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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 bakacs@njaes.rutgers.edu or (732)398-5274.
To register or learn more visit envirostewards.rutgers.edu

 

 

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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,  www.trex.com/recycling/recycling-programs/.
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 AltheaL746@gmail.com,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. www.cpe.rutgers.edu/HGS

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 Altheal746@gmail.com 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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Reminder: Please Vote! Executive Board Elections until Monday, December 16th at 4 pm

Posted by on Dec 10, 2019 in News and Events

Please be reminded that the election of the following Executive Board Officers began last night at the Annual Meeting on Monday December 9, 2019. The positions are as follows: 2nd Vice President, 3rd Vice President, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary 

The elected officers will begin their two (2) year terms in January, 2020

NOTE: According to our bylaws, nominations were not called/taken from the floor.  Our bylaws can be found under  the Forms and FAQS  page of this website.

Certified/Active and Aurum Insigne Master Gardeners in good standing are eligible to vote. There are three opportunities for eligible master gardeners to cast a vote. One was at the Annual Meeting/holiday party and eligible members not attending the Annual Meeting/holiday party will have until Monday, December 16, 2019 at 4:00 P.M. to vote at the RCE Office or you may vote on this website (see info below). No votes will be accepted by phone. On December 17-18, 2019 the votes will be tallied and the President will be notified of the results. The President will notify the nominees and the membership of the election results.

The job descriptions/duties of the 2nd Vice President, 3rd Vice President, Treasure and Corresponding Secretary can be found on pages 7 and 8 of the bylaws.

To vote online: Election Ballot is found under “Quick Info”on the main page of this website.

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December Newsletters

Posted by on Dec 5, 2019 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners!

Here is our December Newsletter!  Enjoy and hope to see you at the MG Holiday Party on Monday Dec. 9.

Madeline

December 2019 MG Newsletter_

 

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REMINDER: Holiday Party Monday, December 9th

Posted by on Dec 5, 2019 in News and Events

Hi Master Gardeners,

Friendly Reminder that the Master Gardener’s Holiday Party is Monday, December 9th, 2019, 7:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. Please RSVP to Tamisha Hopkins by email: thopkins@ucnj.org or call the office if you have not already done so.

See you there!

Happy Holidays,

Tamisha Hopkins

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Holiday Party Theme “Seeds of the Season”

Posted by on Dec 4, 2019 in News and Events

The theme for this year’s Holiday gathering is “Seeds of the Season” and attendees are encouraged to participate in a seed swap during the event. Just bring an envelope of your favorite seeds with a label identifying the type of seed. A variety of seeds will be available for swapping and sharing.

 

Happy Holidays… and Happy Growing

From: Class of 2020

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Master Gardeners Executive Board 2019 Nominees

Posted by on Nov 22, 2019 in News and Events

Below are the offices and candidates for the Master Gardeners Executive BoardAlthough the candidates are unopposed, we encourage you to vote as a show of support for them.  Voting will take place at the meeting on December 9.  Or you can vote at the Extension Office. The deadline for voting is December 16, 2019.

-The Nominations Committee: Jayne Graepel, Robert Platt, Richard Leister

The term of office for the listed positions is January 1, 2020 –December 31, 2022.

 Second Vice President:       

  • Tom Beisler, class of 2018

Volunteer Hours to Date:  78.5

Committee Involvement:  Plant Sale, Emerald Ash Borer Survey, Master Garden mowing and maintenance, MG Docent Program.

Third Vice President:

  • Ann Burgmeyer, class of 2011

Volunteer Hours to Date:  1,236.5

Committee Involvement: Third Vice President, Herb Garden and Helpline, Spring Garden Fair, MG Docent Program

 Corresponding Secretary:

  • Andrea Hightower, class of 2013

Volunteer Hours to Date: 136

Committee Involvement:  Bed next to shed; general help in the Demo garden, including berry patch and greenhouse.

Treasurer:

  • Jennfier Costas, class of 2017

Volunteer Hours to Date101.75.

Committee Involvement:  Seeds for Hope, Herb Garden, Spring Garden Fair, audit for RMG account

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Reminder – Continuing Education Meeting this Wednesday, November 20th @ 7:30 pm

Posted by on Nov 17, 2019 in News and Events

Please join us this Wednesday November 20, 2019, 7:30-9 pm for our Continuing Education Meeting to be held at the Colleen Fraser Building, 300 North Ave East, Westfield NJ, 2nd floor.

Our guest speaker will be Attorney Rachel Roat. Topic – “Tree Law for Gardeners”-

Attorney Roat will discuss basic principles, and laws governing private trees, and discuss disputes between neighbors over trees and offer strategies for successful resolution.

If you haven’t already RSVP, please contact Tina Helmstetter at TinaMac208@gmail.com or text 908-763-6773 to let her know you plan on attending. Bring a friend, see you there.

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Master Gardeners Approved Volunteer opportunity: Daffodil planting in Rahway November 17

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in News and Events

Volunteers Requested for Daffodil Planting in Rahway

Date: Sunday, November 17 at 10:30AM.

Location: Saint George’s & Central Ave across from the Rutgers rain garden.
(The park with RSI bank sign.)

We will be naturalizing daffodils to give Rahway a blast of spring color every year.  This will be a beautiful display Union County citizens can all enjoy for years to come.
We also request helpers for task support such as sprinkling bone meal and handing out daffodils bulbs and water.

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

For questions contact : James Keane

Jkeane54@aol.com

908-499-1082

Thank you. Hope to see you there.

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Save the Date! – Holiday Party Scheduled for Monday, December 9th

Posted by on Nov 8, 2019 in News and Events

Hi Master Gardeners,

Please Save the Date, for the Master Gardener’s Holiday Party, which is scheduled for Monday, December 9th, 2019, 7 pm at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. Details to follow.

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Multiflora Rose is Killing the Garden Roses. Learn How to Get Rid of It.

Posted by on Nov 7, 2019 in News and Events

The cultivated roses in the Demo Garden are apparently being infected by a disease coming from the multiflora roses outside the fence.

On Wednesday, November 13, the Watchung Reservation Invasive Plants (WRIP) crew  will come to the MG Area around 10:15-10:30 a.m.  It would be great if some MGs could meet with the WRIP crew to learn about how to eradicate invasives and maybe save the roses inside the fence.

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Master Gardener “November” Newsletter

Posted by on Nov 7, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Please see attached ‘November’ newsletter.

November 2019 MG Newsletter

Best Regards,

Tamisha

 

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Our next Continuing Education Meeting – Wednesday, November 20th at 7:30 pm

Posted by on Nov 5, 2019 in Continuing Education

Please join us on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019, 7:30-9 pm for our Continuing Education Meeting to be held at the Colleen Fraser Building, 300 North Ave East, Westfield NJ, 2nd floor.

Our topic and guest speaker will be: “Tree Law for Gardeners”- with Attorney, Rachel Roat.

Attorney Roat will discuss basic principles, and laws governing private trees, and discuss disputes between neighbors over trees and offer strategies for successful resolution.

Rachel received her Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1980. As a volunteer on the Master Gardener helpline Middlesex County, she became aware of the need for a basic understanding of the law of trees and how tree law and arborculture intersect in a variety of areas.
You are welcome to bring a guest to this event. Please RSVP by emailing Tina Helmstetter at TinaMac208@gmail.com or text 908-763-6773. Hope to see you there.

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Help Wanted at Demo Garden on November 5

Posted by on Oct 30, 2019 in News and Events

Please come help to dig out soil from the beds in the demo garden so we can replace the rotten boards. We are starting at 9 am.

Richard Leister for Terry Moore and Karen Mulvihill.

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Master Gardener Syllabus for 2019-2020

Posted by on Oct 24, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Welcome to our MG Class of 2020!  You are invited to any of the class lectures you would like to attend.  Each class counts towards 2.5 Continuing Education hours.  Please contact Tamisha Hopkins, thopkins@ucnj.org to check on the lecture topic as sometimes the tentative syllabus may change due to weather or speaker’s schedules.

Below is the Tentative Syllabus for the 19-20 Year.

2019-20 Tentative MG Class Syllabus

Hope to see you in class!

Madeline

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Rutgers Environmental Stewards- Registration open for Union County program

Posted by on Oct 21, 2019 in News and Events

Anyone can become a Rutgers Environmental Steward! Register today for 2020 sessions in Union County.

The Rutgers Environmental Steward program is designed to introduce non-scientists to the science behind important environmental issues affecting NJ. Stewards give back to their own communities by helping tackle local environmental problems. If you have a passion for the environment, a desire to learn and a willingness to volunteer, then this program is for you!

 

Weekly classes meet from 4-7pm,Thursdays starting January 30 through early June. Classes are held at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County offices- 300 North Ave. East, Westfield, NJ 07090.

 

Fieldtrips to environmentally significant sites are included as part of the program.

 

Learn about:

  • Climate Change
  • Soil Health
  • Energy Conservation
  • Water Resource Protection
  • Invasive Species
  • Wildlife Management
  • Habitat Conservation
  • Protecting Pollinators
  • Environmental Policy

To become a certified Rutgers Environmental Steward, graduates of the class portion of the program complete a unique 60-hour volunteer internship of their choosing.

 

For more information, or to register visit https://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/ or contact Michele Bakacs at (732) 398-5274 or bakacs@njaes.rutgers.edu. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram

 

 

 

Michele Bakacs

County Agent II / Associate Professor

Union and Middlesex Counties

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County

300 North Ave E., Westfield, NJ 07090

  1. 732-398-5274
  2. 732-398-5276

bakacs@njaes.rutgers.edu

 

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Reminder – Communications Meeting this Wednesday, October 23rd, 7:00 pm at RCE

Posted by on Oct 19, 2019 in News and Events

The next Communications meeting of all Committee Chairs and the Executive Board is this Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 PM, to be held in the meeting room of the RCE, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ.
Please join us to discuss committee plans and concerns.

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