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…]

Grant funds, green schools in Central Jersey

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County recently announced that, along with their partners Hillsborough Township and Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association (SBMWA), it successfully obtained a $175,539 grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to address flooding problems that are associated with the Royce Brook…Patricia Rector, environmental and resource management agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Somerset County, will lead the project. Key partners in this effort are the Hillsborough Township Committee, Sustainable Hillsborough Steering Committee, the Hillsborough Environmental Commission, RCE Water Resources Program, RCE Master Gardener volunteers, and Stoney Brook Millstone Watershed Association staff.

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RCE Collaborates with Hillsborough Township and Watershed Association to Win $175K DEP Grant

Volunteers planting a curb-cut rain garden in with the RCE Water Resources Program. RCE Water Resources Program.

Volunteers planting a curb-cut rain garden with the RCE Water Resources Program.     Photo: RCE Water Resources Program.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) continues to expand its efforts in urban extension by securing funding to work directly with municipalities and their residents to address important issues affecting New Jersey’s towns.

In one such effort, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County has partnered with Hillsborough Township and Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association (SBMWA) to obtain a $175,539 grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to address flooding problems that are associated with Royce Brook. [Read more…]

Jersey’s trees still vulnerable two years after Hurricane Sandy

Two years ago this week, Hurricane Sandy ravaged New Jersey with a force not experienced here in a century, and the devastation it caused to coastal areas was the subject of local and national news for weeks and months after. "It was some of the worst storm surge flooding we’ve ever seen," confirmed arborist Chris Padot, owner of Bridgewater-based Green Tree Surgeons. "But while coastal towns received much of the media attention,the extremely high wind gusts experienced in interior sections of the state wreaked incredible havoc on our area’s trees and created what seemed like a third world country here for a few weeks…" "Our trees have been taking a pounding for the past three years and there’s probably years’ worth of tree work still out there," said Nicholas Polanin, agriculture and resource management agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Bridgewater.

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Somerset County 4-H members qualify for State 4-H Horse Show

Sixteen 4-H horse club members will represent Somerset County at the New Jersey State 4-H Championship Horse Show, Aug. 22-24, at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown. More than 200 4-H members from throughout New Jersey will gather to compete in the English, Western, Dressage, Driving, Very Small Equine, Challenged Rider and Game Divisions…"The competing 4-H’ers are the best of the best from each county; they have earned the right to participate through county-level qualifying shows." said Carol Ward, County 4-H Agent…The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station – Cooperative Extension.

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