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…]

Restoring the Manalapan Brook Watershed: An Introduction

This video is the first in a series describing the restoration efforts within the Manalapan Brook watershed. The Manalapan Brook is part of the Raritan River Basin in central New Jersey. This introduction begins with a description of urban watershed problems throughout New Jersey such as polluted stormwater runoff, urbanization, and flooding. It provides examples of how local partners are trying to overcome these problems within Manalapan Brook watershed. Solutions such as naturalizing detention basins, shoreline restoration and floating wetland islands are presented.

Developed for New Jersey municipalities, residents and schools, the video was funded by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and project partners are Freehold Soil Conservation District, Monroe Township, Township of Manalapan, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, Princeton Hydro, Middlesex County Parks and Recreation and Middlesex County Office of Planning.

Library activities celebrate horses

June is the Month of the Horse at the Monmouth County Library. Each year, the library holds special programs for all ages. This annual observance provides an opportunity to focus on New Jersey’s state animal and the recreational, economic, social and therapeutic benefits provided by the equine industry, according to a press release…A recent Rutgers University Equine Science Center study shows that there are 7,200 equine facilities on 176,000 acres and 42,500 equine animals in New Jersey. The horse was proclaimed the state animal by the Legislature in 1977. In May 1998, former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman proclaimed June as the Month of the Horse.

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Local 4-H members present at competition, advance to state

Seventeen local 4-H members received "excellent marks" at the 2014 4-H County Public Presentations. The presentations were hosted by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program of Monmouth County at the county’s agricultural building in Freehold Township in April…Thirty-two 4-H members representing more than 15 clubs participated in the county competition, giving oral presentations on a variety of subject areas from "The Effects of Deforestation" to "What You Should Know Before the Vet Arrives," according to a press release.

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Rutgers Master Gardeners to host plant sale in May

The 12th annual plant sale will be held at the Monmouth County agricultural building, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold Township, May 16-17. The plant sale is the annual fundraiser for the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County. Funds raised help the Master Gardeners provide gardening, pest and horticultural education to the public…Last year, more than 3,300 pounds of produce was provided to local food banks, grown by the current year’s new members, according to a press release.

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