UD to host viewing of new documentary showcasing Delaware agriculture

April 11, 2013 under CANR News

From early settlers to modern satellite systems, the history and future of Delaware agriculture are highlighted in a new documentary sponsored by the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) and the Delaware Humanities Forum.

Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) fraternity will partner with the Delaware Department of Agriculture and the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) to host a public showing of the film at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, in Multipurpose Rooms A/B of the Trabant University Center.  UD students, faculty and the public are invited to attend.

The 30-minute film, Delaware Agriculture: Farming in the First State, introduces viewers to the history of the state’s agricultural industry and the depth and breadth of modern-day farming. It features decades of historic photographs and new interviews with six Delaware farmers and footage of their apple orchards, grain farms, poultry operations and more.

“Farming in Delaware has a long and proud history, matched only by the strength and success of our farmers today,” said Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee, an agricultural historian and UD alumnus who narrates the film. “This documentary will help introduce Delaware residents to their farmers and neighbors next door, building awareness about the contributions and challenges of agriculture today.”

After the film, several Delaware farmers will discuss the future of Delaware agriculture in a panel moderated by Kee, joined by Mark Rieger, CANR dean. Speaking will be

  • Jim Mitchell, Hockessin, dairy farmer and owner of Woodside Creamery;
  • Larry Jester, Middletown, grain producer; and
  • Georgiana Cartanza, Dover, poultry producer.

The film was created and produced by Wilmington-based TELEDUCTION and its nonprofit initiative, Hearts and Minds Film. The Delaware Farm Bureau and MidAtlantic Farm Credit also provided support.

It features farmers Stanley C. West of Milford, a lima bean grower; Jim and Janet Mitchell of Woodside Farm Creamery, Hockessin; Curt Fifer of Fifer Orchards, Camden-Wyoming; Charlie Smith of T.S. Smith and Sons, Bridgeville; Mark Collins of DMC Farms, Laurel, a watermelon grower; Charles Postles of Milford, a poultry farmer; Larry and Mike Jester of Jester Farms, grain farmers from Middletown; and Brandon and Ashley Bonk of Wheel of Fortune Farm, Leipsic.

It also highlights historic images from the Delaware Public Archives and footage from the Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market, the Delaware State Fair and the Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village.

“The video shows the history and the very diverse agriculture systems in the state. It highlights many broad issues concerning Delaware agriculture as well as highlighting the powerhouse that Delaware is regarding its agriculture industries,” said Shaw Civitarese, AGR brother. “We hope that the UD community and other Delawareans will join us and connect their food to their farmers.”

For more information about the film, visit the Delaware Department of Agriculture website.


March 27: Delaware Agricultural Museum to host Annual Benefit Auction

March 23, 2010 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village will be hosting their annual Benefit Auction on Saturday, March 27, 2010. Crawdad bass boat & Game Fisher 3HP outboard motor, 42” Craftsman automatic lawnmower, metal porch glider, Meade 4500 telescope (with tripod), oil paintings, gift certificates, iron fence rails, dry sink, wicker rocking chairs, antique Singer sewing machine, an exercise stair stepper and loads of antique furniture will be among items up for bidding.

The Museum opens to visitors at 8:00 am with a Flea Market, ‘Silent’ and ‘Live’ Auctions, Bake Sale, Jewelry Sale, Plant Sale and statewide agricultural organization exhibits/displays. Silent Auction bidding will begin at 9:00 am. Live Auction activities start at 9:30. All activities will take place in the Great Hall and conference room. Admission is FREE to these areas throughout the day. The Village and Exhibit Gallery will not be accessible.

The Museum will continue accepting donations of household goods, furniture, collectibles, toys, decorative accessories, tools, equipment and books until March 26. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept clothing or electronic appliances this year. Donated items can be dropped-off at the Museum between 10 am-3 pm, Tuesday-Saturday or call 302-734-1618 for pick-up.

The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village is a privately funded operation and not a state-run Museum. All proceeds from the benefit auction go to educational and preservation programs at the Museum. For more information contact the Museum @ 302-734-1618.  Delaware Cooperative Extension is a partner with the Museum’s educational outreach.