Getting a Jump Start on Spring Gardening at Trailside Center in Mountainside

A group of 54 teachers and community volunteers braved the icy grip of winter to get a running start on the spring planting season, at last month’s "Get Your Youth and Community Garden Growing" conference. The event was conducted by experts from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County at the County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside… The free Gardening Helpline is a project of the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County, an all-volunteer group run by the Extension with the support of the Freeholder Board. The group is based at the Extension offices in the County’s Colleen Fraser Building in Westfield. Among their many civic projects, Master Gardeners cultivate the elaborate grounds of the Demonstration Garden and host the Spring Garden Fair.

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Volunteers needed for Master Tree Steward program in Union County

One tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Trees also trap dust particles and other pollutants, and they help keep neighborhoods cool in the summer. These are just some of the many environmental benefits of planting and caring for trees in our community. For those interested in learning more about trees and teaching children, the Union County Master Tree Stewards program is seeking volunteers now…This program is one of the many adult volunteer opportunities offered by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County. Volunteers are essential to the successful implementation of the Master Tree Steward program.

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National Moth Week Celebrated in New Jersey

PrintSixteen public events scheduled across the state; hundreds more worldwide

The third annual National Moth Week, a worldwide citizen science project started in New Jersey in 2012, will be celebrated across the state, beginning with an early kickoff “Moth Ball” slated for Friday, July 11, in Bergen County.

Started by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, the creators of National Moth Week are connected to Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Liti Haramaty is a marine sciences researcher at Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, David Moskowitz is completing a Ph.D. in Entomology. National Moth Week officially takes place the last full week and two weekends of July. This year’s dates are July 19-27. After its launch in 2012, National Moth Week quickly went global. As of July 2, hundreds of public and private events are registered on the National Moth Week site in all 50 states and 41 countries. [Read more…]

Union County students excel at 4-H Public Presentation Contest

Four students shared the energetic diversity of Union County with their peers from across New Jersey last month, as they participated in the annual 4-H Public Presentation Contest at Rutgers University in New Brunswick…"Union County 4-H encourages young people to explore their interests while building communication and leadership skills," said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak.

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Rutgers Master Gardeners garden fair a great success

Hundreds of Union County residents and visitors turned out for the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County Garden Fair. Proceeds from the annual event help fund Master Gardeners’ horticulture education and service programs, including a veggie "Sharing" garden for local food banks, and gardening programs for youths and adult with disabilities.

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