Join the Master Gardeners!
If you love growing fresh vegetables and flowers — and getting your hands dirty! — this is the volunteer program for you. No previous horticultural experience is necessary. Experts from Rutgers University will train you and certify you as a Master Gardener.
The Master Gardeners are one of Union County’s most beloved volunteer organizations and their beneficial touch is felt in neighborhoods all over our community. For information on joining contact Judi Laganga at the Extension office, firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-654-9854 (ext. #4).
More details about the Master Gardeners are online at mastergardeners-uc.org.
The centerpiece of the Master Tree Stewards’ efforts is a countywide “tree blitz” each spring, when they fan out to provide hundreds of 4th-grade students with a classroom lesson on the importance of trees in our environment. No previous experience with trees — or with children — is necessary. Extension staff will provide you with a lesson kit and other support.
Training and certification begins each fall, consisting mainly of guided walks through nearby nature preserves.
To get more information or to sign up contact Jim Nichnadowicz at the Extension, 908-654-9854 ext. 3 or Nichnadowicz@njaes.rutgers.edu.
Union County 4-H Clubs
The historic 4-H youth activity program is alive and living in Union County! Students in grades 1-12 can join the fun while developing their skills at public speaking, organization, leadership, and teamwork. Archery, Lego Robotics, Cooking, Engineering, and Fashion Design are just some of the topics to explore in small groups headed up by local volunteers.
Union County 4-H runs concurrently with the school year, so plan ahead now come to the annual 4-H Open House in mid-September, where you can meet the club leaders and sign up for clubs for the 2017-18 school year.
For more information, to get on the 4-H mailing list, or to find out about leading a club, contact Judi LaGanga at the Extension, 908-654-9854 ext. 2 or email@example.com.
Hillside Students Celebrate Arbor Day 2018: Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski (center) thanked students from George Washington School in Hillside who participated in the Union County’s annual Arbor Day Tree Planting event. Along with their teacher Daniel Jamieson (left), the students visited Williams Nursery in Westfield last week and received instruction on successful tree planting and care from nursery owner Dave Williams (right). Every year the Freeholder Board distributes free trees for schools, in cooperation with the Union County Shade Tree Advisory Board and the 4-H youth development program of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County. The Arbor Day program includes tree planting guidance hosted by Williams Nursery.
Student members of the Union County 4-H Variety Club reached across local and state borders to help displaced pets earlier this year. Through their “4-H for our 4 Pawed Friends” community service project, they collected donations to help St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison after the organization sheltered more than 700 pets in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. A representative of St. Hubert’s also visited the Variety Club to honor the students with a St. Hubert’s Humane Hero award in recognition of their work. Great job, Variety Club!
Members of the Union County 4-H Archery Club bundled up at the beginning of January and made more than 100 sandwiches for Saint Joseph’s Social Service Center in Elizabeth. Pictured here (l-r) are Alexander Luna, Reid Jaeger, Rachel Villafranca, James Brodowski, David Villafranca, Baseer Cooper, Anthony Batkiw, Henrique Alves, Katelyn Gaulin, Amir Johnson and Lily Gaulin.
Small Steps to Health and Wealth
Small Steps to Health and Wealth is a nationally recognized program developed by Extension experts at Rutgers University. The aim is to help you identify — and act on — modest behavior changes that lead to better health and financial stability.
Let the experts show you how small steps can add up to big improvements. You can read the Small Steps to Health and Wealth book for free on line at Rutgers University’s SSHW website.
If you don’t have time for a whole book you can check out the site’s monthly health and finance messages, take a quick personal assessment quiz, or pick from a list of 25 behavior strategies (we recommend starting with #1, Track Your Current Behavior).
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Links to all Union County Extension programs are at the top of the left column on this page including:
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County belongs to a national network of more than 3,100 county offices and research institutions, including Rutgers University, organized under the U.S. Department of Agriculture to foster youth development and community health.