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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.


A NEW Master Gardener Class will be starting in September, 2018. Follow this link for details on joining.
 
Master Gardeners
 
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 for consultation. If you must call at off hours, please leave a phone number and detailed message about your problem. Our Master Gardener Helpline volunteers will research the answer before they call you back during regularly scheduled hours.
 
Available Hours: 
9:00 AM - 12 Noon    Weekdays, April through September 
10:00 AM - 12 Noon   Weekdays, October - March
e-mail mastergardeners@co.middlesex.nj.us
 
The helpline is just one of the community services that our Master Gardener volunteers offer County residents.  Other services include Speakers’ Bureau, Community and School Garden guidance, and workshops on various gardening and environmental topics.
 
About Us
Master Gardeners are community volunteers trained by Rutgers experts in sustainable gardening and environmental principles.
  • 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 a certified Master Gardener must volunteer 25 hours of service each year, to remain in good standing.
Examples of volunteer service are:
  • 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 if you are:
  • ​Interested in learning more about plants and gardening.
  • Eager to gain knowledge on using natural resources wisely.
  • Willing to share your knowledge by assisting 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 a mandatory "hands-on" garden class time 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 and Rutgers events 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.
 
Interns have a choice to attend the required lectures on either Thursday evenings or Friday mornings.
In addition to attending weekly lectures, September through April, and “hands-on” gardening sessions

 
Horticultural Therapy

One of the areas of focus and volunteerism for our certified Master Gardeners program 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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