The Lost Art of Home Cooking Restored, Kid Style

The Cooking, Learning and Eating event was an opportunity for parents to get their kids cooking. Back row, L - R: Doug Duda; Former White House executive pastry chef and Rutgers Alum Bill Yosses; Diana Rice and Orti Polak. Front row, L - R: President of ChopChop Kids Sally Sampson and junior chefs Ella and Sher. Photo by Roy Groething

The Cooking, Learning and Eating event was an opportunity for parents to get their kids cooking. Back row, L – R: Doug Duda; Former White House executive pastry chef and Rutgers Alum Bill Yosses; Diana Rice and Orti Polak. Front row, L – R: President of ChopChop Kids Sally Sampson and junior chefs Ella and Sher. Photo by Roy Groething

IFNH and ChopChop Magazine Host Former White House Chef in Cooking Demo for Kids

Give a kid a fishstick and he will eat for a day. Teach a kid how to cook and he will go home and show his parents. It is no secret that wrapped in the intricate problem of the rise in childhood obesity and obesity-related diseases, is the profile of food eaten at home. The bygone era of a household with a stay at home parent that prepared meals from scratch, transformed into busy working caregivers who rely on processed convenience and/or fast food to fill hungry bellies. Unfortunately, food on the run often contains more empty calories than nourishment, and the consequences of poor nutrition are reflected in the increasing rates of chronic disease.

The New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH), ChopChop Magazine and former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses, now the Director of the ChopChop Cooking Lab, are out to change that dynamic. With this common goal, IFNH and ChopChop in 2014 became partners in working to create healthy lifestyles at an early age, and in December, sponsored their first joint venture, hosting Yosses, a Rutgers alumnus (GSNB’78), for a hands-on evening for children and families teaching children about food and cooking, with a blend of science and fun. “Kids: Cooking, Learning and Eating” was held in Trayes Hall at the Douglass Campus Center. [Read more…]

Cumberland 4-H introduces new science, tech programs

DEERFIELD Gathering Steam is a suite of new 4-H faculty programs being offered to schools and community centers this year. Fee-based workshops and summer enrichment programs also will be conducted at the Cumberland County 4-H Center. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math… Expressive arts programming also is offered by 4-H Expressive Arts Agent Ellen Williams, together with Tobiah Horton and Richard Alomar, assistant professors in the Rutgers University Department of Landscape Architecture… 4-H is the youth development program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

Read the entire article at www.thedailyjournal.com »

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.

Read the entire article at NJ.com »

Kendrin Dyitt and Amy Rowe Receive Rutgers Cooperative Extension Diversity Awards for 2014

RCE Director Larry Katz (l) awards Kendrin Dyitt

RCE Director Larry Katz (l) awards Kendrin Dyitt

Each year, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), honors faculty and staff for their outstanding work and outreach through their programs and support. The winners for 2014 received their awards at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Annual Conference at the Cook Campus Center in New Brunswick on October 20.

The purpose of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Awards for Diversity is to recognize outstanding efforts and accomplishments in achieving and sustaining diversity in Extension organizations, programs, and audiences. The two recipients for the Diversity Awards for 2014 are Kendrin Dyitt, Atlantic County 4-H urban program associate in the 4-H Youth Development Department and Amy Rowe, environmental and resource management agent, RCE Essex and Passaic Counties from the Agricultural and Resource Management Agents Department. [Read more…]

Faculty, Staff and Volunteers Receive Rutgers Cooperative Extension Excellence Awards for 2014

Staci Peterson accepted the Volunteer Excellence Awards on behalf of her and her husband Matt.

Staci Peterson accepted the Volunteer Excellence Awards on behalf of her and her husband Matt.

Each year, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), honors faculty and staff for their outstanding work and outreach through their programs and support. The winners for 2014 received their awards at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Annual Conference at the Cook Campus Center in New Brunswick on October 20.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Excellence Awards are to recognize faculty, staff and volunteers who demonstrate outstanding performance and creativity, and how their contribution to Extension has resulted in a positive change or has made a significant impact and enhanced RCE at a local county, state and/or national level. The Award for Volunteer Excellence was awarded to Sherrie and Matt Peterson, Hunterdon County 4-H volunteers; the Award of Excellence for Support Staff recipient is Anita Wagner, keyboarding clerk 3, RCE of Atlantic County and  the Award of Excellence for a Program Associate was awarded to Marycarmen Kunicki, 4-H senior program coordinator, RCE of Passaic County. [Read more…]