Chapter Activity Report Blog

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 (476)/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 (466)/Comments (0)/
Big/Little Night

Big/Little Night

Originally posted by Halli M. James

On September 20, Cook AZ held our Big/Little night. This event gave our new member class a chance to learn a lot about the history of our local chapter and national AZ. New members were then paired with their big brothers who help them throughout the process of joining AZ. New members also have the chance to meet all of the active brothers and many of the alumni. Alumni and brothers share stories of their personal AZ experiences and really get the chance to welcome in the new member class.
Thursday, October 24, 2013/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (451)/Comments (0)/
Applebee's Night

Applebee's Night

Originally posted by Halli M. James

In order to mingle with all the potential new members of the Chi class at the Cook chapter at Rutgers University, the brotherhood and potential new members all headed to Applebee's after the meeting for half off appetizers on September 18th. This was a great opportunity for brothers to meet potential littles as well as other PNM's who would soon be joining the brotherhood.
Thursday, October 24, 2013/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (477)/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 (492)/Comments (0)/

Ice Cream Social

Originally posted by Halli M. James

On September 12 Cook AZ held an ice cream social organized for brothers to meet potential new members. This was also a chance for the potential new members to learn more about the fraternity and the types of projects we’re involved in. We all bonded over delicious ice cream and were able to explain the basics of what we do and we stand for.
Thursday, October 24, 2013/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (441)/Comments (0)/
Visit to Snyder Research and Extension Farm

Visit to Snyder Research and Extension Farm

Originally posted by Halli M. James

On September 11, several members of the Cook AZ chapter visited the Snyder Farm in Pittstown, NJ, which is part of the Rutgers research extension. The Snyder Farm serves as the Rutgers center for sustainable agriculture. While here, we learned about the many different crops they grow and some of the research they are doing to help educate and provide resources for NJ farmers on the topics of changing markets, politics, economics, and environmental impact.
Thursday, October 24, 2013/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (388)/Comments (0)/

Halloween Card Making

Originally posted by Halli M. James

On September 10, the Cook Chapter held a Halloween Card making event. During this event the brothers and new members made Halloween cards for the children that are currently at St. Peter’s Children Hospital. This gave the brothers the chance to meet potential new members and get involved in a great service opportunity to give back to the New Brunswick community.
Thursday, October 24, 2013/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (394)/Comments (0)/
S'mores with Cook AZ

S'mores with Cook AZ

Originally posted by Halli M. James

Alpha Zeta Cook Chapter at Rutgers University held a s'mores bonfire on September 5th as a rush event for its fall 2013 Chi class. The event was a great success with a large turnout. We can expect a huge class this semester based on the potential new member turnout! Everyone had a lot of fun and enjoyed making creative s'mores with the addition of Oreos, Reese's, and other candies to the traditional chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows. Potential new members had the chance to meet some of the brothers and ask questions about the fraternity and the kind of events we hold and participate in.
Thursday, October 24, 2013/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (381)/Comments (0)/
Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

Originally posted by Aubrey B. Weibel

Over the course of the semester,  some brothers have been interested in more daring activities while others are trying to overcome their fears.  One activity that a lot of members have been participating in over the semester is rock climbing, whether they are seasoned climbers or beginners.  The brothers have been bonding with the new member class - building new friendships while having a great time.  On April 1st, one of the new members went rock climbing for the very first time on her birthday, and discovered that she actually really enjoys rock climbing.  It was a great way to spend her birthday, especially since she was able to continue to bond with her big, other brothers and new members.
Thursday, April 4, 2013/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (459)/Comments (0)/
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