Welcome to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County. Here, you will find the latest news and upcoming events from 4-H Youth DevelopmentFamily & Community Health Sciences, and Agricultural & Natural Resources. RCE of Somerset County helps both youth and adults improve their knowledge and skills, and resolve problems in the areas of food, nutrition, health and wellness; food safety; agriculture; environmental and natural resource management; and youth development. This is accomplished through the use of science-based knowledge and university research. RCE is an educational organization within the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers, The State University.




Spring Gardening Seminars and Workshop - March 11, 9am - 1 pm: Novice gardeners are invited to participate in a 3-part seminar to learn the basics of vegetable gardening and the benefits of vermicilture (worm composting). DEADLINE TO REGISTER is MARCH 8, 2017. Please complete the registration form and return it to Rutgers Master Garedeners at 310 Milltown Rd. Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

Family & Community Health Sciences (FCHS) is offering a Master Food Preserver Volunteer Training Program(5 weeks): April 20, 27; May 4, 11 & 18, 2017 @ 10 am to 3 pm. Increase your knowledge & skills in food preservation: canning, reezing & drying food and more. For more information, view the flyer then download the application. DEADLINE TO APPLY IS APRIL 7, 2017.


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Kara Johnson & Wil Staats attended the National Agri-Science Youth Summit held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center located in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The purpose of the conference was to provide youth with an opportunity to learn about and develop an understanding of the critical role of agricultural science innovation in addressing the world’s most pressing issues.

Wil also represented Somerset County 4-H as the Somerset County Outstanding 4-Her and speaker during the NJ Agricultural Convention in A.C, NJ.  Wil informed the convention attendees of what was going on at 4-H at a state level. Melissa Bright, a 4-H member, also attended the convention as the State Dairy Princess.

Pictured with Will and Melissa is State Board of Agriculture President Santo Maccherone, New Jersey Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and New Jersey State Dept. of Agriculture Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Monique Purcell.

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