I have been a Master Gardener in Middlesex County since 2013. According to the Rutgers website: "Rutgers Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension in its mission to deliver horticulture programs and information to the general public." As part of being a Master Gardener, I have worked on diverse projects in local communities.
Most of my volunteer time is spent in speaking assignments. I have taught workshops at the Rutgers EARTH center on:
Invasive species in Central Jersey
Shade gardening with native plants
Preparing your garden for spring
I have lectured at organizations like local environmental clubs or schools on subjects like:
Creating a garden room
Plant breeding for gardeners
Pesticide free gardening
Deer resistant gardens, with native plants
I have also worked on other projects like the school garden at Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Edison NJ (left), and community outreach at fairs (right).
In addition, I have created garden designs for Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ), such as the one shown below: