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Environmental and Community Stewardship Program

If you would like more information and an application for the program, please call 

732-398-5278.


Master Gardeners Provide Free Service  to County Residents
 
Residents of Middlesex County who have questions on home horticulture, local agriculture, pest problems or backyard conservation should call the Master Gardener Helpline at 732-398-5220.
 
The hours of availability are:   9:00 AM - 12 Noon    April through September
                                                     10:00 AM - 12 Noon    October through March
 
If you must call at off hours, be sure to leave your home phone and a detailed message about your
problem and our Master Gardener Helpline volunteers will research the answer to your inquiry before
they call you back. The helpline is just one of the community services that our Master Gardener volunteers offer County residents.  
 
About Us 
Master Gardeners are community volunteers trained in sustainable gardening and environmental principles.
Master Gardener training includes but is not limited to :
·         Sound gardening techniques - plant selection; disease, insect and weed control
·         Integrated Pest Management
·         Composting
·         Creative methods to conserve natural resources
·         Community interaction
 
Commitment
Master Gardener interns are required to volunteer 60 hours of service to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County before achieving certification Once graduated and certified Master Gardeners must volunteers 25 hours of service each year, to remain in good standing.
Volunteer service may include:
·         Answering gardening questions on the Gardeners Helpline
·         Conducting composting and recycling lectures/demonstrations
·         Community beautification and demonstration garden maintenance
·         Lecturing on a variety of gardening topics
·         Assisting with community events such as the Middlesex County Fair

Certification

Participants become certified Master Gardeners after they have satisfactorily completed the training program and have fulfilled their volunteer service commitment.

Is the Master Gardeners / Environmental Stewardship program for you?


Join in the efforts if you are:
·         Interested in learning more about plants and gardening
·         Eager to gain knowledge on using or utilizing natural resources wisely
·         Willing to share your knowledge with residents by assisting them in gardening projects or programs
·         Looking for fulfillment resulting from community involvement

The Master Gardener student agrees to:
·         Enroll in the program (includes a non-refundable fee for program cost and educational
          and lab materials).
·         Abide by all policies of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County
·         Satisfactorily complete the training program (classes, labs and field trips) within the time period of       
          the program
·         Attend 80 percent of all classes and field trips
·         Actively participate in program committees (2 or more)
·         Participate in mandatory "hands-on" EARTH Center garden work days during the first growing season
          of their Master Gardener career
·         Complete 60 hours of community volunteer service through Rutgers Cooperative Extension               
          programs in Middlesex County during their first year as an intern
          (EARTH Center work days count towards this 60 hours ).
·         Support and promote the Master Gardener/Environmental and Community Stewardship Program,
          primarily at the local level
·         Assist Rutgers Cooperative Extension with Middlesex County Fair agricultural booth and other
          designated events.

Horticultural Therapy


One of the areas of focus and volunteerism for our certified Master Gardeners is Horticulutral Therapy.          Horticultural Therapy uses plants and gardens to promote an individual's mental, physical and intellectual well-being. This practice may use seasonal flowers and leaves in crafts that stimulate the bodies and minds of residents at local group homes.  These programs promote self-esteem and social interaction, plus the residents have FUN!!!   

They currently serve residents at :
Cedar Oaks  Care Center , South  Plainfield
The Middlesex County VA Home, Menlo Park   
 

Middlesex County Master Gardeners Helpful Links:

Nearby Land Grant Universities:
 
 


Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County
Master Gardeners
42 Riva Avenue
Davidson's Mill Pond Park
South Brunswick, NJ
Master Gardeners Helpline:
(732) 398-5220

Mailing Address:
42 Riva Avenue
Davidson's Mill Pond Park​
North Brunswick, NJ 08902​​
 
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