Rutgers Food Innovation Center
Haskin Shellfish Research Lab – Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Strawberry season is short and sweet in South Jersey. But this year could be one of the sweetest… “We wanted to develop a better-tasting strawberry, so we concentrated on flavor above all else,” said Bill Hlubik, professor and agricultural agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, part of the team of scientists that spent the last 10 to 12 years developing the new variety of strawberry.
The buzz of a bee as it circles around you might make you want to swat it. But unless you’re willing to live without one-third of the foods you love, you should resist the urge to squish the insect… “Since 2009, two years after Colony Collapse Disorder was identified as a major cause of bee deaths, 400 hobbyist beekeepers have taken courses in Cape May County,” said Jenny Carleo, agricultural and resource management agent with the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station in Cape May Court House.
Patrick Leger stood in a processing room at Rutgers Food Innovation Center on Friday, watching as an assembly line of bottles were filled with pure strained tomatoes, First Field’s latest product… “They need a place to go,” said Lou Cooperhouse, the center’s director. “Our job is to find a pathway for them to go after they leave our facility.”
The best water comes from the ground. The worst comes off the ground. The difference in water quality is largely determined by how a town manages stormwater runoff, and impervious surfaces – which don’t allow water to pass to the soil – play a major part in that… “Once you get beyond 10 percent impervious surface, water quality deteriorates,” said Chris Obropta, 53, specialist in water resources with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. “Once you get beyond 25 percent, waterways become nonsupportive.”
Boaters and boating-related businesses in the region got another rare bit of good news on dredging this month. They’d better knock on wood, preferably that of a boat…In October, boating interests got an unqualified break when fisheries managers lifte…
Mike Monichetti said he power-washed the decks behind his Sea Isle City seafood restaurant three times after Winter Storm Jonas and still had clumps of mud sticking to the wood… “Mud is a sign it was a backbay flooding event,” said Michael Kennish, a research professor with the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. “If you’re living on the bayside, clay and mud are transported all over the streets and houses during these storms. If sand is left behind, it’s a sign the flooding came from the ocean,” Kennish said. Sand, which is silicon dioxide, or quartz, does not have adhesive properties. “You can wash it off,” he said. “It won’t stick.”
South Jersey farms that grow fruits and vegetables can also be marketed as tourism draws, bringing customers to farms and marketing directly to them, according to speakers at this week’s New Jersey Agricultural Convention and Trade Show… The purpose …
You’re not imagining things, South Jersey. The tides are getting higher, the flooding is getting worse and the frequency of both is increasing… “What appears to be routine flooding now is a combination of lunar events and the occurrence of storms,” said Michael Kennish, a research professor with the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. “Those are the primary drivers.”