Going Green, Up On the Roof

This article is written by Barbara and Wolf Skacel, Rutgers Master Gardeners of Burlington County since 2014 and active volunteers and gardeners in their community… What is a green roof? It’s not a roof covered with moss, although it could be, if that is what you planned. A green roof is essentially a roof where plants are being grown… Technically, it is the creation of a naturally functioning meadow of plants grown on a rooftop. Did you know Moorestown has a green roof? It is one of the best-kept secrets in town, and was created by Sustainable Moorestown’s Green Team under a Water Resources Grant from Rutgers University (more info from Rutgers Fact Sheet FS1197)… A green roof will reduce the stormwater runoff. The soil on a green roof acts like a sponge and absorbs excess rainwater, slowly releasing it over days rather than letting it immediately discharge to the street below.

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Tree-Killing Emerald Ash Borer Found in Six New Jersey Counties

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer

New Jersey Department of Agriculture officials reported the emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, is active in 14 towns in six counties.

A trapping program in 82 towns over the summer and reporting from homeowners has resulted in the discovery to date of the beetle in Hillsdale, Bergen County; Edgewater Park and Westampton, Burlington County;  Ewing, Hamilton Township, Hopewell, Princeton, West Windsor., Mercer County; Monroe and South Brunswick, Middlesex County; Bridgewater, Franklin Township and Hillsborough, Somerset County; and Allentown, Monmouth County.

“Just as emerald ash borer has swiftly spread through other states in the nation, it has now moved to New Jersey and we must prepare for the impact of this highly destructive invasive pest, which could lead to the death of ash trees,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher.  “We ask that towns and counties act now to put plans in place to respond to the beetle.” [Read more…]

NJ 4-H Members to Attend 2015 4-H Leadership Program

New Jersey delegates who attended the 2014 Leadership Washington Focus held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

New Jersey delegates who attended the 2014 Leadership Washington Focus held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Sixteen 4-H members have been selected to represent New Jersey at the second annual 4-H Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) Conference. This leadership conference will be held July 12-17 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) is a 4-H leadership development program for 4-H members entering grades 7-9. Youth from across the nation will be participating in this 5-day event. The program will provide an opportunity for youth to listen to motivational speakers and participate in workshops that will develop communication skills, increase leadership capacity and build lifetime skills. [Read more…]

NJ 4-H Members to Attend National 4-H Citizenship Conference

New Jersey 4-H representatives for the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference

New Jersey 4-H representatives at the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference

Thirty 4-H members have been selected to represent New Jersey at the 2015 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Conference. This conference, now in its 56th year, will be held July 5-11 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Citizenship Washington Focus is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth. Delegations from across the country attend this six-day program at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, located just outside Washington, D.C. The program is aimed at enriching young people’s lives by broadening their appreciation and respect for themselves and others in the world. Participants attend workshops, committee meetings, field trips and social events, giving them hands-on opportunities to learn and grow. They learn and practice skills that will make them better citizens and more successful individuals. [Read more…]

Former Rutgers Police Horse Wins “Horse Personality of the Year” Award

Lord Nelson  Courtesy of Lord Nelson blog

Lord Nelson. Photo courtesy of Lord Nelson blog.

Lord Nelson, a former Rutgers University Police Horse, won the inaugural “Horse Personality of the Year” award at the Annual Breeders Awards luncheon, hosted by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture on  January 25.

The 42-year old American Quarter horse was purchased in 1978 by the Rutgers Equine Science Center (ESC). Until his retirement in 2000, Lord Nelson served the university’s Department of Public Safety as a mounted patrol horse as well as help carry the Scarlet Knight mascot across the field at Rutgers football games.

Following his retirement, Lord Nelson became the centerpiece of an interactive youth component called “Equine Science 4 Kids” on the ESC’s website. The site features youth-friendly information on the horse industry and focuses on topics like nutrition, physiology and the environment. Lord Nelson’s inaugural “Horse Personality of the Year” award recognized his commitment to educating young horse enthusiasts. [Read more…]