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Morris Community Garden Conference set for March 6

Expert Speakers Present Sessions on Plant Topics and Coordination

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Morris County are teaming up to present their 11th Annual Community Garden Conference.

The program begins at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, March 6. The cost is $25. To register, visit

The program is going virtual this year, showcasing an impressive list of experts in their field. Sessions include topics relevant to community gardeners, garden managers, and those trying to establish a new community garden. Some sessions will be live with Q&A and others prerecorded for participants to watch on demand.

Topics include:

  • Keynote speaker Ken Greene, founder of Hudson Valley Seed Company
  • Ask the Experts with County Agent and Rutgers Vegetable Expert Peter Nitzsche and Kris Holmstrom, Rutgers Vegetable IPM Expert on Understanding Disease Management in a Community Garden
  • Food Safety in Community Gardens by County Agent Meredith Melendez
  • Seed Starting by Rutgers Master Gardener Grace Tshanakas
  • Discovering Pests and Diseases in Community Gardens by Rutgers Master Gardener Community Garden IPM Team
  • The Coordinator’s Round Table moderated by Ned Gardner, Co-manager of the Ted Largman Community Garden in Morris Township
  • Vegetable Garden Planning for Community Gardens by Rutgers Master Gardener Brian Monaghan.

This program is eligible for 5.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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