Fruits is a statewide 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at Extension Publications. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Fruits.

Fruits 1
What you can do in this project: produce fruits from apples to berries; select the best fruit cultivar for your home garden.
Grades: 3-12
Resources: A1597, Growing Strawberries in Wisconsin
A1610, Growing Raspberries in Wisconsin
A1960, Growing Currants, Gooseberries, & Elderberries in Wisconsin

Fruits 2
What can I do in this project: produce fruits such as pears and grapes; learn about different varieties of cultivars.
Grades: 3-12
Resources: A1656, Growing Grapes in Wisconsin
A2072, Growing Pears in Wisconsin


Want to learn more about fruits? Try the links below.

Fruits Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including fruits. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

State 4-H Plant Science Day
Youth in grades 3-13 test their knowledge about plants while learning how to judge and identify a wide variety of plant specimens. You can also compete in photography and speaking contests.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

Activity Plans

Learning by doing . . . that’s been the 4-H way for 100 years! Dive into these fun activities.

  • PDF file From The Ground Up (2 pages, 48 KB) Youth observe how plants respond to gravity and sunlight.
  • PDF file Skin Deep (2 pages, 43 KB) Youth explore how to protect their skin while applying pesticides.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Fruits Project. Just follow these links!

Florida 4-H Horticultural Identification and Judging Study Manual
Tips on how to correctly identify and judge fruits and nuts.

Growing Stone Fruits in Minnesota Home Gardens
Stone fruits all have hard pits at their center and include peaches, plums, cherries, and apricots. Site provides information to grow your own stone fruits including planting and early care, pruning, fertilizing, pests and disease, and harvesting and storing.

Midwest Small Fruit Pest Management Handbook
This Ohio State University site provides information on how to plant, fertilize, harvest, and prune as well as manage insect, disease, and weed problems.

National Junior Horticultural Association
Promotes educational programs for youth through projects and activities that foster a better understanding of horticulture.

New Jersey Weed Gallery
Gallery of photos and descriptions of the most common weeds, including each weed’s common and Latin names.

Purdue University
Site on consumer horticulture from Purdue University.

Tree Fact Sheets
Site features 680 Tree Fact Sheets in Adobe PDF Format.

University of Illinois Horticulture Fact Sheets
Short publications written by faculty and staff of the University of Illinois Extension and University of Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

University of Wisconsin Urban Horticulture
This website is the most complete source of horticulture information for Wisconsin on the Internet.

UW-Madison Steenbock Library Resource Guide: Fruit Crops
Guide to links for several fruit-related sites. (Select “Fruit Crops” in left column.)

Wisconsin 4-H Plants Identification Page
Close-up photos to help you identify many plants, including fruits and nuts . . . from almonds and apples to tangerines and walnuts.

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.

Wisconsin Master Gardener Program
Have a question, looking for the perfect gardening book, or want to check out some gardening in cyberspace? This website has tons of links for more information in Wisconsin.

Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Fruits Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several resources on growing fruits.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension State Specialist: Chuck Prissel