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.


Carvel Research and Education Center beats the heat with UDairy Ice Cream

June 30, 2010 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

Making a three hour trip just to get ice cream may seem a bit over the top, but after hearing and reading great reviews about the delicious ice cream from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ UDairy Creamery, Barbara Stephens didn’t mind the round trip from Georgetown to Newark to share the best of Townsend’s sweet cuisine with her colleagues. Stephens works at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, home of Sussex County Cooperative Extension and satellite agriculture research campus.

And the Carvel staff, many of whom work outside in the research fields, were very happy she did!

Stephens suggested to Carvel Director Dr. Mark Isaacs that an Ice Cream Social might be a nice alternative to their recent practice of getting together each summer for a staff – family picnic. The change to tradition couldn’t have been timed better, considering the persistent heat wave.

“Barbara’s idea of an ice cream social was excellent!” said Isaacs. “It gave our staff an opportunity to sample the delicious UD ice cream from our college, and provided a much welcomed treat from the heat and humidity.”

All three flavors featured at the ice cream social – chocolate marshmallow, strawberry, and traditional vanilla, were a big hit. Several people tried a three scoop sampler – most took advantage of the wide variety of toppings – but some enjoyed their ice cream in its pure, delicious state.

The creamy, cool delights, made from UD’s 100 Holstein cows, were a welcome respite to those who have been working outside in temperatures nearing 100 degrees in the past week. Thursday, June 24, the day of the social, was the hottest day of the week.

UD alumna Corryn Barnes, currently a science teacher in Harrington, is working her second summer with Extension IPM Specialist Joanne Whalen. Barnes enjoyed the break in her outside duties and for the opportunity to relax.

“This was the perfect day for a nice summer treat,” Barnes said. “It’s very nice to get together with the different departments and meet people you normally don’t get to meet. Are they going to have it again?”

That seemed to be the question on everyone’s mind. The general consensus among the 60 or so in attendance was the hope that the ice cream social would be repeated often during the summer. Some even suggested once a week would be ideal.

“I’ll take that into serious consideration,” Isaacs said, with a wink.

For photos of the ice cream social visit the REC’s Flickr page by clicking here.

Article by Michele Walfred