MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Gardeners can learn about harvesting and preparing home grown vegetables via a new class -- “Harvesting and Food Safety in the Vegetable Garden” -- offered by the Master Gardeners of Union County that includes a free tour of the Union County Demonstration Garden in Mountainside.

All gardeners, from beginner to expert, are welcome to attend the free class. The Master Gardeners of Union County is a volunteer organization run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County.

The "Harvesting and Food Safety in the Vegetable Garden" class and garden tour will be held August 9, from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Demonstration Garden, located in the Watchung Reservation by the Trailside Nature and Science Center, at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside. Free parking is located at the site.

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The program is free but pre-registration is required by visiting

For more information about the Vegetable Garden Series, or to find out how to join the Master Gardeners, call the Extension at 908-654-9854 (option 4).

For more details about the Master Gardeners and all Extension Programs visit