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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County offers a number of workshops and support groups. Here are four scheduled in September.

All are held at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension headquarters, 355 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House.

'Nutrition and Fitness Myths Debunked'

A wellness workshop titled "Nutrition and Fitness Myths Debunked" will be presented 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Marilou Rochford of Rutgers said the workshop will debunk media myths and marketing confusion about what is healthy, and set the record straight on carbohydrates, fat, protein and how they impact health and wellness.

“In this workshop, participants will learn tools to be able to read an article, know whether or not the source is credible and what information they really need to know,” Rochford said. “Also, several recent food and fitness headlines will be discussed and whether or not they are valid.”

The workshop will address how physical fitness relates to health, and how people can make daily food choices that maximize nutrient intake.

“The goal is for everyone to leave this workshop with the skills to be your own myth buster,” Rochford said.

The workshop will feature a cooking demonstration, and the dinner prepared will be served to participants.

The cost is $15. Registration is required.

For information or to register call Marian Courtney at 609-465-5115, ext. 3609 or email

'Pollinators in Peril'

Learn how to help butterflies, bees and birds at a workshop titled "Pollinators in Peril, Natives to the Rescue" 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14.

Presenter Gretchen Whitman, director of New Jersey Audubon's Nature Center of Cape May, will talk about the connection between plants and pollinators and the ecological benefit of using plants that are native to New Jersey.

Cost is $20 and includes a light supper. To register see For information call 609-465-5115, ext. 3607.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group will meet 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Childcare will be provided for the grandchildren. A light supper will be served at 5:30p.m. The program follows at 6p.m. The program is free, however, registration is required.

For more information, call Marian Courtney at 609-465-5115, ext. 3609.

Ultra-niche crop series: farming basil

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension will continue its ultra-niche crop series with a workshop on farming basil 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Ultra-niche crops are high-value crops that can provide a significant source of income to the farmer while using a minimal amount of land, said county agent Jenny Carleo. In the workshop, farmers will learn how to grow, market and sell basil, as well as how to make practical decisions on marketing and crop production, she said.

“Basil is an excellent fresh market herb to grow on small-acreages for direct sales to restaurants, farmer's markets, and specialty grocery stores,” Carleo said. “This tender annual is appealing to growers because of the constant demand from consumers.”

The workshop will feature a 20-minute video and a speaker panel featuring basil farmer Taylor James of Flipside Farms, a community-supported agriculture operation in Somerset County, and Mikey Azzara, Founder of Zone 7, a New Jersey-based farm fresh distribution service that connects farmers with restaurants, grocers, schools and other buyers in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The cost is $20 and includes dinner at 5:30 p.m. and program at 6. For information call Jenny Carleo at 609-465-5115 or email Jennifer Matthews at Register by Sept. 22 at

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