New Rutgers strawberry is centerpiece of Garden Field Day

August 20, 2015 - garden totes

Visitors suffer a day in a gardens as a Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County hosts Garden Field Day on Aug. 15. ADAM UZIALKO/STAFF
Visitors suffer a day in a gardens as a Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County hosts Garden Field Day on Aug. 15.
ADAM UZIALKO/STAFF
Classic stone and a aroma of hamburgers hung in a air, welcoming farmers and gardening enthusiasts to a EARTH Center for a Garden Field Day gathering.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County was a horde to a jubilee during Davidson’s Mill Pond Park in South Brunswick on Aug. 15. The eventuality featured environmental and rural organizations, a sensuous moth garden and, of course, a new Rutgers Scarlet strawberry.

“We’ve been operative on this plan for dual years … operative with internal growers to get a plants for several trials,” pronounced Stephen Jakubiec, an incoming Rutgers comparison who worked on a Scarlet strawberry.

Researchers employed some-more than a dozen partner farms to grow a opposite generations of a strawberry, capitalizing on a incompatible dirt forms in sequence to stress opposite traits in a plants. According to Jakubiec, a idea was three-fold. “We wish to grow for farmers to give them a improved New Jersey strawberry,” he said, adding that a berry was bred precisely for a state’s climate. “First and inaugural we try to get deteriorate … and get a good sweet-acid balance.

“The subsequent thing is, right now we got to try one, though it’s August. That’s not typical,” he said. “Usually they’re harvested in late May and June, so as partial of a investigate plan we’re perplexing to extend a deteriorate now for these farmers.”

And, of course, Jakubiec pronounced a third aim is to grow a healthier plant that will broach aloft yields.

While a Rutgers Scarlet strawberry stole a uncover — one attendee exclaimed “everyone is going crazy over it” — there was copiousness some-more to see and do.

The New Jersey Agricultural Society was on hand, barbecuing adult juicy transport to support a programs Farmers Against Hunger and Learning Through Gardening. Kristina Guttadora, executive executive of a rural society, pronounced Farmers Against Hunger was means to discharge 1.3 million pounds of gleaned food to village assistance programs and internal food banks final year. Much of that food, if not all, would have been plowed underneath were it not gleaned, Guttadora said.

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