The agriculture and natural resources department provides educational programs for farmers, home gardeners, and turf, nursery, and landscape professionals. Faculty and staff help clients develop and implement production, management, and marketing practices that are profitable, environmentally sound, and socially acceptable. Customer-oriented services include soil testing, plant and weed identification, disease and insect diagnosis, and insect identification. Information is provided to residents through a variety of means including workshops, newsletters, publications, telephone inquiries, and websites.
Upcoming Home Horticulture Events
- Backyard Beekeeping - Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Are you considering starting your own bee hives? Come and learn all there is to know about backyard beekeeping. Light refreshments will be served and all of your questions answered during this highly informative workshop. Must pre-register by 10/26, $10 pp, space is limited. For more information or to register, call 908-475-6507 or email email@example.com.
- Terrarium Gift Making Sip and Plant - Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Bring your favorite beer, wine and snacks to enjoy while you learn about succulents and create three mini-garden terrariums to give as beautiful gifts this holiday season. Adults over 21 only please, to pre-register call 908-475-6507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, $25 per person.
- Children's Terrarium Gift Making Workshop - Friday, December 14, 2018 at 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Children will learn about succulent plants and their care before creating two holiday mini-garden terrariums to give as gifts. Under 10, must be accompanied by an adult, pre-registration is required $10 materials fee. To pre-register call 908-475-6507 or email email@example.com
Ag Educational Programs and Resources
High Tunnels Toolkit
Exciting news! We expanded our Rutgers NJAES High Tunnel web resources, including a 60-image step-by-step how-to tunnel construction tutorial by A.J. Both and Wes Kline. High tunnels can be adopted by farmers large and small for increased profits. A new generation of smaller, organic, and part time farmers use high tunnels to produce high quality produce from limited land and resources. Included is information on overcoming rotation limitations, sample costs, instructions on hot water seed treatment to minimize diseases, and additional research and practical resource links from colleagues. The USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NESARE) supports high tunnels as a practice increasing farm profits while maintaining environmental quality, NJDA encourages them for local farmers to expanded sales opportunities, and NRCS USDA provides cost share to test high tunnels in over 40 states.
Mid-Atlantic AgrAbility Project
The Mid-Atlantic AgrAbility Project has a new website you might find interesting and of use if you know any farmer who is temporarily or permanently disabled.