From the Ground Up: SEBS Staff Get Lesson in Organic Land Care

Amy Rowe introduced Organic Land Care to SEBS staff members on Oct. 21.

Amy Rowe introduced Organic Land Care to SEBS staff members on Oct. 21.

As part of the SEBS Administrative Staff Community Initiative, which offers staff the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the school community and campus and get to know other staff members through a variety of activities during lunch hour sessions, an intro to Organic Land Care (OLC) was offered on October 21. Environmental and Resource Management Agent for Essex and Passaic Counties Amy Rowe (GSNB 2006) conducted the session, based on an extensive course that she and fellow Rutgers Cooperative Extension agricultural and environmental resource management agents Michele Bakacs, Jan Zientek, Bill Hlubik and extension specialists Joe Heckman and Jim Murphy have developed for professional landscapers as well as workshops for homeowners. [Read more...]

Rutgers Cooperative Extension 2014 Annual Conference Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Smith-Lever Act

Rutgers Cooperative Extension 2014. Photo: Jeff Heckman

Rutgers Cooperative Extension 2014. Photo: Jeff Heckman

The 2014 Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Annual Conference convened on October 20 in the Cook Student Center. With 223 in attendance, this has been one of the largest RCE conferences to date, growing in recent years with SNAP-Ed/EFNEP members in attendance and the Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) joining the fold.

For 2014, the conference incorporated special activities to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which officially created the national Cooperative Extension System. Rachel Lyons, interim chair of the Department of 4-H Youth Development, served as presenter for the conference. [Read more...]

RCE Collaborates with Hillsborough Township and Watershed Association to Win $175K DEP Grant

Volunteers planting a curb-cut rain garden in with the RCE Water Resources Program. RCE Water Resources Program.

Volunteers planting a curb-cut rain garden with the RCE Water Resources Program.     Photo: RCE Water Resources Program.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) continues to expand its efforts in urban extension by securing funding to work directly with municipalities and their residents to address important issues affecting New Jersey’s towns.

In one such effort, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County has partnered with Hillsborough Township and Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association (SBMWA) to obtain a $175,539 grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to address flooding problems that are associated with Royce Brook. [Read more...]

Jersey’s trees still vulnerable two years after Hurricane Sandy

Two years ago this week, Hurricane Sandy ravaged New Jersey with a force not experienced here in a century, and the devastation it caused to coastal areas was the subject of local and national news for weeks and months after. "It was some of the worst storm surge flooding we’ve ever seen," confirmed arborist Chris Padot, owner of Bridgewater-based Green Tree Surgeons. "But while coastal towns received much of the media attention,the extremely high wind gusts experienced in interior sections of the state wreaked incredible havoc on our area’s trees and created what seemed like a third world country here for a few weeks…" "Our trees have been taking a pounding for the past three years and there’s probably years’ worth of tree work still out there," said Nicholas Polanin, agriculture and resource management agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Bridgewater.

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New Brunswick Community Farmers Market Hosts Día de los Muertos Marigold Sales, Oct. 25 – 27

A monarch butterfly makes a stop on the marigolds growing in the Jones Avenue hoop house.

A monarch butterfly makes a stop on the marigolds growing in the Jones Avenue hoop house.

The Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a time to celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed. It’s also a time when bright orange marigolds, or cempzuchilt, an Aztec term, are in high demand for the annual holiday. New Brunswick has a growing community of migrants from the Mexican state of Oaxaca, a largely indigenous state in southern Mexico. Although Día de los Muertos is recognized all over Mexico, Oaxaca is known for its colorful celebrations honoring the return of deceased loved ones on November 1st and 2nd. [Read more...]