Cumberland County 4-H is “Gathering STEAM”

Cumberland County is home to one of the largest 4-H programs in the state with an impressive history of outreach to area schools, an active animal science program and life skills and leadership programs offered at every age level… For many young people, 4-H is their first connection to Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey… "Gathering STEAM" is a suite of new 4-H faculty programs being offered to schools and community centers in 2015. Fee based workshops and summer enrichment programs will also be conducted at the 4-H Center, 291 Morton Avenue in Millville. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

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Climate change driving fish north, Rutgers research shows

What fishermen have seen for years has now been confirmed- and mapped – by a group of Rutgers researchers, that warmer ocean waters have caused fish to seek their ideal temperatures farther north… Last week, the Rutgers team released data and charts to the public showing more than 60 species and how they migrated over the last 40 years. The average drift northward is 0.7 of a degree latitude, and 15 meters deeper in the water, Pinsky’s work found. "We’re seeing a trend of many species shifting northward and shifting deeper," said Malin Pinsky, a marine biologist leading the Rutgers team. "It is a sea change – and it affects fisheries quite a bit."

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Rutgers Master Gardeners complete two-year project at Old Broad Street Cemetery

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County completed a two-year project planting 500 Ice Folly daffodils throughout the Old Broad Street Cemetery in Bridgeton. What a glorious display awaits us this spring. In addition, five trees, four shrubs and 30 daylilies were planted. Master Gardener Jane Hankins heads the Broad Street Cemetery Project, and she is presently preparing the paperwork for a grant to plant colorful shrubs throughout this historic cemetery.

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10 facts you may not know about N.J. cranberries

Last week we looked at the cranberry. New Jersey is the third largest producer of this Thanksgiving favorite in the United States..A "Scarlet Knight" variety of cranberry, released in 2012 by Nicholi Vorsa, director of Rutgers’ Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research in Chatsworth, is named after the Rutgers teams and its table-ready, dark "night" color. Unlike most cranberries, this variety is intended for the fresh fruit market and table displays, so it’s larger, has a more pleasing hue, a longer shelf-life and a more uniform shape.

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The case for the cranberry, New Jersey’s native Thanksgiving fruit

Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pies, pumpkin picking. Given the preeminence of the orange squash and the number of products using its name, it’d be easy to think there’s no other fall flavor. Yet what about the pride of the Pine Barrens – that tart, ruby bauble known as the cranberry?…Enter Nicholi Vorsa, a scientist who’s worked with New Jersey’s cranberry crop since 1985. Director of Rutgers University’s Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research in Chatsworth, at the heart of cranberry country, he’s working on a way to make cranberries less tart, potentially allowing for the addition of less sugar.

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