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EARTH Center Open House Offers Fun for Whole Family

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 MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ --The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will host its Garden Field Day/Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

The day will be filled with activities for the whole family, from garden tours to presentations on gardening and landscaping and kids can meet MC Blue, the recycling robot.

 During the Garden Field Day, the Extension’s Agriculture faculty and staff, alongside Rutgers Master Gardeners will offer advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship while guiding visitors through various teaching gardens and learning projects. Examples of their work include the Children’s Garden with Green Roof playhouse, an enormous vegetable display garden and the popular Butterfly House.

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 Also part of the event will be the “Greatest of the Garden” competition. Gardeners should bring their biggest or most outstanding home grown produce to win recognition. Attendees are encouraged to bring their homegrown entries for categories not limited to:

Biggest tomato

Biggest cucumber

Biggest squash

Biggest watermelon

Longest gourd

All vegetables: best Likeness to a Celebrity or Historical Figure.

 “Garden Field Day attendees also can enjoy samples of locally grown produce courtesy of Middlesex County farmers, while enjoying the sounds of local musicians,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. 

“Garden Field Day is great day of fun for the whole family at one of Middlesex County’s most beautiful parks,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I want to thank both the Cooperative Extension and the Parks Office for making this special day a reality. They also work together to beautify this park, and to make it a destination for fun and education.

“Rutgers Cooperative Extension provides vital services to our state’s farmers, provides educational programs on food, nutrition and health, urban and community outreach, 4-H youth development and economic and workforce development,” said Freeholder Director Rios. “It provides services that can benefit all Middlesex County residents.”


Many exhibitors who collaborate with Middlesex County Extension throughout the year will be on hand to share their programs and accomplishments. For more information call 732-398-5268 or e-mail david.smela@co.middlesex.nj.us.  Rain date for the event will be Aug. 16. For information on Middlesex County’s Extension office visit www.co.middlesex.nj.us 

And search using the word “extension.”

 Cooperative Extension is a unique educational partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nation’s land-grant universities that extends research-based knowledge through a state-by-state network of extension educators. Since President Woodrow Wilson signed the Act into law in May 1914, the Cooperative Extension has stimulated innovative research and vital educational programs for youth and adults through progressive information delivery systems that improve lives.

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