During the months of June and July this year, the 4-H Teen Russian/American International Leadership (T.R.A.I.L.) program conducted an exchange where New Jersey 4-H youth traveled to the city of St. Petersburg as well as the city of Petrozavodsk, located in the northwestern region of Karelia, Russia, for a two week home-stay with a fledgling 4-H group of teens. While in Russia, the New Jersey 4-Hers assisted in the painting of the grounds of the only orphanage in the region of Karelia and learned about the culture and history of the area. [Read more...]
For nearly 10 years, the Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program, which is offered by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, has motivated local residents to focus on preserving and appreciating the environment. The lesson will continue when, every Wednesday evening from Jan. 8 to May 14, classes will be presented at the EARTH Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick, for participants who are interested in learning more about the science behind environmental issues…Michele Bakacs, program coordinator, said that 60 hours of intense classroom time includes lectures from guest speakers addressing a wide range of topics such as water management, climate change, energy conservation, and restoration of urban areas.
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Rutgers alumnus and retired faculty member Brevoort Conover was a 4-H Youth Development agent during his long career with Rutgers. He was recognized with several distinguished service awards and was inducted into the 4-H National Hall of Fame in 2010. He shared his story with the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement as part of the school’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of its designation as New Jersey’s land grant institution. Tell us your alumni story by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing up on a small dairy and crops farm in rural Hunterdon County during the 1930s and ’40s, I did not see much of the world. Born in 1930 at the family home in Pittstown, our situation was typical of the times. The Great Depression was in full swing, and my Dad was out of work. My parents lived in half of my grandfather’s farm house, relying on wood cut from the forest for heat and vegetables from a large garden which they planted each spring. Milk from Grandpap’s cows each morning as well as eggs from his flock of Leghorn hens helped to keep us fed. By the way, my grandfather is the one for whom I was named.
Imagine being able to discuss climate change with the State Climatologist or learn about New Jersey’s geology from the people who map it. Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear how New Jersey’s environmental regulations get enforced from a person who actually does the enforcement? How about learning about the role of soils in the environment from the person who runs Rutgers’ Soil Testing lab? These are some of the opportunities that are available to enrollees in the 2014 Rutgers Environmental Steward Volunteer Training Program. Would you like to learn how local environmental decisions get made from the head of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions or how land preservation can be done most effectively from some of the leading players in land preservation in New Jersey? [Read more...]
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County offers the following food safety tips for holiday cooking: Thaw frozen turkeys in the refrigerator (3-4 days for a 15 lb. turkey)…
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