Imagine being able to discuss climate change with the State Climatologist or learn about New Jersey’s geology from the people who map it. Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear how New Jersey’s environmental regulations get enforced from a person who actually does the enforcement? How about learning about the role of soils in the environment from the person who runs Rutgers’ Soil Testing lab? These are some of the opportunities that are available to enrollees in the 2014 Rutgers Environmental Steward Volunteer Training Program. Would you like to learn how local environmental decisions get made from the head of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions or how land preservation can be done most effectively from some of the leading players in land preservation in New Jersey? [Read more...]
Tucked away in a secluded spot off College Farm Road on the George H. Cook Campus, the Rutgers NJAES Machine Shop has been a fixture on campus for over 60 years. After a hiatus of about a year, the shop is again up and running, serving faculty, staff and graduate students’ needs by fabricating, modifying and repairing research equipment. [Read more...]
VonThun Farms of Monmouth Junction, NJ, is a regular vendor at the Highland Park Community Farmer’s Market every season. As the days grow crisp and fall is in the air, VonThun’s end their participation in the community market, even though the market is open for many more weeks. Did they run out of produce and are ready to put the farm to bed for the winter? Quite the contrary. VonThun’s wrap up their off-farm venues so all hands are on deck for what can only be considered a fall extravaganza at the farm. VonThun’s is just one of many New Jersey farms that feature agritourism events that draw huge crowds to their farm. [Read more...]
New Jersey farmers, whether organic or conventional growers, have been introduced to alternative ways to control pests other than chemical pesticides. Rutgers Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program for fruits and vegetables gives farmers the tools they need to keep pests under control, without solely relying on pesticides. View our Rutgers IPM image gallery below and read the article that follows from MyCentralJersey.com to find out how Rutgers IPM works and what farmers are saying about the program.
Field monitoring for corn worms
Rutgers Gives NJ Farmers Alternatives to Pesticides
Written by Dave Garey
Reprinted with permission from Courier News/Home News Tribune/MyCentralJersey.com
When a barrage of brown marmorated stink bugs descended upon New Jersey in 2010, Hauser Hill Farms was not about to surrender its popular yellow, white and doughnut peaches.
Nor was the family farm in Old Bridge willing to sacrifice its harvest of apples, nectarines, sweet corn and tomatoes — among the other fruits and vegetables fancied by the invasive Asian pest.
The stink bug is a formidable opponent — so sly, in fact, that it can ruin produce before farmers even realize it. [Read more...]
New Jersey Department of Labor training grants and Rutgers continuing and professional education courses lead to practical skills and new employment opportunities for state residents
The first part of Sergio Sosa’s story is far too familiar: the Union City resident was inches away from earning his Master’s degree in Biology from Rutgers, and was transitioning from full-time student to full-time assistant-in-training at a golf course. Just when he thought everything was falling into place, Sosa was laid off from his job in late 2012.
Yet by March 2013, Sosa–with degree in hand–was gainfully employed as Assistant Superintendent at two popular New York City-owned golf courses. Sosa credits the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) and a grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL) for helping him get there. [Read more...]