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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Bringing the harvest home

July 13, 2011 under CANR News

Volunteers spent the morning of July 12 harvesting a cornucopia of fresh peppers, eggplant, squash, cucumbers, tomatillos and more from the University of Delaware’s Garden for the Community. Once they finished harvesting the Food Bank of Delaware’s mobile pantry truck was loaded and headed to Sparrow Run Park in Bear where volunteers distributed fresh produce, 30-pound meal boxes, chicken, fresh bread and other food items to 387 individuals.

“Working with the food bank’s mobile pantry allows our volunteers to experience theresult of their hard work in the garden and connect with the community,” said Dr. Tom Sims, University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Deputy Dean.  “Our students not only gain valuable lessons in what it takes to produce food, they start on a path of service.”

“We are incredibly fortunate to have a steady stream of fresh, locally-grown produce from the University of Delaware’s Garden for the Community,” said our President and CEO, Patricia Beebe. “Because of the garden and other local partners we are able to provide families with healthy foods that they otherwise may not be able to afford.”

Renee Connor, a University of Delaware student and intern for the Garden for the Community said that contributing fresh produce to our  mobile pantry is important because it provides those in need with healthy foods. “Obviously feeding people in need is an important part, but it’s also important to give families healthier food, like fresh-picked produce. We’re giving them basil, peppers, eggplant, okra, squash, zucchini and tomatoes,” she said. “The partnership is a good way for people in the community to get involved and do something helpful for people who are in need of assistance.”

Through the mobile pantry program, a  truck travels to an underserved area during hours when clients find it easier to receive assistance. Thirty-pound meal boxes filled with enough nutritious food to feed four people for up to five meals are distributed.

For more information about the Garden for the Community efforts visit www.ag.udel.edu/communitygarden.

To celebrate the bounty of the Garden for the Community, in partnership with our friends at the Food Bank, we will hold our third annual Evening in the Garden event on Thursday, August 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event will be held outside the garden. Tickets are $40/person. The price includes dinner, wine and entertainment. For more information or to attend the event, please visit www.fbd.org

For photos of the event please click here.

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CANR Students Honored for Volunteerism

May 16, 2011 under CANR News

Thirty University of Delaware student volunteers (6 from CANR) were honored for their work in the community at the annual Town and Gown Awards ceremony held May 12 in the Trabant University Center Theatre.

The awards are presented by the city of Newark, and the program is in its 15th year. University of Delaware Career Services solicits nominations of deserving UD student volunteers from local, regional and campus nonprofit organizations.

Read more about the students and their projects by visiting this UDaily announcement.

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CANR Students Conduct Community Service

November 8, 2010 under CANR News

CANR students have been spending time this fall volunteering for community service organizations.

In October, Alpha Zeta went to the Brandywine Zoo for two hours for our community service project. Most of the members raked leaves to help keep the zoo looking neat. The leaves that we raked were also used for bedding for the animals in the winter. Other members helped renovate an animal holding pen area.

UD students in Kent Messer’s FREC100 class volunteered for The Nature Conservancy on November 7th.  “This is the second year where my students have volunteered with The Nature Conservancy and it appears to be developing into a long-term partnership as its seems to be beneficial to all involved,” Messer said.

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CANR, Food Bank of Delaware Bring the Harvest Home

August 3, 2010 under CANR News, Events

University of Delaware volunteers and students from The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware spent the morning of July 30 harvesting 1,305 pounds of fresh produce from UD’s Garden for the Community.

Once the workers finished harvesting, they loaded a food bank van and headed to Sparrow Run Park in Bear where they distributed fresh produce, 30-pound meal boxes, chicken and other food items to 715 individuals.

Families received potatoes, okra, sweet corn, eggplant, peppers, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and basil fresh from the University’s Garden for the Community. The garden is located on one-third of an acre on the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources campus on South College Avenue.

Read the full story with photos on UDaily by clicking here.

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Volunteers plant seeds of hope at UD Garden for the Community

May 10, 2010 under CANR News, Events

Volunteers from the University of Delaware and Food Bank of Delaware began the first stages of planting at the University’s Garden for the Community on Friday morning, May 7.

Located on one-third of an acre of land on UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources site off South College Avenue, the garden will provide a steady stream of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits to Delaware’s hungry this season.

Volunteers spent the morning mulching, spreading compost and straw, harvesting radishes, planting cabbage and more. They were joined by U.S. Rep. Michael N. Castle and Laura Coogan from U.S. Sen. Tom Carper’s office.

“What a great partnership we have with the University of Delaware,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “The abundance of fresh produce they provide throughout the summer and fall months helps ensure that we get nutritious foods into the hands of those that need it most.”

“The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is very happy to continue our successful partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware by again planting our Garden for the Community,” said Tom Sims, deputy dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Last year, thanks to the help of more than 100 volunteers, our garden provided the food bank with more than 7,000 pounds of fresh, locally grown vegetables.”

Volunteers will be needed at the Garden for the Community throughout the summer months to help harvest, pull weeds, plant late summer crops and other tasks. Those interested in learning more can visit the Garden for the Community website.

In addition to helping at the garden, the Food Bank of Delaware also encourages the community to keep hungry Delawareans in mind as summer’s crop of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, string beans and more begin to sprout. Surplus donations can be donated directly to the organization’s hunger-relief efforts.

Donations are accepted at the Newark (14 Garfield Way) and Milford (1040 Mattlind Way) warehouses weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit the Food Bank of Delaware website.

View the full story and photos here on UDaily.

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Sussex County Master Gardeners invite the public to their garden

May 10, 2010 under CANR News

The Sussex County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce the dates of several events to be held in their Demonstration Garden this spring and summer.  The garden is located behind the county Extension office, 16483 County Seat Highway (Route 9), Georgetown, Del., approximately ¼ miles west of Sussex Tech High School. All events are free to the public.

Garden Walks will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 7 p.m. and on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 7p.m.    In addition to enjoying the garden, a number of Master Gardeners will be available to provide information and help on a wide variety of gardening topics including:  lawns, vegetable gardens, perennial gardens, shrubs and insects. 

The Master Gardeners Annual Open House will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This ‘Day in the Garden’ event features, in addition to the garden, information stations on a number of gardening subjects, a plant clinic, activities in the Children’s Garden, and a plant sale.  Details of this event will be available on the website in June.            

The Sussex County Master Gardeners are the volunteer arm of Delaware Cooperative Extension for both the University of Delaware and Delaware State University. 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. Delaware Cooperative Extension welcomes and encourages participation of all individuals.  If a member of the public has special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event at 302-856-7303.

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Volunteers Needed to Plant UD’s Garden for the Community

May 3, 2010 under CANR News, Events

Volunteers are needed to help the University of Delaware and Food Bank of Delaware plant the “Garden for the Community” on Friday, May 7 (at 10 a.m.) and Saturday, May 15 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

The garden, now in its second year, produced more than three tons of fresh produce for the Food Bank of Delaware’s hunger-relief efforts last growing season. Located on a third of an acre of land on the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the garden will provide a steady stream of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits to Delaware’s hungry.

“The Garden for the Community represents the core mission of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources — helping to feed the world in a sustainable manner,” says Tom Sims, the associate dean who is overseeing the project for the college. “We are privileged to manage UD’s 350-acre agro-ecology teaching complex and very happy to provide this land so that our students and community partners can help the Food Bank meet its mission, a community without hunger.”

The Garden for the Community is located in front of the Wilson Farmhouse on the UD Farm directly behind the Girl Scouts facility on Route 896 in Newark, Del.

Interested? Email commgard@udel.edu or visit the Garden for the Community website  for more information.

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Attorney General Biden praises 4-H volunteers at annual training forum

January 28, 2010 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

Members of Delaware 4-H State Teen Council welcome Attorney General Beau Biden. L-R Sara Somers, vice president, State 4-H Teen Council, Beau Biden, Emily Passwaters, president, State 4-H Teen Council

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden spent the greater part of this past Saturday morning meeting with Delaware’s 4-H community, hearing their stories, and joining in the 4-H fellowship with an informal breakfast that began a day of workshops and experiential education.

Nearly 140 Delaware 4-H adult volunteers, junior leaders and staff continued a long tradition of honing their volunteer skills by attending the annual Delaware 4-H Leader Forum, held at Lake Forest High School, in Felton, Del. The forum was sponsored by Monsanto, a strong supporter of 4-H volunteer training.

Biden’s appearance launched the annual leadership training event that is designed to enhance, educate, and encourage adult 4-H volunteers in what is the nation’s largest youth development program in the country.

Read the full story online here on UDaily.

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