Volunteers Needed for Ag Day 2013

April 14, 2013 under CANR News, Events

Ag Day is an annual tradition held by the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. This year, on April 27th from 10 am to 4 pm, people will be visiting from all over the area to experience agriculture and the natural world through hands on education exhibitors, live demonstrations, as well as great food and music. Oh, and let’s not forget about that amazing ice cream from the UDairy Creamery!

Ag Day is an amazing experience, but with a crowd of over 5000 people, Ag Day would not be able to operate without the help of volunteers! Volunteers will work for periods of 2 hours and 10 minutes over the course of the day (from 8 am to roughly 6 pm).

Here is the breakdown of the volunteer time slots:
8-10:10 am
10 am -12:10 pm
12-2:10 pm
2-4:10 pm
4-6(ish) pm -clean up- Anyone who stays for the cleanup shift will receive FREE PIZZA!!

This is a great way to earn some of those community service hours you may need! Plus, all volunteers receive a FREE colorful volunteer t-shirt, and when your shift is over, we encourage you to go explore the rest of Ag Day!

Can’t make it on that Saturday but still want to be a part of this amazing experience? Have no fear! There is also a shift on Friday April 26th from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm to help with setup.

Please remember, Ag Day is not successful without the help of volunteers! It’s you that makes Ag Day so special! So we encourage you to come on out and help us make Ag Day the best it can be!

If you are interested in helping out, please contact the Ag Day team at AgDay2013Volunteers@gmail.com with any time conflicts, and we will sign you up for a shift. Please respond by April 23rd.

If you are an Ag Ambassador, part of UDET or apart of any other special club, please let us know as well.

Hope to see you at Ag Day!

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Ag Day to feature interactive exhibits, demonstration, music, food and more

April 10, 2013 under CANR News, Events

AG Day 2013 set for April 27Ag Day, the annual event held by the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), is once again fast approaching. Students, faculty and the greater Newark community are encouraged to come out from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 27, for great food, music and, of course, interactive educational exhibits and demonstrations about agriculture and natural resources.

Organized by staff and students of CANR, Ag Day works with more than 90 organizations to bring hands-on exhibits, demonstrations and activities for kids and adults alike. From petting a farm animal or racing cockroaches, to listening to local bands and enjoying the UDairy Creamery’s newest flavors, there is plenty to keep visitors busy all day.

Ag Day will be held at CANR’s Townsend Hall, located at 531 South College Ave. in Newark. Admission and parking are free, with minimal charges for food, crafts, vendor sales and hayrides, with the profits going back to student and community organizations.

Those who attend are encouraged to visit the popular Ag Day plant sales offered by the UD Botanic Gardens, New Castle County Master Gardeners and Horticulture Club.

New this year are an Insect Zoo offered by the UD Entomology Club, horse=drawn wagon rides, a live herpetology display and more demonstrations than ever before. Live demonstrations throughout the day include two free-flight bird demonstrations from Behavior and Training Solutions, tree-climbing demonstrations from Bartlett Tree Services, dairy cow showmanship, sheep shearing, beekeeping, food canning and preservation, Seeing Eye dog demonstrations, gardening tips and more.

Bands performing all include at least one member who works for the college, and include Tater Patch, Dodging Cupid, The Hook and The Essentials.

Visitors are encouraged to use parking lots at UD’s Science and Technology Campus, ice arenas, Delaware Field House and Delaware Stadium, and also to use SEPTA/DART parking lots. Please use cross walks and obey all signs and signals. Those with handicapped tags are encouraged to enter near the Delaware Field House and proceed toward the UDairy Creamery for designated parking.

For the safety of the live animal exhibits, visitors are asked to leave their pets at home.

Ag Day 2013 is made possible through the support of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ag College Council, Delaware Livable Lawns and additional sponsors.

For general information, FAQs, a full list of exhibitors and the day’s music and demonstration schedule, visit the Ag Day website.


Aug. 25: NCC Day in the Garden

August 22, 2012 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

Join the New Castle County Master Gardeners and Master Food Educators for a Day in the Garden.  FREE, and for the entire family.  Saturday, August 25, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Master Gardeners and Master Food Educators will be available in the Vegetable Teaching and Demonstration Garden at the University of Delaware New Castle County Extension Office at 461 Wyoming Road to answer home gardening-related questions and share a taste of the garden harvest.

Displays will offer information on the following:

  • food safety
  • nutrition
  • growing and harvesting summer and fall vegetables and fruits
  • freezing and canning
  • worm bin and backyard composting
  • pollinators
  • seed starting
  • and more….

Samples of fresh salsa, gazpacho, and vegetables, harvested from the garden on that day, will also be available for tasting.

For more information, contact Carrie Murphy, Horticulture Educator, New Castle County Cooperative Extension.  (302) 831-2506, cjmurphy@udel.edu


Colorful Natives at UDBG this Fall

August 15, 2012 under CANR News, Events

Did the heat and drought claim a few of your prize perennials this summer?

Fill those empty spaces and add a little zing to your garden with a fabulous selection of colorful natives and other choice plants at the UDBG Fall Plant Sale. Admission is free.

  • Friday, September 7 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • UDBG Friends can shop early at Members Day, Thursday, September 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Explore color in the garden with two lectures focusing on the wide range of color available using native plants:

  • UD’s Dr. Robert Lyons presents “The Color of the Native Plant Palette…and Other Related Thoughts,” Tuesday, September 4, 7 p.m.–Lyons presents colorful, reliable natives that function within a low maintenance philosophy. UDBG Friends: $5; $10 for nonmembers.
  • North Creek Nurseries’ Claudia West explores “The Landscape’s Color Spectrum: Apply Natural Color Theories to Enhance Design,” Tuesday, October 9, 7 p.m.—Learn how native plant communities inspire harmonious landscape design. UDBG Friends: free; $10 for nonmembers.

The Plant Sale is located in the Production Area behind Townsend Hall on UD’s South Campus. Both lectures will be held in The Commons, Townsend Hall on the University of Delaware’s South Campus. Pre-registration is requested for the lectures. Contact Sue Biddle at (302) 831-2531 or email botanicgardens@udel.edu. Visit our website, http://ag.udel.edu/udbg for more information on these and all events at UDBG.


Electronic Recycling Day

May 4, 2012 under CANR News

From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, May 11, the Longwood Graduate Program will hold an Electronic Recycling event, collecting unwanted mechanical and broken electronic items for recycling in an effort to reduce the amount of electronic refuse sent to landfills.

For more information on the items that can be recycled at the event, visit this website.


Learn to Preserve Your Harvest

April 10, 2012 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

Learning to preserve foods safely can be fun and easy. This series, offered by UD’s New Castle County Cooperative Extension,  is designed for beginners who want to learn the basics of preserving food to retain product quality and product safety over time. Pre-registration is required. Call 302-831-2506 with questions or to register.

Making Jams and Jellies
Saturday, April 21
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
This program will review basic water bath canning techniques. We will practice by making jam.
Bring an apron, a snack for yourself and be ready to make jam.
Cost: $30
Presenter: Maria Pippidis, Extension Educator, Family & Consumer Sciences
Location: NCC Extension, 461 Wyoming Rd., Room 132B, Newark, DE

Water Bath Canning for Beginners
Saturday, June 30
9:30 am – 12:30pm
This workshop will provide you with the info you need to preserve food safely. We will cover freezing and canning using a water bath process.
Come and get hands-on practice. A textbook with recipes will be provided. Space is limited. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Cost: $30
Presenter: Maria Pippidis, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences
Location: NCC Extension, 461 Wyoming Rd., Room 132B, Newark, DE

Using your Freezer to Preserve Foods
Saturday, July 7
9:30 am – 12:00pm
Wondering what and how to freeze produce and other products so they are safe and of good quality? This workshop will provide information about how to do just that.
What works best for what types of products? We’ll review how to blanch and package as well.
Cost: $25
Presenter: Maria Pippidis, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences
Location: NCC Extension, 461 Wyoming Rd., Room 132B, Newark, DE


White Clay Creek Fest

April 9, 2012 under Events

The White Clay Creek Fest will take place this year on Saturday, May 5, from noon-4 p.m. at the White Clay Creek State Park.

Music will be provided by the Whirled Peas and there will be a live bird demonstration, food, ice cream, face painting and more!

Park entrance fees will be in effect and the rain date for the event is Sunday, May 6.

For more information, Call (302) 368-6900 or visit the Delaware State Parks website.


Environmental professionals speak to UD students about careers

April 2, 2012 under CANR News

A number of University of Delaware students spent their St. Patrick’s Day learning about potential career paths from environmental professionals at the 2012 Environmental Career Morning event hosted by the Department of Food and Resource Economics in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR).

Panelists included representatives from federal and state government, an analyst from a consulting firm and a coordinator from the non-profit sector.

After a welcome from Steve Hastings, professor in the department, the four professionals engaged in a panel discussion, answering questions from Hastings, who served as the panel moderator, and from the students in attendance. The panel was followed by a mingling session during which the students got to meet the professionals in a one-on-one setting.

Kate Miller, a senior environmental studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences and an Honors Program student, attended the event and said that the panelists offered great advice to the students. “I feel like a lot of the advice students receive about the job market is either very sugar coated or downright depressing,” she said, “so it was refreshing to have professionals share their experiences in a way that made you feel like even though finding the job you want can be difficult at times, it can certainly be done.”

Miller, who plans to pursue a master’s degree in water science and policy at UD and hopes to eventually work in watershed policy for either the government or a non-profit agency, added that the panelists presented great tips about the hiring process and provided helpful insight into resumes and interview skills.

Erika Farris, a UD alumna and an environmental scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water, was one of the panelists, and offered up some advice to current students seeking a career in the environmental field, saying that it is important to obtain as much experience as possible and to pursue an advanced degree. She also stressed the importance of remaining open minded when looking for a career. “Even if something does not fit perfectly with your interests,” she said, “you can probably learn something from the experience, and may even discover new interests or skills.”

Farris — who graduated from UD with a bachelor’s degree in 2007 and a master’s degree in 2009, and who had Hastings as an undergraduate adviser — said that she had wanted to be a part of a career day because she can remember what it was like being a student and looking for a job. “I remember being in their shoes, not that long ago, and being uncertain about what opportunities existed with that major,” she said.

Besides reaching out to the students and providing them career advice, Farris also said that she wanted to take part in Career Morning because she was “interested in hearing about the career interests of current students, and learning about what career paths other alumni have taken.”

Jennifer Walls, the principal planner for the planning section of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), also sat on the panel. She explained that it is important for students entering the work force to “be flexible and open to job opportunities outside of your major.” She encouraged students to “think outside of the box when looking for jobs, and take part in as many internships as you can as an undergraduate or graduate student. If you can’t find an internship, then volunteer locally.”

Melissa Luxemberg, a senior in CANR and an Honors Program student, said that with graduation approaching, she is trying to keep all doors open as to what she can do for a future career, so she enjoyed being able to speak with professionals from the environmental field. “It was great to pick their brains about the opportunities they think are most promising for someone with my major and degree.”

Panelists included:

  • Jennifer Walls, principal planner for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Planning Section;
  • Erika Farris, environmental scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water;
  • Samantha Loprinzo, analyst for the consulting firm ICF International; and
  • Erin McVey, watershed coordinator for the non-profit organization Sassafras River Association.

Article by Adam Thomas

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Alumni Weekend Registration Open

March 7, 2012 under CANR News, Events

Online registration for the fourth annual UD Alumni Weekend is now open at the UD Alumni Weekend website.  This event, held June 1-3 and hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations, is the University’s premier alumni event, and more than 3,500 alumni and friends are expected to return to campus for a weekend to connect with the University and fellow Blue Hens.

Event highlights include Friday’s college receptions, the Mug Night Dela-bration, the Brunch on The Green, the President’s State of the University, the Alumni Wall of Fame induction ceremony and reunion parties for the classes of 1962, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007. In addition, attendees will be able to stay overnight at the Independence Complex residence halls for a very affordable rate.

Alumni are encouraged to register today to take advantage of “Early Hen” pricing — $5 off for Friday’s Mug Night Dela-bration. While “Early Hen” pricing ends on Tuesday, May 1, online registration for Alumni Weekend will be open until Tuesday, May 29.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is hosting a special reception for its alumni on Friday night prior to Mug Night and is sponsoring several Saturday workshops.  Visit the website for details.


Register now for Ag Day 2012

March 2, 2012 under CANR News, Events

Exhibitor and vendor registration for AG DAY 2012 is now OPEN!

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 28th from 10am-4pm rain or shine.  Due to record breaking attendance over the past few years, a few changes were made to the 2011 event which were well received.  The Ag Day team is continuing to improve the event based on last year’s changes and feedback that they receive on a continual basis.

Registration is ONLY available online this year.  Please visit the Ag Day website to register:  http://ag.udel.edu/agday

Registration is DUE BY FRIDAY MARCH 23, 2012 AND is subject to approval by the Ag Day Planning Team.  Only organizations/entities with missions relevant to the University of Delaware, agriculture and/or natural resources are accepted.  Once registration has closed, you will receive confirmation of your request.

Completion of an Ag Day 2012 Registration Form constitutes compliance with these guidelines.  This document is also available on the Ag Day website.  We recommend printing a copy for your reference.

Registration is NOT considered complete until payment is received.  Payment for Ag Day registration is due NO LATER THAN APRIL 2, 2012.   Please include the name of your organization with payment so that we can properly track your registration.  Late payment and registration will be subject to a $25 fee this year.  We have deadlines that we must meet for our own orders and late payments and registrations impose additional fees for us.

Payment (checks made payable to the University of Delaware) can be mailed to: AG DAY 2012, ATTN: Registration, 104 Townsend Hall, Newark, DE 19716.

UD entities who wish to pay by Journal Voucher must contact Carol Brower at cbrower@udel.edu or 302-831-2501 to obtain the speed type and account code.  You MUST cc cbrower@udel.edu and kvo@udel.edu on the JV.

ATTENTION FOOD VENDORS! Please be sure to see the special section on the registration information page specifically for you.

If you have any questions, please reference the Ag Day website or contact Katy O’Connell at kvo@udel.edu or 302-831-1355.