To ensure that only good quality seed is sold in New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Division of Plant Industry routinely monitors and inspects a wide range of plant seed for “truth in labeling” and the prevention of the introduction of noxious weed seeds. Seeds for agricultural and turfgrass, vegetables and flowers offered for sale to farmers and homeowners are examined and tested to ensure that they meet the seedsmen’s claims as to germination, variety and weed content. Anyone engaged in the business of a wholesale seedsman or seed conditioner must register annually with the State Board of Agriculture.
The Seed Certification and Control program certifies high-quality seed and propagating material of superior crop varieties, grown and distributed to ensure genetic and mechanical purity, and a minimum of seed-borne diseases. An interagency certification system is also provided for maintaining the genetic and mechanical purity of certified seed when repacking or combining mixtures of kinds or varieties. Seed that does not conform to the requirements of the state’s seed law is subject to removal from the marketplace and the seller is subject to other penalties.
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About New Jersey SEEDS
Welcome to New Jersey SEEDS: Where Potential Meets Opportunity
New Jersey SEEDS (Scholars, Educators, Excellence, Dedication, Success) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 that prepares motivated, high-achieving, low-income students for admission to private schools and colleges across the country. Approximately 350 students will be served by SEEDS’ academic programs this year, with more than 550 additional students receiving additional support through SEEDS’ Guidance department. An additional 1,900 alumni are continuing their educations in college or graduate school or are in the workforce.
Each of our programs provides a demanding course of study designed to develop the intellectual and leadership potential of our students and prepare them for long-term success. We strive to ensure that our students receive 90-100 percent in financial aid from the selective schools and colleges they attend. We encourage our alumni to pursue lives of professional accomplishment, leadership and service to the community, thus realizing their full potential.
Young Scholars participate in a 14-month program that begins with a summer program following fourth or fifth grade, meets on Saturdays during fifth or sixth grade and culminates with a second five-week summer program the summer before sixth or seventh grade. The Young Scholars Program is open to students in Greater Newark (Newark, Irvington, Orange or East Orange).
The Scholars Program takes place over a 14-month period, beginning in the summer after seventh grade with a three-week residential program, continuing Saturdays during the eighth grade year, and culminating in a second three-week residential experience during the summer between eighth and ninth grade. The Scholars Program is open to students who live in low-income communities in the state of New Jersey.
College Scholars participate in a 17-month education experience designed to prepare and place top-performing, low-income students from eligible public high schools in highly competitive colleges with excellent preparation and sufficient financial aid. Our Placement team works with students to identify the most appropriate school with regard to academics, social environment and cultural fit.
Our Guidance and Alumni Programs serve students who have completed the SEEDS program. Our Guidance team provides direct services to approximately 550 graduates after placement in middle schools, high schools and colleges. Our Alumni department provides support services to alumni in college and beyond.
New Jersey SEEDS has been recognized locally and nationally. Our work in changing lives and building communities has been recognized by the Althea Gibson Foundation, Bank of America, Jersey Cares, Mutual of America, Oprah’s Angel Network, the Partnership in Philanthropy and Rutgers University.
In addition, Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of the financial health and efficiency of nonprofit organizations, has awarded New Jersey SEEDS four consecutive 4-star ratings. This is Charity Navigator’s highest possible rating and indicates that SEEDS “adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.” Only 14% of Charity Navigator evaluated nonprofits have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations.
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New Jersey SEEDS does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, nationality, ethnicity or any other characteristic protected by law in the admission to and administration of its programs and services. All students share the same rights and privileges.
About New Jersey SEEDS Learn More Welcome to New Jersey SEEDS: Where Potential Meets Opportunity New Jersey SEEDS (Scholars, Educators, Excellence, Dedication, Success) is a nonprofit