The Lost Art of Home Cooking Restored, Kid Style

The Cooking, Learning and Eating event was an opportunity for parents to get their kids cooking. Back row, L - R: Doug Duda; Former White House executive pastry chef and Rutgers Alum Bill Yosses; Diana Rice and Orti Polak. Front row, L - R: President of ChopChop Kids Sally Sampson and junior chefs Ella and Sher. Photo by Roy Groething

The Cooking, Learning and Eating event was an opportunity for parents to get their kids cooking. Back row, L – R: Doug Duda; Former White House executive pastry chef and Rutgers Alum Bill Yosses; Diana Rice and Orti Polak. Front row, L – R: President of ChopChop Kids Sally Sampson and junior chefs Ella and Sher. Photo by Roy Groething

IFNH and ChopChop Magazine Host Former White House Chef in Cooking Demo for Kids

Give a kid a fishstick and he will eat for a day. Teach a kid how to cook and he will go home and show his parents. It is no secret that wrapped in the intricate problem of the rise in childhood obesity and obesity-related diseases, is the profile of food eaten at home. The bygone era of a household with a stay at home parent that prepared meals from scratch, transformed into busy working caregivers who rely on processed convenience and/or fast food to fill hungry bellies. Unfortunately, food on the run often contains more empty calories than nourishment, and the consequences of poor nutrition are reflected in the increasing rates of chronic disease.

The New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH), ChopChop Magazine and former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses, now the Director of the ChopChop Cooking Lab, are out to change that dynamic. With this common goal, IFNH and ChopChop in 2014 became partners in working to create healthy lifestyles at an early age, and in December, sponsored their first joint venture, hosting Yosses, a Rutgers alumnus (GSNB’78), for a hands-on evening for children and families teaching children about food and cooking, with a blend of science and fun. “Kids: Cooking, Learning and Eating” was held in Trayes Hall at the Douglass Campus Center. [Read more…]

4-H Community Members Spend MLK Day Baking and Making for Others

To honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Middlesex County 4-H Junior Youth Council came together to help others as part of their annual service project on Monday. Approximately 20 students in sixth through eighth grades, plus five team leaders from the high school level, spent their day off from school Jan. 19 baking breads for Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen and making Valentine’s Day cards for children who are patients at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick at the Middlesex County 4-H Center in East Brunswick.

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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.

Sustainable Farming on the Urban Fringe: A Winter’s Tale of Two Fields

Two fields on opposite sides of one road.

Two fields on opposite sides of the same road.

Jack Rabin (CC ’78), NJAES director of farm programs, shares “Farm Calls” on the Sustainable Farming on the Urban Fringe blog. A picture is worth a thousand words in this post on cover crops.

This fall, a leading Jersey vegetable grower asked, “What’s with all the recent media hype about cover crops? I’m getting ads, USDA NRCS promotions and trade magazine articles about something we already know all about.”

He’s not alone in holding this opinion; ag agents have come to similar conclusions. “We know about cover crops. Farmers know about cover crops. Cover crops have been researched, demonstrated, and their costs and benefits established for over a century. There’s nothing innovative for growers and nothing new to teach.”

The thing is, many growers haven’t adopted cover crops. For example, take the fields I came across while driving down to a recent meeting. Who can resist checking out other farmers’ fields while traveling, whether it’s your neighbor down the road or fields far from home? On this detour, there were hundreds of acres seeded with a cover crop mix of cereal rye and oilseed radish (aka tillage radish). But, something caught my eye so I stopped to take a look. [Read more…]

Middlesex County 4-H Celebrates 2 014 Accomplishments

In this modern world of digital living, a youth organization that prides itself on accomplishments such as leadership, crafts, agriculture and animal raising is refreshing. Since 1902, 4-H has steadfastly invited each generation’s youth to come and take part in whatever club interests them most. And the Middlesex County 4-H membership is thriving… "It truly sank in- I was a leader- and this would continue to help me throughout my life with leadership skills and confidence under my belt," said Wolverton, who is a member of the Teen Council, Food Doods and Renegade Racers. "I gained this found talent of leadership that no one could have given me, but 4-H."

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