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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AGR Holding Coffee & Tea Fundraiser

November 10, 2010 under CANR News, Events

Alpha Gamma Rho is having its first annual coffee and tea sale.  The products are all Fair Trade Certified, Organic Certified, CarbonFree Certified and Shade Grown.

The coffee supports the possibility of a real livelihood for coffee growers, a breath of fresh air for the planet, zero net carbon emissions from “crop to cup” and healthy forests for migratory songbirds. This coffee is essentially as eco-friendly as possible and is roasted, packaged, and distributed by Ground for Change.  In addition, AGR will be donating $1 for every bag sold towards The Nature Conservancy.

For more information on purchasing coffee please contact Craig Parker at cfparker@udel.edu or Kristofer Dewberry at Dewberry@udel.edu. This sale will be running from now till the Thanksgiving Break. Listed below are AGR’s menus of coffee and tea offerings.

Our Coffee Menu, (All are offered in either Whole Bean or Ground and are being sold for $12 for a 12oz bag)

MEDIUM ROAST-Bolivia “Los Yungas”

Smooth and balanced with a fragrant aroma, this high-grown Bolivian coffee
possesses a rich, full body. When roasted to a medium level, it has a sweet flavor with
notes of almond and hazelnut.

MEDIUM-DARK ROAST-Agate Pass Blend

Agate Pass Blend is a full-bodied combination of South American and Pacific coffees
that are roasted to a medium-dark, highly aromatic level. This blend has a smooth,
nutty flavor with caramel, almond and subtle chocolate notes.

DARK ROAST-Peru “Café Femenino”

Cafe Femenino Peru is a medium bodied coffee with a fine acidity, sweet aroma and
hints of baker’s chocolate that are accentuated by a slow, dark roast. We know that
you will enjoy this unique coffee for its wonderful taste as well as for the special story
that underlies its production.

DECAFFEINATED-First Light Decaf Blend

For those who want a great all-day decaf, this full-bodied blend is roasted to a
medium-dark level to bring out a delightful aroma and smooth, mild flavor. SWISS
WATER Process decaffeinated.

In addition to coffee, we will also be selling organic teas for $6 a box.

BLACK TEAS

Earl Grey with Lavender Blossoms

Owes its flavorful foundation to the selected organic teas from India and Ceylon.
These are blended with Bergamot, a Mediterranean citrus, and then enhanced with the
lightest touch of lavender blossoms. The quintessential afternoon tea.

Celtic Breakfast

A richly flavored and robust tea. Leaf from Assam provides a rich touch of malt and
Ceylon teas from mountain estates keep the blend smooth yet striking. Delightful
whenever a strong cup of tea is the favored refreshment.

GREEN TEAS

Dragon Well Green

One of the most famous of all Chinese teas. It has a vibrant color and very appealing
nutty aroma. Particularly well known for a long finish, with a lingering bittersweetness,
this is one of the most refreshing green teas in summer heat.

Moroccan Mint Green

Blended from carefully selected green teas and the spearmint favored in North Africa.
It is a revitalizing refreshment, and a perfect cup with which to welcome guests. A cup
of hospitality and quiet grace, with only half the caffeine of other green teas.

HERBAL TEAS

Chamomile Spearmint

Infused with Bergamot, this tea offers a restful interlude at any time. Chamomile and
Spearmint are appreciated for their soothing comforts. Bergamot is the Mediterranean
citrus used to perfume Earl Grey teas and it lifts spirits while calming nerves.

Northwest Blackberry

A celebration of field and forest. Selected wild leaves and berries are honored around
the world for the herbal brews they yield. Here in the northwest, the richness of
blackberries provides a delightful cup of tea. Fantastic served over ice!

“Thank you for your continued support of our chapter and of the environment, we only have one earth.”

Submitted by AGR

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Collegiate FFA Holding Annual Flower & Fruit Sale

November 9, 2010 under CANR News, Events

As part of the holiday season the Collegiate FFA will be taking orders for the annual poinsettias and citrus fruit sale from November 4th-22nd.

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.

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 6th.

The traditional poinsettia sale, with proceeds going into the Collegiate FFA Scholarship Fund, will feature red or white poinsettias in 7 1/2” pots with 8-12 blooms and 8 1/2” pots with 12-15 blooms. Collegiate FFA was able to give two scholarships last year through CANR’s support. Delivery is also tentatively planned the week of December 6th, but not the same day as fruit.

A Collegiate FFA member will be stopping by your department beginning this week. If you are not in, they will leave a door hanger and make a return visit. Should you be missed feel free to contact Dr. Arba Henry (Rm 228, X1320) or Dr. Pat Barber (Rm 110, X 4232). Payment is requested at the time of ordering, or email Collegiate FFA President, Ashely Kinsley at akinsley@udel.edu.

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Sept. 17-19: UD Botanic Gardens Fall Plant Sale

September 7, 2010 under CANR News, Events

The University of Delaware Botanic Gardens will hold a fall plant sale from Friday, Sept. 17, through Sunday, Sept. 19, in the plant production area behind Townsend Hall on South College Avenue.

Hours are 4:30-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept.17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, and 11 a.m.-2 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 19.

The plant sale is open to the public.

A complete plant list is available on the UD Botanic Gardens website.

Foliage takes center stage at this year’s fall plant sale. Great gardens don’t have to always be about flowers, and foliage carries a garden through the seasons long after flowers have faded away. Even when nothing is blooming, the variety of color, texture and form provide depth to a garden and furnish a sense of intrigue and character that goes beyond bloom.

A lecture by Jules Bruck, assistant professor of landscape design in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will highlight the plants that are included in the fall sale.

The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7, in the Townsend Hall Commons. Bruck will show ways to design a garden using native perennial plants. Learn about color, texture and form in design while seeing stunning combinations of plants.

Cost for the lecture is $5 for members of the UD Botanic Gardens Friends and $10 for nonmembers. Registration is required for the lecture by calling (302) 831-0153 or sending email to [mzoehrer@udel.edu].

The full story and photos can be seen on UDaily by clicking here.

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“Evening in the Garden” Food Bank Fundraiser on August 12

July 7, 2010 under CANR News

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Food Bank of Delaware invite you to an “Evening in the Garden” on August 12th (6 – 9 pm) to celebrate our ongoing partnership with the Food Bank, through our “Garden for the Community.”

The “Garden for the Community”, now in its second year, is a CANR outreach project, led by our undergraduate students and supported by many UD and community partners and volunteers. Our goal is to help the Food Bank meet its mission – “…a community without hunger”.  All fresh vegetables grown in the garden are donated to the Food Bank.

We hope you’ll be able to join us on August 12 for a wonderful picnic dinner made with food from the Garden, music, wine tasting, a raflle, and a food drive. Last year’s event was a wonderful evening, thoroughly enjoyed by the nearly 200 people who attended.

To register for this Food Bank fundraiser, visit http://www.fbd.org.

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UD assists Food Bank of Delaware in fight against hunger

April 7, 2010 under CANR News

The number of Delawareans seeking food assistance is at an unprecedented high, according to a study released in February by the Food Bank of Delaware and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

To assist with the increased need for emergency food assistance, UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and the Food Bank of Delaware (FBD) have teamed together to identify pockets of poverty throughout the First State.

Under the direction of Rhonda Hyde, associate professor of food and resource economics, four operations research graduate students generated sub-maps of Delaware categorizing the food assistance needs of different geographical regions. In order to collect this data, the students used census tracking and the GIS database.

Guang Xiao, a master’s student in operations research, said, “I learned a lot about how to provide sound solutions to real world problems in a managerial setting. After a fair amount of trial and error, we were able to provide recommendations to help the Food Bank create more efficient food distribution patterns.”

With the aid of Don Berry, education associate with the Delaware Department of Education, the student-based team was able to provide a large poster-sized map indicating the number of people at or below the poverty level in the entire state. In conjunction with the large map were a series of smaller maps that gave more detailed information about the specific areas with the most need.

The Food Bank plans to take this information and establish ties with local service agencies in order to optimize food distribution in low-income communities.

Charlotte McGarry, Food Bank of Delaware logistics and program director, said, “It is our goal to identify if there are any gaps in food assistance and, if so, do direct distributions of product from FBD or partner with hunger relief organizations to provide food to those communities. Ultimately, the FBD staff identified the level of knowledge, time and funding to execute such a project was not within the resources of our current staff and budget, therefore, when presented with this partnership opportunity from Dr. Hyde and her students we graciously accepted the much needed assistance.”

“The University is committed to improving the quality of life for all Delawareans,” Hyde said. “This project is an example of that commitment. We were more than pleased to have the opportunity to assist the Food Bank with its efforts to eliminate hunger in Delaware. The four graduate students who worked on this project persevered despite numerous setbacks in obtaining usable data. Their reward is knowing that their work will make a difference.”

This project is just one of many bringing together CANR and the Food Bank of Delaware.

Last year, UD dedicated part of its 350-acre agro-ecology teaching complex at the college as a Garden for the Community. In 2009, the garden produced more than three tons of fresh produce, which was donated directly to the Food Bank.

In March, CANR and the Food Bank of Delaware jointly hosted a “Think Spring Fling” event to jumpstart the spring community garden season. Approximately 100 garden lovers, UD staff and students, and community members enjoyed an array of educational displays and an eclectic selection of gourmet soups and seasonal breads, provided by the Food Bank’s Culinary School.

“We knew that there was a Garden for the Community, but we weren’t quite sure where it was,” said James Stokes, a sophomore hotel, restaurant, and institutional management major and member of UD’s Slow Foods student organization. “After attending this event, Slow Foods definitely wants to get more involved in agriculture side of things.”

The evening was a huge success, bringing in approximately $2,000 and 532 pounds of non perishable food items to the Food Bank.

Newark Mayor Vance A. Funk III said, “The partnership between CANR and the Food Bank is outstanding. These fundraisers are well attended and well appreciated. I would say that this is one of the best partnerships in our community.”

For more information, visit the Garden for the Community Web site.

To learn more about backyard gardening, a wallet friendly way to get fresh produce, Slow Foods and the New Castle County Master Gardeners will be holding a “Backyard Garden: Seed to Table” lecture series May 10-11. These lectures will teach community members how to utilize fresh vegetables in their homes and the best ways to plant and raise a backyard garden. Both events will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Marriott’s Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware on campus. Those who plan to attend should RSVP by April 30 to [del@slowfoodusa.org].

Visit UDaily for the original story.

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Annual UD Push Lawnmower Tune-Up April 9-10

March 10, 2010 under CANR News, Events

Looking to save a little money on your lawn care in these tight financial times? UD’s Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity for agriculture, the Society of Automotive Engineers Club, and the Engineering Technology Club are once again offering a push lawn mower tune-up service on April 9 and 10, rain or shine. Since 2000, this annual event has serviced over 4,500 push mowers.

The tune-up—provided by trained students and alumni members of the clubs—includes an oil change, spark plug replacement, air filter check and cleaning, blade sharpening, and power washing. Service performed is tune-up only; no repairs or riding mowers are accepted.

The cost of the tune-up is $35.00, the same as it has been for the past four years. Payment in the form of cash or check may be made at drop off.

Drop off times are from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 9, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 10. Customers can pick up their mowers on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. for the first 300 mowers taken on Friday, or on Sunday, April 11 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the remaining mowers. All mowers must be picked up by 2 p.m. on Sunday. Any mowers not picked up by Sunday will be charged a storage fee

Lawnmowers (no riding mowers) may be dropped off and picked up in the parking lot behind Worrilow and Townsend halls on UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources campus at 531 South College Avenue, across from the Chrysler Plant, just north of the Fred Rust Ice Arena. Look for signs for the tune-up.

For more information, call the AGR Fraternity at 302-837-3379 or email djbutler@udel.edu.

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UD Botanic Gardens Plant Sale Highlights Lecture and Plant Auction

February 24, 2010 under CANR News

Get a whiff of spring as University of Delaware Botanic Gardens Director John Frett presents the wonderfully fragrant witchhazels and many of the other plants offered in the Annual Benefit Plant Sale catalog and sale, on Tuesday, March 16 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in The Commons, Townsend Hall on the UD campus. The evening will also feature a silent auction offering a few plant items not found in the catalog or at the sale. Cash or checks only, no credit cards. Refreshments will be served. The presentation is free for UDBG Friends members and $10 for nonmembers. Check out the Plant Sale Catalog on the UDBG website, http://ag.udel.edu/udbg. UDBG Friends can pre-order plants through Wednesday, April 7, 2010. To enjoy this and other exclusive benefits, join the Friends online, or contact Melinda Zoehrer at (302) 831-0153 or mzoehrer@udel.edu.

The Gardens are open year round to provide ideas and inspiration, or for a quiet stroll. The University of Delaware Botanic Gardens contribute to an understanding of the changing relationships between plants and people through education, research, extension and community support so as to instill an appreciation of plants in the landscape and the natural environment.

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18th Annual University of Delaware Botanic Gardens Benefit Plant Sale Catalog Now Online

February 24, 2010 under CANR News, Events

Tired of snow? Get a dose of spring by checking out the 2010 University of Delaware Botanic Gardens Plant Sale Catalog now on the UDBG website, http://ag.udel.edu/udbg. UDBG Friends can pre-order plants through Wednesday, April 7, 2010. To enjoy this and other exclusive benefits, join the Friends online, or contact Melinda Zoehrer at (302) 831-0153 or mzoehrer@udel.edu. You can browse at the 18th Annual University of Delaware Botanic Gardens Benefit Plant Sale on Friday, April 23, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. behind Townsend Hall, across from the Fischer Greenhouse on the University of Delaware campus (north of the University of Delaware football stadium and adjacent to the Blue Ice Arena.) This year’s featured plants, witchhazels (Hamamelis), are the bookends of winter, some flowering in October, while others erupt into color late January through early April. The fragrance of their flowers compliments the variety of colors – bright yellow, gold, copper and red.  In addition to the witchhazels, the sale presents an opportunity to purchase unusual and difficult-to-find plants, and to learn about the wide variety of exciting and useful plants available beyond the usual palate found at discount garden centers or nurseries.

The Gardens are open year round to provide ideas and inspiration, or for a quiet stroll. The University of Delaware Botanic Gardens contribute to an understanding of the changing relationships between plants and people through education, research, extension and community support so as to instill an appreciation of plants in the landscape and the natural environment.

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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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