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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.

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 - 12Noon    October through March
 
If you must call on off hours, be sure to leave your home phone and a detailed message and our Master Gardener
Helpline volunteers will research the answer to your inquiry before they call you back.
 
About Us 
Master Gardeners are community volunteers trained in gardening and environmental principles. In order to
obtain Master Gardener certification, 60 hours of classroom/field trip time are required while in training.  After achieving certification, 25 hours of volunteer service are required each year.  Master Gardener training includes:
·         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, and 25 hours of service each year following certification. Volunteer service may include:
·         Answering gardening questions on the Gardeners Helpline
·         Conducting composting and recycling lectures/demonstrations
·         Establishing community beautification and demonstration gardens
·         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
·         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
The Middlesex County Master Gardeners Horticultural Therapy Unit is very busy.

The horticultural program uses seasonal flowers and leaves to stimulate the bodies and minds of residents of local group homes. Horticultural Therapy uses plants and gardens to promote an individual's mental, physical and intellectual well-being.  These programs promote self-esteem, social interaction and mental stimulation.  And 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:
 
 
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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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