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IF PLANTS COULD TALK is a gardening, landscaping and agriculture program, designed to promote environmental stewardship, through segments featuring some of New Jersey's farmers, horticultural experts and home gardeners. IF PLANTS COULD showcases some of the most scenic greenspaces in the state. As a result, the show has won awards from Video Festivals and Agricultural Agents Associations alike.

To provide the viewer with more information on topics presented IPCT has assembled a web-site that makes getting information on gardening, landscaping, and agriculture easy. At www.ifplantscouldtalk.rutgers.edu, you can download fact-sheets on information like: planning your vegetable garden and methods of Lyme disease prevention. Also available are deer tolerant plant selections and informative How-To slide-shows. The site even provides the locations of your nearest Pick-Your-Own farm.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

Description of the If Plants Could Talk Television Show
If Plants Could Talk features gardening tips from local university experts, successful farmers, master gardeners, and many other plant experts. Topics include new and interesting plant varieties, safe and effective pest control, step-by-step cultural tips for landscape and garden, and visits to local farms, arboretums, and backyard gardens.

The show's executive producer, Bill Hlubik is the Agricultural Agent and department head of the Middlesex County office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. For those unfamiliar with the organization, Rutgers Cooperative Extension is the community outreach branch of the State University, assigned with the task of supplying New Jersey's residents with non-biased, research-based information. In addition to Agriculture and Natural Resource Management, the program areas range from 4-H Youth Development to Food and Consumer Sciences (or Home Economics), Nutrition and Home Horticulture.

Looking to extend his educational reach, Mr. Hlubik, started the show in 1997 for public access television. After the initial success amid local stations, the I.P.C.T. team developed its own educational web-site, and since 1999 has been featured on New Jersey's own NJN Public Television. While Bill Hlubik was originally the show's host, Somerset County Ag Agent and Rahway resident, Nick Polanin has joined him in those duties.

The project's internet home is www.ifplantscouldtalk.rutgers.edu and provides visitors access to Rutgers Fact sheets; which offer information on topics such as termite infestation, proper pruning techniques, etc.. The web-site also presents "How To" slide shows (on tasks like tree planting), directs you to U-Pick Farm Markets for Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables and expands on most information presented on the TV show.

The award-winning TV show is aired on NJN Public Television on the first Saturday of every month from March to November and features segments on landscaping and gardening as well as a look at agriculture in the Garden State.

Description of the If Plants Could Talk Television Show
To provide the viewer with more detailed information on topics presented;  IPCT” has assembled a website that makes getting information on gardening, landscaping, and agriculture easy. At www.ifplantscouldtalk.rutgers.edu , you can download fact-sheets normally distributed by the University through their various Extension offices and outreach events. The information available includes planning your vegetable garden, Integrated Pest Management strategies, and methods of Lyme disease prevention. Also available are deer tolerant plant selections, virtual garden tours, and informative How-To slideshows. The site even provides the locations of your nearest Pick-Your-Own farm, plus tips on what to do about those nasty grubs that are killing your lawn.

Since our office receives thousands of phone calls a year requesting this type of information, we already have a sample of what topics we should present. What better way to get it to the people than through a media that is always available? It's there, 24 hours a day, at their convenience, says Bill Hlubik, creator of the show.

The show is presented as a special on the public television station and future air times will be listed on the website, in your local listings, or you can call NJN viewer services at (609) 777-5093.