Plant sale on tap at Rutgers Day

Excitement is building as we approach the 250th anniversary celebration of Rutgers University this Saturday, April 30. Since 1906, "Ag Field Day" on G.H Cook Campus in New Brunswick has been celebrating the spirit and accomplishments of Rutgers among the School of Environmental and Biological Science students, staff, alumni, volunteers, and residents… Bill Hlubik is a Rutgers University professor and Middlesex County Agricultural Agent; Gillian Armstrong is a research assistant for  Rutgers Cooperative Extension, NJAES, Rutgers University.

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Starting a food business? Rutgers incubator can help

Patrick Leger stood in a processing room at Rutgers Food Innovation Center on Friday, watching as an assembly line of bottles were filled with pure strained tomatoes, First Field’s latest product… "They need a place to go," said Lou Cooperhouse, the center’s director. "Our job is to find a pathway for them to go after they leave our facility."

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Oyster Farms, Shorebird Vie for Space on NJ Bay Beaches

Oyster farming is the kind of business an environmentalist should love: it doesn’t use harmful chemicals or deplete natural resources, and the locally grown shellfish actually help clean the water… The 17 farms in the area produced 1.6 million oysters in 2014, the most recent figures available, bringing just under $1 million to growers, according to Dave Bushek, director of the Haskins Shellfish Research Laboratory at Rutgers University.

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New OCPE Summer Weekend Programs Help Au Pairs Earn Academic Credit Toward J-1 Visa Requirements

Photo: Jerremdinne.

Photo: Jerremdinne.

School may be out for the children they care for, but  the classroom is open for au pairs interested in fulfilling their J-1 visa academic requirements by enrolling in new Rutgers weekend summer programs.

To introduce them to one aspect of American culture, au pairs can register for “American Food – Then and Now,” an opportunity on July 30-31 to explore the technological and societal factors that have changed what and how Americans eat over the past 250 years. The interactive course features lunchtime tastings and visits to a research farm and food science research facility.

For those seeking to build their childcare skills, a second weekend course, “The Children in Your Care – Make them the Best they can be,” will offer tips, tools and techniques for encouraging healthy, positive lifestyles for children. The Aug. 6-7 program will cover cooking and fitness for children, as well as strategies for keeping the peace when challenging situations arise.

Both courses were developed by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) in cooperation with Rutgers Cooperative Extension and will be held on the George H. Cook Campus. Cooperative Extension specialists with backgrounds in community outreach, child and youth development, and food, nutrition and health will be instructors. Each program will provide three of the six hours of academic credit that au pairs are required to earn under the J-1 visa. [Read more…]

Where to Find Rutgers 250 Plant Varieties

Plant Sale at Ag Field Day/ Rutgers Day

Plant Sale at Ag Field Day/ Rutgers Day

Recently, there has been a lot of news about Rutgers plant varieties, especially the ‘Rutgers 250’TM tomato and ‘Rutgers Scarlet’TM strawberry. What you might not know is where to find them.

Whether you are an experienced home gardener or are just starting out, it’s the time of year to start preparing garden beds and getting containers ready for planting. Specifically, it is recommended to start planting outdoors in New Jersey on or after May 15. Word to the wise: based on this year’s strange weather pattern, take extra precautions to protect your young plants from high winds and heavy rain.

Upcoming plant sales will have lots of great varieties to choose from, all suitable for New Jersey’s growing zones. You will find a Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) information booth at these events with material about this year’s highlighted varieties. Rutgers Master Gardeners will also be in attendance to help you get started. [Read more…]