ReClam The Bay Seeking Volunteers in Brick

Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE), along with the volunteers in ReClam the Bay are inviting the public to their annual Open House for the ReClam The Bay and the Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program.

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Rutgers NJAES Wins Governor’s Award of Excellence in Environmental Education

Former NJ Governor James Florio and DEP Commissioner Bob Martin presenting the award to Monmouth County Ag Assistant/Educational Technologist Vivian Quinn, Agriculture and Resource Management Agent Bill Sciarappa and Horticulturalist/Master Gardener Coordinator Diane Larson.

Rutgers online undergraduate education program in “Environmental Pollution and Organic and Sustainable Agriculture” was the winner of a 2013 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award in the Environmental Education category. This award is presented to “an educator, student, group of students, or class that has planned and implemented a project or program with measurable, positive environmental impacts.” [Read more...]

Master Gardener class to start

The Monmouth County Master Gardener program is accepting applications for its next round of training. The deadline to apply is Jan. 6. "Each Master Gardener trainee receives in-depth, hands-on training in horticulture from the best in the field – Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service professional staff and their associates at Rutgers University and Brookdale Community College," Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said. "The program includes plant biology, propagation, soil science and pest control…" To become a Master Gardener, an individual must live in Monmouth County, be available to attend 10 weeks of classes, and make a commitment to provide gardening information and services to the community.

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Barnegat Bay Gains New Crop of Oysters, Clams and Volunteers

Land-based shellfish nurseries are a one-pass process that uses bay water to feed the tiny shellfish with natural phytoplankton. This process helps to reduce the nitrogen loading in the bay. Gef Flimlin, Rutgers marine extension agent (at right) and ReClam the Bay volunteers, all graduates and certified shellfish gardeners of the Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program, maintain the upwellers containing the shellfish and clean the shellfish weekly as they grow to a size suitable for planting in the field.

Now in its eighth year, the Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program (BBSRP) has enrolled another round of volunteers who are trained to conduct educational outreach and expand the effort to grow hard clams and oysters in land-based nurseries along the bay. These hard clams and oysters are eventually transferred into the bay. BBSRP is a program jointly run by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County and NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Bureau of Shellfisheries. [Read more...]

New Jersey Youth Participate in State 4-H Horse Show Aug. 23-25

4-H members proudly display their Grand Champion awards at the 2012 New Jersey State 4-H Championship Horse Show.

4-H horse club members from throughout the state will be participating in the New Jersey State 4-H Championship Horse Show, Aug. 23-25, at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown, NJ in Monmouth County. Over 200 4-H members from throughout New Jersey will gather to compete in the English, Western, Dressage, Driving, Very Small Equine, Challenged Rider and Game Divisions. [Read more...]