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Havemeyer Edible Garden to Host Food Network Star Ellie Krieger

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 15, 2014

Ellie Krieger

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Ramapo College’s Havemeyer Edible Garden will host its annual fundraiser on Thursday, September 18, 2014. , star of the Food Network’s hit show “Healthy Appetite” and best-selling author, is the guest speaker.

Krieger will discuss Weeknight Wonders with event guests. Her presentation will be followed by an organic dinner, featuring fresh food, herbs and honey grown in the Havemeyer Edible Garden or produced locally. Ramapo College students in the first-year seminar course on nutrition taught by Dr. Jackie Ehlert-Mercer, founder of the Havemeyer Edible Garden, are assisting in the event  and will  earn credit toward fulfilling their course enrichment component requirements.

Krieger is a nutritionist who helps people find the sweet spot where “healthy” and “delicious” meet. She is a James Beard Foundation award-winning and New York Times best-selling cookbook author. She has been a columnist for Fine Cooking, Food Network Magazine and USA Today.  Krieger has appeared on national television shows such as Today, Good Morning America and Dr. Oz, among others. She has been featured in several magazines, including Better Homes and Gardens, People, Self and More. Krieger has been at the forefront of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign from the beginning.  Mrs. Obama’s team invited her to head up a nutrition education initiative at the “Healthy Kids Fair” on the White House lawn in 2010.

A registered dietitian, Krieger earned her bachelor’s of science in clinical nutrition from Cornell and her master’s in nutrition education from Teacher’s College Columbia University. She recently released a highly acclaimed new cookbook, Weeknight Wonders: Delicious Healthy Dinners in 30 Minutes or Less.

For many years, the Havemeyer Edible Garden annual fundraiser featured special guest speakers including notable authors, researchers and food gurus such as Dr. Marion Nestle, Dr. Joan Gussow, Corinne Trang and Mark Winne. Krieger continues that tradition of high-profile and nationally known nutrition and sustainability professionals visiting and participating in events at Ramapo College.

For more information events and programming at the Havemeyer Edible Garden, contact Dr. Ehlert Mercer at and visit


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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