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August 2011  
The "Discovery Initiative" of the Office of Community Engagement invites you to join fellow alumni, current and retired faculty and staff, students, and the public for any or all of the "Discovery" events and programs offered by the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.  Click on the links below to read more about our upcoming events.  Please check our website often for updates to our event calendar.

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As summer draws to a close, what could be better (or tastier) than a visit to the beautiful Snyder Farm in Pittstown, a research facility of Rutgers' School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES)?


You are invited to join two upcoming events at Snyder Farm.  

Discovery Twilight Seminar: Food for Thought: What Scientists Tell Us About Some Favorite Foods
Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Snyder Research & Extension Farm
140 Locust Grove Road, Pittstown, NJ

SuperfoodsFor an in-depth look at some of our favorite foods, a team of renowned SEBS and NJAES researchers will talk about the science and function of tomatoes, basils, other culinary herbs, and tree fruits, including apples and peaches, at a twilight workshop on Wednesday, September 7 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The workshop, "Food for Thought: What Scientists Tell Us About Some of Our Favorite Foods," will discuss growing techniques for the best flavor and yield, new applications for favorite foods (including some so-called "superfoods"), tips for creating a home orchard and other fascinating subjects.  The evening will include tastings of all the featured foods and a light reception of "Jersey best" fare.  To allow hands-on activities and time for questions and answers, registration is limited to 40 guests.  There is a registration fee of $15 to help cover the cost of the reception and materials.  Please register here.


The Great Tomato Tasting Event
August 31, 2011, 3 p.m. to dusk
Snyder Research and Extension Farm
140 Locust Grove Road, Pittstown, NJ

Great Tomato TastingIf seeing the "big picture" is your preference, then you won't want to miss the annual Great Tomato Tasting on Wednesday, August 31, from 3 p.m. to dusk.  This popular open house draws 1,000 or more area residents who line up at colorful tents to sample hundreds of varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes with the help and guidance of Rutgers NJAES Master Gardeners, along with tastings of peppers, herbs, other produce, and samplings prepared by two local chefs.  Tours of the research farm and visits to the farm's Teaching Garden will be available.  Attendees age 10 and above pay $7 per person and are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to food banks through Rutgers Against Hunger.  Pre-registration is available here.
New Jersey Wine Tasting and Bus Tour
September 16, 2011
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wine tasting  

Hosted by the Rutgers University Alumni Association and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.


New Jersey offers not only nationally and internationally acclaimed wines, they offer a total wine experience.  Join alumni and friends for an exciting day of wine tasting and educational tours throughout New Jersey.  A bus will pick you up from the Busch Campus Center and will travel to three New Jersey wineries for a day of schooling in fine wine. 


Tour stops include Unionville Vineyard and Old York Cellars in Ringoes and Hopewell Valley Vineyards in Pennington.


Your registration fee of $54.99 includes round-trip transportation, tastings, tours, lunch, and a Rutgers souvenir.


For more information and to register for this limited seating event, please visit our website


Contact the Office of Community Engagement if you have any questions at  or 848-932-4205.
What's happening on the G. H. Cook Campus...
Beyond the Field: Expanding Horizons for Leaders in Agriculture
The New Jersey Agricultural Leadership Development Program Educates Local Farmers

There's no question that New Jersey growers know their trade. Talk to a farmer and they can ply you with information on crops, pests, weather, irrigation, markets, and customers.  But it's the world outside of their business that is unfamiliar to most farmers, yet is one from which they can benefit greatly.  The New Jersey Agricultural Leadership Development Program (NJALDP), a unique and special opportunity for growers and agricultural affiliates to expand their horizons, changes all that.

Read more here

Save the date for these upcoming events...
October 20, 2011 - Technologies Across Borders Documentary Double Feature: "Engineers Without Borders" and "Atlantic Crossing - A Robot's Daring Mission"

October 26, 2011 - Gleaning at Giamarese Farms

October 28, 2011 - "Greening New Jersey Communities from the Ground Up" A day-long conference sponsored by the EPA Region II and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

November 10, 2011 -
Executive Dean's Distinguished Lecture featuring Debashish Battacharya

December 5, 2011 - Retired Faculty Luncheon

April 25, 2012 - Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception

April 28, 2012 - Ag Field Day at Rutgers Day

May 12, 2012 - Rutgers Rising Memorial Service

May 12, 2012 - Rutgers Alumni Reunion Dean's Tour and Reception

Visit our website for more information about these and other events.
Office of Community Engagement
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
57 U.S. Highway 1, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8554
Phone: 848-932-2000   

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