EARTH Center Hosts Garden Field Day

SOUTH BRUNSWICK — On Saturday, Aug. 17, The EARTH Center, home to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, will host their Garden Field Day/Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick. (Raindate will be August 18)

The Extension Agriculture Department as well as Rutgers Master Gardeners will be on hand, offering advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship while guiding visitors through their various teaching gardens and learning projects. 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.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available at the event and proceeds will benefit the New Jersey Agricultural Society’s (a 501 c3 non-profit organization) Learning Through Gardening program. Learning through Gardening is a Pre-K to 5th grade program that provides materials and curriculum to schools and teachers to implement school gardens.

Also part of the EARTH Center Garden Field Day, from noon to 2:30 p.m. will be the third annual “Greatest of the Garden” competition. Gardeners are encouraged to bring their biggest or most outstanding home grown produce to win humble prizes and comedic recognition. This will give residents a chance to show off their green thumbs to fellow gardeners.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their homegrown entries for the following categories.

  • Biggest Tomato
  • Biggest Cucumber
  • Biggest Zucchini
  • Biggest Pumpkin
  • Biggest Squash
  • Biggest Water Melon
  • Biggest Sunflower Head
  • Longest Gourd
  • Smallest Pumpkin
  • Smallest Cherry Tomato
  • Oddest Heirloom Tomato
  • All Vegetables..Best Likeness to Celebrity or Historical Figure.
  • Hottest Pepper Variety Grown (judged by Scoville ratings)

Garden Field Day attendees can also enjoy samples of locally grown produce courtesy of Middlesex County farmers, while enjoying the sounds of South Jersey classic rock and oldies combo, “the Frigidaires”. There will be “green” living displays including talks on Compost Tea and kids can meet MC Blue, the recycling robot.

For more information and participation contact David Smela at 732-398-5268 or at

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