Ocean County Press Release
TOMS RIVER – Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari and Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr. are now honorary Ocean County Master Gardeners.

During the March 15 meeting of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Ocean County's Rutgers Cooperative Extension and Master Gardener Program honored the two Freeholders for their long time support of the program.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders for their support of the Ocean County Master Gardener Program," said Susan Emhardt-Servidio, who is a horticulturist for Ocean County's Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the coordinator for the County's Rutgers Master Gardner Program. "Our volunteer activities to educate Ocean County residents would not be possible without the support of the Board."

Vicari and Bartlett with their colleagues on the Board have helped support numerous educational programs throughout Ocean County and are exemplary educators themselves.

Vicari, who is the Chairman of Senior Services and County Operations, is also liaison to the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service.

"We are honored for this recognition from the Ocean County Master Gardeners program," said Vicari. "We appreciate everything that the Master Gardeners continue to do to help Ocean County. Their work helps make a positive difference in our communities."

Bartlett, who is the Chairman of Finance and also Parks and Recreation, which directly supports the Master Gardener Program with garden space located at Ocean County Park in Lakewood, is also known for being an advocate of open space and is the liaison to the county's Natural Lands Trust Fund program.

"In a county with more than 20 parks for residents to enjoy, the Master Gardener Program is an important educational tool that provides the public with information about consumer horticulture and the environment in Ocean County," said Bartlett, who is also an avid gardener himself.

The main mission of the Ocean County Master Gardeners is to educate the public on the best practices in consumer horticulture and environmental stewardship. As Rutgers Cooperative Extension celebrates 100 years of service, agents and specialists deliver wide-ranging educational programs in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, urban and community outreach, youth development, food, nutrition and health, and related areas of economic and workforce development across New Jersey.

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