Agriculture

Fri
28
Jun

Happy Endings for NJ's Unemployed: Grant-Funded Training Courses Provide Practical Skills & New Opportunities

Photo shows students in the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School's Three-Week Preparatory Short Course learn about good golf course design in the field from legendary architect, Stephen Kay, at the Rutgers University Golf Course.

The first part of Sergio Sosa’s story is far too familiar: the Union City resident was inches away from earning his Master’s degree in Biology from Rutgers, and was transitioning from full-time student to full-time assistant-in-training at a golf course. Just when he thought everything was falling into place, Sosa was laid off from his job in late 2012.

Yet by March 2013, Sosa (with degree in hand) was gainfully employed as Assistant Superintendent at two popular New York City-owned golf courses.

Sosa credits the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) and a grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL) for helping him get there.

Mon
25
Nov

SEBS Student Revives Historic Trail at Rutgers University Inn

The first part of the trail has been cleared of brush and trees. Over the summer, the pond was completely cleaned and a bench for seating was installed nearby. Reviewing the progress are (l-r) Laura Lawson, Deana Pagnozzi, Rick Ludescher, Eliot Nagele, Mike Ayres, and Jason Grabosky (far right). Photo by Jean Marie Hartman.

Environmental planning and design major Eliot Nagele (SEBS ’15) is undertaking the restoration of a historic trail running behind the University Inn and Conference Center. Previously used for recreational and educational purposes the trail has fallen into disuse and become overgrown. Nagele asked Inn Director Deana Pagnozzi, "Would we be interested in having him work on the trail? Of course we were thrilled for him to volunteer.”

Nadele's faculty advisor Jean Marie Hartman and Dean of Academic Programs Rick Ludescher facilitated the creation and funding of an internship that has allowed Nagele to conduct research, begin cleanup, and reach out to faculty, students and staff across the university.

Mon
15
Apr

Rutgers Gardens Wins Environmental Stewardship Award

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The Rutgers Gardens, a self-sustaining botanical garden on the New Brunswick campus, has won the 2012 New Jersey Turfgrass Association Environmental Stewardship Award, in recognition of its “ongoing environmental preservation and conservation commitments through the act of education.” The association, whose mission is to promote the turfgrass industry in the state, honors “a person or organization in recognition of a continuing commitment to environmental preservation and conservation.” Read more.

Fri
05
Apr

VIDEO: 37th Annual Home Gardeners School Cultivates New Green Thumbs

The 37th Annual Home Gardeners School brought scores of seasoned and emerging “green thumbs” to the Douglass Campus in New Brunswick for a full day of workshops covering a variety of gardening and landscaping topics on March 23.

Sponsored by the Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) the popular event attracts garden enthusiasts from throughout the state for expert instruction on horticulture skills.

Speakers come from OCPE’s commercial horticulture and landscape design programs, along with faculty from Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. The 35 workshops covered such topics as composting, irrigation, lawn care, tree care, beekeeping and pruning techniques.

Learn more about OCPE’s continuing education programs.

 

Tue
12
Mar

Rutgers Gardens Hosts Programs for Families and Children: Growing Food, Our Natural World and Outdoor Fun

Rutgers Gardens summer programs

“Planet Plant It – Exploring Flora of the World” is this year’s garden theme for Rutgers Gardens’ 2013 family and children’s programs beginning next month.

Campers, Family Garden Club members and tour groups can learn about selecting, growing and preparing fruits and vegetables from various world cultures. Explorations of the gardens will be a “world tour” of plants from all over the planet.

Located near the Cook Campus in New Brunswick, the Rutgers Gardens comprise diverse botanical environments open year-round, free to the public. The Gardens’ 180 acres of maintained and natural areas includes plants from around the world, beautiful garden settings with gazebos and water features, annual flower and vegetable gardens, 70 acres of woodlands and a unique bamboo grove.

Registration is now open for the following programs:

Tue
05
Feb

‘Retool Your Career’: Attend a Free Workshop, Meet Program Representatives at Continuing Education Fair, March 16

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The 2nd Annual ‘Retool Your Career’ Continuing Education Fair at Rutgers on Saturday, March 16, offers the public the opportunity to meet with representatives of scores of Rutgers continuing education programs and also attend a free career workshop on resume writing or networking.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cook Campus Center, 59 Biel Road, on the Rutgers Cook Campus. It is free and open to the public. Registration is required for the workshops.

Anyone who is un- or under-employed, considering a career change, seeking continuing education credits for certification or licensing, or interested in pursuing higher education for career enhancement is welcome to attend.

Fri
09
Nov

Tree Care Training More Important Than Ever After Hurricane Sandy

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With the recent storms that have devastated the region and toppled trees too numerous to count, it is vital to have knowledgeable tree care professionals on the ground during and after clean-up to ensure public safety.

Later this month, Rutgers’ Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) will bring the state’s top tree experts in to give hands-on training in tree care.

The first of several tree care courses, Hazardous Tree Identification, will be held in New Brunswick from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27. 

The class is geared toward shade tree managers, arborists, landscape contractors, public parks/public works managers and other professionals who need to know how to assess a hazardous tree and when to call in the experts for removal.

Tue
06
Nov

Rutgers Class Helps Grow Better Pumpkins

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This year, Rich Norz has more than enough pumpkins growing on his 45-acre pumpkin patch to supply all the consumers who come to pick and purchase pumpkins at Norz Hill Farm and Market in Hillsborough.

He can give some of the credit for his good crop to Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, and to its Mid-Atlantic Pumpkin School, a one-day workshop that teaches farmers how to grow better pumpkins. Read the entire story

 

Mon
17
Sep

Is that a Beekeeper in Your Backyard?

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What do a public defender, a maintenance man, a flavor scientist, a corrections officer, a playwright, a nurse and an interior designer have in common? They’re all budding beekeepers in New Jersey.

The practice of beekeeping goes back thousands of years, and at least in the Garden State, interest still seems strong. Residents from towns all over the state and from nearly as many professions have caught the buzz in recent years.

Initially I just wanted to have a greener yard, a greener lifestyle,” said Seth Belson, a Cherry Hill resident and attorney with the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. But, he said, “As you get into beekeeping, there are more and more aspects that fascinate you.

Mon
13
Aug

U.S. Veteran Trains for Fulfilling Sports Turf Management Career at Rutgers

Picture of Eric Harshman watering turf field

The seeds of Eric Harshman’s second career took root during his 12-year enlistment in the Indiana Air National Guard. That’s when he began helping out at his in-laws’ golf course, and discovered a passion for turf.

“I fell in love with it, working outdoors with my hands,” recalled the former aircraft armament technician.

He did three tours of duty in the Middle East, loading aircraft with 5,000-pound bombs and fixing fighter jet weapon systems. Standing on a roof at his base in Qatar, he could see for miles – and there was no green.

When Harshman’s tours ended, his commanding officers granted him time to attend Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School in the fall of 2007.

Read more at Continuing Editorial, the DoCS Alumni Newsletter.

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