Cumberland County Rutgers Master Gardener for 2015 Announced

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County have honored Sam Pace of Millville with the Rutgers Master Gardener of the Year Award for 2015 in Cumberland County. Pace will be recognized for the outstanding work he has done in Cumberland County on Oct. 3 at the Master Gardeners’ Conference in New Brunswick… In 1985, Pace attended the Rutgers Greenhouse Growing Conference. This led to his building a small greenhouse on his property where he grew a variety of bedding plants, hanging baskets and flower bags. Today, he is in the process of completing another greenhouse. Due to an accident that has left him handicapped, Sam now specializes in container gardening and table gardening, the two types of plantings which make gardening for the handicapped accessible and rewarding… Pace graduated in the 2014 Rutgers Master Gardeners Program. He has been an instructor in the Therapeutic Horticulture Program at the Veteran’s Home in Vineland and the Master Gardeners’ native plant and vegetable propagation program.

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Jenny Carleo, ARMA Agent for Cape May County, Earns Distinguished Service Award

Mike Hogan, 2015 President of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, presents the Distinguished Service Award to Jenny Carleo. Photo: Kevin Blayney.

Mike Hogan, 2015 President of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, presents the Distinguished Service Award to Jenny Carleo. Photo: Kevin Blayney.

Jenny Carleo (CC ’99, GSNB ’03), agricultural and resource management agent for Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension of Cape May County, was recognized with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. The award honors members with at least 10 years of outstanding service to Cooperative Extension, who have been active in professional development, have an effective extension program and are endorsed by their state membership and state extension director.

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4-H Science Ambassador Program Helps Rahway Students Gain Knowledge Through Research

Children at the Rahway Public Library got a fun introduction to the principles of the scientific method this summer from a group of volunteer Union County 4-H Science Ambassadors. The projects included blowing bubbles and a simple "ski slope" demonstration… 4-H is a national youth development program. In Union County, 4-H is supported by the Freeholder Board, Rutgers University’s Cooperative Extension, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture… To prepare for their Rahway Library presentation in July, they attended the 4-H Summer Science Program at Rutgers University earlier in the month. They lived on campus at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences during the one-week program, learning about scientific investigation as it relates to current issues and challenges.

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Cape May County Resident Wins Distinguished Service Award

Jenny Carleo, agricultural and resource management agent for Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension of Cape May County, was recognized with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents… The award honors members with at least 10 years of outstanding service to Cooperative Extension, who have been active in professional development, have an effective Extension program and are endorsed by their state membership and State Extension Director. Carleo holds a bachelor’s degree from Cook College in 1999 and a master’s degree from Rutgers Graduate School-New Brunswick in 2003… Through Annie’s Project New Jersey, Carleo’s leadership enabled the project team to offer farm business management programming to over 278 women farmers and business owners in New Jersey, as well as reaching another 470 participants through nationally broadcast webinars.

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Find Out How Big the Largest Tomato Contest Winner is at N.J. Fair

11-year-old Cody Wright is by far the youngest of the nine competitors at the Salem County Fair’s Largest Tomato Contest, but he has something the other competitors don’t have. He has a pedigree… The tomato contest has a loyal following – with a lot of the same faces competing each year. Cody took the third place trophy last year and, as he enrolls in the competition this year with his primo red tomato, he sizes up the other tomatoes… David Lee, Salem County agricultural agent for the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension, runs the competition and weighs the tomatoes… "Everybody has their own secret and they don’t like to tell but some guys will stay up all night and put night lights on them and covers on them and grow them on straw and use special fertilizer," Lee said. "Everybody has their own thing."

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