Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County Hosts Free Talk on “Warfare Ivy” (AKA Poison Ivy) | Community

COURTHOUSE – The Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County is holding a free presentation on poison ivy entitled: “Warfare Ivy” October 24, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 355 Courthouse – South Dennis Road, Courthouse.

According to a publication, this program is part of a new series, Educational Calls for Home Gardeners, to offer free educational courses to the public.

This class will be represented by Umar Mycka of Poison Ivy Horticulturist, Inc. Mycka is a gardener with over 45 years experience in the field, including 11 years experience as a niche gardener removing poison ivy in South Jersey, Southeast Pennsylvania, and North Delaware.

He will host the eighth annual Poison Ivy conference in Philadelphia in March 2020.

Topics include: identifying poison ivy, the type most likely found in Cape May County, best tools and protective equipment to remove, and best soaps to remove rashes.

Mycka stated, “There is so much to learn about poison ivy removal and some interesting facts about the plant too. For example, in Canada’s Yukon Territory, there is a poison ivy plant that is more than 800 years old. This plant is protected from freezing as it grows on a hill that is heated by a thermal spring. “

Jennifer Sawyer, part-time commercial farming program assistant at Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Cape May County, said, “During this hour and a half, Mycka will share his knowledge of how best to control and remove poison ivy – even the crop that is common all over Cape May County seems to be. “

The “Warfare Ivy” Classes are free and open to the public. Registration is required by October 21st.

To register, go to or for information call 609-465-5115, ext. 3607.

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