A Day in the Life of a FoodCorps New Jersey Leader

Thalya Reyes was on hand to help at the Kids: Cooking, Learning, and Eating event sponsored by the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health.

Thalya Reyes was on hand to help at the “Kids: Cooking, Learning, and Eating” event sponsored by the New Jersey Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health at Rutgers.

FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. Through their partnership with AmeriCorps, FoodCorps recruits, trains and places emerging leaders into limited-resource schools for a year of service implementing a three-ingredient recipe for change. FoodCorps service members conduct nutrition education that gives kids the information they need to make smart choices; they engage kids in hands-on activities like gardening and cooking; and they assure access to lunch trays filled with nutritious meals from local farms.

FoodCorps New Jersey is co-hosted by the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the New Jersey Farm-to-School Network. FoodCorps service members work in various sites throughout New Jersey. Thalya Reyes is a FoodCorps New Jersey leader in New Brunswick and works with the Greater Brunswick Charter School and the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market. Thalya provided a peek into FoodCorps’ mission by posting “A Day in the Life…” on the FoodCorps New Brunswick blog site. Read about Thalya’s work.


Rutgers Moth-ers Launch Effort to Make NJ First to Name a State Moth

The Io moth is being proposed as the state moth for New Jersey.

The Io moth is being proposed as the state moth of New Jersey.

It’s amazing what some Rutgers people can do during their spare time. What started as a series of local public moth nights that Liti Haramaty, marine sciences researcher at the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, and David Moskowitz, Ph.D. candidate in Entomology, began in East Brunswick in 2005, has developed into the National Moth Week event, with participants in every state of the U.S. and in over 30 countries. Not only did they launch a global citizen science project, they could also be considered global trendsetters: mothing is the new birding.

And they’re at it again. Starting back on their own turf in New Jersey, they are advocating what could grow into a nationwide phenomenon: naming a state moth. Working with New Jersey Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D-18), Haramaty and Moskowitz, representing the Friends of the East Brunswick (NJ) Environmental Commission, have launched an effort to name the Io moth (Automeris io) as the official New Jersey State Moth. If approved, it would make New Jersey the first state in the U.S. to name a state moth. Read more at National Moth Week.

State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium Drew Participants from Nine Counties

Rabbit hopping in action.

Rabbit hopping in action.

Nearly 100 4-H members and volunteers representing nine counties (Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem, and Warren) attended the State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium on Feb. 28 in Clayton, New Jersey.

“The State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium is an annual event, now in its second year, that offers  4-H’ers an opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in topics related to poultry, reptiles, small animals, cavy and rabbits,” said Jeannette Rea Keywood, New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program – Small Animal Project Advisory Council liaison. “In addition, the event provides a venue to compete at an advanced level and meet other 4-H members from around the state.” [Read more…]

Local Members Participate in 4-H Leadership Conference

Sixty-nine 4-H members representing 18 counties will be participating in the 4-H Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference scheduled for March 21, at Rutgers University in Middlesex County… The Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference will to provide an opportunity for middle school age youth to learn about and develop leadership knowledge and skills through large and small group interactive workshops, hands-on activities and guest speakers. In addition, conference participants will meet 4-H’ers from across New Jersey; make new friends and gain valuable life skills including understanding self, communicating, getting along with others, decision making, and working with groups… The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station – Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13 (one year out of high school).

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Middlesex County EARTH Center Offers “Discover Power Gardening” Seminar

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is marking the start of gardening season with a new workshop, Discover Power Gardening… This seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick… The concept of Power Gardening combines elements of gardening and landscaping to create one rewarding pursuit. It is designed to help participants keep fit in addition to keeping their garden in order… Middlesex County’s Extension Office is part of a nationwide network that brings the research of the state land-grant universities to local people. Rutgers Cooperative Extension offices throughout New Jersey are cooperatively funded by; the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers University- New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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