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Beach Plums Rubies of the Dunes

Event Type: Garden Program
Age Group(s): Adult
Date: 8/18/2014
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM
 Come and learn the history, the wonder and the latest up to date research on the “Official Fruit of Cape May County”. The local population of South Jersey has regarded the beach plum as part of local tradition and a cottage industry for almost two centuries. Along with current research through Rutgers State University of New Jersey, Cornell University and the United States Department of Agriculture/Natural Resource Conservation Service Plant Material Center, Cape May County, the beach plum has been used for everything from edible fruit to sustainable agriculture in addition to maintaining dune restoration and preservation.

Following the lecture, there will be a guided tour of the Higbee Beach WMA natural beach plum stands, weather permitting.

Joseph Alvarez has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology/Environmental Science, is a Board Member of the Friends of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, a founding member of the Cape May County Beach Plum Association, and is active in many county and agricultural programs in South Jersey.
Library: Lower Cape Library
Location: Public Meeting Room
Presenter: Joe Alvarez