Volunteers needed for Master Tree Steward program in Union County

One tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Trees also trap dust particles and other pollutants, and they help keep neighborhoods cool in the summer. These are just some of the many environmental benefits of planting and caring for trees in our community. For those interested in learning more about trees and teaching children, the Union County Master Tree Stewards program is seeking volunteers now…This program is one of the many adult volunteer opportunities offered by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County. Volunteers are essential to the successful implementation of the Master Tree Steward program.

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Somerset County 4-H members qualify for State 4-H Horse Show

Sixteen 4-H horse club members will represent Somerset County at the New Jersey State 4-H Championship Horse Show, Aug. 22-24, at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown. More than 200 4-H members from throughout New Jersey will gather to compete in the English, Western, Dressage, Driving, Very Small Equine, Challenged Rider and Game Divisions…"The competing 4-H’ers are the best of the best from each county; they have earned the right to participate through county-level qualifying shows." said Carol Ward, County 4-H Agent…The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station – Cooperative Extension.

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Seeing red: 7 ways to savor Jersey tomatoes

You’ve gobbled them straight from the vine (not recommended, but who can resist?), chopped them up for salads and salsa, slid them in your sandwiches, and stuffed, sauteed and skewered them. It’s tomato season here in New Jersey, and we’re always on the lookout for new ways to honor these homegrown treasures…Fans of big red (and pink and orange and yellow and purple and striped) queue up each year for the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension’s Great Tomato Tasting, which offers tastes of dozens of heirloom and heritage varieties, from the delicious to the … let’s just say, interesting.

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Children from HomeFront’s Camp Mercer get taste of 18th-century gardening

Children from HomeFront’s Camp Mercer got a taste of the 18th century yesterday as they explored the kitchen gardens at the William Trent House in Trenton. Throughout the day, volunteers from the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County taught the children how to grow and use herbs, how to pickle cucumbers and how to harvest many different vegetables…The event was the third of three garden programs this summer, and the main goal was for the kids to have fun and to learn about what it was like to live in the 18th century.

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We’re off to see . . . Bivalve

One look at the signs – what few there are – will tell you what Bivalve and Shellpile are all about. Bivalve Packing Co.; Reeves Bros Shellrock Oyster & Crab Co.; Surfside Foods; Hollinger’s Sail Loft Marina; Bateman’s Crabs…If people know Bivalve, it’s likely because of Rutgers University’s Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, or the A.J. Meerwald, an oyster-dredging schooner that is New Jersey’s official tall ship.

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