Despite the morning chill, those in attendance at Ag Day 2011 on Saturday, April 30, lined up for a taste of UDairy ice cream and to watch the ceremonial ribbon cutting that officially marked the opening of the UDairy Creamery.
When the sun finally poked through at the end of the day, the UDairy Creamery, housed in a new building adjacent to Townsend Hall, had served approximately 2,500 people.
Robin Morgan, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), spoke first at the ribbon cutting ceremony, pointing out the many benefits of the creamery. “This is much more than a shop front,” she said. “This creamery represents how to teach and how to do business development and management. It’s about sustainable and environmentally sound agriculture, it’s about food safety and food science and it’s about communications and marketing.”
Morgan introduced Monica Taylor, UD vice president for development and alumni relations, who noted that the creamery is focused on students and on giving them an opportunity to have learning experiences that stretch beyond the boundaries of the classroom.
“It is student managed from the science to the sales, the milk to the marketing,” Taylor said. “For our students who are here, you may not remember all the notes you have taken in class, but I can guarantee for those involved with this ice cream, you’ll leave UD with a deeper knowledge and understanding of both agriculture and business than you could have ever dreamed.”