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flowers in a water lily pond
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Growing succulents in the Cornell Greenhouses
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4-H Plant & Environmental Sciences Program

Plant and Environmental Sciences Team (PEST)-Provides hands-on learning activities that build horticultural skills and promote stewardship of our natural resources and environment.

2017 4-H Youth Fair
Daily Plant Science 

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Fairy Garden Workshop @ 3:00pm

Learn what makes a fairy garden and what plants to use. We'll make some furniture for our fairies and get ideas for fairy garden themes. Then it will be time to start your own! Bring your own container or a small one will be provided.


The Garden of Healthy Eatin’- All Day

Sample snack foods that are plant based and learn what snacks can be grown in your own garden. Enjoy fruits, vegetables and dips which taste delicious and are full of vitamins and other healthful nutrients. Sponsored by the Greenstar Food Cooperative.

Horticulture Contest @3:00

Test your plant science knowledge!
1. Plant identification - 20 samples to be identified rangeing from the whole plant, leaves, bark, seeds, fruit, blossom, or other parts useful for identification.
2. Pant judging - 3 stations of 4 sets of a vegetable, fruit, flower, or plant that are to be judged from best to worst specimens.
3. Questions - A series of multiple choice questions about various topics in horticulture.This year we will hold a mini workshop part-way through the contest.
Participants are encouraged to sign up before the contest.


The Garden of Healthy Eatin’- All Day

Patio Bonsai Workshop @10:00am

Learn how to prune and train miniature home landscape trees.
Advanced sign up in the Plant Science Tent by Friday is requested.
Class size will be limited to 7 participants.
A small tree, soil media and a utility pot will be included in the $5 materials fee.

All About Cereal Grains @11:00am

Many of us consume small grains every day. But how much do you really know about the grains that make those products? What makes whole grain products more healthy and what's the deal with gluten? How are grains being used in New York food systems? What's unique about small grains and how does it impact your day to day life?
Culinary, nutritional, agricultural, and cultural topics will be covered from the perspective of crop improvement. Designed for youth 10 years old and up.


Athena Steinkraus
Rural Youth Services Assistant Coordinator
(607) 272-2292 ext. 155

Last updated September 11, 2023