Vegetables 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 Vegetables.

Vegetables 1
What you can do in this project: identify plant parts and their functions; wxplore germination and start a plant from a cutting; grow vegetables in containers; plan an outdoor garden; prepare a vegetable exhibit for show.
Grades: 3-5
Resources: 07162, Gardening: See Them Sprout
4H395, Organically Grown – Handbook
4H409, Nature’s Herbs
A3306, Exhibiting & Judging Vegetables

Vegetables 2
What you can do in this project: learn about plant needs and soil testing; start new plants and grow transplants; build a compost pile and use mulches.
Grades: 6-8
Resource: 07163, Gardening: Let’s Get Growing

Vegetables 3
What you can do in this project: grow plants in a cold frame; make a site analysis and landscape plan; compare organic and chemical fertilizers; research various insect control methods.
Grades: 9-12
Resource: 07164, Gardening: Take Your Pick

Vegetable 4
More information to come.
Resource: 07165, Gardening: Growing Profits

Vegetables Leader
Resources: 07166, Gardening – Helper’s Guide
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


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

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.

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

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 Vegetable activities.

  • PDF file A Balancing Act (8 pages, 64 KB) Youth role play vegetables and weeds competing for nutrients.
  • 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 Vegetables Project. Just follow these links! Gardening
Site loaded with information.

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

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.

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
The most complete source of urban horticulture information for Wisconsin on the Internet, including information on landscape, turf, flowers, fruits, vegetables and pests. Also includes links to many horticultural sites.

UW-Madison Steenbock Library Resource Guide: Vegetables
Guide to links for many vegetable-related sites.

Wisconsin 4-H Plants Identification Page
Close-up photos to help you identify many plants, including vegetables . . . from artichokes to watermelon.

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

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

Project Support

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

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

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