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Jersey Tomato

If you’re planning to have a vegetable garden this year you’re probably studying seed catalogs, visiting seed stores, and poking around in the dirt. Whether you’re interested in sustainable agriculture, the locavore movement, eating organic, or just plain like to garden – the best way to control the quality of the food you eat is to grow it yourself. Rutgers Cooperative Extension County Offices are located in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties and are a great resource for seed varieties, soil testing, pest identification and general gardening tips.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Our first posting to the State Library Information Center’s Book Blog will highlight the National Book Award winner for nonfiction, 2012, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. Beautiful Forevers refers to advertising on a wall near the Mumbai International Airport. A slum or undercity called Annawadi lies behind the wall. Ms. Boo tells the stories of several residents and their families as they try to earn a living in this Indian undercity.