Middlesex County’s EARTH Center offers to help with garden & diet

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will hold free workshops on April 12 at the county’s EARTH Center in South Brunswick to help improve residents’ gardens and diets. The first workshop, "Herb Gardens for Your Yard or Patio," is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon and will discuss the basic of designing, planting and caring for an herb garden, as well as container gardening…The second event is from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and is entitled, "Eating Wish While On The Go: Quick, Health Meals and Snacks." Susan Stephenson-Martin, a certified dietician and nutritionist, will discuss strategies for families on the go looking to improve their weekly menus, according to the press release from Middlesex County.

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Entomologist Changlu Wang Helps Eradicate Bedbugs from New Brunswick Public Housing

Changlu Wang

Changlu Wang
Photo by Matt Rainey

Insect infestations around the home can easily get out of control when residents don’t have effective ways to tackle the problem. Rutgers Extension Specialist in Entomology Changlu Wang, with Rutgers Department of Entomology, has been on the forefront of developing innovative ways to detect bedbugs and applying non-toxic treatments. He’s working with the New Brunswick Housing and Redevelopment Authority to develop a bedbug management program, which is supported by a Rutgers grant, and is designed to help low-income New Brunswick residents living in public housing. Read the story on Rutgers Today.

Rutgers Gardens Offers Children Opportunities to Grow this Summer

Exploration Summer Campers harvest vegetables at Rutgers Gardens.

Exploration Summer Campers from 2013 harvest vegetables at Rutgers Gardens.

Rutgers Gardens offers spring and summer ventures for children to explore and discover the garden environment.

Family Garden Club involves monthly Saturday morning workshops that are a great opportunity for children to learn the skills to grow their own vegetables and to develop a connection with nature and an appreciation of healthy foods. Workshop dates are April 5, May 3, June 7, June 21, 9:30-11:30 am at the Rutgers Gardens.

Exploration Summer Camp at Rutgers Gardens is a week long day camp for children who are interested in learning about the natural world by exploring plants, wildlife and varied environments throughout Rutgers Gardens. Camp dates are July 7-July 11, 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

To find out what else is going on at the Gardens, visit the Rutgers Gardens website.

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program promotes green initiatives, sustainability

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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Make the World Better through Rutgers Environmental Steward Training

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Class of 2013

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...]