Hamilton residents tap their own rain barrels

They’re made of plastic and sealed with plumber’s tape and caulk, but they get the job done, and they promote conservation, township officials say. On Tuesday, the township hosted its fifth rain barrel workshop…The workshop, held in the Hamilton Township Library basement, was hosted by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Water Resources Program, which has been working with the township since 2010 to help conserve water and mitigate flooding

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FoodCorps NJ Member Joins First Lady Michelle Obama to Plant White House Garden

Alexis Sangalang (fourth from right) with fellow FoodCorps members.

Alexis Sangalang (in foreground, fourth from right) with fellow FoodCorps members at the White House.

FoodCorps New Jersey service member Alexis Sangalang joined First Lady Michelle Obama and five other FoodCorps leaders to plant the sixth season of the White House Kitchen Garden with DC students on April 2.

Sangalang serves with the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids in Camden, NJ. She works closely with Campbell’s Healthy Communities to serve six schools and community partners in Camden. [Read more...]

From Youths to Sleuths: 4-H Rutgerscience Saturday Introduces STEM Concepts Using Spy Technology

sciencesat_spy3On March 29, the Rutgers 4-H Youth Development Program sponsored a Rutgerscience Saturday event for 51 youths across New Jersey, from grades 5-9. Participants practiced listening like a spy using laser technology, embedding messages in images and learning how to use surveillance technology.

Rutgers University graduate student Swapnil Mhaske showed a group of “spies-in-training” how to eavesdrop using a laser beam. Mhaske, whose research interests are in the area of wireless communications and information theory, spent over a month preparing to teach the students about his field of information technology. [Read more...]

S.J. food stamp recipients learn to budget and plan

An anonymous fresh produce donation left at Colonial Manor Methodist Church is a blessing for the volunteer food pantry operating out of the church basement. …Their source is a mystery pantry founder Alice McKewen doesn’t mind leaving unsolved. It’s never been easy for federal food stamp recipients to stretch their allowance….In Gloucester County, 11,500 households receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, a 4.7 percent increase since January 2013, according to Ed Smith, the county’s Division of Social Services superintendent. More than 31,700 Camden County households benefit from SNAP. On average, a family of four in Camden County receives $632 a month, according to its Division of Social Services. That’s just under $160 for groceries every week."People don’t necessarily know how to shop smart, or how to get through until the end of the month on their SNAP dollars, " said Luann Hughes, an educator at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. "Budgeting and food planning help you stretch your dollars." Hughes’ programs target low-income families who may use food stamps. Her first lesson teaches SNAP students how to fill their pantries. Pick up pasta, canned vegetables, beans and soups from food pantries, and save food stamps for produce and meats, she advised.

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Brevoort Conover, retired Warren County 4-H Agent, dies at 83

Brevoort C. Conover, a former Warren County 4-H Agent and New Jersey State 4-H Youth Development department chair, died peacefully at his home in Bethlehem, Pa on April 13, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was 83. Conover proudly served as faculty of the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension for 30 years, attaining the rank of professor 1. He served as the Warren County 4-H agent for 19 years before being elected state department chair in 1978.He served in that position for nine years, and then served an additional two years as the Extension 4-H Specialist. He was a life member of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, serving various offices, including national president in 1974. He retired in 1989 as a professor emeritus. He was a member of the Rutgers Retired Faculty Association and a member of the Henry Rutgers Society. In 2010, he was recognized for his years of distinguished service with induction into the National 4-H Hall of Fame at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md.

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