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All Middlesex County buildings will remain closed to the general public until further notice due to COVID-19. Only select County services are available on an appointment basis.
September 23, 2021 County Commissioner Meeting Notice: Due to the severe weather warning the meeting will now take place virtually; click here for more details.

 

Home to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park.

Middlesex County's EARTH Center

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Upcoming Programs and Activities
Check out any of our free programs! Unless otherwise noted register for EARTH Center programs by calling 732-398-5262



Saturday, September 18 // 10 am
Putting Your Garden to Bed

What should a gardener do after summer for a healthier garden next year? Master Gardener Shyamala will cover everything you need to know! This session will cover seed saving, garden bed cleaning, composting, pruning, cover crop selection and planting for fall.


Tuesday, September 21 // 6:30 pm
(changed from September 15)
Propagating Native Plants Through Seed:Sow Much to Know!

Learn to help spread the native plants that are so important for wildlife habitat. Native plant populations need help to ward off undesirable invasive species.

Attendees will plant and take home a tray of native seeds for overwintering. The session is now offering a hybrid option. For in person attendance or Zoom link, call 732-398-5268.


Saturday, October 2 // 10 am
An Introduction to Backyard Bee Keeping

Learn how to establish a hive on your property and about the positive impact hobbyist beekeepers have had on the environment’s honeybee population.


Sunday, October 24 // 10 am
Growing Garlic

Garlic is easy to grow in a small space, has very few pest and disease problems and can be planted in the fall. Ready to try growing garlic in your garden? Come get the details from our Master Gardeners in this free indoor presentation followed by hands-on activity.


Saturday, October 30 // 10 am
An Introduction to Backyard Composting

Learn to reduce kitchen and yard waste while feeding your garden. You can also pre-order compost bins for pick up at this workshop. Must register in advance: 732-745-4170


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The E.A.R.T.H. Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave., in South Brunswick, is the headquarters for Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County.  The State University’s outreach wing, Rutgers Cooperative Extension offers programs such as the Master Gardeners Environmental Stewardship program, 4-H Youth Development clubs and federally funded nutrition classes for limited resource families. Rutgers Cooperative Extension uses the knowledge of university faculty to offer programs and research to serve Middlesex County’s diverse population.  
 
Middlesex County's EARTH Center invites you to learn about local agriculture and the environment. Now your school group, Scout Troop or senior's club, can take a guided tour at the Middlesex County EARTH Center to learn about these topics and more. Please call us for scheduling availability.

The EARTH Center demonstration areas include a 1000 square foot vegetable garden, a 13-bed herb garden,
native plant displays  and an arboretum. These demonstrations are used to spark conversation about local agriculture, basics of horticulture, Integrated Pest Management, earth-friendly gardening techniques and many topics that are the focus of the Extension Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Division.
 
Adult volunteers can find out about donating time to the EARTH Center gardens by calling 732-398-5278.

Alternative Energy & Bio-fuels - Solar panels, hybrid cars and alternative fuels, are all becoming   
increasingly common. Learn more about them, to see if they’ve a place in your greening efforts.
 
Rain Garden - Experience how a simple addition to your landscape can help to replenish our state’s clean groundwater supplies.
 
Compost Demonstration - Extension staff and volunteers conduct composting/recycling demonstrations and educational programs. There are several types of compost bins on display at the EARTH Center which help us to promote composting and the recycling of organic materials. The extension office has received support since 1994 from the Middlesex County's Division of Solid Waste Management in order to conduct solid waste/natural resource programs and activities.
 
Butterfly House - Our Master Gardeners Butterfly House is closed for 2021. We apologize for the inconvenience. Call 732-398-5262 to determine when and if it has re-opened.
 
Children's Garden - Latched but not locked, the children's garden is open during park hours and provides a whimsical yet educational getaway for families and their little ones. Check out the green roof playhouse.

The EARTH Center can also be a resource for local scout troops, providing a place to work on gardening or agriculture achievement badges. There are plenty of opportunities for scouts to fulfill community volunteer time needs as well. These demonstration gardens can turn a walk in the park into a learning experience for visitors during normal daylight park hours.

For a guided group tour, contact the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262.

Be sure to keep an eye out for our annual Garden and Music Festival usually happening in the second half of August when are garden are at their peak. For more informationon this  call 732-398-5268.
 
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Davidson's Mill Pond Park
​​42 Riva Avenue​
South Brunswick, NJ 08902 
(732) 398 - 5262

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