Gardening With Youth conference set for March 5

Middlesex County’s Office of Extension Services will present a new program that demonstrates how gardening can be used as an educational tool for young people.

“Digging Into Youth Gardens: A Conference for Educators and Community Leaders” will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on March 5 at East Jersey Old Town Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway.

The purpose of the conference is to assist schools, community youth groups, churches, YMCAs and other groups in starting and maintaining a youth garden. This conference is intended for those in the early stages of garden planning, as well as those looking for new ideas on the care of an established garden. Faculty from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners and garden facilitators will offer presentations and workshops featuring their area of expertise, including soils and pest management. Other topics include making a garden sustainable, school-based curriculum to support gardening efforts, activities to get children interested in gardening and composting.

Professional development credits will be available for those educators who attend the day’s entire program.

The conference fee will be $25 with early registration by March 2,or $30 for late registration. Checks, made payable to Middlesex County treasurer, can be mailed to or dropped off at the EARTH Center in Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick

 

To register, call the Middlesex County EARTH Center at 732-398-5273 or e-mail Janice.tonkery@co.middlesex.nj.us.