stein, 5th grade teacher

St. Joseph Eagles JMG Group