True to 4-H's "learn by doing" philosophy, youth will learn how to salt cure their own ham. The Ham Project begins in January and ends with a ham show and display at the Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Show and Sale in May.

The 2020 project will  begin on January 18, 2020 with ham distribution and salting to take place at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market, 3640 Dam Neck Rd., Virginia Beach, 23453.

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Registration Information: 2020 Ham Project Registration Packet FULL for 2020!


Grounded in the quintessential human desire to shape the conditions under which we live and work, 4-H Hand + Seed: Growing Urban Entrepreneurs aims to provide a viable alternative for social mobility by placing youth-led cooperatives at the forefront of entrepreneurial education.

True to 4-H’s historic model of “learning by doing,” the pilot program is designed as a hands-on experiential simulation. Youth will collectively produce herbs and flowers while democratically designing value-added product(s) for a corporate CSA (Community Supported Agriculture subscription). Examples may include cut flowers and herb-infused baked goods. Through this process, youth will nurture entrepreneurial mindsets while exercising the values of cooperative philosophy. 

The "Beginning of Life" 4-H project is designed to help youth obtain a better understanding of life and embryonic development. 4-H educational materials guide students through each step of the hatching process from preparing the eggs for incubation to building a brooder for the newly hatched chicks. These educational materials address Standards of Learning (SOL’s) for math, science, English, life science, and computer technology.  4-H will provide fertilized eggs, guide you through training, support you during the hatch, and then collect the chicks to be sent to a local farm. 

2020 Project

Enrollment Forms:  Each individual teacher participating in the project must fill out and sign a 4-H Volunteer Enrollment form.  In addition, each teacher must fill out a Learning Groups Log on the students in their class participating in the project.  This information is used for our insurance coverage and is required by the State 4-H Office and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  If all adult and group enrollment forms are not received by February 7, 2020, you will not be able to participate in the project.

Egg Order Form: Teachers must complete and return the egg order form by February 7, 2020. There is no charge for eggs this year. You may submit one order form per school also if you would like to do that.

Incubators: Unfortunately, we do not have any incubators that we can lend out to use for the embryology project. However, if you need assistance with finding an incubator, the 4-H Office would be happy to assist you in doing so. 

Egg Delivery Date & Location:  The eggs will be available for pick up from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., March 3, 2020 at the Virginia Beach 4-H Office - Room 216, Agriculture Department, 2449 Princess Anne Road, Building 14, Virginia Beach, VA, 23456.  Teachers are asked to please bring egg cartons to transport their egg order. 

Safe & Humane Care of Eggs and Chicks:

1.  Teachers must be aware of the following:

      -   Test the incubators before receiving chick eggs.

      -   The importance of consistently monitoring the temperature and turning eggs even on weekends and holidays.

2.  Returning Chicks:  Unless prior arrangements are made with me, ALL CHICKS will need to be returned to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020. Failure to return chicks may result in denial of future project participation.  Teachers are reminded that health regulations prohibit students from taking the chicks home at any time.

3.  Teachers must plan in advance for students’ responsibilities in the project and they must properly train the students.


All forms may be mailed, emailed or faxed (385-5684) back to Shelbi Schultz, 4-H Administrative Assistant ( ).  If you need any assistance or have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the 4-H Office.

4-H enrichment projects offers "learning by doing" curricula that covers an array of topics from leadership development and citizenship to aerospace and computers. There is a resource of ready-to-use programming for youth in the following 4-H curriculum areas:

  • Animal Sciences
  • Citizenship
  • Communications & Expressive Arts
  • Natural Resources & Environmental Education
  • Family Sciences
  • Foods, Nutrition & Health
  • Careers & Economic Education
  • Leadership & Personal Development
  • Plants, Soils, & Entomology
  • Science & Technology