Option Green

Option Green is a lecture series exploring local to global environmental topics.

Co-sponsored with the East Brunswick Public Library.

 All programs begin at 7 p.m, at The Library

Admission is free.


Wednesday, May 24: New Jersey’s Climate Variability and Change New Jersey State Climatologist and Rutgers Geography Professor David Robinson will discuss what’s happening to New Jersey’s climate in an era of heightened interest in climate change, its causes and impacts.

Robinson is a frequent speaker on his research interests in applied climate, and climate dynamics and change, particularly focused on global snow cover. He sits on the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, past president of the American Association of State Climatologists and recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Geographers.

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Wednesday, April 26: “Hydroculture” Stephanie Alea, a field researcher in the Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers, will discuss hydroculture – growing plants in a soil-free medium. She holds a bachelor’s degree in plant science from Rutgers and managed the display greenhouse at International Flavors and Fragrances, where she gained experience in hydroculture. She also holds a master’s in public health in epidemiology from Florida International University.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017: “Salamander Migration” East Brunswick Environmental Commission Chairman Dr. David Moskowitz will discuss the annual migration of salamanders, an important ecological event. After noticing that salamanders were crossing Beekman Road in large numbers on rainy, early spring evenings to lay their eggs in vernal pools on the other side, Moskowitz urged the creation of the East Brunswick Vernal Pool Protection Plan, which features annual closures of Beekman Road to allow these amphibians to safely reach their breeding habitats. Each year, these closures draw people from throughout the area to observe this natural phenomenon.

Moskowitz, who also chairs the Friends of EBEC, is a senior vice president with EcolSciences Inc., an environmental consulting firm. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from George Washington University, a master’s in environmental policy studies from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and doctorate in entomology from Rutgers.  In addition to the salamander program, he was the driving force behind East Brunswick Butterfly Park, and was a co-founder of the Community Garden and National Moth Week with Liti Haramaty of the Friends.

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East Brunswick Community Garden


The award winning East Brunswick Community Garden was founded in 2009 and is located near the municipal building and public library.  You have to be an East Brunswick resident to rent a plot.

All plots are 10'x10' and can be rented for $10 for the growing season.

The garden is managed by the Friends EB EC and a board of volunteer gardeners.

For more information please visit the garden's website site at



All garden plots are taken for 2017

If you wish to be added to the waiting list (it is possible that garden plots will become availble later in the season) - click here



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Registration for returning gardeners for 2017 is ongoing. If you were a plot owner in 2016 and would like to renew:

  • Each plot is $10 for the season.
  • Returning gardeners can renew their plot for 2 years, $10 per year. Please note with your payment that you are renewing for 2 years.
  • Gardeners are asked to participate in community garden service. For every plot, four hours of service are required. We need your help but if you prefer, there is a buyout option of $40 per plot. You can add this sum to your registration fee.  (Let us know if for medical reasons you cannot take part in the community work or pay the buyout fee). 


You have three options to pay for 2017:

  1. To pay by PayPal or credit card - use the 'Donate' button below. Enter your plot number in the comments! 
  2. Send a check to 'Friend EBEC, 9 Camelot Drive, East Brunswick, NJ 08816'. Mark your plot number on the check.
  3. Drop off a check or cash with Lois at 9 Camelot Drive, East Brunswick, NJ 08816. Include a note with your name and plot number.

We cannot guarantee you will get the same plot if you register after  January 1, 2017.


 Pay for your plot or support the garden with a tax deductible donation

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