UD researcher battles rice blast disease to protect food supply

March 3, 2010 under CANR News

A University of Delaware scientist is waging an important battle to help protect a major resource in the world’s food supply from a devastating fungal disease known as rice blast.  Nicole Donofrio, assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware, said rice blast disease affects foods that many developing countries depend on, such as rice, as well as other members of the grass family including rye, wheat and barley.

Read the full story here on UDaily.

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Tickets still available for March 4 Think Spring Fling-New Student Rate Offered

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

Come grab some homemade, gourmet soups and bread while helping raise money for the Food Bank of Delaware. We’re now offering a special Student Rate of $10! 

The Food Bank of Delaware and the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) will hold its first-ever Think Spring Fling event on Thursday, March 4 (snow date is Thursday, March 11) from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Townsend Hall Commons located at 531 South College Avenue, Newark.

Guests are invited to warm up and join in for an evening of homemade soups and bread, live entertainment from the “Tater Patch,” and valuable information to help get their spring gardens growing all while raising money to help end hunger in Delaware. One-hundred percent of proceeds from the event will be donated to the Food Bank of Delaware’s hunger-relief efforts. Attendees are also asked to bring a bag of nonperishable food items for the Food Bank.

“The UD CANR is very happy to continue our partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware by hosting the “Think Spring Fling,” said Dr. Tom Sims, Deputy Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Last year’s Garden for the Community, located on our college’s Newark farm, produced more than three tons of fresh produce for the Food Bank and we hope for an even more bountiful harvest from our 2010 garden. The Think Spring Fling will be a wonderful opportunity for our communities to come together for an enjoyable evening focused on gardening, local foods and how we can all help the Food Bank meet its mission of a community free of hunger.”

To date the following community and University organizations will have exhibit booths with information about the upcoming growing season:

•Food Science Club
•SLOW Foods
•Design Interest Group
•Delaware Nature Society’s Community-Sponsored Agriculture
•Master Foods Educator Program
•UD Cooperative Extension (backyard wildlife, composting, recycling)
•New Castle County Master Gardeners
•UD Soil Testing Program

The cost to attend the event is $25/person or $10/student and includes dinner, entertainment and wine. To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.fbd.org/ThinkSpringFling.htm or contact (302) 444-8074.  A raffle with items from local businesses will also accompany the evening. 

For more information about UD’s Garden for the Community, please visit http://ag.udel.edu/communitygarden/index.html.

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Register Now for Think Spring Fling Fundraiser for the Food Bank of Delaware on March 4

February 19, 2010 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

The Food Bank of Delaware and the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) will hold its first-ever Think Spring Fling event on Thursday, March 4 (snow date is Thursday, March 11) from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Townsend Hall Commons located at 531 South College Avenue, Newark.

Guests are invited to warm up and join in for an evening of homemade soups and bread, live entertainment from the “Tater Patch,” and valuable information to help get their spring gardens growing all while raising money to help end hunger in Delaware. One-hundred percent of proceeds from the event will be donated to the Food Bank of Delaware’s hunger-relief efforts. Attendees are also asked to bring a bag of nonperishable food items for the Food Bank.

“The UD CANR is very happy to continue our partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware by hosting the “Think Spring Fling,” said Dr. Tom Sims, Deputy Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Last year’s Garden for the Community, located on our college’s Newark farm, produced more than three tons of fresh produce for the Food Bank and we hope for an even more bountiful harvest from our 2010 garden. The Think Spring Fling will be a wonderful opportunity for our communities to come together for an enjoyable evening focused on gardening, local foods and how we can all help the Food Bank meet its mission of a community free of hunger.”

To date the following community and University organizations will have exhibit booths with information about the upcoming growing season:

  • Food Science Club
  • SLOW Foods
  • Design Interest Group
  • Delaware Nature Society’s Community-Sponsored Agriculture
  • Master Foods Educator Program
  • UD Cooperative Extension (backyard wildlife, composting, recycling)
  • New Castle County Master Gardeners
  • UD Soil Testing Program

The cost to attend the event is $25/person and includes dinner, entertainment and wine. To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.fbd.org/ThinkSpringFling.htm or contact (302) 444-8074.

For more information about UD’s Garden for the Community, please visit http://ag.udel.edu/communitygarden/index.html.

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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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March 4: Think Spring Fling to raise money for Food Bank of Delaware

February 3, 2010 under CANR News

The University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Food Bank of Delaware will sponsor a Think Spring Fling event on Thursday evening, March 4, in UD’s Townsend Hall Commons, 531 S. College Ave., Newark.

The event will feature homemade soups and bread, live entertainment from Tater Patch and valuable information to help you get your spring gardens growing, all while raising money to help end hunger in Delaware.

The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 4, with a snow date of March 11. The $25 entrance fee includes dinner and entertainment.

Reservations for the event are required by Thursday, Feb. 25, and can be made by contacting Kim Kostes of the Food Bank of Delaware at (302) 444-8074 or [kkostes@fbd.org]. Online registration is available at the Food Bank of Delaware Web site.

Those who attend are encouraged to bring a bag of nonperishables to help the Food Bank meet the increased demand for food assistance.

The Think Spring Fling is supported by UD’s Garden for the Community, which is a cooperative partnership between the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), the CANR Ag College Council, Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and the Food Bank of Delaware.

The Garden for the Community project uses a portion of UD’s 350-acre agro-ecology teaching complex to raise fresh produce to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware. In 2009, over three tons of fresh produce were donated.

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