What Is It?

My two girls were digging under the tree on the side of our house while I furiously attempted to remove tangles of creeping charlie from our yard. And I heard my older daughter shout, "MOM! You’ve GOT to see this!"…And then I did what any red-blooded American would do: I took a picture of it with my iPhone and posted it on Facebook with the caption "What is THIS?"…I also got a bit of useful advice which was to call the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County, a research-based educational program based in Lawrenceville. The "Extension" helps residents make informed decisions regarding quality of life, community and environment.

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From Tour of Duty to Reaping the Bounty: Green Job Skills and Entrepreneurship the Focus of RCE Program for Veterans

Members and instructors of the Rutgers VETS program.

Members and instructors of the Rutgers V.E.T.S. program.

Unemployed U.S. veterans are often an underserved, vulnerable population that can benefit from job training. Through a partnership coordinated by Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Essex County, unemployed New Jersey veterans have been trained through a green job skills program focused on sustainable landscaping and stormwater management. At the East Orange Veterans Affairs Hospital, veterans were able to learn green job skills as they served as an important workforce for preventing stormwater damage and beautifying hospital grounds. The success of this effort provided a fertile ground for growing a broader program, the Rutgers Veterans Environmental Technology and Solutions Program (Rutgers V.E.T.S.) that encompasses developing these skills within an entrepreneurial framework. [Read more...]

Children from HomeFront’s Camp Mercer get taste of 18th-century gardening

Children from HomeFront’s Camp Mercer got a taste of the 18th century yesterday as they explored the kitchen gardens at the William Trent House in Trenton. Throughout the day, volunteers from the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County taught the children how to grow and use herbs, how to pickle cucumbers and how to harvest many different vegetables…The event was the third of three garden programs this summer, and the main goal was for the kids to have fun and to learn about what it was like to live in the 18th century.

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Alumni Story: Andrea Cochran’s Journey from Art to ‘Artist of the Land’

Andrea Cochran

Andrea Cochran

Editor’s Note: In this series of alumni accounts prepared by the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement, a thread that binds them is the recurring reference to the enormous transformational impact our students have experienced during their days at Rutgers. This is one of those stories.

It is June 2014. The year is just half over, and Andrea Cochran (CC ’76) already has received two very important honors for her work as a landscape architect: a 2014 National Design Award, conferred by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and a 2014 Design Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects. [Read more...]

2014 Rutgers Snyder Farm Open House and Great Tomato Tasting

DSC06581The ever-popular annual Great Tomato Tasting at Snyder Farm continues to grow and expand, and this year there will be more to experience than ever. Hosted by Rutgers Snyder Research Farm  in Pittstown, the event will take place on Wednesday, August 27 from 3 to 7:30 p.m.

In addition to the 80 varieties of tomatoes to taste, activities will include a chef’s cooking demonstration and tasting, guided educational wagon tours of the farm’s research plots, tastings of various fruits and herbs, access to the farm’s gardens with opportunities to ask questions and get answers, insect displays, information booths on various foods grown in the Garden State, and much more. [Read more...]