Carmen returned to New Jersey, and in early 2018 walked onto Fernbrook Nursery with a resume. There, and at Rutgers Office of Continuing Education he began developing his skill set as an ornamental grower. He has been Fernbrook’s Greenhouse Manager since January 2020, continuing to grow his expertise, experience, and plants.
Carmen was elected Special Projects Officer (Fundraising Chair) for Class XII.
Nate also serves on the Gloucester County Board of Agriculture and serves on the local township committee. When not found at the greenhouse, Nate can be found spending time with his family outside.
Prior to his current position, Sean graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning. His agricultural-focused career began in 2017, serving as staff to the Monmouth County Agricultural Development Board. During the next five years his work focused on the preservation of farmland, the Right to Farm Act, and assisting farmers on stewardship matters throughout the county.
One of Sean’s main goals is to significantly contribute to the collective goal of ensuring the viability of agriculture in New Jersey through the continued preservation of farmland and providing resources to safeguard the economic sustainability of farms in the state.
The NJALDP is a two-year program, designed and hosted in collaboration with Rutgers University. Participants engage in seminars, meetings, discussions, and experiential educational/travel, studying key topics related to agriculture and leadership. Students also participate in community service projects, team fundraisers, and public speaking events, which provide hands-on opportunities to practice their leadership skills. The program's curriculum and experiences provide participants with the tools they need to become informed, articulate leaders, who can help advance the state’s agricultural industry and speak to the importance of agriculture beyond our state. The program schedule, which highlights on-site tours, captivating speakers, and meetings with government officials and business leaders, includes residential seminars at locations across NJ, a travel seminar to Washington, D.C., and an international trip. The experiential education/ travel component is central to giving practical meaning and significance to the classroom instructional component for participants. Since the inception of the program in 1995, more than 240 individuals have participated in the NJALDP, many of whom have gone on to serve on county, state, and national agricultural boards.
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