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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Rutgers Helps Friends School Students Get a Taste of Gardening

Students were skeptical at Friends School Mullica Hill, an independent PreK to 8th grade school in Harrison Township, when Luanne Hughes passed around tiny cups of a green frothy brew at her lunchtime demonstration. Hughes, a registered dietician and professor at Rutgers University Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County, was visiting as part of a partnership to help the school develop its on-campus gardening project… Using fresh spinach the students at Friends School grew and collected in their own raised bed garden, Hughes blended together a shake that also included bananas, orange juice and fresh kiwi. Watching the ingredients whipped together into a bright green shake elicited a few groans of disapproval from some of the middle schoolers. The kids were encouraged to "be brave" and "try something new" by Hughes as she passed around the sample cups… "Having our garden supported by Luanne and Rutgers University has been invaluable," said Reaves. "They are helping us to teach kids the importance of fresh farm produce."

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$3,000 for Lunch? Little Splurges Add up if You’re Not Careful

Dining out a few times per week might not seem like a big deal … until you do the math. On average, Americans spend about $20 per week getting lunch in restaurants, or $1,043 a year, according to a survey out last week of 2,033 people by Visa taken in July and August. What’s more, when you add in the costs of takeout and brown-bag meals, respondents spent $53 a week, for a grand total of $2,746 a year… Packing your lunch, like sandwiches, is an easy way to cut your spending, said Barbara O’Neill, a professor at Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. She said you can also stock up on convenience foods, such as Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice frozen meals when they are on sale… However, even the budget experts agree that sometimes a nuked frozen meatloaf just won’t do. When you reach a milestone in your life, meeting your financial goals or other achievements, O’Neill said by all means, go out and treat yourself.

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Somerset County Teens to Attend National 4-H Congress

Somerset County 4-H member James Meier has been selected to attend National 4-H Congress scheduled for Nov. 27-Dec. 1 in Atlanta… James will be part of the New Jersey delegation of 17 teen 4-H members from nine counties (Atlantic, Cumberland, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic and Somerset)… National 4-H Congress is the premiere national educational and recognition event for the 4-H youth development program. For over 90 years, youth from the United States and its territories have participated in this youth leadership development conference… The theme for 2015 event is "Excite, Spark, Ignite." The conference will focus on the Cooperative Extension System’s belief that young people can be significant partners in addressing the issues that face our nation, especially those affecting youth. The educational programs were developed for National Congress by a design team of youth and adults from around the country… The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

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Flemington Resident a Member of New Jersey Team to Attend National 4-H Avian Bowl Contest

Two 4-H members will represent New Jersey at the National 4-H Avian Bowl Contest to be held at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference scheduled for Nov. 18-19, in Louisville, Kentucky. Approximately 250 individuals will be attending this national conference… The 4-H Avian Bowl is a double elimination contest for teams patterned after other knowledge bowls. Teams consist of 2-4 members per team. Avian Bowl is an educational project, in which 4-H contestants must have a comprehensive knowledge of subject matter for several species of poultry, food safety, physiology, nutrition, eggs and other related subjects. The National 4-H Avian Bowl is sponsored by the Poultry Science Association… "This the first time in the history of the National 4-H Avian Bowl competition that New Jersey has had a team participate. Avian Bowl offers 4-H’ers an excellent opportunity to work as a team to advance their knowledge in poultry related topics. We are proud of our team and look forward to participating in future years!" says Jeannette Rea-Keywood, State 4-H Agent and New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program – Small Animal Project Advisory Council liaison.

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