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New Horticultural Therapy Program for VA Lyons and East Orange Campuses

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Events, MG Chronicles, Programs

Hello Master Gardeners,

My colleagues Joel Flagler (Bergen County)  and Jan Zientek (Essex County)  have received a grant to establish two horticultural therapy programs at the Veterans Administration campuses in East Orange and Lyons, NJ.  They are seeking certified volunteer Master Gardeners to assist with the program under the direct supervision of a certified Horticultural Therapist. (HT)

Here are some details about the program:

This is a call for Certified Rutgers Master Gardeners interested in supporting a horticultural therapy program at the Veterans Administration campuses in East Orange and Lyons, NJ.  Master Gardeners are being recruited from counties nearest these two campuses.  The VA has secured a grant to fund Horticultural Therapy for spinal cord/brain trauma patients and mental health patients (two separate programs).  They will be contracting with two HT graduates of Rutgers-SEBS to deliver the program, as well as having Rutgers-SEBS HT undergraduate interns assist them. RMG volunteers are being sought to help deliver the program (to work side-by-side with veterans and these HT professionals and assist as needed).  This is a great opportunity for RMGs to participate in an actual HT program.

The VA has organized an orientation for RMGs interested in participating in this program, which will be held on September 28, from 2pm to 4pm, at the VA Hospital in East Orange, 3rd Floor Auditorium.  We are working on hopefully having a similar training in Lyons, but for now there is only the one in East Orange.  We are hoping to develop a core of 15-20 volunteers to support this long-term project (it is a research grant where the effectiveness of HT for neurological patients is being measured).

As stated above, there will be volunteer HT opportunities at the VA’s Lyons campus as well.  There is a vocational-type program being organized, based in the Lyons atrium, where veterans are being trained to pursue jobs in interior plant care.

To RSVP and register for the orientation, please send an email with your name, address, phone number, and county RMG program affiliation to Jan Zientek at zientek@njaes.rutgers.edu.

If you cannot attend the Sept 28 training, but are interested in working with this project, please contact Jan Zientek zientek@njaes.rutgers.edu to let him know of your interest.

Madeline

 

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School visit Tuesday, Sept 20 at Demo Garden – help needed

Posted by on Sep 18, 2016 in Committees & Projects, Programs, The Gardens

Help encourage the next generation of gardeners!
Just a reminder that we’ll be hosting fifty 5th graders from the College Achieve Central Charter School on Tuesday, September 20th from 9:30 to noon.  Rain Date, the 22nd. PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE- Children will arrive 1/2 hour earlier.  If you can arrive at 9, we will have time to set-up and make assignments.
They will attend to learn about volunteerism and the effort that goes into gardening as they plan to start a garden in the Spring. The children will tour the garden and interview plot captains and then participate in three other activities. This will be a special time to engage and educate children about the wonders and rewards of gardening.We’ll be dividing the class into four groups, allowing each group 35 minutes.

Group 1- garden tour and questions for captains (Madeline)

Group 2- insect talk (James and Harry)

Group 3- bird talk (Maryanna)

Group 4- craft activity, half to make pizza pins and half to do “nature paints” (Deb and Nancy)

Of course we do need additional volunteers.  Please let me know that you received this message and whether or not you will attend to assist activity leaders.Thanks, Laurie Westra kwestra1@att.net

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Reminder – The Biggest Home-grown Tomato & Zucchini contest now open

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Committees & Projects, News and Events, Programs, The Gardens

All Master Gardeners are invited to enter their largest tomatoes and zucchini from their home garden into our “Home-grown” Vegetable contest. The first place winners will be announced at the September “Pin Party” and will receive a prize

The Contest starts Thursday, July 16 and ends Thursday, Sept. 3

Rules: The vegetable categories are heaviest tomato and heaviest zucchini. Master Gardeners must grow the vegetables they enter into the contest.

Bring your vegetables to the Demonstration Garden on Thursdays, between 10:30am and 11:00am to have them weighed and logged by members of the Sharing Garden Committee.

Please don’t bring your vegetables at other times for weighing at the garden. To ensure fairness, we will only be weighing the vegetables on Thursdays, between 10:30am and 11am. If you cannot make it to the garden at this time, please send your produce to the garden with another Master Gardener.

Questions? Contact Joanne Krueger @joannekru@aol.com

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The Biggest Homegrown Tomato & Zucchini Contest for Master Gardeners – ending soon!

Posted by on Aug 31, 2014 in Committees & Projects, Demo Gardens, Events, Programs, The Gardens

All Master Gardeners are invited to enter their largest tomatoes and zucchini from their home garden into our “Home-grown” Vegetable contest. The contest ends this Thursday, Sept 4th so please come to the Demo Garden with your prized vegetables!

The first place winners will be announced at the September “Pin Party” and will receive a prize (and bragging rights.)

Rules: The vegetable categories are heaviest tomato and heaviest zucchini.

Master Gardeners must grow the vegetables they enter into the contest.

Bring your vegetables to the Demonstration Garden on Thursdays, between 10:30am and 11:00am to have them weighed and logged by members of the Sharing Garden Committee.

We are open every Tuesday and Thursday at 9am until 12pm and can use help in the Sharing Garden harvesting vegetables, and general weeding and clean up.

Thank you for keeping our garden beautiful

Joanne Krueger

 

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