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Pick your own!
From early summer berries to haystacks and pumpkin
pickin’ in the fall, you’ll reap plenty of delicious produce
and enjoy a day the whole family will long remember. Local
farms offer a variety of fruits and vegetables, including
apples, peaches, berries, gourds, peas, and greens. Many
farms feature their own homemade ciders, jams and pies,
and some even have choose-and-cut Christmas trees.
Photo by Shore Grafx/Ken
Middlesex County E.A.R.T.H. Center
Home to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County
The Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Avenue in
South Brunswick is the headquarters for Rutgers Cooperative
Extension of Middlesex County. The State University’s
outreach wing, Rutgers Cooperative Extension offers
programs such as the Master Gardeners program, 4-H Youth
Development clubs, the Rutgers Environmental Stewards
program and more. Rutgers Cooperative Extension uses
the knowledge of University faculty to offer programs and
research to serve Middlesex County’s diverse population.
The E.A.R.T.H. Center demonstration areas include an
enormous vegetable garden, a 13-bed hardscaped herb
garden, native plant displays and an arboretum. These
exhibits are meant to spark conversation about local
agriculture, the basics of horticulture, integrated pest
management, earth-friendly gardening techniques and the
many topics taught by its Agriculture and Natural Resource
Management Division. The demonstration gardens can turn
a walk in the park into a learning experience for visitors
during daylight park hours. Guided tours are available by
Noteworthy seasonal displays include a latched but not
locked Children’s Garden (open during park hours), which
provides a whimsical yet educational experience for families
with little ones.
E.A.R.T.H. Center’s Master Gardeners built a butterfly house
and maintain it through the growing season. It is open on
weekends from 10 a.m. to noon, June through August.
Come marvel at the pollinators while learning how you can
help support them in your backyard.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the annual Garden and
Music Festival usually happening in the late summer
when the gardens are at their peak. For more information,