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Ramapo College to Open The Havemeyer Edible Garden for 2015 Season

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 21, 2015

MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College will open The Havemeyer Edible Garden for the 2015 season on Sunday, April 26 with a day of yoga, nutrition and gardening. The event, which begins at 11 a.m., is open to students, faculty, staff and the community.

The schedule includes:

11 a.m. – Outdoor Yoga session led by “Kula for Karma” and members of the Ramapo College Yoga Community. All levels are welcome to participate.

11:45 a.m. – Mindful Eating Moment with Dr. Jackie Ehlert-Mercer.

12:30 p.m. – Clean up and planting of the The Havemeyer Edible Garden with Ramapo College Environmental Studies students.

All in attendance are invited to participate in the activities. To reserve a spot, email

The Havemeyer Edible Garden was established by Ramapo College President Dr. Peter P. Mercer and his wife, Dr. Jacqueline Ehlert-Mercer, in 2006. The garden was established in response to a call for public institutions of higher education in New Jersey to initiate educational programs to prevent childhood and adolescent obesity.

The garden is the foundation for a curriculum that provides Ramapo College students experience in sustainable eating and nutrition. The edible organic garden contains a wide variety of hybrid tomatoes, eggplant, carrots, green and red peppers, cucumbers, beans, radishes, onions, strawberries, apples, blueberries, cherries, apricots, peaches, plums and a broad array of fresh herbs.


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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