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Two Virtual Events – The Great Tomato Tasting and Tick Identification

Posted by on Aug 20, 2020 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

There are two upcoming virtual events you may be interested in attending.

This year the annual Great Tomato Tasting at Rutgers Snyder Farm is going virtual.  Please join us for the Great Tomato Tasting at Home event on Wednesday, August 26. There will be educational webinars, a virtual tour of the research projects, cooking demonstrations and a chance to get your tomato growing questions answered by Rutgers experts. All events are free but you do need to register for the webinars.

Our fellow Master Gardeners in Ocean County are offering a virtual Tick Safety on Tuesday Sept 8 from  6:30 – 7:30 pm.  Please refer to the link below for more information and to register.

Ticks of NJ – September 8

Hope you will enjoy participating in these programs!



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August Newsletter

Posted by on Aug 17, 2020 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

August 2020 MG Newsletter

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Update on Rutgers Cooperative Extension MG Program

Posted by on Aug 7, 2020 in News and Events

Dear Master Gardeners,

I am sad to let you know that all in-person Rutgers Cooperative Extension programs and activities continue to be suspended through the fall Rutgers University Semester. Your health and safety is our top priority.

We received the following message from our State Director of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Brian Shilling:

“Since April 3, 2020, Rutgers Cooperative Extension has been operating under the directive that all in-person events, classes, programs, club meetings, camps, and other group activities organized by or under the auspices of Rutgers Cooperative Extension are suspended through at least August 14, 2020.

While reported daily increases in new COVID-19 cases in our state are tracking lower today than several months ago, community transmission of the virus continues. In order to protect the health of the university community, Rutgers University will continue offering its academic instruction predominantly in remote formats through the fall 2020 semester. In-person activities at the university will also remain suspended through the fall semester.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension is governed by university policy and direction. Therefore, we are not able to resume normal operations as of August 15, nor would it be prudent to do so amid the ongoing uncertainties presented by COVID-19. Extension programs will continue to be offered in remote formats through the fall.”

The restriction on in person activities includes working in the demonstration garden, community gardens and beautification projects and the Garden Helpline.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension will be offering on-line programs in the fall and our county Master Gardener activities such as our Monthly Meetings will be held virtually. The Master Gardener Executive Board will continue to meet virtually.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we face these challenges.

All the best,

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Invasive Insect Pest Webinar Thursday Evening Aug 6

Posted by on Aug 5, 2020 in Continuing Education, News and Events

The RU Ready to Garden program this Thursday will discuss four Invasive pests that have generated many questions this summer.

Live on WebEx.  Register for the FREE program at

RU Ready 2 Garden Webcast

Session 15   August 6, 6:30 pm

Invasive Pests Discussion and Q & A-

Giant Murder Hornets, Asian Jumping Worms,

Spotted Lanternfly and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Advice for All Gardeners: Beginners to Advanced. Connecting gardeners with Rutgers NJAES, SEBS and AES scientists and experienced growers from our farm community.  

Time: Thursday, August 6, 2020  6:30 to 8 pm  

Live on WebEx.  Register for the FREE program at

Invasive Pests Update

 Identification and Control featuring Giant Murder Hornets, Asian Jumping Worms, Spotted Lanternfly, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

Dr. George Hamilton from Rutgers University and Dr. Kyle Wickings from Cornell University will join our Team to discuss four invasive pests that are raising many questions this season. The team will share their research and some interesting stories.

Instructors and Hosts:

George Hamilton is a Rutgers University Extension Specialist in Pest Management

Dr. George Hamilton’s research interests are in the area of implementing integrated pest management programs and the examination of pesticide usage patterns in New Jersey. These interests led to the implementation of an IPM program in eggplant. Current research interests include conservation biological control as it pertains to ornamental insect pests and studying the biology, ecology and management of the recently introduced brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Ståhl).

Kyle Wickings is an Associate Professor of Soil Arthropod Ecology and Turfgrass Entomology at Cornell University who is interested in improving basic knowledge of soil invertebrates to help minimize damage by root-feeding pests while simultaneously preserving the biodiversity and function of beneficial soil organisms.


Bill Hlubik is an Agricultural Agent and Professor with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, NJAES, Rutgers, the State University. Bill has 30 years of experience in the production, research and marketing of specialty crops. He teaches Sustainable Agriculture and Starting a Small Farm classes for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and has been farming with his family for over 35 years.

Ray Samulis is an Agricultural Agent and Professor Emeritus with Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Professor Samulis has over 42 years of experience working with vegetable growers and has taught agricultural production classes at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Ray has a passion for brewing homemade beers and producing his own award-winning wines. Ray is an avid gardener and has a wealth of knowledge in horticulture and food production systems.    

Bill Errickson is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent in Monmouth County with a focus on nursery, turfgrass, and agricultural innovation. He has worked in various aspects of the agricultural sector for the past 15 years, including operating his own diversified farm in coastal Maine and consulting on edible landscapes for residential clients.

Information sheets from past sessions and upcoming program

descriptions can be found at: 

Past episodes of the webcast can be found at:

Many more Rutgers Cooperative Extension resources on your home, lawn and garden can be found at:

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