SOUTH BRUNSWICK — On Monday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m., Elijah’s Promise Culinary School will be hosting their Farm to Table event at the EARTH Center, home to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County. Located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick, the EARTH Center strives to educate central Jersey residents on environmental stewardship and the value of local agriculture.
The Farm to Table series, focuses on supporting locally grown produce, which reduces pollution created by shipping food long distances. This Elijah’s Promise event is the kick-off event for their “Eat Local Challenge”, in which they ask residents to shop for food grown within a100 mile radius of New Brunswick.
Buying Jersey Fresh produce also encourages growers to continue farming and preserving open space. The guest chef for the evening will be Chef Claudette Herring of Red Bank’s Via 45. Attendees will first tour the EARTH Center’s gardens, then experience the culinary techniques used to prepare seasonal produce. Some of the food prepared for tasting will be harvested from the EARTH Center’s vegetable garden.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County staff and volunteers work with Elijah’s Promise and Farmers Against Hunger to maintain and harvest produce from a 1,200 sq. ft garden. Food is donated to Elijah’s Promise and other local food banks.
There is a $15 suggested donation for attending and registration is required by July 15. Register by calling 1-732-545-9002 ext. 110 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org . The event will take place rain or shine. To learn more about Elijah’s Promise, visit their website at www.elijahspromise.net.
For more information on programs offered by the Middlesex County office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension call 732 398 5260.
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