Madara Dias Honored for Volunteer Service with President’s Volunteer Service Award

Madara Dias of Bridgewater, an 11th grade member of the Somerset County 4-H Youth Development Program has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award… The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Somerset County 4-H Youth Development, part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, nominated Madara for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service… In addition to her commitment to the 4-H program, Madara spent three weeks in Sri Lanka teaching English to underprivileged students. Her desire to help the community comes from her grandparents in Sri Lanka. "They have always helped the less fortunate and I want to do that too," says Madara… The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County, an off-campus division of Rutgers University.

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Bridgewater-Raritan Senior Wins First Place in Woofminster Dog Show

James Clelland, a senior at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, and his Australian Shepherd, named Jack, won first place in the Junior Showmanship Master Senior Class, at the recent 4-H Woofminster Winter Dog Show… According to James, he and his parents have met a lot of new people and made many friends at the various 4-H and AKC dog shows. He considers the past eight years "as a great experience to show and work with dogs, as well as compete in Obedience Trials and Junior Showmanship classes."… Somerset County 4-H Woof Dog Club members and their dogs, as well as members of the 4-H Wags & Whiskers Club (Somerset County) can be seen at the annual NJ State 4-H Dog Show. It will be held on April 25 at the Rutgers G.H. Cook Campus, New Brunswick.

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Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County Helpline Office Opens March 2

The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County, a volunteer organization of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, are busy getting ready to open the Helpline office in Bridgewater on March 2… The Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline volunteers provide materials and information necessary to obtain a proper soil sample for analysis from Rutgers’ labs, soil pH testing, lawn care and plant, tree and shrub identification, advice about the right plant for the right place and recommendations on deer resistant plant material. With suitable samples, the Master Gardeners can also diagnose plant diseases, identify insects, weeds and other pests of the home and garden and give written advice about cultural recommendations for their control following Integrated Pest Managements techniques.

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Applications Being Accepted for Fall Master Gardener Classes Held in Bridgewater

The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County is currently accepting applications for the fall… The Rutgers Master Gardeners receive in-depth, hands-on training in horticulture from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, faculty and professional staff. Some topics include plant biology, propagation, soil science, disease and pest identification and control, and gardening and environmental principles.

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Annie’s Project NJ Receives 2014 Rutgers Cooperative Extension Team Award

(L-R) Larry Katz awards Annie's Project team members Meredith Melendez, Nick Polanin, Robin Brumfield, Jenny Carleo and Jeff Heckman.

(L-R) Larry Katz awards Annie’s Project team members Meredith Melendez, Nick Polanin, Robin Brumfield, Jenny Carleo and Jeff Heckman.

Each year, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), honors faculty and staff for their outstanding work and outreach through their programs and support. The winners for 2014 received their awards at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Annual Conference at the Cook Campus Center in New Brunswick on October 20. [Read more…]