Food Bank of Delaware, UD to celebrate fifth annual Evening in the Garden

August 15, 2013 under CANR News

Evening in the GardenThe Food Bank of Delaware and University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) will celebrate the bounty of the Garden for the Community with their fifth annual Evening in the Garden event on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 6-8 p.m.

The evening will feature wine and beer tastings from local wineries and breweries.

In addition, the evening’s menu includes garden-fresh foods straight from the Garden for the Community. Students from the Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware will serve up eggplant polpettes, ratatouille, spicy grilled chicken with roasted corn salsa, fish tacos, soba noodles with Swiss chard, pine nuts and peppers, assorted desserts and much more. The UDairy Creamery will also serve ice cream.

“It’s hard to believe we are heading into our fifth year for Evening in the Garden,” said Patricia Beebe, Food Bank of Delaware president and CEO. “Each year the event and our partnership with the University grows. Last year guests had a wonderful time touring the garden, enjoying foods prepared by our own students and tasting local wines and beers. We look forward to another successful evening of increasing awareness of the issue of hunger in Delaware and raising money to help alleviate it.”

“We are thrilled to once again partner with the Food Bank of Delaware for the Evening in the Garden event,” said CANR Dean Mark Rieger. “We are very proud of the partnerships we have grown throughout the years with the Food Bank of Delaware and the Evening in the Garden is no exception. This event brings the community together to help support a great cause: the Food Bank of Delaware and their mission to provide food for struggling Delaware families.”

Sue Fuhrmann has attended the event since its inception and said, “Evening in the Garden showcases delicious, creative food, good wines, fun music, bountiful gardens to stroll and fine fellowship. Even better, it supports local agriculture and job training efforts. Not to miss.”

Tickets for the event are $40 per person or $15 per student (must show student ID). The price includes dinner, wine, beer and entertainment. Ticket prices increase by $10 on Aug. 29.

To purchase tickets, contact Kim Turner at 302-444-8074 or kturner@fbd.org.

Online registration is also available at this Food Bank of Delaware website.

Attendees are also asked to bring a bag of canned goods for the food bank’s hunger-relief efforts.

To learn more about the Garden for the Community, visit the website.

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UD Garden for Community intern helps others while growing job skills

July 30, 2012 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

Owen Cass wants to be a farmer when he gets out of college. While most people would assume that’s not an unusual aspiration for a student in the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, it actually is. Careers in research, agri-business, natural resources management and veterinary science are more typical choices.

What’s even more out of the ordinary is that Cass comes from a suburban background. He doesn’t recall his parents growing so much as a tomato plant when he was a child in Bryn Athyn, Pa.

But this 22-year-old is getting plenty of experience growing tomatoes – and squash, sweet corn, cukes, peppers and much more – in UD’s Garden for the Community.

Cass is a summer intern for this one-third acre garden that produced three tons of vegetables and herbs last year, all of which were donated to the Food Bank of Delaware.

The garden, located on UD’s Newark Farm, is managed by Mike Popovich, a Cooperative Extension associate.

Now in its fourth year, the garden does good things for low-resource Delawareans who may not have the opportunity to eat many fresh vegetables. “We’re so excited to get fresh-picked produce out to our hunger relief partners in the community,” says Kim Kostes, communications director of the Food Bank. “As soon as Owen or Mike arrive with the day’s harvest, we get it right back out the door.”

The garden also does good things for students like Cass, who was eager to show off this season’s crops on a recent 95 degree day. Despite the heat, Cass vigorously strode between the garden rows, pointing out pumpkins he had planted the week before; hibiscus-like blooms on okra plants; Japanese beetle damage on basil; and the “Florida weave” style of staking used on heirloom tomato plants.

(In the Florida weave technique, you drive a stake between every two or three plants and attach a string at the end of each row. You then weave the string between the plants.)

“Even during a bad thunderstorm the other night, the tomatoes stayed upright,” says Cass. “Our peppers fell over but some international students volunteered the next day and helped to get them re-staked.”

Farming requires knowledge not just about combating pests and re-staking plants but also about managing people. Cass hopes to own his own farm, in which case he may have dozens of employees under his direction. This summer, working with 200-plus garden volunteers, he is getting plenty of supervisory experience. A half dozen or so core volunteers show up every Saturday; others, like the international students, help out just once.

“I can’t believe the amount that I’m learning,” says Cass. “Mike lets me make a lot of decisions on my own, whether it’s managing the volunteers or choosing which kind of seeds to plant for our second season of crops.”

“I also get to learn from Extension and college experts,” he adds. “Nancy Gregory [an Extension plant diagnostician] was out in the garden recently because she needed downy mildew samples for a research project. She didn’t have enough in her own test plots but, unfortunately, we had it on our cucumbers.”

Despite a bit of downy mildew and Japanese beetles the Garden for the Community always enjoys high yields. Popovich is the first to admit he has plenty of advantages over the home gardener. “The UD community gets very excited about this garden,” says Popovich. “I’m fortunate to have a steady stream of Cooperative Extension professionals and UD agriculture researchers popping by to give advice and lend a hand.”

“And Owen has been tremendously helpful with planting, weeding, harvesting and other chores,” Popovich says. “He has taken an immense amount of initiative early on.”

“Not one nuisance insect or weedy plant goes unnoticed by him,” he adds. “Owen checks with college professionals — and his smart phone — to identify bug and disease issues. On one occasion, I saw him spend 20 minutes trying to catch a single squash vine borer. That’s the type of dedication I like to see in an intern.”

Cass will be extra busy in the weeks ahead, getting the garden in picture-perfect condition for the Aug. 9 Evening in the Garden, a benefit for the Food Bank of Delaware. Held under a tent, adjacent to the Garden for the Community, the event features fresh-from-the-garden food, fine wine, live entertainment and garden tours.

The meal will be prepared by students from the Food Bank’s Culinary School.  “At the beginning of the season, Mike connects with us and makes sure to plant the crops that the students will need for their recipes,” says Kostes. “This year’s menu includes tri-colored bruschetta, roasted vegetables, salmon with tomatillo sauce, and potato and goat cheese salad.”

Tickets for Evening in the Garden cost $40, or $15 per student with ID. After Aug. 2, ticket prices increase to $50, and $25 per student. Call Kostes at 444-8074 or email her at kkostes@fbd.org.

Article by Margo McDonough

Photo by Danielle Quigley

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Food Bank of Delaware, UD to celebrate harvest with Evening in the Garden

July 12, 2012 under CANR News

The Food Bank of Delaware and University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) will celebrate the bounty of the Garden for the Community with the fourth annual Evening in the Garden event on Thursday, Aug. 9, from 6-8 p.m.

The evening will feature wine and beer tastings from local wineries and breweries.

In addition, the evening’s menu includes garden-fresh foods straight from the Garden for the Community. The Food Bank of Delaware’s culinary team will serve roasted vegetable salad, Asian coleslaw, potato and goat cheese salad, Caesar salad with shrimp, salmon with tomatillo sauce, chicken chimichurri with onion rings and assorted desserts. The UDairy Creamery will also serve ice cream.

“We’re proud of our collaboration with the University of Delaware,” said Patricia Beebe, Food Bank of Delaware president and CEO. “Last year’s event sold out with more than 200 attendees. Guests toured the garden, tasted local wines and beers and enjoyed a garden-fresh menu. We hope to sell out again this year. One-hundred percent of proceeds from this event help us to provide emergency food to Delawareans who are struggling to put meals on the table.”

“The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is very happy to continue our wonderful partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware,” said Tom Sims, CANR deputy dean. “The Garden for the Community has been a rewarding experience for our students, faculty, and many in the local community who help produce literally tons of fresh vegetables for the Food Bank each year. In 2012, we’ll expand our partnership University-wide as we work with the College of Health Sciences to lead the first unified food drive for UD this fall, collecting food for the Thanksgiving holiday.”

Tickets for the Evening in the Garden event are $40 per person or $15 per student (must show student ID). The price includes dinner, wine, beer and entertainment.

Ticket prices increase by $10 on Aug. 2.

To purchase tickets, contact Kim Kostes at 302-444-8074 or via email at kkostes@fbd.org.

Online registration is also available at the Food Bank of Delaware website.

Photos by Danielle Quigley

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UD announces Food Bank effort at employee appreciation picnic

June 6, 2012 under CANR News

The University of Delaware held its fourth annual UDidIt! employee appreciation picnic on Monday, June 4, to celebrate the recently completed academic year. At the event, an announcement was made about a partnership between UD and the Food Bank of Delaware.

Robin Morgan, who is returning to the faculty after 10 years as dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Kathy Matt, dean of the College of Health Sciences, announced a BlueHensCAN partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware.

Morgan said that during the 2012-13 academic year, UD, which already has a wide range of programs geared to assist the Food Bank, will undertake its first coordinated effort. During the fall semester, a Food Bank truck will come to campus to collect and transport donations and UD volunteers will help unload items at the organization’s facilities.

The concerted BlueHensCAN effort “can make a huge impact on the Food Bank,” Morgan said, also inviting employees to the Aug. 9 Evening in the Garden at the Garden for the Community on the CANR campus to support the Food Bank. The college has had an ongoing partnership with the Food Bank through the garden, which produces fresh fruits and vegetables and provides service learning opportunities for UD students.

“We are excited to partner with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in pulling together this food drive,” Matt said, noting that the Food Bank of Delaware serves more than 240,000 people annually, nearly half of them children.

Patricia Beebe, Food Bank of Delaware president and CEO, said the organization could not accomplish its mission without the support of institutions such as UD. “On behalf of the Food Bank of Delaware, we thank you so very much,” she said.

To view the full article on the UDidIt! picnic, visit UDaily

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CANR, Food Bank of Delaware will hold Evening in the Garden benefit

June 24, 2011 under CANR News

The University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and the Food Bank of Delaware will hold an Evening in the Garden from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, at UD’s Garden for the Community, which is located off South College Avenue near the Girl Scouts building.

All proceeds from the event will help the Food Bank in its hunger relief efforts.
To celebrate the bounty of the Garden for the Community, those who attend will enjoy garden-fresh food prepared by the Food Bank’s Culinary School students, fine wine and beer from local establishments, and live entertainment.

Located on one-third of an acre on the University’s CANR campus, the garden provides a steady stream of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits to Delaware’s hungry.

During 2009 and 2010, the Garden for the Community produced more than three tons of fresh produce for the Food Bank of Delaware’s hunger-relief efforts. The hope is to have an even more bountiful harvest in 2011.

The Garden for the Community project is a partnership between the Food Bank of Delaware and the CANR faculty and staff, undergraduate students and graduate students. Volunteers from the University and surrounding community help plant and maintain the garden.

Registration for the event is $40 per person. A student discount is available for $15 per person, but a student ID must be shown to get the discount.

Those who attend are encouraged to bring a bag of non-perishable goods for the Food Bank of Delaware.

To attend, RSVP by Aug. 4 to Kim Kostes at 302-444-8074 or kkostes@fbd.org. Online registration is available at the Food Bank of Delaware website.

Article by Adam Thomas

Photo by Danielle Quigley

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Evening in Garden raises money for Food Bank of Delaware

August 23, 2010 under CANR News, Events

Students, faculty and community members gathered in the University of Delaware’s Garden for the Community — a 15,000-square-foot service garden at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) — on Aug. 12 to celebrate the college’s partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware.

More than 150 guests attended the Evening in the Garden event, which brought awareness to the community garden project and provided additional support to the Food Bank of Delaware.

The Evening in the Garden raised more than $5,000 for the Food Bank and collected more than 600 pounds of non-perishable food items.

Those in attendance enjoyed garden-fresh food, courtesy of the Food Bank’s Culinary School; fine wine provided by Chaddsford Winery, Women of the Vine Cellars and Paradocx Vineyard; and live entertainment by Dodging Cupid.

The evening included a raffle, with prizes from Newark Natural Foods, Stone Balloon Winehouse, Gloss Salon and Spa, M. Fierro and Sons, the UDairy Creamery and UD Botanic Gardens.

Each year, more than 17,500 Delawareans turn to emergency food assistance. The Food Bank distributes 7-10 million pounds of food annually. Over three tons of produce from the garden were donated to the Food Bank in 2009, and current estimates have the garden slated to donate close to 5 tons in 2010.

The garden relies on student and community volunteers to plant, tend, and harvest the garden. If you are interested in volunteering, donating, or being sponsor, please visit the Garden for the Community website.

Photos from the Evening in the Garden event can be viewed on the CANR Flickr page.

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“Evening in the Garden” Food Bank Fundraiser on August 12

July 7, 2010 under CANR News

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Food Bank of Delaware invite you to an “Evening in the Garden” on August 12th (6 – 9 pm) to celebrate our ongoing partnership with the Food Bank, through our “Garden for the Community.”

The “Garden for the Community”, now in its second year, is a CANR outreach project, led by our undergraduate students and supported by many UD and community partners and volunteers. Our goal is to help the Food Bank meet its mission – “…a community without hunger”.  All fresh vegetables grown in the garden are donated to the Food Bank.

We hope you’ll be able to join us on August 12 for a wonderful picnic dinner made with food from the Garden, music, wine tasting, a raflle, and a food drive. Last year’s event was a wonderful evening, thoroughly enjoyed by the nearly 200 people who attended.

To register for this Food Bank fundraiser, visit http://www.fbd.org.

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