Edison Volunteer Receives Award for Excellence as a Master Gardner

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension is recognizing two Master Gardeners as recipients of this year’s Awards for Excellence at the 2014 Middlesex County Master Gardener Fall Conference. Master Gardener Linda Larson of Edison was recognized for her efforts in the Evergreen Garden of Memories and Susan Herzig of Old Bridge was recognized for her efforts in the Breast Cancer Awareness Garden. "The Masters Gardeners work hard to make Middlesex County a more green and beautiful place," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee.

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South Plainfield Senior Center Grows Garden for Healthy Eating

As a member of the Mayors Wellness Committee, I had had an idea to incorporate Mayor Anesh’s Wellness initiatives with healthy eating for our seniors. The idea quickly grew into action in the form of a vegetable and herb garden outside the Senior Center Building. The first item on the agenda was to contact the Master Gardeners of Rutgers Cooperative Program. The Master Gardeners Cooperative Program is a group of trained volunteers that I was able to meet and discuss the plan of a senior vegetable garden. After Rutgers performed soil testing the project was a go!

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4-H’s Explorations Week Summer Program

The Middlesex County 4-H’s Explorations Week day camp program is inviting boys and girls who have completed grades 3 through 6 to participate in a week of fun and learning. The Explorations Week (E-Week) program, hosted by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 14 to Friday, July 18. It is held at the 4-H Youth Center located at 645 Cranbury Rd. in East Brunswick. The program aims to encourage creativity, promote self-confidence, help kids make new friends and achieve a sense of accomplishment. The theme of this year’s E-Week will be The Land Before Time.

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STEM Workshops Available for Afterschool Programs

Registration is still open until June 13 for professional development workshops designed to help afterschool educators and staff bring the award-winning Design It! and Explore It! engineering and science programs for children ages 8-12…Design It! and Explore It! were created by Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development and the New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition (NJSACC), which have also partnered to introduce the two programs to educators throughout New Jersey.

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Grover Cleveland Middle School Students Investigate Climate Change

When students can apply what they learn in school to real-world situations, it helps drives a lesson home. For nine students from Grover Cleveland Middle School (GCMS), Caldwell, the 4-H Rutgers Global Climate & Environmental Change Teen Summit will do just that, exposing the students to a variety of climate change scenarios and situations, asking for their advice and suggestions…On Dec. 12, 2013, and March 27, 2014, students in grades 8-12 will work with Rutgers University scientists to learn about climate change science and to develop community service projects that apply their climate change knowledge in their local communities.

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