Restoring the Manalapan Brook Watershed: An Introduction

This video is the first in a series describing the restoration efforts within the Manalapan Brook watershed. The Manalapan Brook is part of the Raritan River Basin in central New Jersey. This introduction begins with a description of urban watershed problems throughout New Jersey such as polluted stormwater runoff, urbanization, and flooding. It provides examples of how local partners are trying to overcome these problems within Manalapan Brook watershed. Solutions such as naturalizing detention basins, shoreline restoration and floating wetland islands are presented.

Developed for New Jersey municipalities, residents and schools, the video was funded by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and project partners are Freehold Soil Conservation District, Monroe Township, Township of Manalapan, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, Princeton Hydro, Middlesex County Parks and Recreation and Middlesex County Office of Planning.

Sustainable Farming on the Urban Fringe: A Winter’s Tale of Two Fields

Two fields on opposite sides of one road.

Two fields on opposite sides of the same road.

Jack Rabin (CC ’78), NJAES director of farm programs, shares “Farm Calls” on the Sustainable Farming on the Urban Fringe blog. A picture is worth a thousand words in this post on cover crops.

This fall, a leading Jersey vegetable grower asked, “What’s with all the recent media hype about cover crops? I’m getting ads, USDA NRCS promotions and trade magazine articles about something we already know all about.”

He’s not alone in holding this opinion; ag agents have come to similar conclusions. “We know about cover crops. Farmers know about cover crops. Cover crops have been researched, demonstrated, and their costs and benefits established for over a century. There’s nothing innovative for growers and nothing new to teach.”

The thing is, many growers haven’t adopted cover crops. For example, take the fields I came across while driving down to a recent meeting. Who can resist checking out other farmers’ fields while traveling, whether it’s your neighbor down the road or fields far from home? On this detour, there were hundreds of acres seeded with a cover crop mix of cereal rye and oilseed radish (aka tillage radish). But, something caught my eye so I stopped to take a look. [Read more…]

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County Training/ Accreditation Courses

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County’s training/accreditation courses continue in February and the following three-hour courses are open to the public. This includes intensive topic training from experts in their field, handouts and light refreshments… All classes are held at Rutgers Cooperative Extension Education Center, 291 Morton Ave., Rosenhayn. For further information or to register for a session, call 856-451-2800, Ext. 4.

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Rutgers Home Gardeners School: 35 Ways to Grow Your Gardening Skills

Participants at the Rutgers Home Gardener School learn from an outdoor demonstration by Robert Belleck, owner, Lily Pad Ponds LLC, teaching a pond design & installation hands-on workshop. This year Belleck will teach a “pondless” water feature workshop.

Participants at the Rutgers Home Gardener School learn from an outdoor demonstration by Robert Belleck, owner of Lily Pad Ponds, LLC, teaching a pond design & installation hands-on workshop. This year Belleck will teach a “pondless” water feature workshop.

Home Gardeners School returns on March 21 with 26 expert instructors
and 35 workshop choices for plant lovers

Plant enthusiasts will have the opportunity to learn innovative gardening and landscaping techniques from 26 of the state’s top home horticulture experts at the 39th Annual Rutgers Home Gardeners School on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the Cook/Douglass campus at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, the program features 35 different interactive workshops covering a wide range of subjects from composting and irrigation to beekeeping and canning. [Read more…]

Stuart Country Day School in Princeton Hosts Gardening Symposium March 21

Stuart Country Day School in Princeton will be the home of an all-day garden symposium on March 21st. The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County will host "Bringing Life to the Garden," at the school, Mercer County officials announced this week. The Master Gardeners of Mercer County is a volunteer educational outreach program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, located at 930 Spruce Street in Lawrence.

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