Volunteers needed to plant Garden for Community

May 11, 2011 under CANR News, Events

Volunteers from the University of Delaware and the Food Bank of Delaware will plant a Garden for the Community from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, May 13, and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.

The planting will take place in the front of the Wilson Farmhouse, which is directly behind the Girl Scouts facility on Route 896 in Newark.

Located on one-third of an acre on the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) campus, the garden provides a steady stream of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits to Delaware’s hungry.

During 2009 and 2010, the Garden for the Community produced more than three tons of fresh produce for the Food Bank of Delaware’s hunger-relief efforts. The hope is to have an even more bountiful harvest in 2011.

The Garden for the Community project is a partnership between the Food Bank of Delaware, the CANR faculty and staff, undergraduate and graduate students, and is led by the Agriculture College Council, the Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Program, the Delaware Department of Agriculture and others in the community.

The rain dates for the plantings are Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, taking place at the same times.

For more information or to volunteer, visit the Garden for the Community website or email commgard@udel.edu. If volunteering, indicate the date on which you would like to participate.

Full article can also be seen on UDaily

Photo by Danielle Quigley

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Evening in Garden raises money for Food Bank of Delaware

August 23, 2010 under CANR News, Events

Students, faculty and community members gathered in the University of Delaware’s Garden for the Community — a 15,000-square-foot service garden at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) — on Aug. 12 to celebrate the college’s partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware.

More than 150 guests attended the Evening in the Garden event, which brought awareness to the community garden project and provided additional support to the Food Bank of Delaware.

The Evening in the Garden raised more than $5,000 for the Food Bank and collected more than 600 pounds of non-perishable food items.

Those in attendance enjoyed garden-fresh food, courtesy of the Food Bank’s Culinary School; fine wine provided by Chaddsford Winery, Women of the Vine Cellars and Paradocx Vineyard; and live entertainment by Dodging Cupid.

The evening included a raffle, with prizes from Newark Natural Foods, Stone Balloon Winehouse, Gloss Salon and Spa, M. Fierro and Sons, the UDairy Creamery and UD Botanic Gardens.

Each year, more than 17,500 Delawareans turn to emergency food assistance. The Food Bank distributes 7-10 million pounds of food annually. Over three tons of produce from the garden were donated to the Food Bank in 2009, and current estimates have the garden slated to donate close to 5 tons in 2010.

The garden relies on student and community volunteers to plant, tend, and harvest the garden. If you are interested in volunteering, donating, or being sponsor, please visit the Garden for the Community website.

Photos from the Evening in the Garden event can be viewed on the CANR Flickr page.

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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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