New Jersey 4-H Volunteer of the Year Dorothy Calimer to be Inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

Dorothy Calimer (center), receiving the Rutgers 4-H Volunteer of the Year Award from Debi Cole (right) and Navonne Owen (left),  Atlantic County 4-H staff and members of the New Jersey Association of 4-H Agents.

Dorothy Calimer (center), is pictured receiving the Rutgers 4-H Volunteer of the Year Award earlier in 2015. At left is Navonne Owen and at right is Debi Cole, 4-H staff of Atlantic County and members of the New Jersey Association of 4-H Agents.

New Jersey resident and Atlantic County 4-H Volunteer Dorothy Calimer has been named one of 16 individuals to be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame during a special ceremony to be held on October 9 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

The 82-year old Calimer of Cologne, NJ, will be among the Laureates of the National 4-H Hall of Fame Class of 2015 to be honored for excellence in citizenship, leadership, character and career accomplishments. Earlier this year, Calimer was named the 4-H Volunteer of the Year by the New Jersey Association of 4-H Agents for her significant contributions to the New Jersey 4-H program. [Read more…]

Freeholders Praise Master Gardeners of Hunterdon County

The Master Gardeners program of Hunterdon County was praised by the Freeholders, who adopted a resolution honoring the group… Freeholder Director John King presented it at the board meeting Tuesday, June 16. Several volunteers in the program along with County Agricultural Agent Robert Mickel and Rebecca Magron, horticultural consultant, from Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon were at the meeting… Its purpose is promoting and extending the Rutgers New Jersey RCE’s educational programs in the area of home horticulture. Probably the most familiar aspect to most residents is the Master Gardener Helpline, in which the trained volunteers and Extension personnel answer questions on home horticulture topics from callers and visitors. These topics include trees and shrubs, perennials, annuals, lawns, insects and plant diseases.

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Pollinator Study of Wild Bees Reveals Efficacy in Numbers Vs. Diversity

Wild pollinators, like this bumble bee, account for 80 percent of the pollination around the world. Photo by Joaqium Alves Gaspar.

Wild pollinators, like this bumble bee, account for 80 percent of the pollination around the world. Photo by Joaqium Alves Gaspar.

In a study of fruit crops in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California, SEBS ecologist Rachael Winfree and co-authors from University of Calgary found that the abundance of  a few dominant species of wild bees is more important than the diversity of bee species pollinating crops. Read more at Rutgers Today.

Advice from the Road to Financial Wellness: Planning is a Key to Success

Barbara O'Neill introduces Jason Vitug, founder of Phroogal.

Barbara O’Neill introduces Jason Vitug, founder of Phroogal.

Phroogal, a social media company that provides financial information targeted to young adults in the millennial generation, made a “pit stop” at Rutgers University on June 4 as part of a month-long, cross-country financial education road trip. Phroogal founder Jason Vitug, a resident of Elizabeth, NJ, and 2007 graduate of Rutgers Business School, presented a seminar for Rutgers faculty and staff called “Money & Mindset: The Road to Financial Wellness.”

Along with three Phroogal staff members and a videographer, Vitug is traveling to 30 locations across the U.S. throughout the month of June 2015 to raise awareness of financial topics and encourage people to make better financial decisions. Vitug and his Phroogal team members were invited to make the pit stop at the university by Barbara O’Neill, Rutgers Cooperative Extension specialist in financial resource management. [Read more…]

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County Complete Major Planting Projects

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County completed major plantings at the Women’s Heritage Marker, the Global Village Immigrant Memorial, the Meditation Garden at the Seabrook Buddhist Temple, and at the Cohanzick Zoo… On June 10, Master Gardener Coordinator, Pam Burton, led four members in planting, weeding and  beautifying these gardens and their accompanying historic markers.

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