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.
- All About Bats - September 21, 6:30–8 p.m. - Back by popular demand...Bats are incredible, but often misunderstood creatures of the night. Rutgers wildlife conservationist Kathleen Kerwin will dispel myths, replace them with interesting facts, present hands on visuals and take you on a walk to hear the bats in our area using echolocation technology. Light refreshments will be served, space is limited. Must pre-register by 9/14 $15 per person, please call 908-475-6507 or email email@example.com for more details.
- Backyard Beekeeping - November 3, 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, $15 pp, space is limited. For more information or to register, call 908-475-6507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.