Plant a “Garden for the Community”

May 2, 2012 under CANR News

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, in partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware and many others in the community, will “Plant a Garden for the Community” on our Newark farm on Friday, May 11th (10 am to 5 pm) and Saturday, May 12th (9 am to 2 pm). In the event of rain, we will plant the Garden on May 18th and 19th. This is the 4th year for our Garden – to date we have donated over 10 tons of fresh produce grown in the Garden to the Food Bank to help them meet their mission – a community without hunger – by providing Delaware families with fresh, local food.

We need and welcome your help this year as we plant this 15,000 square foot garden on our farm and donate all food produced in the garden to the Food Bank (please visit our website for more details -http://ag.udel.edu/communitygarden). If you would like to join our volunteer team and help with the Garden throughout the year, click on the “Get Involved” tab on our website.

If you can provide a few hours to help plant our “Garden for the Community,” please join us in front of the Wilson Farmhouse (directly behind the Girl Scouts facility on Route 896; see website for directions) on May 11th or May 12th. Please send an e-mail to commgard@udel.edu to tell us which date we can expect you. Tools/supplies will be provided but feel free to bring your own.

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Undergrad Internships Available

February 7, 2012 under CANR News

There are a number of excellent paid undergraduate internships that will be available this year for our students, as summarized below and in the attached flyer. Details on these internships, application materials, and deadlines can be found on the CANR Internship website.

2012-2013 CANR Undergraduate Internship Opportunities

University of Delaware Brazilian Project:  Food Security, Bioenergy, and Biodiversity: Issues and Challenges in Brazil (application deadline is March 12th).

UDairy Creamery Internships (application deadline announced soon)

Delaware Water Resources Center Internships (application deadline is March 23rd)

CANR Garden for the Community Internships (application deadline is March 23rd)

CANR Wetlands Restoration Internship (application deadline is March 23rd)

Cooperative Extension Scholars (application deadline is March 23rd)

CANR Summer Institute Internships (application deadline is April 2nd)

DuPont & CANR Discovery Biology and Environmental Internships (application deadline is April 16th)

Landscape Horticulture Internships (contact Dr. Susan Barton, sbarton@udel.edu)

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Extension Scholars now accepting applications

February 6, 2012 under CANR News

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Cooperative Extension Scholars Student Intern Program. This innovative program, open to rising juniors, seniors and graduate students at the University of Delaware, offers a 10-week experience of working, and making a difference, as an intern with UD’s Cooperative Extension.

Jan Seitz, associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and director of UD Cooperative Extension, created the Extension Scholars Program in 2004 to give UD students an opportunity to become fully engaged in service learning, which has long been a hallmark of the Cooperative Extension Service.

“The work that Extension Scholars carry out each summer is integrated into their academic curriculum; meets the needs of local communities; provides structured time for reflection; and helps foster civic responsibility,” says Seitz.

Past Extension Scholars have designed and delivered 4-H educational programs; fostered partnerships between Extension and other government and nonprofit organizations; worked with volunteers; pursued funding; evaluated program impacts; and conducted needs assessments. A capstone experience is part of the program.

Up to three Extension Scholars will be named. Scholars receive a stipend of $3,000 and, if needed, an allowance of $500 for job-related travel and/or housing. Support for the 2012 program comes from an endowment fund created in 2010 by Dover-based growers Chet and Sally Dickerson.

Location of internships will be Extension offices on the UD campus and/or in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. Scholars are expected to work from June 10 to Aug. 4.

The application deadline is March 23. Selections will be announced by April 6.

To receive an application, or for more information, contact Alice Moore at 831-2504 or via email at ammoore@udel.edu.

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CANR Study Abroad Blogs

January 10, 2012 under CANR News

Many of our CANR students are spending winter session studying abroad.  Follow them on their journeys through the blogs that they and/or their faculty leaders are writing.

Brazil http://udbrazil.blogspot.com (Plant and Soil Sciences)

Dominica http://dominica2012.wordpress.com/ (Food and Resources Economics/Geography)

Singapore and Indonesia http://agdev.anr.udel.edu/longwoodgradblog/ (Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture)

Tanzania http://udtanzania2012.blogspot.com/ (Entomology and Wildlife Ecology/Art)

In addition, there is another CANR study abroad program traveling to Ecuador and the Galpagos (Plant and Soil Sciences/Biology). For more information about University of Delaware study abroad programs, visit UD’s Institute for Global Studies website.

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Poinsettia, Citrus Fruit Sale

October 31, 2011 under CANR News, Events

As part of the holiday season, the Collegiate FFA will be taking orders for their annual poinsettia and citrus fruit sale from October 31st to November 18th.

The fruit last year was excellent and the varieties available have been tremendous-ranging from the traditional full and one-half cases of naval, pink (red) grapefruit, and tangelos to variety packs of mixed fruit including apples, pears, tangerines, navels, grapefruits, etc., all conveniently and attractively packaged. Best news yet – prices remain the same as last year! Citrus sales benefit the training, special activities, and community service efforts of the Collegiate FFA. Delivery is tentatively planned for the week of the December 5th.

The traditional poinsettia sale, with proceeds going into the Collegiate FFA Scholarship Fund, will feature red or white poinsettias in 6.5” pots with 4-6 blooms and 8” pots with 12-15 blooms. We were able to give two scholarships last year through your support. Delivery is also tentatively planned the week of December 5th, but not the same day as fruit.

A Collegiate FFA member will be stopping by CANR departments beginning this week. Should you be missed, feel free to contact our chapter advisors, Dr. Arba Henry (Rm 228, X1320) or Mrs. Alice Moore (Administrative Office, X2504). Payment is requested at the time of ordering.

As always, we thank you for your support of our chapter and its events.
Submitted by: Lindsey Cook, Chapter President

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Winter Session: Flower Arranging

October 31, 2011 under CANR News

Two flower arranging courses will be offered by the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences during the 2012 Winter Session

Flower Arranging for Beginners (PLSC 120-010): This popular hands on 1 credit course helps students learn about handling flowers, tools/mechanics, floral design techniques, and different types of flowers and foliage.  The students will use fresh and a few artificial materials in their creations, and they will take home at least one (usually two) arrangements from each of the five classes!   The class will meet once a week in Fischer Greenhouse Laboratory on Tuesdays (1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31) from 1:15 – 4:15 P.M. during the winter session.  A $110.00 supply fee will be collected by the instructor.

Themed Flower Arrangements (PLSC 167-011): Another hands on 1 credit course helps students learn how to createthemed arrangements.  Some examples include:  arrangements with  winter,   St. Valentine’s Day, Asian, and autumn themes, to name a few.   Mostly fresh but a few artificial materials will be used in the creations.  Students will take home at least one (usually two) arrangements from each of the five classes!  The class will meet once a week in Fischer Greenhouse Laboratory on Thursdays (1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, and 2/2) from 1:15-4:15 P.M. during the winter session.  A $110.00 supply fee will be collected by the instructor.

For more information on either course contact Jim Swasey at jswasey@udel.edu.

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Winter Session: Science of Wine

October 28, 2011 under CANR News

During the upcoming winter session, Dr. Pamela Green will be offering The Science of Wine (PLSC167-010). The course is open to undergraduate students and anyone else who would like to register. The enrollment limit is already set at its maximum, and the course filled up very quickly the last three years, so be sure to register ASAP. If you are not able to get a seat during registration, you might come to the first class and then check UDSIS periodically during the add/drop period to see whether any seats become available. Sometimes a few students drop during the first week.

The Science of Wine is a one credit course held in GOR219 Tuesdays and Thursdays form 4:30-5:45pm.  Students will learn about the science of wine from the vine to the glass, including: aging and maturation, fermentation, plant growth and development, harvesting and crushing, growth conditions and propagation, the winemaking process, pests and soil, flavor and its perception.  The class is suitable for non-science majors.  Special guest lecturers include Gerret Copeland, owner of Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa Valley, CA, and Phil Pyle, Chef and Owner, Fair Hill Inn.

 

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Final Flavors

October 17, 2011 under CANR News, Events

UD ice cream enthusiasts have voted and “Blue Hen Tracks” and “All Nighter” are the two finalists in UDairy Creamery’s Blue Hen Signature Ice Cream Contest.

Members of the UD community will have several opportunities to vote for their favorite, with the winning entry (both flavor and person) to be announced at Homecoming festivities. The winning flavor will be featured at the UDairy Creamery store and at Creamery concessions at Delaware Stadium on Homecoming weekend.

Taste tests and final voting will take place:

Thursday, Oct. 20: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at both the UD Bookstore and Perkins Student Center; and

Thursday, Oct. 27:  5-7:30 p.m., at select dining hall locations in conjunction with Local Garden Harvest Dinners.

In addition, the UDairy Creamery team will be visiting a variety of UD locations throughout main campus and satellite locations throughout the state. For additional dates, times, and locations, be sure to follow the Creamery on Facebook and Twitter.

Blue Hen Tracks is vanilla ice cream with blue-shelled chocolate candy and a peanut butter swirl. The entry submission said: “The Blue Hen name association and color-combo is obvious. The ice cream mixture is simple and uncomplicated, which would stand the test of time. Anything too fancy or too complicated with lots of ingredients is trendy, but not always appealing to the largest group of consumers. I can already taste it — yum!”

All Nighter is coffee ice cream with cookie dough chunks, crushed chocolate sandwich cookies and a fudge swirl. This entry submission said, “Every college student has to pull an all nighter at some point in their college career. It can be sweeter with this delectable ice cream flavor. Designed to give you the sugar rush you need to survive a 24-hour cram session.”

Two of the eight final flavors that didn’t make the finals are currently being sold for a limited time at the Creamery store — UDe Leche and First State Cobbler. “We had left over ice cream from the taste tests,” said creamery manager, Melinda Litvinas, “and these two flavors were ones that we thought really stood up to our standards for flavors. We contacted the people who submitted the ideas, and they were happy to have their ice cream available for a limited time.”

UDe Leche — caramel ice cream with crushed vanilla cookies and a caramel swirl — was submitted by Michelle Pusey, a master’s student in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Pusey’s entry said, “This flavor would be the perfect official ‘Blue Hen’ flavor of the UDairy Creamery. The ice cream is crafted from UD milk from UD cows at UD! The simplicity of the flavor exemplifies the quality ingredients produced right here by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Just as the UDairy Creamery has fostered fellowship among the entire University, ‘UDe Leche’ will further unite the Blue Hen community.”

First State Cobbler — peach flavored ice cream with a cobbler crumble and blueberry swirl — was submitted by Anette Karlsson, professor and chair of mechanical engineering.  According to the entry, “Peach and blueberry capture the true flavor of the Blue Hen: It is golden and blue, and it represents some of the greatest produce that is grown in the state of Delaware. And who does not like a fruit cobbler?”

Visit the UDairy Creamery website for more information.

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Help create UDairy Creamery’s signature flavor

September 12, 2011 under CANR News

The UDairy Creamery has announced its “Blue Hen Flavor Contest,” a University-wide competition to create a signature ice cream flavor for the University of Delaware.  Students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to participate.

The rules are simple — come up with a flavor that you think should be UD’s signature flavor and tell UDairy Creamery what it is and why it deserves to win. Participants are encouraged to be creative and to think outside the box.

There are several ways to enter. If you pre-ordered textbooks from the UD Barnes and Noble Bookstore, you already have a form in your bookstore packet, along with a coupon for $1 off of any ice cream purchase at the UDairy Creamery store, located on south campus next to the ice arenas.  Just drop off the entry form at the creamery.

Blank entry forms are also available at the creamery, and entries are being accepted online through this link.

Creamery staff will choose eight finalists, and then create all eight of the chosen flavors. In the first week, taste tests of the chosen eight entries will occur at various locations across the campus. You may only vote one time per taste testing round.

Students who participate will be asked to vote for their favorite flavor and after tallying the results, the competition will be narrowed down to four finalists. The next week, more taste tests and voting will lead to two finalists.

From there, the ultimate taste test and voting will determine the winning flavor, which will be announced at the Homecoming football game on Nov. 12.

The UDairy Creamery will award prizes to the creator of the winning flavor and to one randomly chosen person who votes during the competition.  Winners will be contacted via email.

Check the UDairy Creamery’s Facebook page and website frequently for announcements about the times and locations of the taste tests, and then show up and be ready for great ice cream innovations.

Important dates

Sept. 21 – Entries close

Oct 3 – Eight finalists are announced

Oct. 6 – First round of taste tests (8 choices)

Oct. 13 – Second round of taste tests (4 choices)

Oct. 20 – Third and final round of taste tests (2 choices)

Nov. 12 (Homecoming) – Winner is announced. The winning flavor will be available for purchase at the football game.

The UDairy Creamery, established in 2008, produces premium ice cream made with the milk from the cows on the farm at the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Founded on science, sustainability and entrepreneurship, the Creamery encourages discovery learning, with University students involved in every aspect of making and selling ice cream “from the cow to the cone.”

Posted on UDaily here.

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ANFS Announces Fall Seminars

September 8, 2011 under CANR News, Events

The Department of Animal and Food Sciences has announced its Fall 2011 Seminar Series (ANRF 856) Schedule. Seminars are held on Mondays from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in 101 Allen Lab.  For more information contact the instructor: Dr. Serguei Golovan (046 Townsend, x7239, sgolovan@udel.edu).

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