Joseph Goffreda, associate professor of plant biology and pathology and director of the Rutgers Fruit and Ornamental Research Extension Center in Cream Ridge, NJ, was one of seven individuals recently honored with the “Inventor of the Year Award” by the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame… Goffreda was honored for breeding a hybrid peach (NJF16) marketed under the name TangOs which has a combination of attributes attractive to commercial producers and consumers, yet is resistant to major diseases, particularly bacterial spot. His 12 patented peaches, bred for pest resistance and hardiness in Northeast locales, have helped establish New Jersey as a major peach-producing state… The process of growing and breeding peaches is lengthy and complicated, and involves quite sophisticated technology, explains Brad Hillman, director of research at NJAES and professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology.
Rutgers Dedicates New Health Institute as Model for the ‘Healthy State
During Tuesday’s ribbon cutting ceremony, Rutgers University dedicated the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH), a university-wide hub for interdisciplinary research whose mission is to make New Jersey the “Healthy State” and a model for the nation… The institute offers nearly 40,000 square feet of research space and approximately 30,000 square feet of community space to facilitate communication and cooperation among scholars who pursue interdisciplinary research; policymakers who apply research to real-world problems associated with food and health; and parents, their children and students whose lives can benefit from wellness programs and health and education activities… “This institute is another example of how Rutgers brings together faculty, staff and students from across the university to demonstrate our extraordinary expertise in the fields of nutrition and health and share it with the people of New Jersey and beyond,” said President Barchi.
Giamarese Farms and Rutgers University Feed the Poor
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.
Veterans Environmental Technology & Solutions Program Teams with Rutgers to Bring the Passaic River Back to Newark
There is an aquaponics program located in the heart of Newark New Jersey’s Central Ward that belies its urban setting – literally taking its visitors to another time and place… This project is a partnership between the Metropolitan Reassertion Community Development Corporation (MRCDC), which is the development arm of Metropolitan Baptist Church and the Lower Passaic River Study Area Cooperating Parties Group (CPG), a group of companies dedicated to helping clean up the Lower Passaic. In close cooperation with Rutgers University Cooperative Extension, the new center aims to hire and train unemployed veterans to run an aquaponics program that will raise hybrid tilapia and vegetables in an area of the City where healthy food sources are badly needed. The program will also provide veterans with training in sustainable landscaping and stormwater management, river restoration and small business management… “The fish exchange is being introduced in order to reduce the human health risk associated with the ingestion of contaminated fish,” explained Dr. Amy Rowe, Environmental and Resource Management Agent for Essex/Passaic Counties. “Community members will be educated by the veterans in this program about the risks of eating contaminated fish, as well as all the ways that Newark residents can do their part to help improve the overall health of the Passaic River.”
Pathways’ Jersey Fresh Harvest Day at Harrison School
The North Plainfield School District’s Pathways Program, a career-readiness program for special education students in ninth through 12th grade, held a Jersey Fresh Harvest Day on May 29 at the Harrison School. The event, which was attended by administr…
Rutgers Professor Visits Local Preschool
Barbara O’Neill, a CFP, Distinguished Professor and Specialist in Financial Resource Management at Rutgers Cooperative Extension, recently paid a visit to the preschool classroom at the Little Sprouts Early Learning Center to read several children’s bo…
Rutgers Day 2015 Attracts Record Crowd
Despite cool morning temperatures, sunny skies brought out a record crowd of 91,000 to the seventh annual Rutgers Day, where visitors had the opportunity to learn about the research, service and education taking place at New Jersey’s only Big Ten research university… The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station used Rutgers Today to unveil the Rutgers Scarlet Strawberry, which went on sale to the public for the first time at the master gardener plant sale Saturday morning. The Scarlet Strawberry, in development for the last 10 years, is bred to thrive in the New Jersey climate… Meanwhile, at the start of the 4H State Dog Show on Cook Campus, a band of about 20 deer ran around the perimeter of the show grounds. “It felt like we were on the Serengeti!” said Jean Scalea Bjugstad, who was attending the show with her son, Julian, and his Collie/Newfoundland dog, Bear. “All the dogs sat up and took notice and there was lots of barking.”
Edison Residents Graduate from Master Gardeners Program
The Middlesex County office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension held a graduation ceremony recently for its current Master Gardener graduates. Master Gardeners came from numerous towns including: East Brunswick, Edison, Middlesex, Monroe, New Brunswick, N…
Middlesex County EARTH Center Offers “Discover Power Gardening” Seminar
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is marking the start of gardening season with a new workshop, Discover Power Gardening… This seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the EARTH Center located …