Winter Birtding Day - Bald Easgles and Much More

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM

The East Brunswick Environmental Commission and the Friends of the EB Environmental Commission led a group of hardy souls around town yesterday, taking stock of the town's winter bird life. It was dark and cold with occasional flurries - the very definition of raw. We visited Dallenback Park, Edgeboro Landfill, Duhernal and Farrington Lakes and tallied 32 species. Highlights were a brown creeper, eastern bluebirds (always nice on such an almost winter day), a possible cackling goose, hooded mergansers, ruddy, black and ring-necked ducks and most especially a pair of adult bald eagles who put on quite a show for the group at the pond on the south side of the Edgeboro Landfill:

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Thanks to Kirsten who kept the list!

We'll do it again in the spring.

Good birding.

Steven Albert

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Photo credit: Steve Albert

Garden Plots Available for 2015 - returning gardeners

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 16, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Garden Plots Available for 2015

The calendar may say winter, but it’s not too early to reserve your plot in the East Brunswick Community Garden for 2015. Garden plots go quickly every year, and just a limited number remain for next spring.

This year, for the first time, returning gardeners may renew for one or two years at $10 a year.

If you register for 2015, you may continue to garden throughout the year.

For online renewals only, click here.

For more information for new or returning gardeners, send email to ebcgarden@gmail.com.

Located adjacent to the municipal complex on Rues Lane, The East Brunswick Community Garden is a project of the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. The garden’s website offers timely articles, tips and tricks for gardeners, a calendar of events and information on donating surplus produce. Gardeners have donated more than a ton of surplus produce in the last few years.

Support the Friends

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM
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Membership and all of the Friends events and projects are free and open to all.

Please support the Friends so we can continue bringing events and environmental project to East Brunswick. You can donate any amount by clicking on the PayPal Donate button below (You do not need a PayPal account).

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East Brunswick Birding Day, December 20, 2014

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Come and join us on December 20 when the Environmental Commission will lead a day of birding around the town.

We’ll hit Dahlenbach, Edgeboro Landfill, Farrington Lake, and other locations. In previous years we’ve seen Common and Hooded Mergansers, Canada Geese, Mute Swans and other wintering ducks. Raptors have included Bald Eagles, Red-tailed hawks, Black and Turkey Vultures, and Kestrels. Perching birds might include Pipits, Kinglets, and White-throated, White-crowned and Tree Sparrows, and of course the feeder contingent: Nuthatches,

chickadees, titmice, downy and red-bellied woodpeckers. We’ll meet at Crystal Springs parking lot at 8 AM and finish up in the early afternoon. Rain date , Sunday December 21st.

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Freecycling, Rutgers studens & the Friends on the SEBS Newsroom

Posted by Friends EB EC on November 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Students taking an Environmental Science class at Rutgers helped during our recent Freecycling event. Read more on the SEBS (School of Environmental and Biloloical Sciences) Newsroom website:

http://sebsnjaesnews.rutgers.edu/2014/11/rutgers-environmental-science-students-volunteer-at-local-freecycle-event/

Rutgers student volunteers from Craig Phelps’ Intro to Environmental Science class. Phelps is in the back row, center.

Freecyling, October 26, 2014

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 26, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Hundreds of people stopped by our Freecycling event to drop off things they no longer need and to find treasures to take home.

Chairs and tables, sewing machines, bread makers, pots and pans, printers, video games, clothes and shoes and many other items found new homes today.

We thank the East Brunswick Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Services for their support.

It wouldn't be a succsful event without the help of East Brunswick Youth Council members, Rutgers Environmental Science students and other volunteers who helped during the day with unloaidng cars, distributing items and directing traffic.

Special thanks to Raviv Mor, East Brunswick resident and owner of R. Mor Enterprises, for volunteering his time and equipment to make Freecyling possible.

https://www.flickr.com/search?user_id=haramaty&sort=relevance&text=eastbrunswick%20freecycling" target="_blank">Click here to see more Freecyling photos

Finding treasures at the tosy section

All volunteers were wearing orange shirts

Youth Council members - late shift

Rutgers students with Dr. Craig Phelps

Raviv Mor separting what's left at the end of the day for recycling or trash

Betterly Park work day - Ocbober 18, 9am

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 14, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Butterfly Park work day, Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:00am-11:00am

Join the Friends and help with weeding of the flower beds and planting daffodil and tulip bulbs.

Butterfly Park is at the at the corner of Winton Road and Rues Lane.

Community Garden Harves Fest postponed - new date October 12, 2-4pm

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

The East Brunswick Community Garden Harvest Fest is postpone until tomorrow.

The EB Community Garden Harves Fest will be held on October 12, 2-4pm.

Farmers Market - October 5, 2014

Posted by Friends EB EC on September 9, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Sunday, October 5, 2014

10am-2pm

East Brunswick Cultural Arts Center

721 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816

Click here for more information

Food vendors that offer locally produced foods who are interested in attending, please send an email to Therlam@yahoo.com.

Local non-for-profit organization are invited to have a table at the market for no cost. Contact the Friends for more information.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County September 2014 Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on September 6, 2014 at 8:20 PM

The following programs will take place at the EARTH Center, in

Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ

Unless otherwise noted.

For more info on any program contact 732-398-5260732-398-5260.

We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County”, then “Like Us”.

This month’s offerings are as follows.

4-H Scrapbooking Weekend Crop ‘til You Drop

Friday, September 5, 7 pm - 11 pm

Saturday, September 6, 9 am - 10 pm

at the 4-H Log Cabin/Youth Center

645 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick.

Come work on your projects alongside scrapbook veterans.

Call 732-398-5261732-398-5261 for info.

Master Gardener Program Orientation

Thursday, Sept. 11, 6:30 pm or

Friday, Sept. 12, 9:30 am

Interested in the program? We are the only County that has an evening class…

Open to all throughout the state. Come to these sessions to learn what it takes.

Orientation isn’t mandatory but the class begins the following week.

Call this number for details 732-398-5278732-398-5278.

Tamarack Hollow Nature Walk with Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership

Sunday, September 14th, 1PM

Hike through woodlands and wetlands to see the natural & human history of this

Middlesex County Open Space area.

Meeting Location: East end of Albrecht Avenue, East Brunswick, off Riva Avenue,

North of Church Lane. Park in Trail Head parking area East of Hillcrest Avenue.

Waterwheels Watershed Bike Tour with Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership

Sunday, September 21 Registration at 8:30 am and ride starts at 9:00 am

at the LBWP Headquarters at 85 Washington Avenue, Milltown, NJ 08850

Fun, informative 26-mile ride from Milltown to the Plainsboro Preserve through rural areas.

For more information or to pre-register contact Michael at 732-828-3275732-828-3275 or mshakar@aol.com.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.

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Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County Garden Field Day/Open House - Saturday, August 16

Posted by Friends EB EC on August 13, 2014 at 9:55 AM

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Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County Garden Field Day/Open House

Posted by Friends EB EC on August 2, 2014 at 8:00 AM

On Saturday, August 16, The EARTH Center, home to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, will host their Garden Field Day/Open House from 11 AM to 3 PM. The event will take place in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave. South Brunswick, NJ and is great day of fun for the family in a beautiful park setting (raindate for the event will be August 17). Join us for 2014’s event as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which officially created the national Cooperative Extension System.

The Extension Agriculture Department as well as Rutgers Master Gardeners will be on hand, offering sound 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. Many exhibitors who collaborate with Middlesex County Extension throughout out the year will also be present to display their programs and accomplishments. Davidson’s Mill Pond park is a 380 acre park with fields, trails, ponds and a lake. It is truly one of Middlesex County’s most beautiful and undiscovered parks.

Also part of the event will be, the “Greatest of the Garden” competition, so gardeners should bring their biggest or most outstanding home grown produce to win prizes and recognition. Attendees are encouraged to bring their homegrown entries for categories not limited to:

Biggest Tomato

Biggest Cucumber

Biggest Squash

Biggest Water Melon

Longest Gourd

All Vegetables..Best Likeness to Celebrity or Historical Figure.

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

For more information call 732-398-5268732-398-5268 or e-mail david.smela@co.middlesex.nj.us

In New Jersey, Cooperative Extension is part of the Rutgers University - New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station located at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and is supported by funds from county, state and federal governments as well as contracts and grants, private donations and service fees.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension focuses on extending knowledge and changing lives in New Jersey by bringing the research of Rutgers University and the land-grant university system to the people in New Jersey. Rutgers Cooperative Extension supports our state’s agriculture and provides vital services to our state’s farmers. In addition, Cooperative Extension provides educational programs, urban and community outreach, 4-H youth development, food, nutrition and health and economic and workforce development.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension celebrates its centennial in 2014 by commemorating the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service and by celebrating the impact the Extension system has made on people nationwide through life-changing education.

Specifically, the Act stated its purpose as aiding, “in diffusing among the people of the United States useful and practical information on subjects relating to agriculture, uses of solar energy with respect to agriculture, home economics, and rural energy, and to encourage the application of the same. . .”

For more information on Rutgers Cooperative Extension visit https://njaes.rutgers.edu/extension" target="_blank">https://njaes.rutgers.edu/extension/ and for more information on the 100th Anniversary of Rutgers Cooperative Extension visit https://njaes.rutgers.edu/extension100years/" target="_blank">https://njaes.rutgers.edu/extension100years/

For information on Middlesex County’s Extension office visit https://njaes.rutgers.edu/extension100years/" target="_blank">www.co.middlesex.nj.us/extensionservices

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Moth Night in East Brunswick Kicks Off National Moth Week This Friday

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Join the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission this week for the official kickoff of National Moth Week 2014, Friday, July 18, at 8:30 p.m. We’ll be hunting moths at Community Park, also known as Dallenbach’s Lake, located on Dunham’s Corner Road. Park in the Crystal Springs lot. The event is free and open to people of all ages.

We’ll be setting up lights and painting trees with moth bait near and in the woods, so comfortable shoes and flashlights are advised. Cameras are encouraged so you can capture the nighttime visitors to our sheets.

National Moth Week will be celebrated this year in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 40 countries around the world. This citizen science project was started in East Brunswick by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission in 2012 to engage and educate people about moths, their beauty and their importance to the environment. It immediately became a global initiative with hundreds of events attended by thousands of people.

If you are not in New Jersey, check our locations page to find an event in your area, or register your own.

Moths & Butterflies - book display at The Library

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 16, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Visit the East Brunswick Public Library for a display of children books about moths and butterflies.

Photo credit: Donna McEvoy

Why moths?

  • Moths are among the most diverse and successful organisms on earth.
  • Scientists estimate there are 150,000 to more than 500,000 moth species.
  • Their colors and patterns are either dazzling or so cryptic that they define camouflage. Shapes and sizes span the gamut from as small as a pinhead to as large as an adult’s hand.
  • Most moths are nocturnal, and need to be sought at night to be seen – others fly like butterflies during the day.
  • Finding moths can be as simple as leaving a porch light on and checking it after dark. Serious moth aficionados use special lights and baits to attract them.

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Come to a Moth Night! Join the Friends of the EB Environmental Commission on Friday, July 18, 8:30pm to explore night time nature. We will meet at Dallenbach lake. Click here for more information.

This Moth Night is a National Moth Week event. National Moth Week is a global citizen science project that started here in East Brunswick.

Photo credit: Donna McEvoy

New Jersey is Where it all Started

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 3, 2014 at 7:45 AM

We’re proud that National Moth Week started in New Jersey in 2012 by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. With its varied geography from seashore to mountains, New Jersey is a great state in which to observe and document moths in their habitats.

Public events for National Moth Week in New Jersey are scheduled from the northern reaches of the state to one of its southern-most counties. They include a “moth ball,” nighttime moth surveys and daytime moth hunts. They are organized by many different groups, including the N.J. Audubon Society, historic preservation sites, a state college and state agencies. Individuals also are holding private events in their own communities.

We encourage everyone who attends a National Moth Week event to bring their cameras and upload their moth photos to the websites of our partner organizations.

If you live in New Jersey, try to attend one of these events or organize your own.

Or, if you’re not in New Jersey, check out these events and those on our maps for ideas on how you can celebrate National Moth Week in your state or country.

More information

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Media Contact: Sandra Lanman

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sandra@lanmanpr.com

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EB Environmental Commission's Big Day of Birding East Brunswick on May 3rd, 2014

Posted by Friends EB EC on May 4, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Osprey, Photo credit: Steven Albert

Steven Albert, East Brusnwick Environmetnal Commission member, led the the EB Environmental Commission's Big Day of Birding East Brunswick on May 3rd, 201. He sent us this report:

A small group birded around town. East Brunswick has a variety of environments ranging from woodland to ponds to lawns to marsh to scrubby fields to Edgeboro Landfill. We ended up with 59 species: 7 warblers, 6 raptors, with some great looks at Baltimore Orioles, Osprey, wood thrush and magnolia, prairie and yellow warbler.

You can see some pictures here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447@N06/14100299561/

Here’s the list of birds identified:

Northern parula warbler

White-throated sparrow

American robin

Red-bellied woodpecker

Blue jay

Yellow-rumped warbler

Carolina wren

Carolina chickadee

House wren

Northern cardinal

Laughing gull

American crow

Gray catbird

Common grackle

Red-winged blackbird

Canada goose

Tufted titmouse

Mourning dove

Baltimore oriole

Chipping sparrow

Eastern phoebe

Wood thrush

Turkey vulture

Starling

Northern flicker

Magnolia warbler

Prairie warbler

Great egret

Song sparrow

Pigeon

Belted kingfisher

Kildeer

Northern rough-winged swallow

Yellow warbler

Mockingbird

Black vulture

Fish crow

Barn swallow

Tree swallow

Red-tailed hawk

Common yellowthroat

Ring-billed gull

Kestrel

Least sandpiper

Osprey

Savannah sparrow

Brown-headed cowbird

Mallard

Mute swan

Purple martin

Great blue heron

Great black-backed gull

Herring gull

Double-crested cormorant

Ovenbird

White-breasted nuthatch

Northern harrier

Veery

House sparrow

Spring work day at Butterfly Park

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 19, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Thank you to all Friends and Youth council volunteers who helped weed and mulch at the park.

Salamander update #13

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Sally the salamander visited Warnsdorfer and Lawrence Brook elementaty shcools, where the students gathered information on the annual amphibian migration as part of the “Why does the salamander cross the road?” unit of study. (http://www.ebnet.org/files/filesystem/Enews4-10.pdf)

On Satureday, April 12, Sally returned to his home at the Beekman Road vernal pool.

While at the pool we searched for and found salamander egg masses attahced to submerged branches. Finding egg masses tells us that the salamander made it to the pool successfuly, laid eggs and are probably ready to return to the woods where they will stay until next spring.

Native Plant Sale

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The Musconetcong Watershed Association will hold its annual

Native Plant Sale

Saturday, April 26, 9AM - 2PM

Location: 10 Maple Ave. Asbury, NJ

• Promote use of Native Plants

• High quality Perennials / Trees & Shrubs

• North American Butterfly Association (NABA) representatives will be on hand to provide information

• Collaborate with Garden Club of New Jersey (GCNJ) "pollinator projects"

• Support MWA efforts to protect and improve the natural and cultural resources of the Musconetcong Watershed

For more information call: (908) 537-7060 or contact val@musconetcong.org

Rutgers Energy Institute - Ninth Annual Energy Symposium on May 6, 2014

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Rutgers Energy Institute - Ninth Annual Energy Symposium on May 6, 2014

The annual energy symposia by the Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) provide faculty, students, staff, government officials, and community members with the opportunity to learn about the new methods, processes, and initiatives being developed by energy thinkers at Rutgers, in New Jersey, and across the country. The symposium will also include awards to the winners of this year's student Energy Innovation Contest, sponsored by the REI, to develop the best plans to reduce student energy consumption and promote eco-friendly practices throughout the Rutgers, New Brunswick Campus.

Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Time: 8:30 am (registration and refreshments) - 2:00 pm
Location: Fiber Optics Auditorium, Busch Campus, Rutgers University.

REGISTRATION: Admission is free, but registration is required due to space limitations.
Register by May 1: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ql7mxoiab&oeidk=a07e9370989cc7d96eb

OR Go to web site at http://rei.rutgers.edu/

SPEAKERS:

Heather Zichal (former Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, Barack Obama administration and Rutgers Alumna ‘99)

Frank Felder (Director of Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University)

Title:

Will the Potential for a Death Spiral in Electricity Rates Hinder Transformation of the Electric Power System?

Frank Napolitano (Managing Director and Group Head, U.S. Power & Utilities, RBC Capital Markets)

Title: Favorable Capital Markets Support for Renewable Power Assets?

Robert H. Socolow (Co-Director, The Carbon Mitigation Initiative; Director, Climate and Energy Challenge, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University)

Title: Technology, Policy, and Values for Living in a Greenhouse.

REGISTRATION: Admission is free, but registration is required due to space limitations.
Register by May 1: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ql7mxoiab&oeidk=a07e9370989cc7d96eb

OR Go to web site at http://rei.rutgers.edu/

Butterfly Park - Work Day « Back to calendar

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Butterfly Park - Work Day

Saturday April 19, 2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
260 Rues Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 (map)

If you Park. We need lots of hands! Bring gloves and a shovel if you have them. Help us make the Butterfly Park beautiful!

Groups are welcome!

Facebook event -https://www.facebook.com/events/624701684281723/?context=create&source=49

Help Mulch and Groom Flower Beds in Butterfly Park

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 13, 2014 at 6:20 PM

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission invites volunteers to help mulch and groom the flower beds in Butterfly Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 19. The park is located adjacent to Great Oak Park at Winton Road and Ryders Lane. Parking lot entrance is on Rues Lane.

Volunteers should bring gloves and may also bring shovels. Groups are also welcome to help. Mulch is supplied by the township.

Butterfly Park is a natural area that is part of the township’s 11-acre Great Oak Park complex. Its plantings include monarch-friendly milkweed and butterfly bushes as well as colorful irises, daffodils, daisies and tiger lilies. The Friends of EBEC helps to maintain the park and also holds moth nights there during the summer.

For more information, visit friendsebec.com, or send email to friends.ebec@gmail.com.

Facebook event - https://www.facebook.com/events/624701684281723/" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/events/624701684281723/

Farmers Market - Sunday, April 6, 10am-2pm at the EB CAC

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM

East Brunswick Spring Farmers Market

Sunday, April 6, 10am-2pm, at the EB Community Arts Center

721 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 map
Bring your own shopping bags
Who's going to be at the market?

(click here for links to vendor's websites)

· Artisan Tree Natural plant-based handmade soaps

· Baker Bounty - Breads & pastries made fresh daily

· Balic winery

· Beechtree Farms Grass fed beef, eggs

· Fantastic Thai Cuisine

· Fontanarosa's - Gourmet Specialty Foods - fresh pastas and ravioli

· Franks pickled peppers

· Giamarese Farms

· Griggstown Farm Market

· Jams by Kim

· Judith's Dessert Botique

· Lawernce Brook Watershed Partnership

· Mary Fairy Angels - Truly Natural Skin, Bath and Body Products

· Nosh-a-bar

· Pickle Licious - old tyme New York style pickles

· Pitspone Farm Alpine strawberry plants, chives, zaatar, sage, fig trees, currant and gooseberry plants, elderberry, and aronia

· Q's cookies

· Sharon Trinker

· Stefan's Pure Blends - Stuffed Cabbage, Pierogi, Kielbasy, Bacon, Snack Stix, Jerky Stix, Landjager

· Tassot Apiaries

· East Brunswick Environmental Commission & Friends of the EBEC

· Unionville Vineyards Local wines

· Valley Shepard Creamery

· Von Thuns

Community Garden plots update

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 2, 2014 at 9:40 PM

All plots have been assigned for 2014. If you would like to be put on a waiting list for any plot that opens up, please submit the registration form (click link below) but do not yet send payment. You will be notified if a plot becomes available and can submit payment at that time.

http://www.friendsebec.com/gardenregistraion.htm

Spring cleaning - donate gardening tools

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 2, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Do you have garden tools you no longer use? Wheelbarrow that is taking space in your garage? An old lawnmower that was replaced by a new one?

Donate any garden tools, wheelbarrows and lawnmowers to The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. The tools will be used at the East Brunswick Community Garden and at Butterfly Park.

Only items in working condition, please.

Please contact us for pickup – ebcgarden@gmail.com.

The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission (Friends of EBEC), a 501c-3 nonprofit organization. All donations to the Friends are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Spring Farmers Market - April 6, 10am-2pm

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 1, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Join us for the spring Farmers Market.

Join Farmers and vendors for all types of farm raised products and assorted other goodies.

10am-2pm at the East Brunswick Cultural Arts Center.

For a vendor list, please visit www.friendsebec.com

Today is the last day to support Butterfly Park when you shop at Macy's

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 31, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Support Butterfly Park when you shop at Macy's

Butterfly Park has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign, that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country.

From March 7 to March 31, customers at Macy’s East Brunswick can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Butterfly Park.

To further spread the love, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension April 2014 Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 31, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

of Middlesex County

April 2014

Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, the following events take place at the

EARTH Center, located in

Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ.

For info on any program contact 732-398-5260.

GPS Coordinates to our facility are N 40° 24.760, W 74° 29.848.

We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County”, then “Like” us.

Saturday April 5, 8:30 AM - 10 AM or 10:30 AM - 12 Noon

“Breakfast with the Bunnies”

4-H Youth Center, 645 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick.

Parents and children (ages 2-8) can enjoy a pancake breakfast,

meet the “4-H Bunnies” and participate in fun children’s activities!

$8 Tickets for all ages includes breakfast, egg hunt, pictures with the bunnies, petting zoo, face painting, and more! Please bring your own basket.

Tickets available by calling 732-398-5261. Proceeds will support 4-H Junior Council community service activities.

Saturday, April 5, 10AM - Noon

Backyard Compost Workshop

Composting kitchen and backyard waste keeps organics out of our landfills.

Attendees may also pick up pre-purchased compost bins at the workshops.

Free, with registration at solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us

Saturday, April 5, 1 PM - 3 PM

Mastering Organic Gardening and Landscaping

Looking to avoid harsh fertilizers and pesticides? Consider this workshop.

Discover the concept of Integrated Pest Management, learn to interpret soil sample results.
Free, with pre-registration at 732-398-5262 by April 2.

Monday, April 7 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Vermi –Composting Workshop

Using worms to turn kitchen waste into garden gold.

Great for residents of condos or apartments.

Attendees may also pick up pre-purchased compost bins at the workshop.

Free, with pre-registration at solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us

Saturday, April 12, 10 AM to Noon

Herb Gardens for Your Yard or Patio

The basics of designing and planting an herb garden and basic care and pruning of herbs.

Container gardening will also be discussed for those who may not have the option of an in-ground garden.

Free, with pre-registration at 732-398-5262 by April 7.

Saturday, April 12, 12:30 to 2 PM

Eating Wise While on the Go: Quick, Healthy Meals and Snacks

Join us to discuss strategies for families looking to improve their weekly menus. Techniques for smart shopping, easy recipes and preparing in advance will be presented. Content will be based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 and 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Free, with pre-registration at 732-398-5262 by April 7.

If you would like to be removed from our list, simply reply with

“remove from IPCT” in the subject. Thank you.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.

Butterfly Park

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 20, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Do you know that Butterfly Park was given an environmental quality award by the federal Environmental Protection Agency in 2004? Read about the award here

In 2014 Butterfly Parks has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign, that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country.

From March 7 to March 31, 2014, customers at Macy’s East Brunswick can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Butterfly Park. To further spread the love, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.

Birding day

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Join the East Brunwick Environmental Commission for a day of birding around town. We will bisit a few location and count the number of birds and species we can see.

Meet at the Crystal Springs parking lot at 8am.

Bring Binocular and wear walking shoes.

Butterfly Park has been selected for Heart Your Park

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 7, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Butterfly Parks at Great Oak Park has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign, that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country.

From March 7 to March 31, customers at Macy’s East Brunswick can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Butterfly Park. To further spread the love, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.

click here to read more.

Community Garden plots availble

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 3, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Only 15 plors are still availble at the East Brunswick Community Garden!

Register today for the 2014 growing season. Only $10 for a 10'x10' plot.

Online registration at http://www.friendsebec.com/gardenregistraion.htm

Open to all East Brunswick residents.

For more information about the community garden please visit the garden's webstie.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County March 2014 - events

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 27, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

of Middlesex County

March 2014

Calendar of Events

The EARTH Center, is located in

Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ.

For info on any program contact 732-398-5260.

GPS Coordinates to our facility are N 40° 24.760, W 74° 29.848.

We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County”, then “Like” us.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is busy preparing for its spring

activities. Please consider attending these other educational events.

March 6, Thursday, 7PM

Keep the Rain from the Drain: With a Rain Barrel or a Rain Garden

by Dr. Christopher Obropta, Rutgers University.

as part of the Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership Meeting –

Milltown Park View School. Media Center, 80 Violet Terrace, Milltown, NJ 08850

March 22, Saturday, 9AM- 4PM

The Home Gardeners School by Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education

offers expert instruction in the most innovative gardening and landscaping subjects available. Hickman Hall, 89 George Street New Brunswick, NJ US

contact: Dalynn Knigge (732) 932-9271 ext. 622 or knigge@njaes.rutgers.edu

http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/ah0201ca.html

If you would like to be removed from our list, simply reply with

“remove from IPCT” in the subject. Thank you.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.

Backyard Bird Count, Community Garden and other news

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

• Tomorrow is the first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The GBBC is an annual citizen science event that started in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. Everyone, everywhere can participate and help collect. Since 1998, more than 100,000 people of all ages and walks of life have joined the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. We invite you to participate! Simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 14-17, 2014. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world! It is also a sort of competition between towns – East Brunswick is almost every year in the top five towns in NJ, can be number one? Yes, if more people participate! Links to the project, registration and how to count and submit are on the home page at www.friendsebec.com. You don’t need to be an experienced birder - use the online East Brunswick backyard bird guide to help identify the birds you see.

• A limited number of Community Garden plots are available for new gardeners. Each plot is 10’x10’ and the cost is $10 for the year. One plot per household. You have to live or work in East Brunswick to rent a plot. Information and link to online registration at www.ebcommunitygarden.webs.com.

• A few plots are open for charitlble organization. There is no cost for renting these plots, after the organization is approved by the garden board. Contact ebcgarden@gmail[dot]com for more information.

Please check the website frequently, ‘like’ the Friends on Facebook and Twitter for news and updates regarding projects and events.

Winter is almost over and Salamander migration is coming soon!

Enjoy the snow,

Liti

Our website is back!

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM

The Friends website is back online!

www.friendsebec.com

Check it out for information on the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count, Community Garden plots availability and other Friends projects.

Community Garden plots availble

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 7, 2014 at 2:15 PM

A limited number of plots are availble at the East Brunswick Community Garden for the 2014 growing season.

  • Each plot is 10' x 10'.
  • One plot per household.
  • $10 for the year.

More information at www.ebcommunitygarden.webs.com

Great Backyard Bird Count

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM
February 14 -17, 2014
Everyone can participate in this Citizen Science project. Click for indormation

Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like—one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist for each new day, for each new location, or for the same location if you counted at a different time of day. Estimate the number of individuals of each species you saw during your count period.

Use the online East Brunswick Backyard bird guide to help you identify the birds you count.

Read more abou the Great Backyard Bird Count in East Brunswick in this blog post from 2012.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension January 2014 Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 19, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

of Middlesex County

January 2014

Calendar of Events

Happy New Year !

The following programs are available this month.

For more info on any program contact 732-398-5260.

We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County”, then “Like Us”.

This month’s offerings are as follows:

Friday Jan. 24 6:30

From Garden to Glass: Brewing with Your Garden Harvest

Learn from a home-brewer and amateur brew-master.

Equipment and raw ingredients will be on display.

No walk-ins are permitted.

Register for this free workshop at 732-398-5262 by Jan. 22.

Mark Your Calendars..

Sat., February 15, Noon - 2:30PM.

EARTH Center invites you to Davidson’s Mill Pond Park for the

Great Backyard Bird Count

All welcome, beginners through to advanced.

Bring binoculars and field guide. Free coffee.

If you would like to be removed from our list, simply reply with

“remove from IPCT” in the subject. Thank you.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is an equal opportunity program provider and employer

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