Former Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture Shirley Sherrod and her husband, Charles Sherrod, have devoted their lives to civil rights and quality of life for rural farmers. On November 8, she gave a talk at Rutgers about New Communities, a non-profit organization with a mission to empower community through agribusiness and economic development and to become a global model for community empowerment. In addition, she shared their plans for Cypress Pond, a recently purchased plantation that will become home to their education, research, and outreach efforts.
The winemakers’ art relies on the cultivation of select varieties of well-adapted grapes that thrive under sets of conditions unique to every site. The French have a single vocabulary word, “terroir”, to describe this broad set of interacting factors that includes the soils, their orientation, grape variety, farming practices, climate, local microclimate, wine making culture and technology. Guess what, New Jersey winegrowing has terroir! But that’s not all Jersey’s got – ask any winegrape grower what other factor is essential to the establishment of the New Jersey wine industry and they will point to the input from Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.
It’s that time of year when Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) find their way indoors for winter shelter. Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) is a member of the Stop BMSB project team that is working to find management solutions for BMSB that protect food, environment, and farms. Fellow member organization University of Maryland Extension has produced this video to instruct homeowners on how to keep BMSB from entering the home, and how to get rid of the stinkbugs from dwellings. Read more about Rutgers NJAES BMSB program.
Students Gain Invaluable Experience in Collaborative Internship Program between Rutgers Gardens and Central Park
The Rutgers Gardens Internship Program offers professional opportunities for students to gain practical, hands-on experience, learn career skills and to study in a botanical garden rich in plant diversity. This is the second year that the internship program featured a collaborative relationship with Central Park, one of the leading urban parks in the world. This year, 10 Rutgers students spent the summer at Central Park, working two days per week in New York City and the remainder of the work week at Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick.
Every day, students grab a bite to eat from dining halls, vending machines, grease trucks, convenience stores or prepared meals in off-campus housing. Food purchasing decisions may be based on convenience, price or taste – but how much thought goes into how nourishing these food choices are? The Healthy Dining Team is a corps of students that assist fellow students in making healthy food choices. This video by RU Center for Digital Filmmaking takes a look at the Healthy Dining Team and how Helyar House on the George H. Cook Campus, serves as a healthy dining model for a student-living environment.