EARTH Center Plans Garden Field Day

SOUTH BRUNSWICK — The EARTH Center, home to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, will host its Garden Field Day/Open House on Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park, 42 Riva Avenue in South Brunswick.

Free advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship and guided tours of various teaching gardens and learning projects will be offered by the Extension Agriculture Department as well as Rutgers Master Gardeners. Examples of their work include the Children’s Garden with Green Roof playhouse, an enormous vegetable display garden, environmentally conscious rain garden and the popular Butterfly House.

New to the day for 2012, will be the Walk-A-Farm & Feast to Fight Hunger, an organized walk around the park to raise funds for the New Jersey Agricultural Society’s Farmers Against Hunger Program, a non-profit organization.

Walkers will be guided around the park’s trails to points of interest occupied by local organizations including the Middlesex County Board of Agriculture, The Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership, Middlesex County’s Mosquito Commission, Farmers Against Hunger, Middlesex County Improvement Authority’s MC Blue, the Recycling Robot, and the East Coast Greenway.

“This event is not only a showcase for the County’s beautiful Davidson’s Mill Pond Park and the EARTH Center, but is also a chance to join Farmers Against Hunger and help local farmers donate fresh produce to area soup kitchens, food pantries, and those in need,” said Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee.

The Feast to Fight Hunger will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Applebee’s of Milltown will donate grilled items and a staff to cook and serve the food. Side dishes will be donated by local farms and prepared by the culinary program of Elijah’s Promise, a New Brunswick-based soup kitchen.

The EARTH Center’s Garden Field Day attendance is free, however, prices to participate in the Walk-A-Farm & Feast Against Hunger are:


  • Adult $12 (T-Shirt included with Pre-Registration)
  • Child $5 (T-Shirt included with Pre-Registration)
  • Family (2 adults + one to two children) $25 (2 shirts included with Pre-Registration)
  • Pre-Registration ends Aug. 12.

Feast Against Hunger

  • Adult $7 with Walk-A-Farm registration; $10 without Walk-A-Farm registration
  • Child $3 with Walk-A-Farm registration; $5 without Walk-A-Farm registration

Attendees can register on the day of the event, however, T-Shirts will not be guaranteed.

Registration fees will benefit Farmers Against Hunger Program, a 501(c3) non-profit organization.

Register by contacting Kris Guttadora at 1-609-462-9691, e-mailing or visiting the Farmers Against Hunger booth at the Middlesex County Fair, to be held Aug. 6 through 12 in East Brunswick.

Also, the Second Annual “Greatest of the Garden” competition will take place. Gardeners are encouraged to bring their biggest or most outstanding home grown produce to win prizes and recognition. Categories include: Biggest Tomato; Biggest Cucumber; Biggest Zucchini; Biggest Pumpkin; Biggest Squash; Biggest Watermelon; Biggest Sunflower Head; Longest Gourd; Smallest Pumpkin; Smallest Cherry Tomato; Oddest Heirloom Tomato; and Hottest Pepper Variety Grown (judged by Scoville ratings). And for all vegetables: Best Likeness to Celebrity or Historical Figure.

Garden Field Day attendees can also sample locally grown produce courtesy of Middlesex County farmers, while enjoying the sounds of acoustic musicians, “Off the Grid.”

“The Freeholders and our partners are committed to offering a variety of programs and recreational opportunities in Middlesex County,” said Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “I would like to encourage all residents to join us in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park for this fun and family friendly event.”

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