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North Carolina 4-H Presentation Guidelines: Horticultural Production/Marketing


  • To teach youth how to properly grow and market vegetables, fruits, nuts, flowers, and ornamental plants.
  • To teach youth to recognize the value of having the proper soils for growing horticultural crops.
  • To afford youth the opportunity to market horticultural crops as a learning experience for future endeavors.


Individuals or teams may compete.

  • 9-10 – 4-H’er must be 9 years old prior to January 1 of the current year and not have reached their eleventh burthday before January 1 of the current year.
  • 11-13 – 4-H’er must be eleven years old prior to January 1 of the current year and not have reached their fourteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year.
  • 14-18 – 4-H’er must be fourteen years of age prior to January 1 of the current year, and not have reached their nineteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year.

Presentation Ideas:

  • Growing tomatoes in the garden
  • Producing healthy vegetable transplants
  • Marketing fruits and vegetables
  • How to run a pick-your-own operation


Videos from Agricultural Communications Library.


State award of $75 per team member/$150 for individuals is awarded only to those who use the funds toward expenses to compete in the National Junior Horticultural Association contest. To compete in the national contest at NJHA, a demonstration must be given as opposed to an illustrated talk. The individual must be 15 by December 31st of the year of participation. A 4-H member may receive sponsorship awards to no more than two NJHA conventions in his/her 4-H career. Note: Terrarium construction and disk garden presentations may only be given in the Horticultural Production program.

Please see this website for more information. Also, be sure to check the NJHA Demonstration Contest for specifics.

See NC 4-H Presentation Regulations
NC 4-H Presentation Scoresheet 9-13…in PDF
NC 4-H Presentation Scoresheet 14-18…in PDF

Suggestions/Helpful Hints:

Horticultural Production: Any practice that has to do with growing vegetables, fruits, nuts, flowers, ornamental plants and turf, as well as those practices concerned with maintaining, replenishing, or increasing the production capacity of the soil. Terrarium construction and dish garden presentations should be entered in this program.

Horticultural Marketing: Operations in preparing vegetables, edible tree nuts, fruits, flowers, and ornamental plants for market, offering for sale to a buyer, or for storage and in preparing for and exhibiting these horticultural crops.


District Winners: $50.00 scholarship to NC 4-H Congress for each winner in each division

State Winners: $25.00 award for 9-10, 11-13; 14-18 top winner in both Horticultural Marketing and Horticultural Production receive support toward expenses to NJHA Convention. See Rules and Regulations for category.


9-10, 11-13 :

Mr. Charles T. Wood, Regional Manager, Southern States Cooperative, Inc., Suite 109, 1306 Annapolis Drive, Raleigh, NC 29608


Mr. Joe Moore, Wyatt-Quarles Seed Company, P. O. Box 739, Garner, NC 27529

Specialist Contact:

Elizabeth A Driscoll
Horticultural Science
Extension Assoc
Phone: 919-513-7346
Fax: 919-515-2505

Go to the 4-H and Youth Horticulture page.