Learn to Preserve Your Harvest

April 10, 2012 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

Learning to preserve foods safely can be fun and easy. This series, offered by UD’s New Castle County Cooperative Extension,  is designed for beginners who want to learn the basics of preserving food to retain product quality and product safety over time. Pre-registration is required. Call 302-831-2506 with questions or to register.

Making Jams and Jellies
Saturday, April 21
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
This program will review basic water bath canning techniques. We will practice by making jam.
Bring an apron, a snack for yourself and be ready to make jam.
Cost: $30
Presenter: Maria Pippidis, Extension Educator, Family & Consumer Sciences
Location: NCC Extension, 461 Wyoming Rd., Room 132B, Newark, DE

Water Bath Canning for Beginners
Saturday, June 30
9:30 am – 12:30pm
This workshop will provide you with the info you need to preserve food safely. We will cover freezing and canning using a water bath process.
Come and get hands-on practice. A textbook with recipes will be provided. Space is limited. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Cost: $30
Presenter: Maria Pippidis, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences
Location: NCC Extension, 461 Wyoming Rd., Room 132B, Newark, DE

Using your Freezer to Preserve Foods
Saturday, July 7
9:30 am – 12:00pm
Wondering what and how to freeze produce and other products so they are safe and of good quality? This workshop will provide information about how to do just that.
What works best for what types of products? We’ll review how to blanch and package as well.
Cost: $25
Presenter: Maria Pippidis, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences
Location: NCC Extension, 461 Wyoming Rd., Room 132B, Newark, DE

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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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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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UD Extension Professionals Honored at National Conference

November 14, 2011 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

Four University of Delaware Cooperative Extension professionals were recognized at the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences conference, which was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, earlier this fall.

Kathleen Splane receiving the National Early Childhood Childcare Training Award from the NEAFCS 2011 President Marsha Lockard

Kathleen Splane received the National Early Childhood Child Care Training Award and an editing team consisting of Maria Pippidis, Margo McDonough and Sandy Peralta received an Eastern Region Newsletter Communication Award.

Splane is Extension’s family and consumer science educator for Kent County. The child care training award recognizes Splane’s innovative online program, “Healthy Habits, Healthy Start.” Splane received funding from the state Division of Public Health for the program, which is designed for providers throughout the state who serve preschoolers. Some curriculum content was provided by Nemours Health & Prevention Services.

“There is a critical need for training materials about childhood nutrition and exercise,” says Splane. “Delaware has a very high percentage of children who are obese or overweight. In a state by state ranking, we rank 16th highest. Child care providers, in conjunction with parents, can play an important role in giving young children a healthy start.”

The Extension editing team, led by Maria Pippidis, was recognized for Two Cent Tips for Delaware, an email newsletter that focuses on consumer money management skills. Recent issues have covered such topics as retirement planning, getting along and saving money in multigenerational households, reducing the cost of holiday travel, and helping teenagers and young adults become credit savvy. Pippidis is the director of the New Castle County Cooperative Extension office, Peralta is an administrative assistant in that office and McDonough is a UD communications specialist.

Maria Pippidis receiving the Eastern Region Newsletter Communication Award from the NEAFCS Eastern Regional Director Theresa Mayhew

To learn more about “Healthy Habits, Healthy Start,” contact Splane at ksplane@udel.ed or 302-731-4000. To subscribe to Two Cent Tips for Delaware, send an email to TwoCentTips@udel.edu.

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Master Gardeners Win International Award

October 24, 2011 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

Gail Hermenau, New Castle County Master Gardener, of Middletown, Delaware, accepts the Search for Excellence Award at the International Master Gardener Conference on behalf of the entire organization.

Three University of Delaware New Castle County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners—Suzanne Baron (of Middletown), Gail Hermenau (also of Middletown), and Eva Rotmann-Oehler (of North Wilmington)—and Horticulture Educator and Master Gardener Coordinator, Carrie Murphy, attended the International Master Gardener Conference in Charleston, West Virginia, October 11 – 14, 2011. During the conference, Gail Hermenau accepted the 2011 International Search for Excellence Award presented to the Master Gardeners for their small scale Grow your own Food themed home gardener workshops, demonstrations, and tours in the teaching gardens.

In 2009 and 2010, the New Castle County Master Gardeners responded to community need for information on how to grow your own food.  Master Gardeners worked together with their coordinator to develop opportunities that responded directly to this need.  The topics that Master Gardeners developed as part of their workshops and demonstrations included site and soil preparation, composting, plant selection, seeds and transplants, tips for growing vegetables, companion planting, beneficial insects, integrated pest management (IPM), fall gardening, harvest to table, growing berries, and putting your garden to bed.  In total, there were more than 20 events focused on the Grow your own Food theme, educating more than 300 community members.

This is the third Search for Excellence Award presented to the New Castle County Master Gardeners at the International Master Gardener Conference in just four years.

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June 15: Official opening of NCC MG garden

June 8, 2011 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

We invite you to join the University of Delaware New Castle County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners on Wednesday, June 15, from 5 to 7 pm to celebrate the official opening of their Native Plant and Vegetable Demonstration and Teaching Gardens; tours, a question and answer session and light refreshments are included in the program. A formal program featuring the development and purpose of the demonstration and teaching gardens will take place at 6 pm in conference room 132A.

Please check our website for any program updates https://ag.udel.edu/nccmg. RSVP to sharon lucabaugh, sharonlu@udel.edu, (302) 831-2506.

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension New Castle County Master Gardeners’ Native Plant and Vegetable Teaching and Demonstration Gardens are located at 461 Wyoming Road in Newark Delaware on the University of Delaware campus.

The Native Plant Garden has been designed and planted to create an awareness of the environmental benefits that can be achieved through the use of native plants. This garden, located at the front of the Extension office, is an attractive demonstration of native plant use, easily adaptable to the home landscape. It consists of five very different garden niches, each planted with material appropriate for the growing conditions/objectives of that site: the butterfly garden, rain garden system, corner prairie meadow, foundation plantings, and shrubs and paths.

The Vegetable Garden has been designed, amongst other things, to demonstrate how to grow vegetables successfully in a small space. This garden, located behind the Extension office, alongside the compost demonstration site, features four raised vegetable garden beds, a perennial border for pollinators, a berry border featuring raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries, and a tomato border. The harvest from this site supports the Plant-a-Row for the Hungry program and is donated to the Delaware Food Bank.

The teaching and demonstration gardens are used as outdoor classrooms for workshops and other purposes. Self- guided tours are also encouraged at any time.

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June 13: NCC small grains meeting

June 7, 2011 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

A New Castle County small grains meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 with refreshments thereafter.  The meeting will feature information on the small grain trials with a yield guessing contest for the brave at heart with a prize of 50 bushels of the top yielding variety at Middletown for you to plant this fall.

New Castle County Small Grains Meeting
June 13, 2011
Middletown UD Coop. Ext. Demonstration Site
Marl Pit Road, approx. 1 mile East of Rt. 301/71
Middletown, DE

 

5:30 pm                      Sign-in
6:00 to 6:45 pm          Tour Small Grain Variety Trial plots with Bob Uniatowski
6:45 to 7:00 pm          Small Grain Disease Update with Bob Mulrooney
7:00 to 7:30 pm          Insect Management Update for 2011, Joanne Whalen
7:30 to 8:00 pm          Weed Control Issues to Consider, Dr. Mark VanGessel
8:00 to 8:15 pm          Market Update, Carl German
8:15 to 8:30 pm          Fertility Issues and Reminders, Dr. Richard Taylor
8:30                             Refreshments and General Discussion

Special Note:  Bob Uniatowski will again be conducting the “Guess the Top Yielding Wheat” contest this year for NCC.  The winner will receive 50  bushels of the wheat variety that comes out tops in the Middletown Wheat Variety Trials in 2011.

 

For more information contact Richard Taylor at rtaylor@udel.edu.

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New Castle County Extension names new 4-H agent

February 25, 2011 under Cooperative Extension

Mallory Vogl has joined University of Delaware Cooperative Extension as the new 4-H agent for New Castle County.

Vogl comes to UD Extension from Lake Forest Elementary School, where she taught 5th grade. She is currently a master’s degree candidate in elementary education at Wilmington University, where she expects to receive her degree in June. She earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Wesley College.

Vogl has been associated with the 4-H youth development program since she was seven, when she joined the 4-H Cloverbuds. She was an active member of the Westville 4-H club, based in Camden, Del., throughout her school years and, while in college, was a counselor at 4-H camps. Her project areas of interest included horses and swine.

“I’ve always bled green; 4-H has always been an essential part of my life,” says Vogl. “As a 4-H educator I am able to combine my interest in educating children with my passion for 4-H. I can’t think of a better mix.”

Vogl’s objectives in her new role are to revitalize 4-H’s agriculture programming in New Castle County. She also would like to increase the number of clubs and grow the membership base. “There are so many facets to 4-H; our projects encompass so many different interests. I want youth to see that in 4-H there is something for everyone.”

“I am delighted that Mallory Vogl has joined UD Cooperative Extension as our newest 4-H agent,” says Jan Seitz, associate dean and director of UD Cooperative Extension. “Her enthusiasm for 4-H shines through; I know she will be a real asset to our organization.”

Vogl can be reached at the New Castle County Extension office at 302-831-COOP or by email at [mvogl@udel.edu]. To learn more about Delaware 4-H, call the state 4-H office at 831-2509.

Article by Margo McDonough
Photo by Danielle Quigley

This article is also posted online on UDaily.

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Master Gardeners offer vegetable garden workshops

February 24, 2011 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

Vegetable gardening continues to surge in popularity. An estimated one in every three American households grows some type of veggies, whether it’s a solitary tomato plant on a deck or a showcase of raised beds with wrought-iron garden stakes, irrigation systems and obelisks for climbing vines.

With all this interest in growing edibles, it was a no-brainer for New Castle County Master Gardeners to choose a program focus this spring. Two thirds of the workshops are dedicated to edibles.

“Our vegetable workshops fill up right away so we decided to offer even more vegetable classes this year,” says Carrie Murphy, horticultural agent for New Castle County Cooperative Extension. “For the second year in a row we’ll have separate classes for novice and experienced gardeners. We’ll also present specialized sessions, such as a workshop devoted exclusively to growing berries and another on starting vegetables from seed.”

Classes get underway in less than two weeks and continue through May. The majority of the sessions are in March, when gardeners are finalizing their plans, and in the case of some crops, starting to plant.

In Delaware, commercial and home growers typically put seed potatoes in the ground on or around St. Patrick’s Day. The Master Gardeners’ potato planting demo, on March 19, details the best methods for success, including mounding techniques and container growing.

The demo appears to fill a need, says Gail Hermenau, a Master Gardener and head of the committee that develops the workshop schedule. “Last year, we offered a tour of our demonstration vegetable garden,” says Hermenau. “When we arrived at the mounded potato beds, a number of people said they didn’t know potatoes grew like that and wanted more information.”

A new tomato class also was created because of popular demand. “A lot of feedback came my way about holding a workshop specifically on tomatoes,” says Hermenau.

Tomatoes top the list of the most commonly homegrown vegetables (even though technically they’re a fruit). Now that more backyard gardeners are growing heirloom varieties, they’re combating new challenges. Heirlooms aren’t disease-resistant, like most hybrids, and they’re more susceptible to cracking and bruising. The March 31 workshop will focus on the pros and cons of heirlooms and other varieties, as well as site selection, seed sources, transplanting, fertilizing and more.

Programming for advanced gardeners includes a workshop on maximizing yields through succession planting, companion planting, crop spacing and other techniques.

Another way to learn about veggie growing is at a Garden Day, held in the Master Gardeners’ Native Teaching Garden on the second and fourth Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to noon, April through September.

On these days, Master Gardeners work in the garden, all the while explaining what they’re doing – from scouting for pests to the right way to weed. They’re happy to answer specific gardening questions, too.

Sussex Master Gardeners also will offer vegetable-oriented programs this spring, including a March 10 session that covers the basics of site location, soil, fertilizing and watering.

“New Gardener in Delaware?,” on May 12, will be useful for vegetable gardeners, as well as those primarily interested in ornamental gardens. This workshop focuses on how to overcome the challenges of growing plants in Sussex’s sand, salt, humidity and heat.

“People move here from Connecticut or the D.C. metro area and think that they can garden the same way they did in their old hometown,” notes Tracy Wootten, Extension horticultural agent for Sussex County. “But Sussex is unique. We teach you how to succeed as a gardener here.”

Check out the spring Master Gardener workshops online. New Castle County classes are at this website and Sussex County classes are at this website.

Register by calling 302-831-COOP in New Castle County. In Sussex, call 302-856-7303.

Article by Margo McDonough
Photo by Danielle Quigley

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April 24: Ag Day to celebrate 35 years with ground breaking of the UDairy Creamery, music, festivities

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

The 35th annual Ag Day, sponsored by the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 24.

Every year, Ag Day draws more than 3,000 guests who come to experience the wonders of agriculture and the natural world.

This year, those who attend will be able to see the college break ground on its new ice cream store front and processing facility, the UDairy Creamery, at 11:45 a.m.

Ag Day will be held, rain or shine, on the grounds of Townsend Hall at 531 South College Avenue on UD’s main campus in Newark. The event is organized by staff and students with the support of more than 80 organizations.
The money raised at Ag Day benefits student and community organizations.

Following the Ag Day tradition, there will be a variety of educational workshops and live entertainment at this year’s event.

On the entertainment stage will be acts including:
• The Deltones, one of the premier a capella groups at UD;
• Five Points, a student band with a unique blend of rock music;
• Dodging Cupid, a classic rock and roll band from the Delaware Valley featuring Thomas Ilvento, chairperson of the Department of Food and Resource Economics;
• Tater Patch, lively folk music featuring Judith Hough-Goldstein, professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology; and
• The Common Room, a student band with reggae, rock, and acoustic styles.

In the education presentation area, guests will be able to:
• See live animals from the Brandywine Zoo;
• See innovative vegetable gardening with representatives of the Tyler Arboretum;
• Learn about money management with Patricia Barber, associate professor in the Department of Food and Resource Economics;
• Hear and sing along with Zach Ladin and his nature songs;
• Participate in a wool workshop wool workshop with Lesa Griffiths, associate provost and professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences; and
• Learn how to keep those pesky pests out of your garden in an eco-friendly way with UD’s Cooperative Extension.

Additionally, annual attractions include 3 tents of educational exhibits, pony rides, a petting zoo, YoUDee, face painting and UDairy Ice Cream.

Those with an interest in gardening will want to visit the 18th annual UD Botanic Gardens Plant Sale from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., located in the Fischer Greenhouse behind Townsend Hall. The sale offers a variety of perennial flowers, shrubs and trees that are sure to add flare to any lawn or garden.

Admission and parking for Ag Day are free and open to the public, with minimal charges for food. If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor or for additional information, visit the Ag Day Web site or call (302) 831-2508.

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