NJ 4-H Members to Attend National 4-H Citizenship Conference

New Jersey 4-H representatives for the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference

New Jersey 4-H representatives for the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference

Thirty 4-H members have been selected to represent New Jersey at the 2015 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Conference. This conference, now in its 56th year, will be held July 5-11 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Citizenship Washington Focus is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth. Delegations from across the country attend this six-day program at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, located just outside Washington, D.C. The program is aimed at enriching young people’s lives by broadening their appreciation and respect for themselves and others in the world. Participants attend workshops, committee meetings, field trips and social events, giving them hands-on opportunities to learn and grow. They learn and practice skills that will make them better citizens and more successful individuals. [Read more…]

2015 Sustainable Raritan Conference Opens NY/NJ Dialogue on Future of Bay

SEBS Professors Steve Handel and Bonnie McCay participated in the "Towards a Shared Agenda" panel at the Raritan Bay conference.

SEBS professors Steven Handel and Bonnie McCay participated in the “Towards a Shared Agenda” panel at the Raritan Bay conference.

“Two States: One Bay, a bi-state conversation about the future of Raritan Bay” was the 2015 annual conference sponsored by the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative, a program of the Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. The conference, held June 12 at the Douglass Student Center at Rutgers, initiated a dialogue among representatives from New Jersey and New York that focused on the future of the bay that is flanked by both states.

The initiative hosts the annual conference to support the goals of the Sustainable Raritan River Collaborative in restoring the Raritan River. The collaborative has over 130 members, including environmental organizations, Raritan-based counties and municipalities, foundations and charities, businesses, and key regional, state and federal agencies. The Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences is one of the academic partners of the collaborative. [Read more…]

Newly Launched Community Supported Fisheries Offer Biweekly Shares of Jersey Seafood

The Community Supported Fishery at the Rutgers Gardens Farm Market will be hosted by the Rutgers Animal Care meat sales program. From l-r: George Mathis; Gef Flimlin; Clint Burgher; Kelly Vuong, meat sales program; and Bruce Crawford, director of Rutgers Gardens.

The Community Supported Fishery at the Rutgers Gardens Farm Market will be hosted by the Rutgers Animal Care meat sales program. From l-r: George Mathis; Gef Flimlin; Clint Burgher; Kelly Vuong, meat sales program; and Bruce Crawford, director of Rutgers Gardens.

A growing number of New Jersey farms are offering community supported agriculture programs (CSAs) which allow customers to become a member or shareholder, providing them with a season’s worth of produce that they pay for in advance, and then pick up on a weekly or biweekly basis. A similar strategy to boost an allied industry, Jersey Seafood, has been in development in New Jersey since 2012. Through the efforts of the marine program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Ocean County, a community supported fishery (CSF) has operated for the past three years as part of Sea Salt CSA at B&B Farms in Galloway Township in Atlantic County. The pilot CSF in Atlantic County has spawned several new CSFs this year, with one in Ocean County at Beach View CSA, one at Heirloom Kitchens in Old Bridge (a culinary boutique), and one at the Rutgers Gardens Farm Market in New Brunswick. Plans are in the works for others. What distinguishes the New Jersey-model CSF from others around the U.S., is rather than have seafood pick-up at a particular boat or dock that would limit the number of species offered, Marine Extension Agent Gef Flimlin of RCE of Ocean County arranged to work with a variety of fishing docks and shellfish farmers to diversify the offerings. [Read more…]

Unearthing a Buried Treasure, Part II: Student’s Vision for Trail Renovation Enabled by Fellow Students

Eliot Nagele by one of two man-made ponds that are part of the trail.

Eliot Nagele (SEBS 2015) stands by one of two man-made ponds that are part of the trail.

The Arbor Trail is located behind the University Inn and Conference Center on the Douglass Campus. Rutgers purchased the property in 1965. The Inn is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the trail had its grand re-opening on Rutgers Day 2015 on April 25, as part of the Inn’s anniversary celebration.

In 1908, armed with a degree in mechanical engineering, young Sydney Bleecker Carpender began his business career with the Brunswick Refrigerating Company, a manufacturer of refrigerating and ice-making machinery. Carpender became the company’s vice-president and general manager in 1911, at age 27. That same year he had a manor built on his family’s property in New Brunswick for him and his wife, the former Louise Johnson, daughter of one of the founding brothers of Johnson & Johnson. A horticultural enthusiast, Carpender created a unique man-made landscape on the estate complete with rolling meadows, ponds and a wooded trail established with select landscape plantings and trees. [Read more…]

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.