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.


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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