Jack Rabin’s retirement celebration took place Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Cook Student Center and capped a nearly 34-year career. Rutgers faculty & staff, New Jersey farmers & politicians, and friends of Jack Rabin’s came from near and far to wish him well. The celebration began with talks and presentations and ended with food […]
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Jack Rabin, associate director for farm programs, NJAES, has been awarded the New Jersey Farm Bureau Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award for 2016, presented at the Farm Bureau Annual Meeting on November 14 at the Westin Princeton Hotel in Princeton, NJ. The award is presented annually by Farm Bureau, the state’s largest membership organization representing […]
Plant biology major Catherine Cincotta (SEBS’17) completed a 12-week paid summer internship with industry giant Growmark, Inc., an agricultural inputs supplier and farm cooperative with an estimated $8.9 billion in annual sales. Her internship, a full-time summer experience, was at Growmark’s distribution facility located in Easthampton, New Jersey, in her home county of Burlington. In […]
Out in Upper Deerfield Township in Cumberland County, surrounded by hundreds of acres of corn, are a few acres where Rutgers University researchers are growing the tomatoes of tomorrow… “We started breeding tomatoes that resist bruising,” said Jack Rabin, associate director of farm programs for Rutgers’ New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. “That’s where the train ran off the track. We were so good at what we were doing, we forgot that people wanted to have a sloppy, juicy thing that left juice running down their chin.” “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that there’s no such thing as the perfect tomato, said Extension Specialist Tom Orton as he stood among rows of tomato plants at the station’s field.
This is a story about tomatoes… Peter Nitzsche, who is head agricultural and resource management agent for the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension in Morris County and an associate Rutgers professor, joined with his colleagues Dr. Thomas Orton, …
Of the hundreds of varieties of tomatoes grown by home gardeners or commercial growers, there are a few standards that have become household names. One of those is the ‘Rutgers’ tomato – a leading home garden and processing variety of the 20th century. While the Rutgers tomato is no longer commercially grown for canned tomato […]
This year, Rutgers University is commemorating its 250th anniversary. To celebrate, the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is selecting a plant bred at Rutgers as a Rutgers 250 Variety of the Month for each month of the year. This month’s variety (April 2016) is the Rutgers 250TM tomato! Rutgers’ tomato breeding program has been selecting […]
If the bland pallor of winter’s supermarket tomatoes has you yearning for a taste of summer, take heart. This month, the folks at Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center plan to release the first batch of seeds for the new Rutgers tomato. Th…
By Jack Rabin Anthony Noto, “AJ” to his friends, is a SEBS ’16 Biotechnology major. He received the Rutgers-FMC Corp. Crop Protection 2015 paid summer farm research internship. AJ spent the summer learning how to drive tractors, operate farm equipment and manage vegetable crops under commercial conditions. He also learned to design field studies, collect […]
Giamarese Farms on Fresh Ponds Road was busy, even on this rainy day. The gleaners had arrived from Cook Campus at Rutgers University and they were hard at work in the apple orchard. Some of the gleaners were students from Dr. Jack Rabin’s “Sustainable Agriculture” class at Cook, while others were members of Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH.) Farmers Against Hunger (FAH) were gleaning, too, gathering the Jona Gold and Golden Delicious apples that still hung on the trees or that had recently fallen to the ground… What is gleaning? Gleaning is an ancient farming practice in which farmers would leave an area, often the four corners of a crop area, unharvested so that the poor of the surrounding area could gather some fruits and vegetables to feed themselves and their families.