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Poinsettia Production – September Monthly Meeting Sept 16 at 7:30 Invite

Posted by on Sep 15, 2020 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners:

Here is the link for our September Monthly Meeting on Wednesday September 16 at 7:30 pm.  Please log on a few minutes before.  Our topic is greenhouse poinsettia production with guest speaker Greg Carofine , grower for Great Swamp Greenhouses.

Madeline Flahive Di Nardo invites you to participate as an attendee in the following online training session:
Topic: Master Gardener Monthly Meeting
Host: Madeline Flahive Di Nardo
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

Session number: 120 970 2453
Session password: 3PbSEMN44zY

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To join the training session
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1. Go to https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/k2/j.php?MTID=t325a72050d681f78acea487b7a4313d1
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the session password: 3PbSEMN44zY
4. Click “Join Now”.
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link
https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/k2/j.php?MTID=t1911bc563b9e7cc2a85242c812889b00

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To join the session by phone only
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To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the training session, or call the number below and enter the access code.
USA Toll:+1-650-429-3300
Global call-in numbers: https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/globalcallin.php?MTID=tf3f30a2527ec8e2995c4f45d2a05f848
Access code: 120 970 2453

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For assistance
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Can’t join the training session?
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To add this session to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), click this link:
https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/k2/j.php?MTID=t67a2fe5b1060099dc2665cefe543bb4d

https://www.webex.com

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This Webex service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to the recording, discuss your concerns with the meeting host prior to the start of the recording or do not join the session. Please note that any such recordings may be subject to discovery in the event of litigation.

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September Newsletter and Monthly Meeting Sept 16

Posted by on Sep 14, 2020 in Continuing Education, News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners,

Hope you have been enjoying this September weather as we wind down summer and greet the fall.  While we gardeners are planting our fall ornamentals like panies and mums , commerical growers are growing a popular holiday plant – poinsettias.

We will be having a September monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 16 at 7:30 featuring Great Swamp Greenhouse Grower Greg Carifone. Greg will give us a behind the scenes look at what goes into producing a poinsettia crop.  Details on how to join the meeting via WebEx can be found in the September Newsletter below:

September 20 MG Newsletter MFD (1)

If you are new to joining a class using WebEx or need a refresher from this spring, here are some tips:

Tips for Phoning In

Web Ex Training Screens

WebEx Instructions from iPhone

Thanks to our Newsletter team led by editor Stephanie Bourk and Continuing Ed Chair Tina Helmstetter for an interesting September newsletter and monthly meeting.  Please note that the Pin Party, usually held in September, has been postponed until the new year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Take care and be well,

Madeline

 

 

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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 https://go.rutgers.edu/ruready2garden15

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 https://go.rutgers.edu/ruready2garden15

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. william.hlubik@rutgers.edu

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: https://tinyurl.com/middlesexcountygrows 

Past episodes of the webcast can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/rcevids

Many more Rutgers Cooperative Extension resources on your home, lawn and garden can be found at: https://njaes.rutgers.edu/home-lawn-garden/

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Up Coming On-Line Continuing Education Opportunities

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners:

Here are some webinars you might be interested in virtually attending.   They can count for continuing ed units. Rutgers has waived the volunteer hour/continuing ed requirements for 2020, but you are more then welcome to attend.

If you have trouble with a link, please copy and paste it into your browser.

Rutgers Home Gardens School @ Home Edition

http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/HGSatHome/

Herbs for a Butterfly Garden

Date and Time: May 27, 2020; 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Instructor: Caren White

Registration Fee: $25.00 per person

Sustainable Beekeeping

Date and Time: June 9, 2020; 6:30PM – 7:30PM

Instructor: Mike Haberland

Registration Fee: $35.00 per person

 

Small Scale Queen Rearing

Date and Time: June 16, 2020; 6:30PM – 7:30PM

Instructor: Mike Haberland

Registration Fee: $35.00 per person

 

Earth Day at Home free webinar series is every Monday at 6:30pm. https://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/EarthDayatHome2020.html

Upcoming Schedule:

5/26/20 (Tuesday)- Reducing Plastic Waste- Casey Lippincott

6/1/20- Plant This Not That – Avoiding Invasives in Your Yard. Michele Bakacs

6/8/20- Exploring Your Watershed from Home- Sal Mangiafico

6/15/20- Backyard Composting 101 Michele Bakacs

6/22/20- Ticks and Lyme Disease Amy Rowe

6/29/20- Understanding the 2019 Harmful Algae Blooms in NJ Michael Haberland

 

RU Ready 2 Garden

Free events are listed at RCE of Middlesex County

http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov and on the NJAES Calendar

https://events.rutgers.edu/njaes/

 

RCE of Ocean County’s In the Know To Grow free series- Tuesdays evenings

Events are listed at https://ocean.njaes.rutgers.edu and on the NJAES Calendar https://events.rutgers.edu/njaes/

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 @ 6:00pm – 7:00pm -“Growing Vegetables in Containers”- Gene Cranmer, RMG

Click here to register:

https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3775cf683a2e3af806449cecbe7963c5

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 6:30pm – 7:30pm- “The Best Deer Resistant Plants for Your Garden”- Irene Wanat, RMG

Click here to register:

https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee14cdeb903e138afbb9da394fd8358c4

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 6:30pm – 7:30pm-“So, You Found an Orphaned or Injured Wild animal, What to Do Next”- Amelia Valente- 4-H Program Associate.

Click here to register:

https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee0d1c68426a759cd1b940fdc18a09688

Enjoy!

Madeline

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May Monthly Meeting “How to Use Better Impact” Wed May 20 7:30 pm

Posted by on May 18, 2020 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Our May monthly meeting will be about “How to Use Better Impact” a program that Master Gardeners through-out the state have been using to record their volunteer hours and schedule signing up for volunteer activities.   The meeting will be held via WebEx Training.  You will not need to pre-register – please follow the instructions below to join us via your computer or phone.

Madeline Flahive Di Nardo invites you to participate as an attendee in the following online training session:

Topic: Master Gardener Monthly Meeting

Host: Madeline Flahive Di Nardo

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Time: 7:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

Session number: 191 314 276

Session password: 3PbSEMN44zY

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To join the training session

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  1. Go to https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/k2/j.php?MTID=tda4029cda29696a6b87cb37a5546ffcf
  2. Enter your name and email address.
  3. Enter the session password: 3PbSEMN44zY
  4. Click “Join Now”.
  5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link

https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/k2/j.php?MTID=t255fc99bb8f5951832a687f73e841a1a

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To join the session by phone only

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To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the training session, or call the number below and enter the access code.

USA Toll:+1-650-429-3300

Global call-in numbers: https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/globalcallin.php?MTID=t09bc8be4f884b02d808a900894193e9f

Access code: 191 314 276

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For assistance

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Can’t join the training session?

https://collaborationhelp.cisco.com/article/qg8vzfb

To add this session to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), click this link:

https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/k2/j.php?MTID=ta122fc85057e98749904c4b161c5bc1e

https://www.webex.com

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Rutgers “Earth Day at Home” Series

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Rutgers Earth Day at Home Webinar Series

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Rutgers Cooperative Extension announces its webinar series “Earth Day at Home”. This series will focus on steps everyone can take to protect the environment. We can all do our part to take actions that make our homes more sustainable, from environmentally friendly lawn care, to composting, to reducing plastic waste. These actions, more than ever, start at home.

Details: Join us on Mondays, starting April 20th, at 6:30pm to learn from experts at Rutgers Cooperative Extension. These live, interactive sessions will be 1 hour. To join in you need either a computer, tablet, or smartphone with speakers. Every week we will cover small actions that together reduce negative impacts on the environment. To register, or for more info visit https://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/EarthDayatHome2020.html

All sessions are free and provided via Webex. Below is the schedule:

4/20/20- Get to the Root of Soil Compaction.  Soil compaction is a major problem that can impact your lawn, garden, and cause rainwater runoff.  Come learn about what causes compaction, how to figure out if your yard is experiencing compaction, and how to correct soil compaction at home. Steve Yergeau, Assistant Professor/ County Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension- Ocean/Atlantic Counties.

4/27/20- Environmentally-Friendly Landscape Care. Want to reduce chemical use on your lawn and garden? Bill Hlubik will focus on earth-wise land care practices everyone should use including using proper plant genetics, using right plant, right place concepts, having the soil tested, using appropriate cultural practices and educating yourself and the public about the dangers of chemical over-application to home landscapes. William T. Hlubik, Full Professor/ County Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County.

5/4/20- Creating Wildlife Habitat in Your Yard. All creatures need to eat, drink, hide from predators, take cover from harsh weather, and safely raise their young. Whatever the size of your yard, learn how you can transform it into a haven for wildlife. Kathleen Kerwin, Program Associate, Wildlife Conservation and Management Program.

5/11/20- Home Vegetable Gardening For Food, Fun, and Stress Management. Growing your own food can be physically and mentally rewarding. There are important tips to consider when starting a home vegetable garden such as location, sunlight, water, soil quality, and wildlife exclusion. This presentation will cover important tips for vegetable gardening including selecting vegetable varieties, starting seeds indoors and outside, planting and spacing, managing pests in the garden, watering, and harvesting the garden. Michelle Infante-Casella, Full Professor/ County Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County.

5/18/20- Reducing Food Waste, Thirty to forty percent of all food produced in the US is wasted. This talk will define food waste, its environmental impacts, and will provide tips for reducing food waste at home. Amy Rowe, Associate Professor/ County Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Essex/ Passaic Counties.

5/26/20 (Tuesday)- Reducing Plastic Waste.  Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans. Learn about the impact plastic is having on our environment and the steps you can take to reduce plastic waste in your home. Casey Lippincott, NJDEP Watershed Ambassador.

6/1/20- Plant This Not That – Avoiding Invasives in Your Yard. Some popular ornamental plants are actually garden “bullies” invading local ecosystems and destroying natural wildlife habitats. Learn about the importance of using native plants in your yards for supporting local ecology including examples of species you can use to replace invasives. Michele Bakacs, Associate Professor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension- Middlesex/ Union Counties.

6/8/20- Exploring Your Watershed from Home. We all live in a watershed and you can navigate yours from your computer. Learn about free online platforms and mapping websites that provide all kinds of information for you to explore local streams, habitat, water sources, soil types, and the environment right around your home. Sal Mangiafico, Associate Professor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension- Salem/ Cumberland Counties.

6/15/20- Backyard Composting 101. Starting home composting is one of the easiest ways to reduce waste while improving your soil. Learn how to turn your kitchen scraps and yard waste into black gold for your soil with these tips for success. Michele Bakacs, Associate Professor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension- Middlesex/ Union Counties.

6/22/20- Ticks and Lyme Disease. Protect yourself from ticks and Lyme disease by learning about the tick life cycle, tick removal, and differences between a variety of tick species. Learn also how to reduce tick habitat around your home. Amy Rowe, Associate Professor/ County Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Passaic/ Essex Counties.

6/29/20- Understanding the 2019 Harmful Algae Blooms in NJ. Harmful algal blooms (HABs) plagued many aquatic waterways in 2019. This talk will cover what it is, what to look for, health effects, and how you can do your part to prevent them. Mike Haberland, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Associate Professor/County Agent- Burlington/ Camden Counties.

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Care of Native Plant Handouts

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

We had our first vitual monthly meeting last night – the topic was Native Plant Care.  If you were not able to download the handouts or were not able to join us, here they are:

Dividing perennials

Website Handout Native Plant April 15 2020 Talk

https://njaes.rutgers.edu/fs1140/

Landscaping with Native Plants

https://njaes.rutgers.edu/fs1221/

Pruning Flowering Shrubs

We had some good questions about Japanese Knotweed Control :

https://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/publication.php?pid=FS1018

Control of Lesser Celandon:

https://extension.umd.edu/learn/weed-week-lesser-celandine

and when to divide Solomon’s Seal

Solomon’s Seal, Polygonatum spp.

Happy Gardening!

Madeline

 

 

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Reminder Monthly Meeting Tonight – April 15 7:30 pm

Posted by on Apr 15, 2020 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Just a reminder – our Monthly meeting is scheduled for this evening via WebEx.  The topic is Native Plant Garden Care.  Here are details for logging on to the program.  The site will be open at 7:15 pm to log in and download the handouts. The program will start at 7:30.

Topic: Native Plant Garden Care
Host: Madeline Flahive Di Nardo
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

Session number: 793 459 454
Session password: pfTPya9mn33

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1. Go to https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/k2/j.php?MTID=t0b5ca9ecdefee664a111ba1df6e2b32f
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the session password: pfTPya9mn33
4. Click “Join Now”.
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link
https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/k2/j.php?MTID=tce27711ffe41fe4c5217fdace75f7550

Note: Course materials are available for this session and can be downloaded prior to the session.

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To join the session by phone only
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To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the training session, or call the number below and enter the access code.
USA Toll:+1-650-429-3300
Global call-in numbers: https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/globalcallin.php?MTID=t015aa393627f9a2959024827763d4b48
Access code: 793 459 454

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For assistance
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Can’t join the training session?
https://collaborationhelp.cisco.com/article/qg8vzfb

To add this session to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), click this link:
https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/k2/j.php?MTID=t7ec368cd3d28b910ac6c23e073d9e772

https://www.webex.com

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Happy Spring

Posted by on Mar 20, 2020 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Happy First Day of Spring! I hope everyone is doing well.  I was at the demonstration garden this morning and thought you might like a stroll through the garden.  Here is a Power Point presentation of some pictures I took this morning.

 

First Day of Spring 2020

When you open the Power Point file, click on the slide show tab, then the  from beginning tab.

If you would like to do some virtual vegetable gardening, the Rutgers Community Gardening Series is now available on-line at

njaes.rutgers.edu/community-garden

Each presentation has a pre/post quiz that if you can print out a “Certificate of Completion” after you take the “Post Quiz” .  Viewing these presentations and taking the quizzes can count for Continuing Education units. If you have already taken the quizzes at one of our live programs, please do not retake the quiz, but the time can still count for continuing education.

Our RCE office is still closed to the public, but I am available by email mflahive@ucnj.org or voice mail 908-654-9854 ext 4.

All the best,

Madeline

 

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Spring Continuing Education Opportunities

Posted by on Mar 2, 2020 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Here is our spring list of  horticultural classes and events you might be interested in attending.  Most of the classes have been approved for continuing education units (CEU) . Some do not qualify for CEU’s , but you might enjoy attending.  Some programs have registration fees.  Keep in mind that our MG monthly meetings count towards CEU’s and most do not have a fee, and of course you are welcome to attend  our Tuesday  morning MG classes for CEU’s. We also have programs in the demonstration garden that usually do not have a charge.

As a reminder about CEU’s :  to maintain status of an Active Master Gardener you are expected to participate in  25 hours of approved MG volunteer activities and attend 10 hours of approved continuing education programs on a yearly basis (January-December).  Recent MG class graduates (Class of 2019) should start accumulating CEU’s.   Current class members do not need CEU’s until starting next year, January 2021.   There is a space on the volunteer hour sheet to record your CEU credits.

Here is our spring 2020 list:

MG spring 20 ceu

Thanks to Tina Helmstetter for creating the list and if you have any ideas / suggestions for CEU programs, please send the details to Tina at tinamac208@gmail.com .

Madeline

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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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MG Annual Conference at Rutgers – Oct 5 information

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in Continuing Education, News and Events, Programs

The Annual Master Gardener Conference is on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Cook Student Center in New Brunswick! This annual conference gives all Rutgers Master Gardener (RMG) volunteers from across the state the opportunity to meet new friends and reconnect with each other while hearing and learning from noted experts in the wide field of horticulture.

Highlights of the 2019 Annual Conference – How did Climate Change my Garden?

  • Learn from noted experts in the field of horticulture and hear about educational opportunities in the RMGANJ Counties
  • Watch the video of the State Award winners for each county, includes two presentations by International Master Gardener Award Winning Counties
  • Enjoy continental breakfast/coffee and LUNCH IS INCLUDED!
  • Win door prizes
  • Earn 5 CE hours
  • Registration is $45.00 and includes breakfast and lunch
  • Registration closes October 1
  • Poster for the conference link is below
  • Go to this website to register:  www.cpe.rutgers.edu/RMGANJ

PosterRMGANJ-Conference

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Continuing Education Meeting, October 16th, 2019, 7:30 pm @ RCE

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Continuing Education

Please join us Wednesday October 16th, 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 James Occi. Topic – “Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases in New Jersey”

Researchers with the Rutgers Center for Vector Biology recently published the first scientific list of tick species confirmed in New Jersey, revealing that there are 11 known types, nine of them indigenous to North America and two invasive, including the recently identified Asian longhorned tick. Writing in the Journal of Medical Entomology, authors James L. Occi, Dina M. Fonseca, and Andrea M. Egizi (GSNB’14) also revealed that there are possibly seven other species present in the state—or will be…

Jim is a recovering microbiologist after 30 years in research at Merck Research labs and New Jersey Medical School. Jim is now working for the New Jersey Department of Health where he is involved in various state-wide surveillance programs. One such program is focused on mosquito surveillance – searching for mosquito-born viruses throughout the state’s mosquito populations. Jim is also assisting in implementing a state-wide tick surveillance program – the first of it’s kind in NJ.

Jim is also a PhD student in the department of Entomology at Rutgers University and wants to be a medical entomologist when he grows up.

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 soon.

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Ticks and Insects of Interest Training Program June 19 at Rutgers Busch Campus

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

On Wednesday June 19 there will be a free Rutgers Cooperative Extension training program on “Ticks and Other Insects of Interest”  for volunteer Master Gardeners at the Rutgers Busch Campus Student Center in Piscataway.   Pre-registration is required and bring a bag lunch.  Here is the program announcement:

Rutgers MG Training June 19 2019 Program Registration

This program is eligible for 4 CEU’s.

Hope to see you there!

Madeline

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Continuing Education Meeting on Wednesday, March 20 @7:30 PM

Posted by on Mar 11, 2019 in Continuing Education

Please join us for our Continuing Education Meeting, Wednesday March 20, 2019, 7:30-9 in the RCE Meeting Room, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ 07090.

A Passionate Look At The World Of Bonsai

Mike Humphrey has been doing bonsai for about 40 years, as a hobbyist and a professional. His passion started in England where he is from, and where he was heavily involved in the bonsai scene, being on the boards of many clubs and societies, both as board member and President. Mike worked as the head Stylist for quite a few years in one of the largest bonsai wholesale nurseries, Kyoto bonsai in Knutsford, Cheshire. He showed his trees throughout Europe and The USA and have had his trees accepted to the US National bonsai exhibition bi-annually for last 10 years. His most recent tree will be on the cover of International Bonsai, coming out in September. The same tree will be included in an International book by the famous artist Robert Steven of Indonesia.

Mike has given talks on bonsai all over Britain and was a demonstrator at the Joy of Bonsai Celebration in Bath, England. Although he doesn’t give a lot of talks these days, he is still very active in the US bonsai scene being on board of the Mid Atlantic Bonsai societies. His plan is to bring a few trees and discuss more advanced techniques with some basic bonsai knowledge and try and give a sense to what makes good bonsai and how to achieve that.

You are welcome to bring a guest for this event! RSVP and send questions you would like covered by emailing TinaMac208@gmail.com

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Spring Continuing Education Programs

Posted by on Mar 4, 2019 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners:

Here is our spring listing of programs that have been approved for continuing education credits, or you may be interested in attending.

Spring CEUs 2019

Thanks to Tina Helmstetter for compiling the list.  If you have suggestions for future listings, please email the information to Tina at Tinamac208@gmail.com.

Remember, there are also free continuing education events offered here at the RCE office including our Monthly meetings and Master Gardener classes as well as workshops at our Demonstration Gardens.

Madeline

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Soils Lecture

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Just a reminder that tonight’s (Wed Feb 20)  monthly meeting on soils has been cancelled.

Here is the link for the Living Soil film, from the Soil Health Institute. You can watch it at your leisure. It is a one hour film for 1 CEU.

https://livingsoilfilm.com/

FYI, If you would like to test your knowledge,  there are also questions on the lesson plan site for high school students. Questions are on page 6, answers are on page 7.  See how you do!

Madeline and Tina Helmstetter

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February 20 Monthly Meeting Cancelled Due to Weather

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Our monthly meeting scheduled for Wednesday February 20 has been cancelled due to the expected inclement weather tomorrow afternoon and evening.  We will be sending out information on how you can view the Soils presentation at your leisure.

Stay safe,

Madeline

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Rutgers Home Gardeners School Reimbursement

Posted by on Feb 17, 2019 in Continuing Education

Are you thinking about attending the Rutgers Home Gardeners School on Saturday, March 23, 2019? If so, you should know that as a certified Union County Master Gardener you qualify for additional discounts. Register by February 28, and your cost is $65 (use Promo code MG2019 with proof of certification).

In addition, any certified Union County Master Gardener who submits proof of registration payment, will receive an additional $15 discount, so the whole day of classes will cost only $50. Mail or drop off your receipt to the Treasurer at the RCE office in Westfield.

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Reminder: Continuing Education Meeting Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Posted by on Feb 17, 2019 in Continuing Education

Please join us for our Continuing Education meeting this Wednesday February 20, 2019, @ 7:30 pm in the RCE Meeting Room, 300 North Ave East, Westfield NJ 07090
We will be watching a documentary from the Soil Health Institute… Living Soil: A Documentary for All of Us!
(Recommended by Rutgers Plant Pest Advisory, Turf Blog)

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