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  • Rutgers Teaches the 2 B's of Gardening: Attracting Bees and Butterflies | Only at the 34th Annual Home Gardeners School | Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education
    of more than 30 workshops that were offered at the one day 34th Annual Home Gardeners School hosted by the Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education The Saturday program held on March 20 2010 cost only 49 for attendees This year the Home Gardeners School will be held on March 22 2014 Creating butterfly friendly gardens in New Jersey is important Mikula said because habitats for the fluttering insects are being threatened and destroyed People have to create butterfly havens right in their own gardens to give them what they need to survive said Mikula who has a moth named after him the Manduca Makula after a friend discovered it in Argentina Butterflies love most herbs and Monarch butterflies one of about 150 types found in the Garden State thrive on milkweed he said During the Rutgers course Mikula also will discuss the types of shade plants such as purple coneflowers that attract butterflies But butterflies aren t the only winged pollinators that add value to a garden Bees play an important role as well said Tim Schuler the state apiarist with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture Tim Schuler shows students hives at the beekeeping class Photo by Chris Anderson There s been a huge decline in pollinators not just honeybees in the last 40 years said Schuler who also will teach a session on attracting bees at the Home Gardeners School Although he ll tried to convince gardeners to also become beekeepers he teaches a 3 day beekeeping course at Rutgers for those interested in taking up the hobby Schuler said there are things property owners can do short of that to provide habitat for native pollinators One idea is to leave blocks of wood outside that have been drilled with rows of 3 8 inch holes

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  • Cranberries in NJ: A Long and Rich History | A Workshop Presented at the 34th Annual Home Gardeners School | Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education
    the cranberries tumbled Ned Lipman in one of the bogs owned by Jeffrey s Branch Cranberry Co The bad ones would stay on the steps and the good ones would bounce to the bottom said Ned Lipman director of the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education who has researched the history of cranberry farming in New Jersey Peg Leg s discovery led to the development of bounce sorters that are still used today to separate good cranberries from less desirable ones said Lipman who also co owns Jeffrey s Branch Cranberry Co in Toms River The Garden State has a rich cranberry history and Lipman shared some of that history during a workshop at the 35th Annual Home Gardeners School held on March 19 2011 and hosted by his office For example industrial cultivation of the fruit began in New Jersey in the 1840s and by 1910 there were 12 000 acres of production as large as anywhere in the country Lipman said These days New Jersey is no longer the king of cranberries that goes to Wisconsin but growers here still cultivate about 3 500 acres of the fruit producing about 550 000 barrels a year Although cranberries grow

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  • National Farmland Preservation Conference: Saving Farms and Farmland | Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education
    in New Jersey and a Long Way to Go Having felt the threat of urban encroachment and development far longer than other areas the northeast has some of the most active and well established preservation programs in the country In fact about a third of the 2 2 million acres preserved nationwide are found in New Jersey Maryland and Delaware These states along with Pennsylvania have had preservation programs in place for 30 40 years and are considered leaders in these efforts In New Jersey 207 000 acres about 29 of the farmland base has been preserved That s the highest percentage of any state in the nation And current plans in 16 counties are ambitiously aiming to preserve another 240 000 acres It wasn t always this way As the most urbanized state in the nation New Jersey has lost about two thirds of its farms and about half of its farmland since the 1950s Efforts to curb the trend began in the 1970s and the current program was established in 1983 under the Agriculture Retention and Development Act Fast Facts about Farmland Preservation 125 participants attended the national conference representing 18 states from West Virginia to Wisconsin 28 states have preservation programs however not all are actively purchasing or preserving lands NJ s program has been in place since 1983 NJ has preserved 207 000 acres about 29 of our total farmland base the highest percentage of any state in the nation Current plans in 16 NJ counties aim to preserve another 240 000 acres Like most states paying for preservation is a major issue in New Jersey Part of the funding comes from the state via the State Agriculture Development Committee while the counties and municipalities typically cover the remainder through taxes sometimes with support from non

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  • January 2013 Calendar | Rutgers University | NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education
    Sense Business and Pricing Strategies for Landscape Contractors 8 Pest Management of Ornamental Landscape Plants 9 Landscape Lighting 10 Advanced Collection Systems Managing Diseases of Ornamental Landscape Plants Marketing and Sales Strategies in the New World New Course 11 12 13 14 Core Basic Training Bilingual Radon Measurement Proficiency Course 15 Landscape Integrated Pest Managament IPM Radon Measurement Certification Exam 16 Recycling Enhancing Your Public Communication Skills Radon Mitigation Proficiency

    Original URL path: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/calendar/jan2013.html (2014-06-13)
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  • February 2013 Calendar | Rutgers University | NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education
    Walls Managing Turfgrass Insects 12 Reducing Pesticide Inputs and Exploring Organic Options for Sports Turf 13 Outdoor Entertainment Spaces Kitchens Firepits and More 14 The Six Key Elements of Success for Landscape Contractors Core Basic Training English Only 15 Math Refresher for Water Wastewater Operators Plant Health Care 16 17 18 Tree Planting and Installation 19 Tree Pruning 20 Baseball and Softball Skin Surface Selection and Management Pesticide Calibration Session

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  • March 2013 Calendar | Rutgers University | NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education
    Weeds 7 8 Turfgrass Disease Management Irrigation Systems Scheduling 9 10 11 12 How to Deal with Flooded Buildings New Course 13 Environmental Law Regulation Day 1 14 Recycling Public Policy Core Basic Training Bilingual Sold Out 15 Advanced Pruning Techniques Preparing Recycling Tonnage Reports 16 17 18 Ecological Risk Assessment Practice and Protocols 19 Two Cycle Engine Maintenance Sold Out 20 Introduction to Small Engine Repair Session 1 Sold

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  • April 2013 Calendar | Rutgers University | NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education
    Course 6 7 8 9 10 Water Wastewater Chemistry Back to the Basics Mastering RADIUS 11 Management Skills for Supervisors Sold Out 12 Pond Design Management and Maintenance 13 14 15 NJDEP Vapor Intrusion Guidance Sold Out 16 17 Microbiology for the Non Biologist 18 Core Basic Training English Only Bee ginner s Beekeeping Sold Out 19 20 21 22 Radon Measurement Proficiency Course 23 Customer Service Skills for Utilities

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  • May 2013 Calendar | Rutgers University | NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education
    4 5 6 Hydrology of Wetlands 7 Maintaining Water Quality in the Distribution System Regulatory Training in Underground Storage Tanks 8 9 Human Error Reduction Training Practical Applications in Hydrogeology 10 11 12 13 14 Onsite Wastewater Disposal Systems OSHA 8 Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Central 15 Recycling Case Studies 16 Bee ginner s Beekeeping Sold Out 17 18 19 20 Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation North Sold Out 21 Alternative

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