Chapter Activity Report Blog

Cook Chapter- Haunted Bamboo

Originally Posted by Bryan D. Ryder

The Haunted Bamboo Forest was a philanthropy event held at the Rutgers Gardens, where the Cook Chapter set up a haunted walk for the children through the bamboo forest. While the entire night was free, we were collecting donations for the preservation of the Rutgers Gardens. Furthermore, our event coincided with the weekly farmer’s market at the Rutgers Gardens, where people could come to the gardens to purchase fresh produce from local farmers and small businesses. Overall, the event was designed to promote awareness of a place that has contributed so much to the promotion of agriculture at Rutgers University, while providing local children a fun Halloween experience. Afterwards, the children and their families were encouraged to return to Cook Campus for the annual Monster Mash.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (584)/Comments (0)/
Florida Chapter: Feeding the Gator Good Service/Fundraiser

Florida Chapter: Feeding the Gator Good Service/Fundraiser

Originally Posted By Angely S. Jimenez

Feeding the Gator Good was a student run campaign with a goal of initiating conversation with other students on the University of Florida campus outside of CALS about agriculture. Surveys were given out in order to ascertain the student body's perception on agriculture and how it affects their life. A chalk board was set up with the title "Agriculture is..." and allowed students to fill in what they believed agriculture meant to them. A white board was near it that asked "How can agriculture ...
Sunday, November 2, 2014/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (862)/Comments (0)/

Farm Science Review at The Ohio State University

Originally Posted By Jared M. Ashworth

Farm Science Review is an anuual event that the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences(CFAES) helps to put on. Each organization is asked to help with the CFAES pop stands. We helped to set up booths and will be recieveing money from CFAES Student Council. We benefitted by getting more funding for the organization.  The Townshend chapter plans on using this funding in the future in order to help the community as well as promote fellowship with fun activities promoting ...
Saturday, October 4, 2014/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (471)/Comments (0)/
Visit to the Fulper Family Farmstead

Visit to the Fulper Family Farmstead

Originally Posted By Halli M. James

On November 13th, a few members of the Cook AZ chapter visited Fulper Family Farmstead in Lambertville, NJ. The Fulper Farm is a family owned and operated dairy farm that still uses most of their original farm equipment. It’s a relatively small function, so we talked a lot about being able to keep up with larger commercial dairies. Fulper uses other aspects of the business such as cheese making and tourism to make up for not being as large as other dairies. Another interesting ...
Thursday, February 27, 2014/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (534)/Comments (0)/
Visit to Readington River Buffalo Company

Visit to Readington River Buffalo Company

Originally Posted By Halli M. James

On November 6th, several members of the Cook AZ Chapter visited Erick Doyle’s bison farm in Readington, NJ. We learned about the difficulties of managing an animal operation where the farmer is not able to have much contact with the animals due to their lack of domestication. We talked about silage making and bison nutrition and how to make the best of the resources available to you. Erick gets a lot of the milk he feeds to his calves from a nearby dairy that donates product they ...
Thursday, February 27, 2014/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (579)/Comments (0)/
Gleaning at Giamarese Farms

Gleaning at Giamarese Farms

Originally Posted By Halli M. James

On October 23, Cook AZ took part in a gleaning on Giamarese Farm in East Brunswick, NJ. Leading up to the event, we had a conversation about food as a right and each individual’s responsibility to help those in need. Once we got the farm, we spent several hours going through the field and harvesting sweet corn to donate through the NJ Agricultural Society’s Farmers Against Hunger. We harvested over 3000 lbs of corn to be donated to local families. It was a great service experience ...
Thursday, February 27, 2014/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (554)/Comments (0)/
Visit to Viking Village Fishery

Visit to Viking Village Fishery

Originally posted by Halli M. James

On September 25, Cook AZ visited the Viking Village fishery in Barnegat, NJ. We learned about the different kinds of sea life they fish and talked about the effects of Sandy and other natural disasters on the fishing community. We were able to watch them pull several large fish off a recently returned fishing boat for evaluation. We learned about the different grades of fish and other factors, such as sharks, that can affect the quality of the product they are able to produce. They are also working on research using Confined Animal Feeding Operations that we were able to look at and discuss.
Sunday, October 27, 2013/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (767)/Comments (0)/
Visit to Bob Muth's Farm

Visit to Bob Muth's Farm

Originally posted by Halli M. James

On October 9, Cook AZ visited Bob Muth’s personal farm in South Jersey. Bob Muth is most well known for his sustainable use of leaves collected from the surrounding areas to improve the nutrient content of his soil. Bob focuses heavily on rotational use of his fields. He is paid to take fallen leaves collected by the town that would otherwise be put into a landfill or otherwise disposed of and spreads them on his resting fields on a rotation to improve the nutrient content of his soil. He also utilizes crops such as vetch to up the nitrogen in his soil during resting periods...
Sunday, October 27, 2013/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (477)/Comments (0)/
New Brunswick Urban Garden

New Brunswick Urban Garden

Originally posted by Halli M. James

On October 2, Cook AZ visited the New Brunswick Community Urban Garden and learned about the social aspect of sustainability. We discussed the issues of efficiency, resource conservation, and benefits of urban farming with a focus on using it as a tool for educating the public on agriculture. The NB garden offers plots for community families to grow plants including tomatoes and chrysanthemums. They are doing many experimental projects including vertically growing miniature watermelons to solve issues with urban farming such as available space....
Sunday, October 27, 2013/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (468)/Comments (0)/
Working Dog Winery

Working Dog Winery

Originally posted by Halli M. James

On September 18, Cook AZ visited Working Dog Winery in East Windsor, NJ. We took a tour of the vineyards led by one of the owners, Mark Carduner. We learned about many of the factors important in successful grape production including sun exposure, brix levels, strategic leaf pruning, and protection from predators. We discussed the relationship between ag operations and the surrounding communities and the importance of having the support of surrounding residents. We also talked about the social aspects of agriculture, such as using the vineyard for events like weddings and jazz nights to help boost profits and community exposure.
Thursday, October 24, 2013/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (494)/Comments (0)/
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