Gardening enthusiasts can now reap the many benefits of growing their own plants with the help of a new home, lawn, and garden resource website from Rutgers University, through the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES).

“The new NJAES website is a valuable resource for residents of all experience levels,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Gardening is a healthful, relaxing activity that we encourage throughout Union County.”

The Freeholder Board supports home gardening through the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, as part of a statewide community learning initiative run by NJAES.

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The new NJAES website features themes such as what to plant, garden design, gardening with youth, nutrition and wellness, and more.

In addition to providing delicious, healthy food, gardening can offer an opportunity for family-friendly outdoor activities.

For a complete listing of all outreach events and webinars, visit the NJAES Calendar.

Residents with yard and garden questions can contact the Master Gardeners of Union County free Garden Helpline at (908) 654-9852 or mastergardeners@ucnj.org.

The Master Gardeners program is run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County. It is supported by the Freeholder Board as part of a national county-based community agriculture program under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Extension offices are located in the County’s Colleen Fraser Building in Westfield.

For more Extension online programs, including environmental topics, yard and garden care, and 4-H clubs for youth, visit the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County online at ucnj.org/rce.

For quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities, visit The Green Connection online at ucnj.org/green-connection.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for the Test Center, visit ucnj.org/coronavirus-update.

For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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