Programs, Educational Materials & Services

Residential Clientele
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension of Cape May County leads a corps of trained volunteers, “Rutgers Master Gardeners” who can offer advice, information, and plant diagnostic services for residents and visitors with non-commercial questions. Over-the-phone or face-to-face in-office consultations are available to you. We provide information and educational resources on a diverse range of topics, including:
  • Composting
  • Environmentally sound gardening practices
  • Gardening
  • Household pest identification
There is no fee associated with this service. In-house soil or water pH testing only is $5/sample.

Commercial Clientele
Our work with commercial clientele and governmental agencies is intended to improve public understanding of the relationship between agriculture and open space and the general economic and environmental vitality of the state. Our programs focus on:
  • Commercial agriculture
  • Environmental and resource management issues
  • Farm business development and marketing
  • Integrated pest management (Ip.m.)
  • Pesticide safety and training
  • Other related subjects
In-the-field or on-site consultations may be provided. There is no fee associated with this service.

Educational Sessions & Workshops
We offer educational sessions and workshops on many different topics in which we have expertise. If you are interested in having us offer a workshop on a specific topic, please contact us.

Plant, Insect & Soil Testing Services
Locally, we provide a range of diagnostics services, such as weed and pest identification, pH (soil acidity) testing, and horticultural advice at no charge. The Rutgers Plant Diagnostic Laboratory and Nematode Detection Service and the Soil Testing Laboratory in New Brunswick can conduct analyses for a fee.

Rutgers Master Gardeners Program
The Rutgers Master Gardener Program serves as a volunteer arm of Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Agricultural and Resource Management Program directed by Jenny. To earn the title of Rutgers Certified Master Gardener, individuals are required to complete an intensive study of:
  • Botany
  • Entomology
  • Environmentally sound methods of horticulture
  • Landscaping
  • Plant diseases
  • Volunteer service back to Rutgers or an approved cooperating agency
Rutgers Certified Master Gardeners use their skills to perform a wide range of community services including:
  • Gardening demonstrations
  • Harvesting and packing food for the hungry
  • Horticultural therapy training
  • Research assistance at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Staffing information booths at county fairs and other public events
  • Staffing telephone help lines and plant clinics
Visit the Rutgers website to learn more about Rutgers Master Gardeners in New Jersey.