Delaware Growers Asked to Consider Planting an Extra Row to Feed the Hungry

February 3, 2010 under CANR News

We are pleased to announce that Delaware Cooperative Extension (Delaware State University and University of Delaware) has partnered again with the Food Bank of Delaware to promote the Delaware Plant A Row program.

The Food Bank of Delaware partners with 350-plus member agencies and feeding programs to distribute to needy families in Delaware. Through this program millions of pounds of fresh produce have been donated.

We hope that this generosity continues. We ask that you consider becoming a participant in our Plant A Row program to again assist in ending hunger. If you participated last year, we thank you for your valued contributions and ask that you consider participating again this year. As a participant you would plant an additional row (or more) of your produce and then donate to the Food Bank. If you cannot plant extra rows, but have extra produce, the Food Bank accepts any surplus produce that you might have as part of the Plant A Row program. This enables Food Bank of Delaware to distribute your bountiful harvest to those in need of food assistance.

Please make sure to mention the Delaware Cooperative Extension/Food Bank Plant A Row program when making your donation. If it is your preference, we also have Certificates of Appreciation for donations that are made.

Donations are accepted at the Milford and Newark Food Bank warehouses Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm. If you have any additional questions in reference to donating food or other goods please email or call Charlotte McGarry at cmcgarry@fbd.org or 302-292-1305 x211.

If you have questions about Plant A Row, specific technical questions, or would like a Certificate of Appreciate for your donation, please don’t hesitate to contact me via phone (302) 831-8860 or e-mail at stoops@udel.edu.

Thank you for considering this worth-while cause! Here’s to a great growing season!

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UD Requesting Farmer/Grower Input

February 2, 2010 under CANR News

The Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) at the University of Delaware is conducting a policy analysis of the potential benefits of enhancing the local food system in Delaware. The objective of this survey is to improve the understanding of the current local food system in Delaware and the barriers and opportunities for its enhancement as perceived by different stakeholders in the local food system. Participants in this survey include farmers and growers, restaurants, retailers, and institutions in Delaware.

Results of this survey will be included in a final report to the Delaware state legislature.

If you fall into one of the catagories above, or have received a direct email regarding this survey, please take a few moments to complete this survey.  The questionnaire will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Individual responses will be collected on a secure web server. These data will remain confidential and viewed only by the study team. No personally identifiable information is collected in this survey. Your participation is entirely voluntary. To leave the study at any time, close the web browser before you press the final submission button at the end of the survey. Any responses you previously made will not be saved.

If you have any questions concerning the study, please contact Kate Kuholski, CEEP, University of Delaware at kuholski@udel.edu.

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