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REMINDER: Environmental Steward Program sign-up

Posted by on Jan 22, 2020 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

There is STILL TIME to sign-up for the Environmental Steward Program starting next week.

A Rutgers Environmental Steward is a volunteer that is trained in the important environmental issues affecting New Jersey and works to help solve local environmental problems.

If you have a passion to learn and a willingness to volunteer then this program is for you!

Stewards attend weekly classes and are taught by leading researchers from Rutgers, government, and the non-profit sector. Fieldtrips to environmentally significant sites are included. Stewards complete a 60 hour internship of their choosing to become certified. Topics include climate change, solid waste and recycling, soil health, alternative energy, water quality, habitat conservation, pollinator protection, environmental policy and more!

Anyone can become an Environmental Steward! Weekly classes start Thursday January 30, 2020 and run till early June from 4pm-7pm at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County offices, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield. The program fee is $260. For more information contact Michele Bakacs at or (732)398-5274.
To register or learn more visit



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Seeking Volunteers to help with the Trex Challenge

Posted by on Jan 16, 2020 in News and Events

Trex  thin film plastic Challenge

In November  2019, the Master Gardener Executive Board voted to participate in the thin film plastic recycling program created and administered by the Trex company,
Participation in this program allows the Master Gardeners to make a small impact for the environment and will earn us a new garden bench for the Demonstration Garden.
The challenge is this, to collect 500 pounds of thin plastic film within a 6 month period. We are assigned a Collection Site and a Drop off Site where the general public can make their donations of thin film plastic.
Our challenge period runs from January 1, 2020 – June 1, 2020.  We unofficially began in November 2019, and as of today have collected over 300 pounds of plastic towards the set  goal of 500 pounds.
Once we’ve collected the required amount of 500 pounds of plastic we will receive a new garden bench within a few weeks of notifying Trex.
Please volunteer to help us reach this goal.
It’s simple: Volunteers collect the donated plastic from the assigned collection site at Pets Supplies Plus in Berkeley Heights, weight it and deliver it to the Acme grocery store in New Providence and report back with the poundage collected.  If you live in the  Berkeley Heights or New Providence, or work or shop in the area, please consider volunteering. Both the pick up and drop off locations are on a straight drive on Springfield avenue.
For more information please contact,908 720 4330.
Thank You.
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Rutgers Home Gardeners School Scholarship Opportunity

Posted by on Jan 11, 2020 in News and Events

Applications are now being accepted for consideration from Certified Active Union County Master Gardeners (CAMGs) for two scholarships for Rutgers Home Gardeners School. The 44th Annual Home Gardeners School will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9 am-4 pm on the Rutgers Cook/Douglass Campus in New Brunswick. Place the link in your web browser for program and registration information.

Cost: $70 for Master Gardeners who register on or before Feb 29, (with proof of certification)

Applicants must be able to attend on March 21, 2020.  The Master Gardener Executive Board will select the scholarship recipients.

The scholarship recipients are responsible for registering for the Home Garden School program and paying the appropriate registration fee. After attending the HGS program, the awardees must submit proof of attendance and the reservation fee receipt to the RMGUC Treasurer who will process the reimbursement check.

Deadline for the Union County scholarship applications is February 27, 2020.

Please note: only the registration fee is reimbursed, the CAMG is responsible for paying any additional fees or box lunch.

You can apply by sending an email to or dropping off a note at the Extension Office.

Criteria for application:
Individual must be a CAMG with over 100 (cumulative ) hours of volunteer service. Individual has demonstrated outstanding contribution to the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County program and/or dedication to a Rutgers Master Gardener committee. Individual has not been awarded a scholarship in the prior three calendar years.

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MG Election results

Posted by on Jan 11, 2020 in News and Events

The following is the result from our December 2019 Elections. The individuals listed below will begin their terms on the  Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County Executive Board starting January 2020 – December 2021.

Please join me in welcoming them.

2nd Vice President – Tom Beisler

3rd Vice President – Ann Burgmeyer

Treasurer – Jennifer Costas

Corresponding Secretary – Andrea Hightower


A great big thank you to the outgoing officers, Dan Black, Theresa Gibbons and Indira Govindan for their dedicated service to the Master Gardeners organization.

Thank You,

Althea Llewellyn, President

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Happy New Year!

Posted by on Jan 2, 2020 in News and Events

On behalf of the Master Gardener Executive Board, wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and Fruitful  2020!.

Althea Llewellyn, President



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