Free tree seedlings will be available to Ocean City residents in the month of April as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign. This program helps communities replace trees damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 9, residents will be able to pick up tree seedlings outside the Ocean City Community Center (1735 Simpson Ave.) and City Hall (861 Asbury Ave.). Seedlings, available on a first-come, first-served basis, also come with instructions on how to store, care for, and plant them. The guides help residents choose the right place on a property to plant a tree, while keeping in mind the tree’s full-grown size in the future. Residents should plant the seedlings within two days after pick-up in order to prevent the roots from drying out. A variety of species that can thrive in our coastal environment and climate will be available. If supplies last, trees will be distributed again on Tuesday, April 10, at the same locations and hours.The Ocean City School District is also participating in the campaign with Ocean City High School, Ocean City Intermediate School and Ocean City Primary School each distributing trees on April 9. All together, Ocean City will distribute 2,000 trees to residents and students.The goal of the Tree Recovery Campaign is to distribute over 500,000 tree seedlings to New Jersey residents over the course of five years. It is a joint effort between Ocean City, New Jersey Forest Service, New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts, Sustainable Jersey, Arbor Day Foundation, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Canon, and FedEx.When properly planted and maintained, trees can be assets to a community. They improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood or business district, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.For a list of all distribution locations across the state, visit www.forestry.nj.gov or www.facebook.com/newjerseyforests.
The Food Doctor is making a break from the health food aisles with a new range targeted at the mainstream sector. The new line-up features several bakery items including bread, bagels, pittas and wraps.The firm said its move into the mainstream aisles reflects the fact the health and well-being categories are no longer considered niche. To develop the new range, it teamed up with UK food suppliers, including Maple Leaf Bakery UK for the bagels and Rivermill for a number of its other bakery products.”This move is also designed to bring down the retail price of The Food Doctor range, to help make it more accessible to consumers, with each individual manufacturer acting as a licensee for the brand, being responsible for its distribution and sales,” said the firm.The new products will also feature the new Food Doctor livery, as well as a new strapline, ’Eat Better Forever’.By the end of February, around 20 new Food Doctor products will be available in major multiples, with around 50 of them expected to be on-shelf by the end of the year.