Rutgers Master Gardeners Of Monmouth County to hold plant sale

What are the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County and what do they do? The mission of the Rutgers Master Gardeners is to provide gardening, pest and horticultural education to the public…The 12th annul plant sale will be held Friday, May 16 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday, May 17 9 am to 3 pm at the agriculture building In addition to annuals, perennials, vegetables (many heirloom), herbs, hanging baskets, deck/patio containers, unique containers filled with small plants, there will be guided tours of all the gardens.

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Hamilton residents tap their own rain barrels

They’re made of plastic and sealed with plumber’s tape and caulk, but they get the job done, and they promote conservation, township officials say. On Tuesday, the township hosted its fifth rain barrel workshop…The workshop, held in the Hamilton Township Library basement, was hosted by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Water Resources Program, which has been working with the township since 2010 to help conserve water and mitigate flooding

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Rutgers Turfgrass Program Raises $400,000 for Henry Indyk (AG ’50) Graduate Education Fellowship

Henry Indyk

Henry Indyk

The Rutgers Turfgrass Program has raised a total of $400,000 to support the Henry Indyk Endowed Graduate Fellowship at the university. Thanks to a $61,000 donation from the New Jersey Turfgrass Association (NJTA) and the New Jersey Turfgrass Foundation (NJTF) in March, the seven-year capital campaign has met its goal of continuing support of graduate education at the university.

According to Bruce Clarke, chair of the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology and director of the Center for Turfgrass Science, this fundraising effort was initiated in 2007 to provide an ongoing source of funding for graduate students in turfgrass science at Rutgers. Clarke expressed appreciation “to the NJTA and NJTF for their tremendous support of the Henry Indyk Endowed Graduate Fellowship, to the tune of more than $150,000 in funding since we started our campaign.” [Read more...]

FoodCorps NJ Member Joins First Lady Michelle Obama to Plant White House Garden

Alexis Sangalang (in foreground, fourth from right) with fellow FoodCorps members at the White House. Photo by Eddie Gehman Kohan, ObamaFoodorama

Alexis Sangalang (in foreground, fourth from right) with fellow FoodCorps members at the White House. Photo by Eddie Gehman Kohan, ObamaFoodorama

On April 2, FoodCorps New Jersey service member Alexis Sangalang joined First Lady Michelle Obama and five other FoodCorps leaders to plant the sixth season of the White House Kitchen Garden with students from Washington, D.C. Sangalang serves with the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids in Camden, NJ, and works closely with Campbell’s Healthy Communities to serve six schools and community partners in Camden. [Read more...]

From Youths to Sleuths: 4-H Rutgerscience Saturday Introduces STEM Concepts Using Spy Technology

sciencesat_spy3On March 29, the Rutgers 4-H Youth Development Program sponsored a Rutgerscience Saturday event for 51 youths across New Jersey, from grades 5-9. Participants practiced listening like a spy using laser technology, embedding messages in images and learning how to use surveillance technology.

Rutgers University graduate student Swapnil Mhaske showed a group of “spies-in-training” how to eavesdrop using a laser beam. Mhaske, whose research interests are in the area of wireless communications and information theory, spent over a month preparing to teach the students about his field of information technology. [Read more...]