March 3: Community gardens

February 6, 2012 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

Are you interested in starting or maintaining a community or school garden? Experts from the University of Delaware, Delaware Department of Agriculture, Delaware Center for Horticulture and Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids will hold an information session on Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to noon, for interested educators, community members and gardeners.

The session will highlight successful, local garden projects and provide information to help participants in their community or school garden, whether that’s a vegetable garden, nature trail or butterfly garden.

“A workshop like this is long overdue,” says Carrie Murphy, educator for ornamental horticulture withUD Cooperative Extension.  “For the last two to three years, we’ve seen a major influx of phone calls, emails and in-person questions about starting and maintaining school and community gardens. Through the workshop, we hope to not only give people the resources that they need, but also give them a space to network with each other.”

In addition to expert presentations, Master Gardeners will have displays on a variety of topics including water conservation, soil testing, attracting pollinators and more.

The information session will be held in 132 Townsend Hall on the University of Delaware campus.  Townsend Hall is located at 531 South College Avenue in Newark.

To register, call or email Murphy at 302-831-2506 or cjmurphy@udel.edu.  Preregistration is required, but the workshop fee of $5 will be collected at the door.  Participants are asked to bring their own mugs for coffee.

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New Poultry Extension Blog

January 26, 2012 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

The UD Poultry Extension blog has officially launched at http://sites.udel.edu/poultryextension!

The blog is maintained by Bill Brown, state poultry extension specialist, and Stephen Collier, poultry research manager, both at Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown.

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UD Professors, Extensions Specialists present at Ag Week

January 18, 2012 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

Professors from the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Cooperative Extension Specialists were well represented at the 7th annual Delaware Agriculture Week, giving presentations and moderating discussion panels throughout the week for members of the agricultural community.

This year’s Delaware Ag Week runs from Jan. 16-21, with the majority of events taking place at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware. Delaware Ag Week is an on-going collaboration between The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Delaware State University Cooperative Extension and the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

Delaware Ag Week aims to provide useful and timely information to the agricultural community and industry through educational meetings and events, as well as allowing for networking and fellowship with old and new acquaintances. There are also many opportunities to receive nutrient management, pesticide and certified crop advisor continuing education credits.

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, University of Delaware professors and extension specialists gave numerous presentations during the “Processing Vegetables” sessions that took place during the morning and afternoon. Emmalea Ernest, extension vegetable crops associate, gave two lectures during the morning highlighting her trials with sweet corn and lima beans, as well as moderating the afternoon session.

Other presenters included Mark VanGessel, a professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences as well as an extension weed science specialist, Gordon Johnson, assistant professor of plant and soil science and an extension fruit and vegetable specialist, Kate Everts, an adjunct associate professor of plant and soil sciences, Joanne Whalen, an extension integrated pest management specialist in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, and Bob Mulrooney, an extension plant pathologist.

Presentations will continue on Thursday, Jan. 19, with sessions on agronomy and soybeans scheduled for the morning and the afternoon at the Delaware State Fairgrounds Dover Building.

Delaware Ag Week will wrap up with the “Friends of Agriculture Breakfast” at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 20 at the Harrington Fire Hall and then with a fruit and vegetable growers roundtable discussion on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. at the Paradee Center in Dover, followed by a potluck lunch at noon. Registration for the “Friends of Ag Breakfast” is $20 and advance registration is preferred.

For more information on Delaware Ag Week, visit the website.

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Feb 16: Delmarva Dairy Day

January 10, 2012 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

Delmarva Dairy Day returns to Hartly Fire Hall in Hartly, Delaware this year on Thursday February 16, 2012 from 9:30 am- 2:30 pm.  The educational program features well known experts from across the region speaking on current issues facing the industry and an opportunity for nutrient management certification credits.

Marco Lopez from Vicor will be speaking on Optimal Parlor Techniques.  Jon Garber, from University of Pennsylvania will cover Protocols for Optimizing Somatic Cell Counts.  Following lunch by the Ladies Auxiliary and visiting with exhibitors and sponsors, Eric Young from the Miner Institute will talk about Best Nutrient Management Practices for the Crop, Cow and Farm followed by a talk from Eric Reid of Old Mill Troy on Maximizing Milk Production Through Forage Quality.  1.0 Delaware Nutrient Management certification credits will be awarded to attendees.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit with dairy industry vendors throughout the day and the University of Delaware will be offering tastes of their University of Delaware Creamery ice cream, manufactured at the UDairy Creamery on campus from milk produced by the UD dairy herd located in Newark.

Program registration is free and open to any producer or industry professional on the shore however attendees are asked to RSVP to Carol Hrupsa, at (302) 730-4000 or carolm@udel.edu by February 3rd so that they have an accurate count for set up and lunches.  If you have any special needs in accessing this program, please notify Carol in advance so that your needs can be accommodated.

Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture and Home Economics, University of Delaware, Delaware State University and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating.  Distributed in furtherance of Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30, 1914.  It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin.

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Master Gardener Winter Workshops

January 5, 2012 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

New Castle County Master Gardeners are offering a variety of workshops for the home gardener this winter. Cabbages, vines, spices, and landscaping are just some of the topics on slate.

Click here for the workshop brochure.

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Feb 9-10: Women in Ag

January 4, 2012 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension in collaboration with the Cooperative Extension Services of Delaware State University University of Maryland and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey Present the 11th Annual Women in Agriculture Conference, February 9-10, 2012 at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, Delaware.

For conference information and the registration form, please visit the Women in Agriculture website.

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March 2: Longwood Graduate Program Symposium

January 4, 2012 under CANR News, Events

The University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture will host its annual symposium on Friday, March 2 at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa.

The symposium, “The Panda and the Public Garden: Reimagining Our Conservation Story,” will bring together the best of zoo and garden expertise to discover how public gardens and other institutions can inspire their audiences to care and advocate for conservation.

Designed for the professional staff of public gardens, conservation-oriented organizations, and cultural institutions, the symposium will take place in Longwood Gardens’ spectacular Ballroom starting at 8 a.m. Registration for the daylong event is $75 for professionals, and $55.00 for full-time students.

For more information and to register online, visit the Longwood Graduate Program website or call the program office at 302-831-2517.

Symposium highlights

Jerry Borin, former executive director of Columbus Zoo, will discuss how to gain a mass media audience for conservation, drawing on both his experience at Columbus Zoo and that of his protégé, Jack Hanna, through national television exposure.

John Gwynne, emeritus chief creative officer and vice president of the Wildlife Conservation Society, will speak on inspiring conservation through effective message design, based on his twenty years of creative leadership at the Bronx Zoo, and its direct link to conservation projects and expertise in developing nations.

Alistair Griffiths, curator (horticultural science) of the Eden Project in the United Kingdom, will address how to have a conservation message as the organizing principle in the life of a garden, from concept to realization. He will also present a case study on species conservation from discovery to commercialization.

Catherine Hubbard, director of the ABQ Biopark, N.M., will offer a wide range of current best practices for communicating with the public in zoos, aquariums, and gardens, with practical applications for organizations of varying sizes and missions.

Kathy Wagner, consultant and former vice president for conservation and education at the Philadelphia Zoo, will stimulate thinking about message relevance and effective evaluation techniques for measuring impact.

This year’s event includes a special new session featuring two speakers who will share their insights on the impact of storytelling and environmental psychology in communication for conservation. Sally O’Byrne, teacher and naturalist at the Delaware Nature Society, will share the practical art of storytelling. Andrew Losowsky, books editor at the Huffington Post, will address the nature and mechanics of a good story.

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UDBG January Events

January 4, 2012 under CANR News, Events

January isn’t a great time to garden but it is a fantastic time to learn about it. Come join the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens this month for the following events:

“Small Flowering Shrubs” Lecture Series & Lab by UDBG Director and Professor John Frett
Lectures: Wed., Jan. 11, 18, & 25, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Lab: Sat., Jan. 21, 9 – 11 am
Members: $25 per lecture and the lab
Nonmembers: $30 per lecture and the lab

This three-lecture survey of small flowering shrubs will present cultural and landscape characteristics for a variety of evergreen and deciduous plants. The lab will view live plants and discuss more fully their characteristics.

Registration and pre-payment required. Lab is free if registered for all 3 classes. Credit cards will be accepted for this series.  Please indicate your payment method when registering.  If credit, we will contact you for card information. 

“Gardening in Small Spaces” Lecture by Horticulturist, Writer, and Artist Eva Monheim
Tues., Jan. 17, 7 pm
Members: $5     Nonmembers: $10

The trend towards smaller garden spaces does not necessarily translate to a smaller palette of plants and design ideas. Explore the potential for a closer bond with plants and people through inspirational design and creative use of plant materials. Eva will help you to think about developing or tweaking your own special retreat.

UDBG Book Exchange
Book Drop-off:  Mon. – Fri., Jan. 9-13, 9 am – 3 pm in 112 Worrilow Hall
Book Exchange: Tue., Jan. 17, 5 – 7 pm and Wed., Jan. 18, 11 am – 1 pm and 5 – 6:30 pm in the Townsend Hall Commons
Free. All are welcome.

Are you clearing your bookshelves to make way for new acquisitions? Bring us your gently used horticulture, landscape design, soils, etc. books and alternative media. You’ll receive credit toward selecting ‘new’ media at the Friends’ Book Exchange. For more information, contact Caroline Golt at cgolt@udel.edu.

For additional information on the courses and book exchange visit the UDBG website.   To register for classes, please email botanicgardens@udel.edu or phone 302-831-2531. Send payment to: UDBG, 152 Townsend Hall, University of DE, Newark DE 19716  

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Oct. 28: Friends of Ag

October 18, 2011 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

The Friends of Ag Breakfast Series hosted by UD Cooperative Extension will continue on Friday, October 28 at 7:15 a.m. at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover, Delaware. The speaker will be Dr. Limin Kung, S. Hallock du Pont Professor of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Delaware. Dr. Kung’s presentation, “Ruminants: Metabolic Marvels of Nature,” will focus on the unique metabolism of ruminant animals explaining how they develop their digestive processes and how they digest and process the feeds that are offered to them. You will NOT want to miss Dr. Kung’s Cool Cow Facts!

View the Program Flyer for more information and the registration form. –>10.28.2011 Friends of Ag  Registration for each breakfast is $20.

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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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